The four new physicians are Dr. Hamid Sadri, Dr. Inthuja Nanda, Dr. Wea’am Abbas and Dr. Shiva Tayebi.
“My wife and I are very excited to join the Fort St. John community, and I look forward to meeting my new patients,” writes Dr. Sadri. “I sincerely hope that I can contribute to an already very strong medical team in Fort St. John.”
Dr. Sadri adds, “Considering the shortage of family physicians in Fort St. John, I decided to apply for the job position that was available. During my site visit, I was astonished by the hospitality of the Fort St. John medical community.”
The four new physicians will arrive in Fort St. John July – September after completing the residency program at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.
They will be working alongside the current full-time physician and full-time nurse practitioner – who came to town in August and October respectively – at the Northern Health Community Primary Care Clinic.
“Having a group of physicians joining the team at the Community Primary Care Clinic will help increase the capacity in the practice,” writes Northern Health Northeast Chief Operating Officer Angela De Smit. “Northern Health works hard with its partners to ensure there is access to healthcare for residents of Fort St. John.”
She says the new physicians, along with the new walk-in clinic, will help to deliver a higher level of service to the community.
Those involved in the recruitment effort say they will continue working towards securing permanent physicians and three nurse practitioners.
“I am pleased to welcome the new physicians to Fort St. John. We’re happy to see some progress on recruitment, and know that there is more work to be accomplished,” writes Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm. “A short-term committee is working hard to find solutions. This group consists of myself, the City of Fort St. John, the District of Taylor, Peace River Regional District, Northern Health, North Peace Division of Family Practice, Concerned Citizens for Health Care, Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce and industry stakeholders.”
The St. Paul’s Hospital program graduates 12 residents in family medicine each year, and has been providing residency training since 2006.