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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Doctors' Day

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  

Chief of Staff at OSMH says doctors are in the profession to make a difference.

This is Doctors' Day in Ontario, an opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions by the province's 40,000 phsycians.

May 1 was chosen as it is the birthdate of Dr. Emily Stowe,  the first female to practise medicine in Canada.

The Orillia hospital hosted a sponsored breakfast for the doctors.

Dr Nancy Merrow, Chief of Staff at Soldiers' Memorial and the hospital in Midland says doctors are in the profession to make a difference.

She says whenever a patient gives feedback about something a doctor did or got for them in health care,  or in direct care that made their lives better, she says that's what physicians want to know and hear.

There are challenges in today's health care sector,  whether it is a lack of family doctors or hallway medicine,  and Merrow says there has been politics as long as there has been medicine.

She says doctors are focused on their patients, noting pressures come and go from various directions all the time.

Merrow calls politics a background that she hopes never overtakes.

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