The Ambulatory Eye Care room in the Victoria Hospital will carry the name of Dr. George Gilmour after a ceremony today honoured the memory of the physician who helped expand the ophthalmology program in Prince Albert.
Members of Dr. George Gilmour’s family stand next to the plaque honouring Dr. Gilmour at the Victoria Hospital.
From left, Jack Gilmour (grandson), Susan Gilmour (daughter), Euan Gilmour (son), Margaret (his wife of 54 years), and Nicholas Gilmour (grandson).
“It is with fond reflection for George, and the Gilmour family, and with future anticipation for Prince Albert Ophthalmic patient care, that the idea to name the Victoria Hospital Ambulatory Care Eye Room, the Dr. George Gilmour Room came to be," said Dr. Todd Buglass, a Prince Albert ophthalmologist who worked with Dr. Gilmour. “George pursued an attentive, compassionate, professional, and comprehensive ophthalmic practice to his local and distant patients. He forged interest to innovate the Prince Albert Ophthalmic practice, and partnered with local service clubs, hospital foundation, and hospital administration to acquire current state-of-the-art-diagnostic and surgical ophthalmic equipment. Such equipment is housed in the room we are commemorating today. It is fitting to recognize his legacy in this way. The Dr. George Gilmour Room will help us remember a man who contributed to Prince Albert ophthalmology. He provided a firm foundation on which we continue to build."
The plaque outside of the Ambulatory Eye Care room at the Victoria Hospital recognizing Dr. George Gilmour, who helped expand the ophthalmology program in Prince Albert.
Dr. George Gilmour was born in Motherwell, Scotland in 1937. He graduated from Glasgow University in 1963, which was the same year he married his wife Margaret. They immigrated to Canada in 1968, when he began his practice in ophthalmology in Prince Albert. For much of that time he was the only ophthalmologist north of Saskatoon. He would run Saturday clinics for children with strabismus, so those who had to travel wouldn't miss school, and he would fly to Uranium City and northern communities to care for those with diabetic retinopathy. He continued to provide services to patients in Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan until he retired in 2011.
“Our family appreciates this recognition of my father's commitment to his patients and his community," said his daughter Dr. Susan Gilmour. “Dedicated leadership was a part of my father's personality and, on top of a full-time practice and outreach, he took on the role of chief of staff, president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and chair of their disciplinary committee for 20 years."
During his long medical career in Saskatchewan, Dr. George Gilmour held several professional roles:
He also contributed to his community volunteer roles, including as President of the Prince Albert CNIB, President of the Prince Albert Red Cross, President of the Prince Albert Rotary Club, and Elder of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Gilmour died in September 2017. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margaret, daughters Susan and Fiona, son Euan, and grandchildren Kathleen, Henry, Nicholas, Jennifer, Jack, Rebecca, and James.