pdfNews Release - Fredericton Chamber Hosts Annual Medical Resident Reception - July 21 2016

21 July 2016 ­ For Immediate Release

The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual summer reception for medical residents on July 21, 2016 at Gallery 78. In its fourth year, the event showcases the city, culminating with a tour of the Saint John River after the reception.

“Fredericton has made great strides over the past couple of years with attracting new physicians and reducing our waiting list, but more work remains to be done” said Paul Simmonds, chamber president. “There are pending retirements in the medical community, our population is growing and we are competing with many other jurisdictions for doctors. ”

The chamber has been focused on primary health care for a decade.

“This event in particular is a good example of the community and the chamber membership coming together to address an issue,” added Krista Ross, chamber CEO. “It starts with our corporate sponsors TD Wealth, Elliott McCrea Hill and Teed Saunders Doyle & Co. ­ who make this event possible, but we have members from all sectors that contribute to the event’s success. I’m very pleased that we are able to host in such a beautiful space as Gallery 78 this year.”

Also supporting the event financially are the Department of Health, Horizon Health Network, the City of Fredericton, and the New Brunswick Medical Society.

“In Fredericton,  the various stakeholders are eager to work together and collaborate on common issues,” added Simmonds. “The chamber often acts as a hub to bring people together, but it takes the support of the city to make things happen ­ especially a problem this complex. It’s one of the reasons our vision is Community Prosperity Through Business.”

Nearly 4000 residents are still on Fredericton’s waiting list for a family physician. This is not only a social issue but a business issue as well. Skilled employees are hesitant to move to an area where their primary health care is uncertain and out­of­jurisdiction businesses withhold investment.

“More family doctors are a key part of the equation, but not the only one,” added Ross. “We are pleased that Fredericton’s expanded community health centre will open in December. Over the years we have broadened the scope of our efforts from recruiting family doctors to increasing access to primary healthcare in a variety of forms ­ community health centres are an efficient and effective model in many cases.”

The chamber and the New Brunswick Medical Society are also continuing their professional development series for medical residents in the fall.

With more than 950 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 – (506) 458­8006