It gives me great pleasure to rise in the house today to congratulate Dr. Robert Kelley for being named Canada’s Family Physician of the Year for Prince Edward Island.
Each year, this award goes out to one outstanding family doctor from each province. Recipients are nominated by their peers and colleagues for their exceptional professional achievements and contributions to their patients, family medicine teaching and research, and their respective communities.
Robert went to high school in Charlottetown and graduated from UPEI before heading to Dalhousie University for medical school.
He began his medical career at the Summerside Medical Centre where he provided comprehensive family medicine, including obstetrics and working as an emergency room physician at Prince County Hospital. He moved his practice to Charlottetown in 2000.
Currently, Dr. Kelley sees patients at his office here in Charlottetown at the Boardwalk Professional Centre.
While he has about 1,700 patients in his family practice, Robert also devotes his medical training as a staff physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Provincial Correctional Centre and the Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility.
Dr. Kelley’s dedication to his patients is unmistakable and the Province of Prince Edward Island is extremely pleased to have Robert as part of our wonderful group of family physicians in the province.
Family physicians are an extremely important component of our overall health care system and our province’s commitment to better access and care for all Islanders.
Prince Edward Island currently has 93 family physicians providing primary care across the province. This is up from 81 in 2006.
The province of Prince Edward Island deeply values the work of our family physicians and will continue to work with them to enhance our health care system for the benefit of all Islanders.
Again, I would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Kelley on his award and thank him for his commitment to the people of Prince Edward Island.