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Local Couple Commits to Enhancing South Shore Physician Recruitment Efforts

gp22Physician recruitment efforts on the South Shore are about to receive a $500,000 infusion, thanks to philanthropists Jim & Carolyn Evans.

After exploring careers that took them across Canada, the Maders Cove couple wanted to not only make a retirement home in the Mahone Bay area, but to make a difference in their new chosen community. In their charitable and “not for profit” investments, the Evans family attempt to help by working locally and in a manner where they are hopeful of realizing meaningful results in their lifetime.

“We want this donation to act as a catalyst,” said Jim, “allowing the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore to re-establish its role in working collaboratively with the Nova Scotia Health Authority towards this shared goal of physician recruitment.”

The first $150,000 of the donation will go towards a list of 12 ways to help with recruitment efforts, including additional financial support for physician recruitment and the provision of infrastructure or equipment support for local residency programs.

Health Services Foundation Executive Director Arleen Stevens has worked with the NSHA and the Evans family on ways donors can help bring more doctors to the South Shore for over a year. She notes the opportunities range from the direct financial assistance applied on a “case by case” basis, to more long-term initiatives like helping make LIC clerkship program a reality on the South Shore. “This physician recruitment funding will add to the progress that the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Physician Recruiter for the South Shore has already made. These twelve ideas are a wonderful starting point to assist in bringing physicians to the South Shore.”

The remaining $350,000 of the Evans family donation will be donated to the Health Services Foundation over the next four years.

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