Every day, more than 320,000 patients across Ontario are treated and cared for by a doctor.  Whether it’s in a hospital, a family practice clinic, a long-term care home, or at home, Ontario’s doctors are making a positive difference in the lives of patients by providing high-quality care when it’s needed most.

Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) is pleased to join west Northumberland’s Community Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee (CPRRC) and the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) in recognizing the fantastic work of local physicians on Doctors’ Day, May 1st, 2017, and through the first week of May.

Doctors’ Day was officially proclaimed by the provincial government in 2011 to celebrate the province’s 26,000+ physicians and to mark the birthday of Canada’s first female physician, Dr. Emily Stowe.

From May 1st until May 5th, local patients and their families will be encouraged to sign one of the thank you cards provided in their doctor’s office and in the hospital by the CPRRC or simply say THANK YOU to their doctor directly to let them know how much their efforts are appreciated.

The OMA will also be collecting physician thank you messages via its website. The OMA’s focus this year is on encouraging Ontarians to share “What my MD means to me.” Visit www.ontariosdoctors.com/DoctorsDay<http://www.ontariosdoctors.com/DoctorsDay> or recognize doctors via your personal social media channels by tweeting using the hashtags #LoveMyMD or #PatientsFirst.

“Thank you for all you do, here at the hospital and in the broader community, to put patients first,” said Linda Davis, NHH President and CEO.  “We are extremely fortunate to have such a strong, active and growing community of physicians in west Northumberland.”

“On behalf of the physician recruitment committee and the residents of west Northumberland, we would like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication,” said Linda Nicol and Gerald Blackstock, CPRRC Co-chairs.  “We know that all of you go above and beyond on a daily basis and we appreciate your commitment to health care in our community.”

Media contacts: Jennifer Gillard (NHH), 905-377-7757 or jgillard@nhh.ca<mailto:jgillard@nhh.ca> or Tracy West (Physician Recruiter, CPRRC), 905-376-7411 or wndoctors@gmail.com<mailto:wndoctors@gmail.com>