Specialty Family Practitioner/General Practitioner

Subspecialty Anesthesiology

Role and Facility Information

The Anesthesia Group in Vanderhoof is offering a 5 month locum opportunity to provide coverage from May – September 2023, or any portion thereof.

Join an outstanding medical community and be a part of a progressive team at St. John’s Hospital in Vanderhoof, the geographical centre of British Columbia.

We are looking for full OR coverage for the duration of your visit, including all elective / urgent / emergent surgeries including obstetrical analgesia (epidurals / intrathecals). This would also include after hours and weekend coverage. Our anesthesia service also provides critical care support to our ER colleagues and to the hospital. This includes but not limited to out-of-OR airway support to ER / hospital, resuscitations (adult / pediatric / neonatal), and trauma support.

Durations: very flexible and open to discussion. For ease of scheduling, we do prefer visits of at least 1 week in duration.

Anesthesia Contract payment model has recently been implemented for the Vanderhoof Group, providing superior compensation from the fee-for-service model. Our previous locums have come through the RGPALP. You will have the option to have your clinical services paid via our contract or RGPALP.

Travel and accommodation will be covered by RGPALP regardless of whether you decide to have your clinical services paid by our contract or RGPALP.

This team of FPs and FP specialists work in a collaborative team to support each other in clinical and academic activities to provide the best level of patient care in the North. This opportunity would be excellent for a new graduate seeking rural experience because of the added benefit and support of GP specialists and technology that most rural hospitals do not have.

St. John Hospital is a 24 acute care bed and eight bassinet facility with a staff base of 180. The St. John’s Hospital services include:

• Operating room 5 days/week, with GP-Surgery and GP-Anesthesia Support

• Endoscopy Services

• Maternity and Obstetric Services

• Emergency Services with GP Surgery and GP Anesthesia backup

• 24/7 Lab, X-ray

• GP run community oncology program

• Cardiac Stress Testing program

St. John Hospital is a teaching facility for the University of Northern British Columbia and UBC, with a regular rotation of students and residents. Services that are operated on an outpatient basis from the St. John Hospital & nearby Health Unit include:

• Public Health Services

• Mental Health Services

• Occupational therapy

• Home Care

• Dietician Services

St. John Hospital is also home to Stuart Nechako Manor, an attached long term care facility equipped with a hospice bed.

Visiting specialists to the hospital include: General internist, orthopaedics, ENT, plastics, geriatrics, psychiatry, pediatrics, and physiatry.

Vanderhoof is a tight-knit community, and supports a population of approximately 10,000 people, including in-town and nearby rural communities. While forestry, agriculture, and tourism are major economic drivers, it’s growing industry of mining is rapidly increasing the population, as well as the demand on health services. Vanderhoof offers a vibrant arts and culture scene, sports and recreation opportunities for all ages, and endless lakes and trail systems within minutes of town. Affordable housing prices, a variety of educational facilities from elementary to college level, and it’s proximity to Prince George make Vanderhoof one of the most desirable Northern B.C. communities to join.

St. John Hospital

3255 Hospital Rd

Vanderhoof, BC

V0J 3A2

This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

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Compensation Type
Clinical Service Contract

Benefits and Incentives

May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) including:
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The growing town of Vanderhoof is located on the Nechako River in northern British Columbia. Forestry and agriculture are the mainstays of the economy here and the town functions as a service centre for the surrounding area. Recreational opportunities for residents and visitors include arts and cultural activities, horseback riding, tennis, skating, and more.

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