The Slocan Community Health Centre in New Denver has two new physicians as of October 1, 2019. Dr. Sean Wachtel and Dr. Svet Gueordjev join long-time New Denver physician Dr. Chuck Burkholder, stabilizing primary care and 24/7 emergency services at the centre.

The search for doctors had been on since summer 2017.

“Our local communities stepped up in a big way to help find new physicians to support local health care services. We look forward to building on this recent success to make sure people in New Denver and surrounding areas have access to the care they need at our
health centre,” says New Denver Mayor Leonard Casley.

Interior Health says the three physicians have signed an 18-month contract and will work under a “shared practice model.”

Dr. Wachtel explains that the shared practice model  means that each physician will be at the centre for about 10 days per month, and will cover the clinic and ER during those 10 days.
Patients with booked appointments will see the physician who is working at the clinic at the time of their appointment unless they wish to schedule otherwise.

As reported by  Jan McMurray of the Valley Voice, Oct. 10/ 19