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Fredericton Chamber Welcomes Medical Residents and Students “Home for the Holidays”

For Immediate Release
20 December 2013

(Fredericton, NB) – Members of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce’s Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee are again attending Horizon Health Network’s “Home for the Holidays” reception at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital on Friday, 20 December 2013.

The annual event allows Fredericton’s medical residents and students to informally meet physicians and staff of the Horizon Health Network, members of the community and each other.

In addition to the chamber itself, a number of chamber members and partners have donated items for gift bags and door prizes for the event, including Cox and Palmer, National Bank, the Delta Fredericton,  Foster and Company, the Ramada Fredericton, Dooly’s Prospect Street, the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, Aitken’s Pewter, and the City of Fredericton.

“With a number of vacant family medicine billing numbers in the Fredericton area and more retirements on the horizon, the chamber’s Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee have begun to ramp up our efforts over the past year,” stated Janice Corey, co-chair of the committee. “In addition to our advocacy work, we hosted a reception for medical residents and students in the summer, provide support to the government’s recruitment efforts and are now participating in ‘Home for the Holidays’ for the second time.”

“Physician recruitment is an issue affecting many aspects of business and community life generally,” stated Krista Ross, Fredericton chamber CEO. “Organizations in many other communities are also providing support services to attract physicians to their areas, so the competition is tough. With the number of chamber members and partners such as the City of Fredericton who have stepped up with donations, time, and knowledge, we hope to be able to complement the Province’s efforts in recruiting physicians to the area.”

For the past several years, access to primary care has been near the top of member’s priority list in the chamber’s annual survey. The Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee has been active since 2008.

With more than 900 members, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest chambers of commerce. A dynamic business organization, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is actively engaged in policy development that affects the competitiveness of our members and of the Canadian business environment.

Contact: Krista Ross, CEO, 458.8006.

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