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Online resources expanded to fill demand for local physicians

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November 13, 2012 - 11:12 AM

An initiative by Venture Kamloops may prove good for the health of Kamloops residents.

The City’s economic development committee sees its improved online presence as a way of enticing physicians to relocate to the Tournament Capital.

“Over the last number of years we've been hearing about the issue of the shortage or need for more physicians in the community,” says Anita Grover, interim executive director of Venture Kamloops.

The Venture Kamloops website has expanded to include online resources for physicians potentially relocating to the City. Features include current opportunities, community medical resources, immigration procedures and living in Kamloops.

“Physicians are looking for a definite quality of life,” Grover said, adding that family life often plays a part in where physicians choose to practice.

The online improvements add to past initiatives by Venture Kamloops to entice medical professionals to the city. The Red Carpet program, a partnership between Venture Kamloops and local businesses, was introduced in 2007.

The program offered ‘red carpet’ treatment for interviewed physicians to shine a positive light on Kamloops and providing candidates with care packages.

“In a package you might be able to see fruit baskets, wine, passes to the (Tournament Capital Centre), passes to the B.C. Wildlife Park – even a haircut,” Grover said.

Grover said she expects the new initiative to help fill the demand for physicians in Kamloops.

“The ultimate objective of the program is to have more physicians relocate to Kamloops, eliminate the shortage that some people have experienced here and have medical services available.”


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