Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital welcomes new family physician Dr. Svetlana Cakarevic

miths Falls, ON – The PSFDH is pleased to announce the arrival of a new member to the family physician complement.  Born in Yugoslavia (Serbia) Dr. Svetlana (Anna) Cakarevic received her training at the University of Belgrade and most recently graduated from the Family Medicine Residency program at the University of Ottawa.  She is an International Medical Graduate.  She is fluent in English and Serbo-Croatian.  “I am very happy to have the opportunity to establish my practice here” says Dr. Cakarevic.  “PSFDH is a state-of-the art hospital, well equipped, with excellent staff. I received a very fast and warm reply and welcome from the Hospital.  The impression I received from the hospital, the community and the physicians was very positive.  Rural practice has always appealed to me.”

Dr. Cakarevic will be working in Merrickville joining with Dr. McGregor and Dr. Wojski. “I am really happy to be joining Dr. McGregor in her practice in Merrickville.”  She will officially open her office on March 2nd, 2009.  The office number is 613-269-2970.   Patients will be accepted into her practice with priority given to those from the Smiths Falls catchment area who do not currently have a family physician.

“Physician recruitment is a daunting challenge throughout the country and we are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Cakarevic to this area,” said Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO.  She is a very welcome addition.  Her arrival will help solidify the family physician complement.  Board Chair Tim Carter went on to add, “This is phenomenal news for the communities in our area and represents the accomplishments of many people working for many months on the successful recruitment initiatives of this medical professional”.

The Hospital is also pleased, that resulting from the efforts of a number of individuals at the municipal, hospital, and medical community level that three new family physicians have been successfully recruited to the community of Perth.  Drs. Kennie, Chaudry and Asrat will be officially establishing their practices in August/September of 2009.

For more information contact:
Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
613-283-2330 ext:1130

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33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
Tel: (613) 267-1500
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Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
Tel: (613) 283-2330

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