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This photo taken a few years ago and used for recruitment purposes shows Carly Day and her daughter Hailey Day visiting with Dr. Abel Raath who was a locum in Consort for a year and then practised for another two years before moving back to be close to family in Lethbridge.


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Continued from Page 4 Dr. Olive Usher, from South Africa, is currently working in Consort and Dr. John McConnell, from Ireland, is set to arrive at the end of June. The society would like to see the two doctors be able to


work in acute care in the hospital. “We feel it’s important for post-operative care,” adds Stillings, especially with a larger seniors’ population. “There’s five acute care beds and we’re just waiting to turn the lights on.” Consort Hospital was one of the first in the province to


turn its operating room into a community clinic. That took place in the mid-1980s. The Consort and District Medical Centre Board manages that clinic as well as the staff to run it and it is fully sustainable. This eases some of the workload off physicians. The community also offers another big incentive by


building new houses for doctors to live in at a reduced cost. When recruiting for physicians, it was important to try to


have both a female and male doctor. “We found the female population wasn’t accessing (a doctor) like they should have been,” says Sansregret. “Dr. Usher is drawing from an hour away because females want female physicians.” Dr. Usher’s training is in obstetrics and high-risk


pregnancies and she currently does prenatal care although babies are delivered elsewhere. Sansregret would like to see Castor, Coronation and Consort work together to recruit physicians, including one that could travel from location to location as needed and create a more sustainable future for retention. “We’re so rural and remote that we have to look outside the box and so something that works for us,” added Stillings. Currently, both new physicians have signed on for three-


year terms. “We’re hoping they’ll like it so much they’ll stay longer,” adds Sansregret. Society officials hope they have managed to secure their


physicians for years to come just as they’ve done with the community’s younger population. The majority of residents in Consort are between the ages of 25 to 35 — a lot of them with young families. The school is benefitting from that and a new daycare will be opening soon.


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