New doctor coming to Kincardine



A new doctor will be joining the Kincardine Physicians Group early next year.


Last week, the Municipality of Kincardine council approved an agreement with Dr. Catherine Ciszkowski to take up her medical practice at the Hawthorne Community Clinic, beginning January 2019.


Ciszkowski completed her medical degree at McMaster University in Hamilton in 2013, and finished her family medicine residency training via Western University's regional training program in 2015.


In a statement, the Kincardine Physicians Group said, "We are very pleased that Dr. Ciszkowski will be opening a practice in January 2019. The community is growing rapidly and it is wonderful to have an extra doctor join our team. At this time, there are no plans for Dr. Ciszkowski to take over Dr. Blecher’s practice as we hope to recruit another doctor prior to January 2019.”


Ciszkowski has helped author several publications, including a communication published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Prior to beginning her medical studies, she completed her Master's Degree at Western University, where her research interests focused on the ability of a person's genetics to affect drug safety, primarily in breastfeeding mothers.


Ciszkowski said she is looking forward to moving to the Kincardine area with her husband as both enjoy spending time enjoying the wealth of natural resources that the Kincardine and Bruce Peninsula area has to offer.


In the interim, current Kincardine physicians will be sharing coverage of Dr. Blecher's practice and patients should receive notice of their (interim) doctor by mid-July. This way, the group can clearly define who is responsible for blood-work, test results and prescriptions, and eliminate the need of an orphan clinic.


“Please realize that this will inconvenience all patients in our practices and there will be greater wait times for appointments,” the Kincardine Physicians Group stated. “However, it is the only way we can take care of those in most need of a physician while we actively recruit.


“If Dr. Blecher was your doctor, but you have found another doctor, please inform the clinic so we can remove your name from his list. For example, if you live in Lucknow and have the fortune to join the practice of the new doctor in that community, please let our office know.”


Ciszkowski’s husband will also be practising in the area, beginning this summer.


"The South Bruce Grey Health Centre is delighted to secure the services of Mr. Pawel Przeracki as the new corporate pharmacist for the organization,” said SBGHC President and CEO Paul Rosebush. “Mr. Przeracki has exceptional experience in hospital-based pharmacy programs and he will bring strong leadership and direction to our pharmacy department as we strive for continuous quality improvement at SBGHC. The pharmacy team, our physician teams and the entire SBGHC team very much looks forward to Mr. Przeracki’s arrival in July 2018.”


Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie commended those involved in the recruitment effort.


“As mayor and as a member of the physician recruitment committee, I would like to thank the physician recruitment committee, consisting of members from Bruce Power, the Municipality of Kincardine, the Town of Saugeen Shores and Saugeen First Nation for their efforts, as well as our physician recruitment specialist, Peggy Zeppieri, for another achievement in our physician recruitment initiative. On behalf of council and our residents I wish to thank all those involved in our recruitment process for their labour to maintain access to quality health care in our area.”