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New physicians welcomed at Oct. 4th meet-and-greet
Residents in the Smoky River region will have the opportunity to meet the area’s two newest physicians at a special meet-and-greet function next month.
The event, which will include complimentary snacks and refreshments, is being held on the evening of Oct. 4 and will be held at the McLennan Golden Age Club from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“It’s basically set up as an informal evening to give residents the opportunity to meet our two new physicians,” says Myrna Lanctot, Smoky River Regional Physician Recruitment & Retention coordinator.
Guests of honour at the evening meet-and-greet will include Dr. Fred Isiguzo and Dr. Amad Alshigagi and their families.
Dr. Isiguzo is originally from Nigeria, while Dr. Alshigagi hails from Libya.
Dr. Isiguzo arrived in the region in early August and began praciticing out of the Associate Medical Clinic in McLennan effective Aug. 27.
Dr. Alshigagi and his family, meanwhile, officially arrived in the area Sept. 10. He met with Lanctot last week to formally sign his new contract prior to accepting a signing bonus.
He will be practicing out of the Falher Medical Clinic with Dr. Simon Eriki.
Lanctot encourages residents to watch for an advertisement in an upcoming issue of the Express announcing his start date.
The arrival of the two new doctors is exciting news for the region, which has been operating with a limited staff of physicians for close to two years.
It now brings the total number of active physicians practicing in the region to four full-time doctors. A fifth physician, Dr. Shaun Butcher, is continuing to do on-call rotations at Sacred Heart Community Healthcare Centre in McLennan.
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