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A cohesive voice for better care in our community

We are the voice of the Penticton Regional Hospital medical staff, ensuring that we are heard, supported, and valued. Established in 1976 by local physicians, we represent the medical staff at Penticton Regional including physicians, dental surgeons, midwives, and nurse practitioners. The MSA brings members together in a culture of wellness, celebration, advocacy, learning and innovation.

Impact

Empowering members to ensure quality patient care.

Who

  • A hospital community collaborating to remove obstacles to patient care.

What

  • Stronger connections and community
  • Professional development with your peers
  • A voice on important hospital issues
  • Meaningful contributions to patient care

How

  • We act with integrity and accountability
  • We advocate courageously for members
  • We seek diverse experiences and perspectives
  • We listen, learn, adapt and evolve together

Executive

Leading our future together

The Penticton Medical Staff Association is governed by a President, Vice President, and Secretary treasurer as well as the past-president and a Member at Large as an integral part of successions planning and sustainability. The MSA Executive represents the medical staff at the Medical Staff Advisory and Executive Committee, towards advancing the involvement and input of staff in all aspects of hospital life. To get in touch with the executive, please email us.

Dr. Michelle Scheepers MD, FRCPC | President

Dr Michelle Scheepers is an Anesthesiologist practicing at Penticton Regional Hospital. Her interests are in pre-habilitation and incorporating innovative virtual platforms into clinical workflows. Michelle is a graduate of the BCPSQC Clinical Quality Academy as well as the UBC Sauder Physician Leadership Program. She is the Physician Advisor for the Interior Health Physician Quality Improvement Program. Michelle finds it very rewarding to be involved in physician led projects that can inform clinical practice changes and foster engagement and resilience by building capacity for ‘joy in work’. She is also involved in teaching in her role as a Clinical Instructor with UBC, and more recently has been pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Michelle and her husband own and operate a commercial apple orchard in Summerland and enjoy spending time with their two children, four cats and two dogs on the farm when they’re not at the rink playing hockey. In her spare time, Michelle paddle boards and reads!

Dr. Danielle Weisgarber MD | Vice-President

Dr. Danielle Weisgarber

Dr. Danielle Weisgarber is a full service family physician in Summerland/ Penticton. Her work includes longitudinal practice, inpatient care, long term care, and emergency room coverage. She has an interest in supporting physician and resident wellness in the Okanagan, and has graduated from the GPSC Leadership and Management Development Program in 2021. She is hoping to continue to pursue leadership roles in this community and connect with team members from various areas to support and improve models of sustainable care delivery. When not working, she enjoys biking, painting, and bouncing on the trampoline with her husband and 2 young children.

Susie Lobb, RMW | Secretary-Treasurer

Susie has been a Registered Midwife since 2010, working always in Penticton. She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at UBC. As founding member of a collaborative maternity care centre, she regularly teaches and learns alongside midwifery students, medical students, and family practice residents. She has served as Chair of the PRH Perinatal Committee and member of LMAC, and has been a longtime member of BCCNM (and formerly CMBC) Quality Assurance Committee. Her passion is facilitating confidence and comfort around the seminal event of birth. In her free time she is found with her three kids, riding her bike or skiing!

Dr. Jean Oosthuizen MD | Member at Large

Dr. Jean Oosthuizen is a general surgeon practicing at Penticton Regional Hospital. He enjoys the broad scope that community general surgeons manage and could not imagine a better place to be doing it! His clinical interests centre around colorectal cancer, breast disease, hernia repair and endoscopy. He also enjoys teaching and is a clinical instructor for UBC. When not working he and his wife are chasing their two kids up and down the hills, whether that be on skis or bikes. 

Dr. Brian Forzley MD, FRCPC | Past President

Dr. Brian Forzley is a nephrologist and general internist practicing at Penticton Regional Hospital. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at UBC and site medical director of the Penticton Renal Program. His interests are focused around palliative care, patient centred care and also medical leadership. He is an active facilitator for the Serious Illness Conversation workshops through the BC Hospice, a recent graduate of the NAVIG8 leadership course, and active participant on the provincial renal palliative care committee.  He currently serves as past-president of the Penticton Regional Hospital Medical Staff Association. He’s an enthusiastic rookie sailor, loves time on the trails running and biking, and now tries to just keep up with his sons at Apex Mountain.

Engagement

Building meaningful physician involvement

In 2016, the Facility Engagement Initiative (FEI) was launched as a BC-wide initiative to strengthen communication, relationships and collaboration between facility-based physicians and their health authorities.  Our FEI Working Group administers over $300K in annual funding, to cover time, expertise, and coordination so that physicians and health authority leaders can work together and make informed decisions about patient care, physician experience, and cost-effectiveness. The following members sit on the MSA FEI working group, representing each medical department.

  • Michelle Scheepers, President | Anesthesiology
  • Danielle Weisgarber, Vice-President | Family Medicine
  • Susie Lobb, RMW | Family Medicine
  • Brian Forzley, Past-President | Internal Medicine
  • Jean Oosthuizen, Member at Large | Surgery
  • Amieleena Chhabra | Pediatrics
  • Said Jumaa | Psychiatry
  • Carl Peters | Ophthalmology
  • Bree Harris | Surgery
  • David Stoll | Emergency Medicine
  • Jose Goncalves | Obstetrics-Gynecology
  • Tom Oliver | Family Medicine
  • Chad Dyck | Internal Medicine
  • Majid Zolein | Pathology
  • (vacant) | Radiology
  • Neil Crofts | Chief of Staff, PRH
  • Jen Begin | SOS Division of Family Practice
  • Tracy St. Claire | SOS Division of Family Practice
  • Helen Crocker | Direct of Operations, Facility Engagement Initiative
  • Danielle Rogers | Administrative Assistant

Research

Building knowledge that informs progress

The Interior Health Research Department offers on the ground support to physicians, clinicians and allied health professionals interested and engaged in clinical and community-based research and quality improvement work. Our Research Office (located on the 4th floor of the main pavilion) is also home to the Interior Node of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc). A full-scale clinical research unit will also soon be operational on the 2nd floor of the main pavilion.

Advice and Support
Our office can support and advise on:

  • Research question and study design development
  • Evidence review and knowledge synthesis
  • Project and research ethics support
  • Knowledge translation and implementation science
  • Epidemiology and data analysis support
  • Clinical trials research
Contacts
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Membership

Investing in value for our community

All PRH medical staff are required to pay annual medical dues.  Medical dues are collected between April to June of each year, and go towards continuing medical education initiatives, medical staff social events, recruitment dinners, student scholarships, and more.

Your Dues are due: click to pay online

  • $300 ACTIVE MEDICAL STAFF (Physicians and Dentists)
  • $232.50 ACTIVE MEDICAL STAFF (Midwives)
  • $187.50 ASSOCIATE & TEMPORARY MEDICAL STAFF