QUINTE WEST – Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation is hoping the endless pursuit of family physicians to relocate to Quinte West will get much easier with the recent hire of a physician recruitment and retention coordinator.
TMHF executive director Wendy Warner said Friday the new hire, who will start March 5, will be officially announced in a couple of weeks. The individual was hired through a partnership between the TMH Foundation and the City of Quinte West.
“Our foundation has expanded its responsibilities to improve patient care by adding the role of a physician recruitment and retention coordinator to the team. Their mission is to provide quality, timely and effective support services that will enhance the overall recruitment and retention efforts for physicians in our community,” Warner said.
The new hire will be responsible for strategic physician recruitment and retention activities in accordance with the needs and goals of the community at large and will support the recruitment and retention efforts of area physicians, physician recruiters and the hospital.
Doctor recruitment has been a real challenge for many smaller communities across the country and locally it’s no different.
Other efforts include attending job fairs where they can seek and speak with prospective physicians.
A job fair recently at McMaster University netted four “very strong” prospects — three family physicians and one OBGYN, said Warner.
“Currently we are in need of several family physicians because over the next five years five local physicians will be retiring. Older physicians usually carry two to three times the patient load of a younger doctor, so if one retires it usually takes two to three new doctors to replace them. It’s not a nice situation.
“We have one new doctor, and another coming to tour this spring, and there are several prospects in the lineup. With a new full time recruitment and retention coordinator it should help a lot,” Warner said.