Armstrong’s Haugen Community Healthcare Society is gearing up for a busy 2019 which includes recruiting another physician.
“It is always a concern to retain doctors, and this year one moved to Australia with her husband,” said society secretary Barrie Lockton. “The clinic manager is hopeful she can be replaced by offering an attractive environment in this region to doctors considering the profession in the North Okanagan.
“All areas are competing for a limited number of physicians, and we are fortunate to have the representation we have.”
Haugen’s physicians were presented with a gift by the society for the work they’ve been doing.
The mission statement of the local healthcare society is to provide medical access to as many residents of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen area as possible.
Working quietly in the background, the society, in cooperation with some local businesses, also arranged the installation of automatic doors to assist the handicapped, and an upgrade of office facilities.
“Locals are encouraged to be part of this process, and can attend the monthly meetings held at Heaton Place at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month,” said Lockton. “No specialty is required. Just a desire to contribute to our community.”
The public is invited to support the society’s Annual Gala at the Royal York Golf Clubhouse, set for Saturday, Feb. 9. The event is a major fundraiser for the society.
Tickets and information are available from Janet at 250-546-3477, or Edna at 250-546-9813.