REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - May 9, 2014) - Porcupine Plain's sole family physician Dr. Gert Pieterse has been named the 2014 Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) Physician of the Year, nominated by community members for providing optimal care to residents for nearly two decades.
"Over many years, Dr. Pieterse has demonstrated an outstanding level of compassion toward the people of Porcupine Plain and area, exemplifying a profound dedication to rural medicine," says Dr. Dalibor Slavik, SMA President. "He is a physician who consistently puts the community's needs first, all the while advocating for better health care outcomes through a strong primary care infrastructure."
Dr. Pieterse serves the population of 855 in addition to the surrounding area, bringing his total patient load to over 3,000. Despite his immense workload, Dr. Pieterse makes providing personalized care a part of his daily routine and treats each patient as if they were his only patient. His community holds him in high regard, described by many as a hardworking "unsung hero" who will care for patients and their families not just when the need is imminent, but long after the need for care has passed.
He is known to go above and beyond to promote healthy living through a preventative health care outlook. He and his wife Sandra, a nurse practitioner, brought a strong primary health care framework into the community in 2005 as a means to achieve better health care outcomes.
Graduating from the University of Pretoria in 1977, Dr. Pieterse practised in South Africa until 1992 before making the move to Burin, Newfoundland. Two years later he relocated to Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan and eventually settled in Porcupine Plain in 1996.
An advocate for rural practice, Dr. Pieterse is a leader in the Saskatchewan medical community and has served on the SMA Representative Assembly since 2007.