October 13, 2021
GRANDE PRAIRIE – A new ophthalmologist is now practising in the city, providing expanded healthcare services to local and area residents.
Dr. Amy Sze began practising here in late June after arriving with her family from Hong Kong in April. She is working out of Dr. Steve Roberts Clinic in addition to providing care at the Queen Elizabeth II Regional Hospital. Ophthalmologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of eye-related conditions. Dr. Sze becomes the fourth ophthalmologist practising in the city.
"It's great to see physicians choosing to practise in northern Alberta where there's so much need for them. The new hospital is beautiful and state of the art, but this is a reminder that healthcare is about people, and this will help ensure that the system in Grande Prairie continues to give great care," says Tracy Allard, MLA for Grande Prairie. "We are fortunate to have another ophthalmologist to expand the excellent healthcare services available in our community."
"I'm very pleased we have a new ophthalmologist to provide important care to Grande Prairie and region residents and families," says Travis Toews, MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti. "Grande Prairie has an excellent team of physicians and we are excited to add further healthcare resources to the region."
Dr. Sze did her medical training at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, followed by ophthalmology training at the Hong Kong Eye Hospital. She specializes in cataract surgery, medical retina and uveitis, general ophthalmology in the scope of cornea and external eye disease, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology and oculoplastics.
"I'm looking forward to experiencing life in Canada, getting to know more about how people in the community live and interact, as well as learning about their culture and practices," says Dr. Sze, who's raising three young sons with her husband.
AHS continues to recruit for family physicians across northern Alberta to meet community needs.
AHS has physician resource planners who are dedicated to identifying and pursuing international and domestic physician recruitment opportunities. They work closely with various community partners and organizations, such as local Health Advisory Councils, the Rural Health Professions Action Plan, and independent physician attraction and retention committees.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.