2006 – Saskatchewan
Dr Ross Kerkhoff arrived in Moosomin in southeastern Saskatchewan by way of Cape Town, South Africa, where he grew up and attended school.
Upon completion of his medical degree in 1991, Ross worked at hospitals in Cape Town and England. The opportunity to do a locum in “small town” Saskatchewan introduced Ross and his wife Lynn to a very different environment – leading to a commitment to return to join a dynamic group practice in Moosomin.
Ross and a team of six doctors have devised a model of primary care delivery for Moosomin and the surrounding area that is both innovative and practical. Centred on a main clinic in Moosomin, five satellite clinics are located within a 40-minute drive. Each doctor travels to the satellite clinics several times a week thereby greatly increasing the medical services to numerous rural communities.
Ross is currently Joint Chief of Staff at Moosomin Hospital and an examiner for the CFPC.
Ross is recognized for establishing “Moosomin-in-Motion”, a program that promotes physical activity for community residents. With a young family devoted to multiple sports, Ross is also an active participant. In recognition of his leadership promoting physical activity, Ross is the Saskatchewan champion for the CFPC’s Doctors Promoting Active Living program.
“We’ve all worked together with the challenges faced by most rural communities of limited service providers, resources and facilities. I am fortunate to work in a special community with committed colleagues and am grateful for the opportunity.”