Dr. John Routh will be retiring and Dr. Kate Everdell will begin practicing.

WEST NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, Tuesday May 2, 2016 – The members of the Community Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee (CPRRC) wish to announce the retirement of Dr. John Routh and the recruitment of Dr. Kate Everdell.

Dr. John Routh will be retiring effective June 13, 2016.

Dr. Routh has practiced family medicine for 50 years. He was trained and began practicing medicine in England before moving to Canada. He has been practicing medicine in Port Hope since 1978. His office practice as well as work in anesthesia, obstetrics and the ER has kept him busy in the medical community for many years.

"On behalf of his patients and the community of West Northumberland the CPRRC would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Routh for his outstanding contribution to the health and well being of his patients." stated Tracy West, CPRRC Project Manager.

Dr. Paul Hazell stated that, "He will be sadly missed by both his patients and his colleagues and we wish him all the best in his retirement."

The CPRRC is very pleased to announce that newly recruited Dr. Kate Everdell will be taking over the practice of Dr. Routh therefore ensuring the continuity of care for all the patients.

Dr. Everdell studied Medicine at McMaster University and completed her family medicine residency in Bracebridge, through the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She wanted to be a family doctor from a young age, having been inspired by her Fisher Price doctor bag and plastic stethoscope. She and her husband, Ian, and their son, Ben, have friends and family in Port Hope, which was one of their many reasons for choosing to relocate to the area.

Dr. Everdell will be joining the group of Port Hope physicians at the Port Hope Medical Centre on Ontario Street on June 13, 2016. She will also attend to her patients admitted to NHH.

Dr. Everdell stated that, "I'm really excited to be joining the Ganaraska Family Health Organization, although I suspect Dr. Routh will be a tough act to follow! Port Hope has so much going for it, and we're looking forward to being involved in the community for years to come."

The CPRRC along with the Port Hope physicians are very pleased to welcome Dr. Everdell and her family to our community. "Her recruitment is another example of the successful recruitment efforts by the CPRRC as they strive to recruit new family physicians in order to keep pace with the future needs of our residents," said Lynda Kay, CPRRC Co- Chair.

Thanks to support from the community and the much needed financial support from west Northumberland municipalities, the CPRRC is positioned to maintain its recruitment initiatives and recruitment momentum in order to continue attracting family physicians to our area.

Dr. Everdell will be taking over the entire patient roster of Dr. Routh and will not be accepting any new patients at the present time. If you are seeking a family physician please contact Health Care Connect at 1-800-445-1822 or go to www.northumberlanddocs.com for further information.

About the Community Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee

Formed in 2001, the Community Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee (CPRRC) is a volunteer group of citizens representing community agencies and businesses, municipalities, physicians and the Northumberland Hills Hospital. Co-Chaired by local residents Lynda Kay and Linda Nicol, the Committee's mandate is to attract new family physicians to the area and to lead efforts helpful in retaining the excellent family physicians working in our communities today. For more information about the CPRRC please visit www.northumberlanddocs.com.

Contact: Tracy West, Project Manager, Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, at tracywest@cogeco.ca or 905-376-7411