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NS To Invest $2 Million on HealthCare Recruitment in Amherst/Cumberland County

By Caitlin Snow Jan 25, 2023 | 7:52 AM

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The province is investing $2 million to help bring more healthcare professional to Cumberland County and to support residents.

Amherst and Cumberland County will work together on a promotional campaign to attract those that work in healthcare. They also plan to hold events, such as staff recognition dinners, to welcome healthcare professionals and show how much they are valued.

The Pugwash Physician Recruitment/Appreciation Committee will use the funds to develop marketing materials to recruit healthcare professionals to their community. They will also host appreciation events for healthcare workers already living in the Pugwash area and host an education/retreat day for doctors enrolled in Dalhousie University’s rural residency program.

“We have extremely dedicated volunteers and staff who work everyday to attract healthcare professionals to Cumberland County,” said Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables and MLA for Cumberland South, on behalf of Michelle Thompson, Minister responsible for the Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment. “The support from this fund will help them build on their important work and establish new programs to support the retention and recruitment of much-needed doctors and nurses to staff our hospitals and clinics in the county.”

The funding comes through the province’s Action for Health initiative. The strategic plan to improve health care in Nova Scotia.

“The Municipality of Cumberland appreciates the support from the Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment. Our community works really hard to attract and retain nurses and physicians. This funding will go a long way to help us achieve our goal of more healthcare professionals for Cumberland County.”
– Murray Scott, Mayor, Municipality of Cumberland

“A lot of people in the Town of Amherst participate in healthcare recruitment and retention efforts. We couldn’t do this without the financial support received from the Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment Community Fund. It’s greatly appreciated.”
– David Kogon, Mayor, Town of Amherst

Quick Facts:
— the Pugwash Physician Recruitment/Appreciation Committee will receive $25,943
— the Municipality of Cumberland and Town of Amherst will each receive $75,000
— organizations could apply for up to $100,000 from the OHPR Community Fund
— to be eligible, community organizations had to be a registered society, association, non-profit or charity; municipalities and chambers of commerce were also eligible
— two funding streams were available: community identified projects and community readiness supports; groups could request funding from one or both

Twenty-eight groups across Nova Scotia applied in December for the funding, more successful applicants will be notified in the coming weeks.

To be eligible the organizations had to be a registered society, association, non-profit or charity.


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