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Northern Health Welcomes New Northwest Medical Health Officer Dr. Raina Fumerton

October 15, 2014

Northern Health is pleased to announce the new Northwest Medical Health Officer Dr. Raina Fumerton. Dr. Fumerton has relocated to Terrace, B.C. with her husband and two year old son. 

“I have a strong passion for public health, and jumped at the opportunity to take over as the new Northwest Medical Health Officer,” said Dr. Fumerton. “I fell in love with northwest B.C. and the people in the area when I came to the area as a resident in public health in 2011. I am thrilled to be back working in my dream job.”

Dr. Fumerton has a Medical Degree, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is currently a senior resident in the public health and preventative medicine residency programs at UBC and expects to complete the program in the summer of 2015.

“B.C. is a great place to live, raise a family and practice medicine. Dr. Fumerton is a welcome addition to community-based health care in Terrace,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Our government continues to strengthen the delivery of health care in rural areas and the new Northwest Medical Health Officer is another example of our commitment to the delivery of health services in the north.”

“It is exciting to have Dr. Fumerton join the Medical Health Officer team with Northern Health,” said Dr. Sandra Allison, Northern Health Chief Medical Health Officer. “We have a passionate and dedicated team of medical professionals in northern B.C., and Dr. Fumerton is an ideal fit into this team.”

“Dr. Fumerton brings a strong understanding of human health and illness, and excellent problem solving abilities, blended with population health knowledge and public health skills,” said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendell. “It is important to bring passion and vision to this role, and Dr. Fumerton is a great example of what we look for in Medical Health Officers.”

In her spare time, Dr. Fumerton can be found enjoying the outdoors with her family. Her interests include fishing, hiking, and skiing.

Northern Health Medical Health Officers are the leads for the public health in the region, a program that works to improve the health of people in the north by preventing illness, promoting healthy choices, and helping eliminate or avoid outbreaks.

Media Contact: NH media line – 1-877-961-7724