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OSMH physician recognized with national award from Canadian Paediatric Society

6/7/2010 12:00:00 AM

(Monday June 7, 2010 - Orillia, ON) – The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) is bestowing one of its highest honours onto Dr. Gary Smith; a long-time paediatrician at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) who helped established the highly-respected paediatric program at OSMH that provides a wide range of specialized care to children from across the North Simcoe Muskoka – Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).


Dr. Smith will be receiving the Distinguished Community Paediatrician Award, which is presented every two years, at the Society’s annual conference in Vancouver, B.C. later this month.


“I’m very honoured to receive this award from my Canadian paediatric colleagues,” said Dr. Smith, who also serves as the hospital’s Program Medical Director for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth, and Mental Health. “I have been fortunate to combine a community paediatric practice with an expansive LHIN-wide referral, along with teaching and research.  This award should be a shared award with my paediatric colleagues in Orillia (Drs’ Gordon, Meeder, Barker and Hudak) who have created an atmosphere where one can explore a variety of interests and be supported in teaching and research activity.”


An authority in paediatrics in both the region and across the country, Dr. Smith is being honoured for his mentorship and active involvement in teaching and his community. He has added to his core medical training qualifications in health policy, and is a Certified Health Executive. He has published wide-ranging original research on topics including diabetes, asthma, psychiatry, community paediatrics and sexual assault, and is credited with developing the first formal programs for diabetes, asthma and child abuse at OSMH. The model is now being prototyped elsewhere in the region.


“Dr. Smith’s vision was truly ahead of his time,” said Dr. Michelle Gordon, Chief of the Neonatal and Paediatric Medicine Department at OSMH. “I believe that care delivery in our region, and perhaps the province, has been overwhelmingly influenced by Dr. Smith.”


“The paediatricians, nurses, allied health personnel and administration all contribute to the very high quality of the Neonatal and Paediatric program at Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital,” said Dr. Smith. ”It is a pleasure to work with such an enthusiastic group of health care workers.”


"On a personal note I want to acknowledge my children who quickly came to realize that their dad occasionally got tied up in a multitude of committees and research work and at times seemed to be focused on activities that might not have been their priorities.  Most importantly however I would never have been able to undertake any of these activities without the support of my wife of 38 years.  Vera recognized my passion for paediatrics and ensured a balance of home and work over the last 30 years of my paediatric practice.” 


The award will be presented at the 87th CPS Annual Conference June 22-26 in Vancouver, BC.  For more information about the CPS awards including information on all 2010 award recipients, visit the CPS website at www.cps.ca.


Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and paediatric care, oncology, complex continuing care, mental health and rehabilitation services. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.


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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:


Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

T: 327-9179

E: tadyni@osmh.on.ca

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