More than 110 Nanaimo medical staff and their families gathered at the end of November for the first annual Hello Goodbye Mingler! The event was held to recognize Nanaimo’s newest physicians to the medical community and honour retiring physicians for dedicating themselves to patient care. It was also a chance to promote collegiality and engagement amongst the medical staff and build an awareness of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Medical Staff Association and Nanaimo Medical Staff Engagement Society.
Hosted by the Nanaimo Physician Wellness Committee, with support from the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Medical Staff Association and Nanaimo Medical Staff Engagement Society (facilitated by the Specialist Services Committee's Facility Engagement Initiative), physicians and their partners filled the Nanaimo Golf Club for an evening of great food, music, and networking. They were also joined by representatives from the Facility Engagement Initiative and Island Health’s Medical & Academic Affairs department.
The evening’s emcee, Dr. Joe Foster, shared a slideshow of new and retiring physicians while allowing each the opportunity to speak about what brought them to Nanaimo and what practicing medicine in the community has meant to them. Dr. Dave Coupland, president of the NRGH Medical Staff Association and Nanaimo Medical Staff Engagement Society also provided remarks about the importance of recognizing each other.
“Everyone had a wonderful time and the evening exceeded expectations, a great credit to the organizing wellness committee,” said Dr. Coupland. “It was a perfect example of the renewed efforts of the MSA/NMSES to engage our members in a meaningful manner and provide a real voice for them going forward.”
Many physicians enjoyed chatting and connecting with colleagues outside their work environment, and some even danced!
Stay tuned for next year’s event and learn more about the Nanaimo Medical Staff Engagement Society here.