Amherst, N.S. family physician Dr. Janneke Gradstein, CCFP(EM) FCFP, is being recognized with the Dr. William Grigor Award for her efforts to enhance the health and well-being of Nova Scotians.
In practice for 14 years, Dr. Gradstein became the Cumberland Regional Health Care physician site lead in 2018—one of many ways in which she has applied her knowledge to maximize resources and meet health care demands.
She has organized two committees to recruit and retain physicians to Cumberland County, created the first collaborative practice in Amherst to expand access, and was one of the first core preceptors of the North Nova Family Medicine Resident Program. She also organizes grand rounds and presents at educational events for students and medical staff.
“I find that the more I’m willing to collaborate and find common ground with my family, community, patients and coworkers, the more we get stuff done together,” said Dr. Gradstein. “I think that has been my main accomplishment.”
She has always provided exemplary care for her patients, which at times necessitated being a strong vocal advocate to get them specialty care. “She has also motivated inactive people inside and outside her practice to join her supervised couch-to-5K running program, so she casts a wide net with regard to benefitting many Nova Scotians,” said colleague Dr. Scott Bowen.
Dr. Gradstein advises young physicians to “don’t lose sight of your altruism and idealism. You need those first to do no harm. Use your tremendous influence to support, encourage and inspire community-building, especially in kids, as this is the best preventative health care.”