The Peace Regional Healthcare Attraction and Retention Committee recognized for welcoming health providers, engaging and empowering community with their work
Following a review of the outstanding candidates nominated this year, the RhPAP Board of Directors has endorsed the Peace Regional Healthcare Attraction and Retention Committee as the 2020 recipient of the Rhapsody Community Award. The Rhapsody Community Award recognizes a rural Alberta community that has developed innovative and collaborative approaches to successfully attract and retain health-care providers in its area.
The Peace Regional Committee was selected as the 2020 Community Award recipient based on the variety of initiatives the committee is involved in, the positive change in attitudes they have encouraged, and the successes they have achieved.
“Local health providers tell us the Peace Regional committee makes them feel welcome, and they go out of their way to find opportunities to show them that they care,” says Bernard C. Anderson, RhPAP Executive Director. “The appreciation expressed in the letters of support that accompanied the nomination reflects that, while the committee has successful achieved attraction and retention goals, they have also succeeded in engaging and empowering their community with this work.”
The committee has been involved in several initiatives to attract health professionals to the community, including formal welcomes of new health professionals; medical residents and students; tours and packages for visiting health professionals; engagement between committee members and health professionals; appreciation BBQs; successful Rhapsody Award nominations; and hosting a medical skills weekend. The result of their efforts is apparent in the physicians you have successfully attracted to Peace River through the many initiatives in which the committee has been involved.
About the Rhapsody Awards
The RhPAP Rhapsody Awards continue a long tradition of celebrating rural Alberta’s health-care heroes and rural communities. Founded in 2002, the Rhapsody Awards are intended to recognize the individuals, teams, and communities that make significant civic and health-care contributions within rural Alberta. Nominations are evaluated by an Awards Selection Committee composed of a practising or recently retired rural Alberta-based physician, a member of an active rural community health professional attraction and retention committee, and one rural Alberta health professional, all from different zones. The selection committee provides recommendations to the RhPAP Board of Directors, who are responsible for endorsing the final recipients.
RhPAP celebrates Rhapsody Award recipients with a recognition event in their home community. Celebrations include the Rhapsody Award presentation, a donation by RhPAP to a local non-profit organization on behalf of the recipient, and the airing of a video profiling the recipient, or recipients, and their contributions to the health and well-being of their community. Details on the recognition event will be released as they become available.