About KLHCI

About KLHCI

Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) has been successfully recruiting family doctors to the City of Kawartha Lakes since 2004 and is the lead organization for family doctor recruitment and retention in the City of Kawartha Lakes. KLHCI is an incorporated non-profit, charitable, volunteer organization whose mission is to recruit family doctors to the City of Kawartha Lakes, and to conduct research, public education, outreach and advocacy as it relates to recruitment and retention of family doctors. KLHCI’s vision is that everyone living in the City of Kawartha Lakes has a primary health care provider. KLHCI is funded by the City of Kawartha Lakes and Ross Memorial Hospital.

 

 

KLHCI includes Medical Education Coordination as part of their recruitment programs and works closely with the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) and medical schools to facilitate this program.

 

 

Recruitment and retention programs include:

  • Family Medicine Resident Weekends
  • Attendance at medical school job fairs
  • Advertising in medical journals and on recruitment websites
  • Hosting site visits
  • Presenting to Family Medicine Interest Groups at medical schools on the benefits of rural electives during training
  • Providing an e-Newsletter to update on KLHCI activities (Contact us to be added to the distribution list
  • Coordinating efforts with the Ross Memorial Hospital with respect to recruitment of family doctors
  • Communicating with all levels of government concerning family doctor recruitment including being an active member of the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (CASPR)

 

Retention programs include:

  • Hosting Family Doctor Appreciation Week (annually held first week of June)
  • Hosting and coordinating continuing medical education events for the local medical community
  • Hosting social events for local medical community
  • Providing an e-Newsletter to update on KLHCI activities (Contact us to be added to the distribution list)
  • Coordinating efforts with the Ross Memorial Hospital with respect to retention of family doctors
  • Communicating with all levels of government concerning family doctor retention, including being an active member of the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (CASPR)

 

Board of Directors

President - Dr. Sheila-Mae Young

Sheila-Mae is a recently retired Family Physician within the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team. Throughout her career she has had multiple leadership responsibilities within the Ross Memorial Hospital, including Chief of Medical Staff, President of Medical Staff, and Clinical Medical Director of the Continuing Care Program. Dr. Young was pleased ot accept the James Ross Award of Excellence, Ross Memorial Hospital in 2007, and the Glenn Sawyer Service Award, OMA in 2008. From 2002-2006 she was the Co-Chair of Quality Assurance Program of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and since 2007 continues as a member of the Discipline Committee. From November 2008 to May 2015, Dr. Young held the position of Primary Care Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program of Cancer Care Ontario. She has been co-lead of two Guidelines for Family Physicians and other Primary Care Providers on Referrals for Suspected Prostate and Lung Cancers that are plublished on the Cancer Care Ontario website. Within the CELHIN, she has been a member of the Primary Care Working Group, the new Primary Health Care Advisory Group, and as a member of the CELHIN Health Professional Advisory Committee. In 2008 and 2010 she participated in humanitarian visits to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania with the non-governmental organization Institute for Cultural Affairs (ICA) Canada. Dr. Young continues her volunteer participation with ICA Canada with particular interest in the "Il Ngwes" approach to HIV/AIDS program development. Dr. Young's family pursuits remain a top priority and the grounding values for all of her activities.

Vice-President - Barbara van der Veen

Barabara has an extensive background in physician recruitment.  Following her retirement as Manager-Medical Affairs to the Office of the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Barb and her husband retired to the Woodville area and are the proud owners of a horse farm.  Her medical and legal background/expertise are great assets to the KLHCI Board of Directors.  Barb joined the Board in June 2016 and is assisting with the Rentention and Rural Residency Program committees.

Secretary - Carolyn Williams

Carolyn is a retired registered nurse with a background in occupational health and emergency medicine. As an excellent listener and observer she is able to discern the needs of others and believes this skill will assist with the recruitment of family doctors. Carolyn joined the KLHCI Board in July 2015.

Bill Charlton

Having served as a board member for the Ross Memorial Hospital expanded my knowledge of health care management and systems.  I have taken active roles on the resource and audit committees.  I look forward to transferring this knowledge to recruitment of health care professionals to the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Dan Joyce

Dan has a passion for event management and continuing medical education that has culminated in the production of a variety of trade/consumer events, specializing in CME conferences for healthcare professionals. Currently Dan is Vice President Business Development at Diversified Communications Canada. Dan is married with one adult daughter and lives in Lindsay. Dan joined the KLHCI Board in August 2016.

Mary Ann Kerschl

Mary Ann is a longtime Lindsay resident who owned and operated a successful retail business for many years. May Ann joined the KLHCI board in 2013.

Gord Miller

Councillor Gord Miller was elected as Ward 3 representative for the City of Kawartha Lakes in the fall of 2014. He has been appointed as a CKL representative on the KLHCI board.

Bob Smith

Bob retired in 2012 from leadership positions in the provincial Economic Development profession and previously as owner of a residential land development and custom home business in the GTA.  Lifetime cottager on Balsam Lake and fulltime reisdent since 2001, Bob has served locally as President of the Balsam Lake Association and Project Manager for the City of Kawartha Lakes disaster relief flood committee.  By being a member of the KLHCI board, Bob looks forward to contributing to the task of family doctor recruitment and retention.

Stephen Strangway

Councillor Steve Strangway was appointed to the KLHCI Board of Directors in January 2007 by CKL. Councillor Strangway represents Ward 5.

Pat Warren

Pat is a Bobcaygeon resident who served for many years as a CKL Councillor. Pat joined the KLHCI Board in January 2015.

Staff

Recruitment & Retention Coordinator - Cindy Snider

Cindy has been the Recruitment & Retention Coordinator for the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative for the past nine years.  This position is responsible for the recruitment and retention of family doctors in the City of Kawartha Lakes and reports to the volunteer Board of Directors.   In addition to her recruitment role, Cindy is the Medical Education Coordinator for the City of Kawartha Lakes.  Assisting young people to reach their goals is a professional and personal passion which guides her work with the medical students and residents.  She was very proud to receive the ROMP Community Education Coordinator of the Year award in 2015. A background in marketing and administration, including a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, has been extremely helpful in her position.  Cindy and her family have lived in Bobcaygeon for the past 30 years.

Associate Members

Past President - Robyn McNabb

Robyn was born and raised in the City of Kawartha Lakes. After receiving post-secondary education at McMaster and Queen's Universities, she and her husband (a local general surgeon) returned to the area to raise their family. Having worked as a registered nurse in the ER at Ross Memorial Hospital, Robyn now spends her time at home raising two boys and volunteering for many community organizations.