Maryanne Firth / The Tribune
The city is hoping new examination rooms are just what the doctor ordered.
In attempt to help recruit physicians to Port Colborne, the city is offering a different type of incentive — brand new exam rooms at Mapleview Medical Clinic.
The city is “at a crossroads” with physician recruitment, with no doctors currently accepting new patients and several longtime physicians preparing for retirement, said Joanne Ferraccioli, Port Colborne’s health services co-ordinator.
To assist with recruitment, Port Colborne has been working on creation of ancillary clinics all local physicians can refer to. These are seen as enticing, particularly to new physicians who seek to practice in a team environment, Ferraccioli said.
The city operates a dermatology clinic, plans to open a memory clinic at Mapleview on Nov. 22 and has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease clinic in the works.
City council previously offered monetary incentives to encourage physicians to set up shop in Port Colborne.
That incentive will continue to be offered, though at a much-reduced rate.
Instead, to entice physicians, Mapleview Medical Clinic will be outfitted with two new examination rooms used not only for the Port Colborne Memory Clinic but to showcase to potential recruits.
Cost for the rooms is projected to be about $10,000. Funds will come from the city’s physician recruitment reserves.
This ensures the money is invested right into the city while incentives are still offered to set up a practice in Port Colborne, Ferraccioli said.