Doctors and patients celebrated a new start last week with the opening of the new Battle River Medical Clinic located at Hamilton’s IGA.
Held March 16, the grand opening of the new clinic brings a new layout and some opportunities for growth. Celebrating the occasion was Mayor Rick Bonnett among doctors and dignitaries. He praised the Hamilton family, contractor Jorgenson Homes and the Ponoka doctors for coming together to make the move possible.
“This is a gorgeous building. I think it’ll serve the town for many years to come,” said Bonnett.
“It’s nice to have all the doctors in one building. It’s a very good fit for the Town of Ponoka.”
He added his hopes that this will also help with doctor attraction and retention.
Peggy Hamilton, president of Hamilton’s IGA, spoke a few words offering there was a sigh of relief to see the clinic completed. She added her thanks to Grant and Mark Jorgenson of Jorgenson Homes for handling the construction.
“They make Ponoka proud and they used local sub-trades whenever possible, which was really good for the town,” said Hamilton.
“We’re glad to have the doctors back. We welcome them back.”
Speaking on behalf of the physicians was Dr. Gage Seavilleklein who said they are excited with the move and opportunities the new clinic brings Ponoka. “First and foremost it allows us to continue to recruit and attract more physicians to our team, and expand the health care that we do provide Ponoka.”
“Importantly as well, it gives our staff a good environment to continue to do their jobs well, and a bit more space to get creative to see if we can come up with more ways to deliver our health care even better.”
“And third, it also gives us good space to continue to engage in training the new physicians,” said Seavilleklein.
“It’s something that we’re passionate about,” he added of the training.
He added his gratitude to residents for their patience during the transition as well as to Jim Hamilton for his initiative to create the opportunity.
The clinic has a new phone number: 587-802-9897.