A New Hazelton doctor received a national award last month.

Dr. Danielle Pichie is this year’s recipient of the Rural Community Impact Award from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC).

SRPC Past President, Dr. Gabe Woollam, and Nominations and Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Margaret Tromp, presented the award at their gala on Friday, April 22 in Ottawa, Ontario, during their national event.

A colleague nominated Pichie in the fall.

“Dr. Dani Pichie is a family physician and chief of staff at Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton, British Columbia,” the appointment letter reads.

“In this role, she reformed primary care and acute care environments and significantly improved care for people living in Hazelton and surrounding Gitxsan communities. Dr. Pichie is a strong supporter of teaching residents and medical students in Hazelton, providing these learners with a unique experience of comprehensive rural medicine.

“Dr. Pichie ensures that every decision made in the delivery of patient care reflects the needs of Indigenous patients and is supported in a culturally safer manner.

According to a press release from the RPSC, the Rural Community Impact Award, presented for the first time in 2020, recognizes a physician who has had a significant impact on their community, through clinical services, teaching, research, volunteer work or other community involvement in support of the best health care available. It allows the SRPC to recognize those who make a difference to members of the community.


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