Dr. Harrison Moore, a family doctor with the Battle River Medical Clinic (BRMC), will be closing his practice in Ponoka at the end of February, 2021. He is relocating to Edmonton to be with his growing family.
Dr. Moore first arrived in Ponoka as a medical student in 2012 with the Integrated Community Clerkship program through the University of Alberta. He then returned after completing his family medicine training with anesthesia in 2017 and practiced full-scope rural family medicine.
“We are saddened to lose such a skillful and compassionate physician,” said Dr. Gregory Sawisky of BRMC.
“Dr. Moore was the best one could hope for in a colleague: genial, kind, approachable and an excellent physician.”
Dr. Moore could often be seen traveling between the hospital and the clinic on his electric scooter.
“We wish Dr. Moore the very best with his growing family and understand his need to be closer to home. Our loss is Edmonton’s gain,” Dr. Sawisky said.
Dr. Moore is the fifth doctor to be closing a practice in Ponoka since December, 2019.
“We are continuing to actively work to recruit new physicians to the area,” said Sawisky.
He adds that COVID-19 as well as the UCP’s antagonistic approach to contract negotiations with doctors has made it more difficult to recruit.
“The bellicose relationship the UCP created this past year has made newly-licensed physicians look outside the province for opportunities,” he said.
Any patients without a family doctor will still be able to access care through the Daily Access Clinic (DAC) at the Battle River Medical Clinic.
– Submitted by Battle River Medical Clinic