The Swan Valley’s medical professional recruitment campaign has picked up four more doctors and one nurse practitioner in the last two months.
Recruiting committee chair Duane Whyte says the majority of the new recruits have been trained in Manitoba.
“The majority are U of M grads, which is exciting for us because we assume that local people are more likely to stay longer,” Whyte said. “The nurse practitioner was a local girl who extended her education from being a nurse to a nurse practitioner, which fills a void.”
Whyte says the recruiting efforts have now shifted towards physiotherapists, preferably local products but are also open to anyone trained within the province and Canada.
He says at the moment, there’s a half-time child physiotherapist and a part-time person from Dauphin working in the area in that particular field.
Whyte says Swan River MLA Rick Wowchuk, Prairie Mountain Health Region and the community have all played a role in the recruiting campaign.