SUNDRE – A local non-profit organization firmly believes that a crucial part of enticing health-care professionals to commit to a career in a rural community involves fostering development opportunities for local students who are either interested in pursuing a path in medicine or upgrading existing credentials.
To that end, the Sundre Healthcare Professionals Attraction and Retention Committee, which operates under the umbrella of the Sundre Hospital Futures Committee, allocates funding received through grants from Mountain View County as well as the Town of Sundre toward bursaries that were presented during the recent Sundre Hospital Legacy Gala fundraiser.
This year, there were five recipients who were presented with scholarships valued at $1,000 and $1,500.
Funds raised by the futures committee also support the local hospital, while the attraction and retention committee – with logistical and financial support from Rural Health Professions Action Plan – helps to organize events like a nurse skills day to introduce, and along the way possibly even inspire, students to study medicine.
The futures committee was also involved in the push to establish a training space for medical personnel such as firefighters and paramedics that can also be used by students and community groups.