|New physician arrives in Shaunavon|
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|Tuesday, 08 June 2010 13:12|
The Town of Shaunavon welcomed Dr. Siva Balasingam to the community last week.
Her arrival was greeted with excitement by community leaders.
“We are so thankful for Dr. Siva’s safe arrival to our community - it has been a long wait but one that, I believe, will have been worth it,” said Shaunavon mayor Sharon Dickie. “The past two days have been very busy ones - as we’ve been trying the get our doctor settled. Dr. Siva has met many new people and everyone has been so genuinely welcoming. We also look forward to the arrival of her husband, Dr. Bala and daughter, Sangeetha in August.”
Dickie chaired the Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, which was able to help attract Dr. Siva to Shaunavon. Other members of the committee included Dr. Andrew Stoll, Janelle Wickstrom and Jay Meyer
Dr. Balasingam arrived in Saskatchewan on Monday, May 31 and promptly received her license to practice from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) the next day.
She arrived in Shaunavon on Wednesday, June 2 and started her practice yesterday (Monday, June 7) at the Avon Medical Clinic.
“I’m feeling nervous because of the new environment. It’s a totally different setting for me,” said Dr. Balasingam of starting her new position. “But, moreso, I feel welcomed, reassured, and a part of the community.”
The successful recruitment of Dr. Balasingam, along with current physician Dr. Pierre Louwrens, will bring Shaunavon one step closer to its full complement of three physicians.
Her husband, Dr. Velupillai Balasingam, has also been recruited and his arrival to the community is expected sometime in the fall.
Officials with the Cypress Health Region commended the Shaunavon Physician Recruitment Committee for all of their efforts and hard work, saying their commitment to recruiting Dr. Balasingam will be a great benefit for the residents of Shaunavon and surrounding area.
Grant Browne, Medical Affairs Coordinator for Cypress Health, says that Dr. Balasingam’s successful recruitment is the latest in a recent string of new physicians to the region. “Dr. Balasingam is the fifth doctor that our health region has been able to recruit in the last two months and she is going to be a great addition to the community of Shaunavon. She has a fantastic personality and is a physician with excellent qualifications. We are more than confident as a health region that she will be a welcomed addition to the community, a community that we know will also welcome her to her new surroundings. Mayor Sharon Dickie worked exceptionally hard to bring Dr. Balasingam to Shaunavon and I would like to personally thank her for her efforts.”
Dr. Balasingam, who is originally from Sri Lanka, will be practicing three days per week at the Avon Medical Clinic while also working one day per week at the Southwest Medi-Centre in Swift Current. Her fifth day of each week will be used for study.
This temporary process will allow her to meet the CPSS mentorship program guidelines and allow her to prepare for her CAPE examinations.
Her most recent practice was in London, England where she lived directly across from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, home of the Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament. Her home was so close, in fact, that she would often find stray tennis balls in her garden.
Dr. Balasingam’s daughter, who will be entering grade 12 in the fall, is expected to arrive in Shaunavon this August.