There's a new physician in town, as the St. Joseph's Hospital welcomed Dr. Boye Adeboye to the team Thursday morning.
He'll get started at the beginning of next week, and he's excited to settle into the area, which will be a bit of a change from his former residence in England.
"I'm a General Practitioner, but before going into general practice I was initially in gynecology. I've been fortunate to see quite a lot of specialties in medicine. In terms of what I bring, especially to Estevan, I'm a very accomplished cosmetic doctor in the U.K, so I could do some treatments here. I also run one of the light circumcision centers in the U.K, so it's a service that I'm quite happy to bring over here," he said, adding that it'll be a private practice, different from the publicly funded system in his former base of operations, and so enabling him to look at ways to bring other services to the Energy City.
"I have a very good impression of the people (in Estevan). I came in the middle of the night, sort of like stealing into the city like nobody knew, but the very next day, I walked around and I was quite impressed. People were walking up to me, introducing themselves. It was not difficult to guess I was working with the hospital, but we kind of got along very well. That friendly atmosphere is really what I think is amazing about Estevan," Adeboye expressed.
"That friendly atmosphere is really what I think is amazing about Estevan" -Dr. Boye Adeboye
"We've been anxiously awaiting his arrival since his site visit a few months ago, and learned then that he was going to be a great fit for our community. We're thrilled to be able to make the announcement that he'll be starting his practice in our community next week," added the CEO of the St. Joseph's Hospital, Greg Hoffart.
The addition of Adeboye makes for 10 doctors in Estevan, at least for now, as more are 'irons in the fire' for the coming months. Hoffart feels that it's a decent count for the size of city.
"In the past when we've experienced 13-15 physicians, it seems to be a nice number for people to get access to family physicians and also allow the physicians to maintain a successful practice. There is concern, with driving those numbers up too high, the unanticipated effect might be that some end up leaving because they don't have enough patients. We want to be conscious of that, we want our community to be able to access family physicians and our physicians to be able to have a thriving practice."
"I'm looking forward to a successful practice here, and I'm looking forward to a long stay" - Dr. Boye Adeboye
Adeboye will run his general practice, as well as taking his turn in the Emergency Room, and will be looking into bringing some specialties to the area too.
"I'm looking forward to a successful practice here, and I'm looking forward to a long stay," he said in conclusion, adding that his wife and two children are also excited about the move from England to the prairies.