Islanders seeking medical treatment will have better access to care thanks to the recent hiring of seven new physicians.
The new doctors will be working in a variety of health facilities across P.E.I., with one already practicing and another four beginning to see patients by September.
“The Province of Prince Edward Island is committed to improving access to timely healthcare across the Island,” said Health Minister Doug Currie.
“Each of these individuals brings a tremendous skill set to provide quality care to Islanders, and we are very pleased these physicians have made the decision to practice in P.E.I.”
• Dr. Tyler McDonell began his practice this month as a hospitalist, as well as in family medicine, in Summerside. Dr. McDonell is a physician from the P.E.I. Family Medicine Residency Training Program.
• Dr. Thomas Ofuafor will begin his psychiatry practice in Charlottetown later this summer.
• Dr. Sang Lee will begin practice as an anesthetist in Charlottetown in July.
• Dr. Rebecca Schaefer will begin working as an emergency room physician at Prince County Hospital in September.
• Dr. John Morash, who is providing locum support in Tyne Valley this fall, will practice family medicine in Summerside in January 2015.
• Dr. Erin MacQuarrie has accepted a position in pathology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital beginning in October 2015.
• Dr. Alex MacLean will practice internal medicine and cardiology in Charlottetown starting in September 2015.
Since 2007, the provincial government has recruited 79 new physicians to P.E.I.
“Prince Edward Island understands the importance of attracting highly skilled health care professionals and offers competitive salaries and incentives for our professionals,” Currie said.
“I want to welcome all our new physicians to the medical staff of the province and wish them the best in their medical careers here in Prince Edward Island.”