Seaway Valley Community Health Centre recently welcomed another part time family physician to their team.
Originally from Egypt, Dr. Amal Amer moved to Canada five years ago with her husband and five children for a better life, she says, and is very happy to be here.
Dr. Amar, who is on duty Thursdays and Fridays, first learned about Seaway Valley CHC at a job fair while doing her residency at Ottawa U, and is very impressed with what she’s seen so far. “It’s a wonderful centre,” she says. “The facilities are nice and clean and the staff, very helpful and friendly. I feel like part of the team, like a family.”
Amer is particularly impressed with the philosophy of the centre and its slogan “Everyone Matters.” That’s the way they trained us in Ottawa; Patient centred care,” she says, going on to explain the concept that here each patient is dealt with individually and shares in the decisions about their health and care. “Back home the doctor makes all the decisions.”
“I chose family medicine, because this is what I like to do, says Dr. Amer, who appreciates the opportunity to do follow-ups with her patients here at the centre. “I like women’s health; I like to help the elderly.”
As far as our community, Amar, who commutes two days a week from Ottawa, says that she likes Cornwall. “It’s a small town but I find it a very interesting town it has everything, quiet nice and clean.”