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Slave Lake Healthcare Updates

October 2019 Update

The second, and final, required General Practitioner with Anesthesia physician has been recruited and is expected to start in January 2020. We are still working to fill the vacant Family Medicine physician position. The position is posted on doctorjobsalberta.com.

In addition to these physicians, there are three Nurse Practitioners currently providing care in Slave Lake:

  • Cheryl McDowell (full-time)
  • Louise Peterson (full-time)
  • Brittney Tradewell (full-time), returned from leave on Oct. 15.

We successfully recruited one full-time Nurse Practitioner and they are expected to start at the end of November. One Nurse Practitioner remains on leave.

Until we are able to return to a full staffing complement, the current Family Care Clinic hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will remain in effect. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to resume regular hours as safely and quickly as possible.

September 2019 Update

As of Sept. 9, Dr. Nicholaas Lerm has joined the team of physicians in Slave Lake.

Dr. Lerm is a General Practitioner with Anesthesia specialization, and will be based out of the Slave Lake Healthcare Centre. We are pleased to have Dr. Lerm further support the existing obstetrics team, ensuring all expecting mothers have the support they need, as well as a place to safely deliver their babies.

The second, and final, required General Practitioner with Anesthesia physician has been recruited and is expected to start in January 2020. We are currently working with a candidate to fill the vacant Family Medicine physician posting.

In addition to these physicians, there are two Nurse Practitioners currently providing care in Slave Lake:

  • Cheryl McDowell (full-time)
  • Louise Peterson (full-time). Louise joined the team on Sept. 9.

Another two Nurse Practitioners are currently on leave, one is scheduled to return in October 2019.

We are in the process of hiring two Nurse Practitioner positions and we are currently recruiting for one more position. This position is posted on ahs.ca/careers.

Until we are able to return to a full staffing complement, the current Family Care Clinic hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will remain in effect. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to resume regular hours as safely and quickly as possible.


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Practicing Physicians in Slave Lake

  • Dr. Frank Akwa
  • Dr. Maiada Bassiony
  • Dr. Geoffrey Bourke
  • Dr. Fouad Majeed
  • Dr. Keith Martin
  • Dr. Marili Van Der Merw (on leave, returning Winter 2019)
  • Dr. Nicholaas Lerm

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