The Community Attraction and Retention Award was presented to Flagstaff Community Medical Recruitment and Retention Committee on November 13, 2013. Pictured receiving the award (L-R): Committee members Gail Watt, Diane Gordon and Gerald Kuefler, and Rural Physician Action Plan executive director David Kay.
The Flagstaff Community Medical Recruitment and Retention Committee was recognized on Wednesday, November 13 with the 2013 Alberta Rural Community Attraction and Retention Award for successfully blending physician attraction and retention approaches within the Flagstaff community.
The Committee, composed of individuals from Flagstaff County and surrounding communities of Forestburg, Killam, Hardisty and Daysland, won the award at the Alberta Chamber’s 2013 Fall Board Meeting and Deputy Minister’s Dinner at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta.
Bernard Anderson, executive director of the Health Workforce Policy and Planning, Alberta Health and the Alberta Health representative to the Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan Board, lauded the Flagstaff Committee’s achievements.
“The Flagstaff Community Medical Recruitment and Retention Committee successfully engaged physicians and the community, meeting regularly and working together to welcome new physicians,” he said, “[they also] assist and appreciate those who continue to practice in the community.”
The award was created in 2007 to honour rural Alberta communities that have developed creative and integrated approaches to successful physician attraction and retention.