After over 15 years, the Lake of the Woods District Hospital has filled a long-standing vacancy. Dr. Khal Salem is joining Dr. Sarah Coke, who was also hired this summer, in the Internal Medical program.
Mark Balcaen, President and CEO of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, spoke about the difference the new doctors can make.
“It's a tremendous addition. It's certainly a service that we once had many years ago in Kenora, and it's a very welcome addition to our patients, and to the general practitioners practicing here," he said.
Specifically, the new doctors will be consulting with other physicians within the hospital, and the community. Balcaen noted that they both bring a wealth of experience in their new roles.
"It means that in our Intensive Care Unit, we're able to add more specialty care than what we've been able to, and that's no reflection on the physicians who've been providing care there, but now with that specialist, it will make things better for our patients. They're consultants in the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room, other in-patients, and consultants for family doctors as well,” he said.
Dr. Salem has been practicing medicine for the past 25 years, and has made stops around the world. As an internal medicine specialist, Dr. Salem has an interest in chronic disease management with an interest in cardiac health.
The pair of doctors become the 34th and 35th doctors to practice in Kenora.
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