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Physician Recruitment Program

What is the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative?

The Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is an incorporated non-profit, charitable, organization whose mission is to recruit family physicians to the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL), to retain family physicians in the City of Kawartha Lakes, and to conduct research, public education, outreach and advocacy as it relates to recruitment and retention of family physicians. 

KLHCI's vision is that everyone living in the City of Kawartha Lakes has a primary health care provider.

In 2003, the City of Kawartha Lakes established a city wide committee of council to address the lack of health care professionals in the city. As a result of this committee, the KLHCI was founded.

In August of 2004, KLHCI became an incorporated non-profit organization and in January of 2005 the first Board of Directors was formed. After doing extensive research into the recruitment and retention of health care professionals, and becoming involved in the recruitment process, KLHCI proceeded in December 2005 to hire a staff Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. Please click here to meet our board.

In January 2008, KLHCI received charitable status, which facilitates fundraising and promotes charitable contributions to support doctor recruitment and retention for the City of Kawartha Lakes. For more information on making a donation or if you are interested in assisting with doctor recruitment and retention please click here.


The KLHCI is funded by the City of Kawartha Lakes and Ross Memorial Hospital. Some funding has also been provided through grants from Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation. In 2009 a grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation to strengthen organizational infrastructure and capacity by implementing governance training, strategic planning, volunteer recruitment, management strategies, community awareness and engagement, and volunteer opportunities was completed.

During 2009/2010 a grant from the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation, through Industry Canada, was received for the development of a Rural Family Medicine Residency Program proposal.  This proposal has subsequently been submitted to all Schools of Medicine in Ontario.

The City of Kawartha Lakes boasts a number of medical centres in communities located in the area including: Bobcaygeon, Coboconk, Fenelon Falls (with an option to join a FHT), Kirkfield, Lindsay (with an option to join a CHC or FHO/FHT), and Woodville. Details on each centre are available through our interactive map (just click on each location).

Health Care Facilities

The major health care facility in the City of Kawartha Lakes is Ross Memorial Hospital. Originally founded in 1902, Ross Memorial Hospital has undergone a number of expansions, including a $50 million dollar project which provided for the addition of a number of programs and services and has increased the bed capacity from 156 to 218.

The expansion project included:

  • A new complex Continuing Care wing
  • A new Rehabilitation Unit including inpatient therapy spaces
  • A new Palliative Care wing featuring family spaces and individual rooms
  • A new Mental Health Unit with inpatient and day programs (Schedule 1 Facility as of May 2006 with psychiatric ICU)
  • A new Ambulatory Care Unit for out patient procedures
  • An Emergency Department doubled in size with 29 observation beds and 2 trauma rooms
  • A new suite for the CT Scanner
  • Additional medical inpatient beds
  • Expanded and renovated public and staff spaces such as the main lobby, cafeteria, gift shop and café

Ross Memorial also features an 8 bed ICU, 8 operation rooms (general surgery, endoscopy, orthopedics, gynecology and cysto), 11 obstetrical beds (8 LDRP), 15 chair dialysis unit, and onsite community counseling and nuclear medicine. MRI services have been approved and fundraising for the equipment is underway.

Learn and Practice

Whether you are in university, medical school, a resident or practicing physician, there is an opportunity for you in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI), along with the Ross Memorial Hospital, works with the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) to provide elective opportunities to medical students and residents in family medicine and a variety of specialties. In addition, KLHCI hosts students from a different Ontario medical school each year for Rural Ontario Medicine Week.

Family practice opportunities, with options to suit all kinds of practice styles, are available throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes for new graduates or established practitioners.

To receive further information from the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative, please contact Cindy Snider at 705-328-6098 or csnider@rmh.org.

Tel: 705.328.6098
Fax: 705.328.6092
Email: info@kawarthalakesdoctors.org

180 Kent St. W, Lindsay, OntarioK9V 2Y6
Phone 705-324-9411
Toll Free 1-866-397-6673

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