May
17
2019

Recognizing Prince Edward Island family physicians

Health and Wellness Minister James Aylward, right, and Dr. Nadine Arsenault-Samson, President of the College of Family Physicians.

Health and Wellness Minister James Aylward is proud to join the College of Family Physicians for Prince Edward Island in recognizing May 19, 2019 as Family Doctor Day and celebrating some of the Island’s outstanding physicians.

Dr. Lana Beth Barkhouse has been named the Family Physician of the Year, the college’s highest honour that recognizes an outstanding family physician who best exemplifies what being a family doctor is all about. The college is also recognizing Dr. Heather Austin and Dr. Shannon Curtis with its Awards of Excellence.

“Family doctors often act as the central hub for managing your health and provide a higher level of continuity of care,” Minister Alyward said. “We see such value in family doctors that we intend to increase the current complement as part of our government mandate.”  

“Dr. Lana Beth Barkhouse, Family Physician of the Year is a tremendous doctor, who provides high quality care for her patients and gives back to our Island community. Congratulations to her, as well as to Dr. Heather Austin and Dr. Shannon Curtis who will receive this year’s Awards of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians,” the minister said. 

Family Physician of the Year  recipients are chosen by their peers for providing exceptional care to their patients, making significant contributions to the health and well being of their community and/or society in general, and dedicating themselves to educating future generations of family doctors.

The Awards of Excellence recognizes College of Family Physicians members who in the past 12 to 24 months have made an outstanding contribution in a specific area of work.

“PEI is lucky to have a number of outstanding family physicians and it is with great pleasure that we, as a College, get to recognize the Family Physician of the Year as well as the recipients of the Awards of Excellence,” said Dr. Nadine Arsenault-Samson, President of the College of Family Physicians. “Drs. Barkhouse, Austin and Curtis are great examples of the good work being done by family physicians on PEI in ensuring Islanders receive comprehensive, patient centred care. My sincere congratulations go out to all three of my colleagues.”

The awards will be presented at the Annual Family Medicine Conference on June 6 in Charlottetown. They will also be recognized in November at the National Family Medicine Forum.

For more information, visit the College of Family Physicians for PEI.

Media Contact:
Autumn Tremere
Health and Wellness 
agtremere@gov.pe.ca
902-368-5610

Rose Burke-Perry
Executive Administrator
PEI College of Family Physicians
rbperry@peicfp.ca
902-894-2605


BACKGROUNDER

About the Prince Edward Island College of Family Physicians (PEICFP)

The PEICFP has 134 members in its various categories. They are a chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada is a national voluntary organization of family physicians that makes continuing medical education of its members mandatory. The college strives to improve the health of Canadians by promoting high standards of medical education and care in family practice, by contributing to public understanding of healthful living, by supporting ready access to family physicians services, and by encouraging research and disseminating knowledge about family medicine.

The college has been paying tribute since 1972 to physicians who exemplify family medicine’s guiding principles of being skilled clinicians, community-based, serving as resources for those in their community, and for valuing the patient-doctor relationship.

About the Prince Edward Island Family Physician of the Year (Reg L. Perkin Award)
This award recognizes an outstanding  member who exemplifies the ideals of family medicine. The award is adjudicated on the basis of the individual’s contribution to: family medicine in general, family practice in particular; their community through government, social, church or other activities; and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. 

In 1996, the college named its annual Family Physician of the Year award in honour of Dr. Reg L. Perkin who had served as its executive direction from 1985 to 1996.

About the Awards of Excellence PEI

These awards were created as a way for the college to recognize at the national level family physicians who are meritorious and recognized at the provincial chapter level. The Awards of Excellence recognize CFPC members who, in the past 12 to 24 months, have made outstanding contributions to one or more of the following areas: 

  • patient care; 
  • community service; 
  • hospital or health care institutions; 
  • college activities (national and chapter); and
  • teaching, research, or other elements of the discipline of family medicine. 

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca