The Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres (CKCHC) have expanded their primary care family once again. Dr. Paul Ricketts and Dr. Matthew Kennedy formally became branches of the CKCHC family tree this summer. They are both new graduates who are looking forward to offering their fresh perspectives at the CKCHC.
“I was attracted to the CKCHC by the excellent interdisciplinary team and feel privileged to have the opportunity to provide comprehensive care in such a warm, supportive environment. It has been a pleasure getting to know both providers and patients thus far. I look forward to continuing to provide holistic care to the wonderful patient population here in Chatham and the surrounding area,” Kennedy said in a release.
Ricketts echoed Kennedy’s sentiments.
“I’m happy to be staying in Chatham-Kent for my medical career. I truly enjoy being part of the CKCHC’s interdisciplinary team as we continue to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.”
Both physicians are Greater Toronto Area transplants. Kennedy graduated from the University of Toronto’s Medical School and completed his family medical residency at Western University. Ricketts attended Western University’s Medical School where he also completed his family medical residency.
Ricketts is offering primary care services in a part-time capacity at the Chatham office. Employed full time, Kennedy will be mainly stationed at the Chatham office while also extending his services to the Walpole Island satellite office one day a week.
Ashley McLellan, Director of Clinical and Client Services, said “We are honoured that Drs. Ricketts and Kennedy chose the CHC to begin their careers. Each of these physicians brings extraordinary talent to the CKCHC, which is a great compliment to the remarkable team we already have in place.”
The addition of the two physicians marks a significant milestone for the CKCHC as Sherri Saunders, Integrated Executive Director, explainsed.
“For the first time since we opened our doors in 2010, we have reached a full complement of physicians across all sites. We want to thank Drs. Ricketts and Kennedy for choosing the CKCHC and enabling us to further increase access to our primary care services.”
Clients seeking a doctor can apply at the CKCHC by filling out an application in office, online at www.ckchc.ca or by calling 519-397-5455.