Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and Chatham Family Health Team Welcomes Two New Family Physicians
Chatham-Kent: Thursday, November 24, 2011 — Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) and the Chatham-Kent Family Health Team welcomes two new family physicians to the community.
Dr. Rachel Simmons was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where she also attended medical school. Frustrated with the American medical system, Dr. Simmons and her Canadian husband began looking to settle in southwestern Ontario. “The Canadian healthcare model appealed to me. Plus, [my husband] Jim grew up in Woodstock and having family nearby is important to us,” she said. Their search led them to Ridgetown and the Howard Mutual Community Medical Centre, which is part of the Chatham-Kent Family Health Team. “The Ridgetown medical centre was opening, and I saw that it would be a great place to live and work,” states Simmons. “I really enjoy the beautiful area.”
Dr. Jennifer MacKinnon is from Chatham-Kent. Prior to returning to medical school, Dr. MacKinnon was a school teacher in the community. After raising her children she decided to pursue a second career in medicine. Dr. MacKinnon finished her medical school at McMaster University and completed her residency with the University of Western Ontario. She was able to do most of her rotations in Chatham-Kent. According to Jennifer, “Chatham Kent has been a great place to raise a family and we look forward to many more years in the area. I am happy to be working alongside so many wonderful colleagues who have been such an instrumental part of my education as a medical student and a resident.”
Chatham-Kent Family Health Team Executive Director, Laura Johnson, is thrilled with the recruitment of Dr. Simmons and Dr. MacKinnon. “The Chatham-Kent Family Health Team is so pleased to welcome these two new physicians to our FHT and to the Community of Chatham-Kent,” she added.
For more information, contact:
Fannie Vavoulis, Medical Recruiter
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance