A new physician has arrived in Estevan and he brings an award-winning background to St. Joseph's Hospital and to the Estevan area.
Dr. Daniel Garcia has started his practice this week with the South East Medical Group in the hospital foundation building attached to St. Joseph’s Hospital. He will practise with Dr. Ryan Cormier.
Greg Hoffort, executive director of St. Joseph’s Hospital, said that Garcia is a physician who had his first exposure to Estevan during the Sask. Medical Association’s Roadmap Tour, which annually brings medical students to communities such as Estevan to show them opportunities in rural Saskatchewan.
The hospital has been in discussion with Garcia for a couple of years and they are extremely pleased that he has chosen our community to start his medical career.
Garcia attended medical school in Ireland and is a Canadian-trained resident who completed his two-year residency in family medicine in North Battleford, where he was the recipient of two prestigious awards.
The first award, the Alanna Danilkewich Resident Award in Rural Family Medicine, recognizes academic achievement (knowledge, skills and attitude) in rural and remote family medicine in Saskatchewan.
The second award was for the Best Overall Resident Project at the 30th annual Resident Research Day through the University of Saskatchewan Department of Academic Family Medicine for a project entitled, An Evaluation of the Buprenorphine-Naloxone Treatment Protocol initiated at the Battlefords Union Hospital Emergency Department.
Hoffort said that the arrival of Garcia will bring the number of physicians practising in Estevan to 14, with 13 of those focusing on family medicine.
Hoffort credits a collaborative effort between the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and St. Joseph’s Hospital for their success in regards to recruitment and retention of physicians.
St. Joseph’s Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Cormier to Estevan.