Wednesday, July 24, 2024

‘Grateful to be coming home’: Belleville Doctor Recruitment signs another family physician

Jillian Macklin is a Belleville native who will be returning to the city to establish a family practice. – Photo submitted by the City of Belleville

The City of Belleville has announced that its Belleville Doctor Recruitment Program has signed another future family physician.

University of Toronto medical student, Jillian Macklin, will be the 45th physician to be recruited by the city through the program, meaning support will be provided while she completes her residency here in Belleville and establishes her practice.

“Jillian Macklin is a Belleville native who left for university to pursue her goal of becoming a doctor and we are so proud to welcome her back to Belleville and provide her with some support as she finishes her training,” said Mayor Neil Ellis in a media release. “She is an outstanding individual and will provide excellent care to our community when she starts her practice in 2026.”

Macklin said she is grateful to be coming home after being away for over a decade of training.

“Family medicine is rooted in community and trustworthy long-term relationships. It is important to me to work in a place that has these same values, and Belleville’s tight-knit community absolutely does,” she said.

Macklin noted that Belleville’s physician recruitment program presents an incredible opportunity to young physicians to set-up a primary practice.

“I also pursued a PhD during medical training focused on healthcare for people who are homeless and who struggle with addiction,” Macklin explained. “I hope to bring these learnings forward to serve our community in a time of need, and to give back to a place that has given my family and I so much.”

Although healthcare and physician recruitment are not a municipal responsibility, the City of Belleville has recognized the shortcomings of the Provincial Health Care system and has implemented one of the most successful recruitment programs in the province, recruiting 45 physicians and five nurse practitioners. The program is funded by the dividends the City receives as a shareholder of Elexicon Energy and to date, over $6 million has been committed to attracting primary healthcare providers. 

For residents in need of a family physician or a nurse practitioner, it is important to register with Health Care Connect (HCC). HCC is a resource used by physicians and government agencies to place patients with physicians and can be relied upon by doctors and nurse practitioners when developing or expanding their roster of patients. Registering with HCC is the key to finding primary health care in Ontario. You can register with HCC by calling 1-800-445-1822 (TTY 1-800-387-5559) or by visiting the HCC website.

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