Dr. Jim Wheeler, new Head of Rural Medicine and Accessibility at CKHA. Nov 30, 2017. (Photo courtesy of CKHA)

New Beginning For Rural Medicine in CK

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) has a new head of rural medicine and accessibility.

Dr. Jim Wheeler will co-chair the newly formed Rural Health Advisory Committee (RHAC) which deals with rural health issues and opportunities.

“This initiative will benefit our rural communities by giving them a voice and input into how we, as a hospital, are serving their needs and where gaps exist,” says Dr. Wheeler. “I am looking forward to working with our rural patients and their community representatives to identify barriers to access and to hopefully better meet their needs. Through program development and other initiatives we can work towards improving the services that are delivered to better serve everyone in Chatham Kent.”

Dr. Wheeler practiced family medicine in Blenheim from 2001 to 2013 and moved his practice to the Thamesview Centre for Family Medicine/ Thamesview Family Health Team (TFHT) where he is currently practicing.  He also worked in CKHA’s Emergency Department for 15 years and provided intrapartum obstetrics for 16 years.