She noted that not all physicians possess the desire to meet the broad demands of rural practice. Dr. Mike Boorman, a long time doctor in Rimbey, retired in 2013. Following in his footsteps for their much-deserved retirements were Drs. Monica Wickland-Weller, Kim Adzich and Rob Nawrot. Since that time, only two doctors have come in as replacements. Dr. Burke stated Rimbey has relied on locums — travelling physicians — to help. However, at this time there are no locums available and the permanent physicians practice sizes are at or have exceeded their maximum. Peggy Makofka, who sits on an ad hoc committee formed to address the physician recruitment situation in Rimbey, said there has been some interest expressed in setting up practice in Rimbey by a couple of physicians. The committee is planning a social event to encourage these physicians to consider Rimbey as a community of choice for setting up a medical practice and raising a family.

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