A dedicated team of health care clinicians deliver quality care to the people of Wadena and area. Commonly referred to as the “Wadena Group,” this team of talented Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) staff members are pleased to announce the addition of another member of the team – Dr. Saber-Haghparvar.
Dr. Saber-Haghparvar recently starting practicing in Wadena after successfully completing all of the requirements of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. He has advice for anyone else considering a career in rural, family medicine: “Practicing medicine in Wadena is rewarding, professionally and personally. You will see patients from the same community and familiarize with them in a short time. You will not feel alone in your practice due to emergency retrieval teams and high quality specialist consult networks. Meanwhile, Wadena has an excellent health care team for collaboration, which helps to provide quality services to community.”
The physician joins his colleagues practicing in many rural communities throughout the province. These physicians work closely with a dedicated, dynamic team of nurses, clinical assistants, therapists, dieticians and counsellors delivering quality care to the people of Saskatchewan.
“We welcome Dr. Saber-Haghparvar to Saskatchewan,” Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. “Internationally trained physicians play an important role in our health care system. Thanks to the SIPPA program, along with our other recruitment initiatives and rural incentives, we now have nearly 900 more doctors practising today than we did in 2007.”
The group sees patients at the clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and the physicians rotate a call schedule on a daily basis and on week-ends.
Similar to other rural clinics and hospitals, Wadena’s is attached to a long-term care facility called Pleasant View Care Home. The hospital, home and clinic take care of people from the Wadena area and a satellite clinic operating out of the Fishing Lake First Nation helps deliver health care services to that community as well.
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The team-based approach is important, especially when it comes to delivering health care in rural areas, according to Dr. Susan Shaw, the SHA’s Chief Medical Officer: “When we recruit health care providers to Saskatchewan, we talk about how they’ll join a dynamic health care team that grounds itself in patient first and continuous improvement to provide high-quality care to the people of Saskatchewan.”
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Wadena's Medical Group Team (from left): Dr. Saber-Haghparvar, Dr. Hassan, Liza Macneil (Clinic Assistant), Kayla Burechailo (Manager, Primary Health), Dr. Rahoum, Dianna Heuchert (NP), Donna Lazar (Office Supervisor), Amber Closson (Clinic Assistant), Heather Nakrayko (Clinic Assistant).