New doctor coming at end of July

Dr. Karen Fordham will open a local practice in Cranbrook

A new family doctor is moving to Cranbrook at the end of the month.

Dr. Karen Fordham is relocating from Moncton, New Brunswick to open a practice in Cranbrook, filling one of at least five vacant GP positions in the community.

The East Kootenay Division of Family Practice announced the recruitment on Wednesday, July 9.

Dr. Fordham will be joining the F.W. Green Clinic, but it is yet to be determined when and if she will be accepting new patients, according to the Division.

There are nearly 4,000 people in Cranbrook who don’t have a family doctor, which is roughly 20 per cent of Cranbrook residents.

Five family doctors have closed down their Cranbrook practice this year: three at the F.W. Green Clinic, and two at the Associate Clinic.

Meanwhile, doctors in the hospital emergency department have expressed their concerns about orphaned patients who are forced into the hospital for care, which is not ideal for the patient and overtaxes medical staff.

Dr. Fordham was recruited to join Cranbrook’s medical community through a new collaboration between family doctors, the Cranbrook and District Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cranbrook, the Regional District of East Kootenay, Interior Health and the College of the Rockies.

It is connected to the province’s A GP For Me program, a joint initiative of the doctors of B.C. and the provincial government.

Dr. Fordham, who has just completed her residency in New Brunswick, toured Cranbrook in May and was the first physician to be part of Cranbrook’s Red Carpet Welcome program.

The program gives family doctors considering practicing in Cranbrook detailed information about the community and coordinates an initial familiarization visit based on the visiting doctors’ professional and personal needs.

“Our Red Carpet Welcome program is off to a great start,” said Dr. Greg Andreas, physician lead for the EK Division. “This first recruitment shows the benefit of taking a collaborative approach to managing Cranbrook’s doctor shortage.”

During the visit, Dr. Fordham toured local clinics and regional recreation amenities and meet with representatives from schools and other organizations relevant to her and her family.

The task force also hosted a welcome luncheon with local family physicians, health care providers and community leaders.

The goal of the program is to allow physicians to find out if the community is a good match not only for them, but also for their spouses and their children.

Just Posted

The latest EKASS survey confirms a steady decline in substance use among EK youth over the years. (image compilation via Pixabay)
Latest survey shows steady decline in adolescent substance use over the years

Starting in 2002, the survey has been conducted every two years to monitor changes in substance use patterns, attitudes and behaviors amongst East Kootenay youth.

The Aquatic Centre at Western Financial Place.
Cranbrook Aquatic Center to close temporarily

The annual shutdown of the Aquatic Center at Western Financial Place will begin earlier than scheduled this year and does not have a defined end date at this time.

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

Ryan McKenzie of the Kimberley Trails Society made an in-depth presentation to City Council describing the initial steps of the Electrify the Mountains eBike trails project. This is a look at the project one map.
Kimberley City Council hears details on Electrify the Mountain project

At the meeting of City Council on Tuesday, June 8 Ryan McKenzie… Continue reading

The Kimberley Public Library invites kids of all ages to join the 2021 BC Summer Reading Club. Kimberley Public Library file
Kimberley kids invited to join summer reading club at Public Library

The Kimberley Public Library invites kids of all ages to join the… Continue reading

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Most Read