Sept. 24, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The medical director of the new provincial trauma program is Dr. Marcel Martin, a general and trauma surgeon from Sherbrooke, Que.
Martin will be based in Saint John, but his role will be provincial, so he will be travelling extensively across New Brunswick to meet with stakeholders.
"It is with great pleasure that I welcome Dr. Marcel Martin, who has accepted the position of medical director for the new provincial trauma program," said Donald J. Peters, president and chief executive officer of Regional Health Authority (RHA) B. "He will collaborate with RHA A and B to provide the highest-quality, co-ordinated trauma system to the people of New Brunswick. He will be an asset to the health-care system and to the patients we serve."
Representatives of the provincial government and RHA B said the hiring of Martin is a concrete step toward the establishment of a provincewide trauma network.
A trauma advisory committee and seven sub-committees made up of nearly 100 health workers and officials from across the province has been designing the network. The committee has also been determining what steps will be needed to ensure the establishment of the network progresses.
"I am pleased to welcome Dr. Martin to New Brunswick," said Health Minister Mary Schryer. "Having him here will help us achieve a co-ordinated and integrated system that will provide high-quality care to New Brunswickers no matter where they live. We will start work to build the trauma system as quickly as possible."
Dennis Furlong, chair of the trauma advisory committee, said that the committee has accomplished much during the last 20 months.
"We now have a blueprint for the provincial trauma network which will soon be presented to the minister," said Furlong. "While considerable progress has been made, the process will still take time, patience, and co-operation from all those involved as the system is established."
Furlong said Martin will be developing and implementing an integrated and co-ordinated trauma system. He will do this by working closely with the two RHAs as well as the province's medical schools. Aside from his work in the province, Martin will collaborate with tertiary care programs throughout the surrounding areas.
Martin received his professional training in surgical intensive care and trauma. He has many years of experience in the care of trauma and critically ill patients. Martin has served as the director of the critical care program and traumatology at the Centre de santé universitaire de l'Estrie, the major teaching hospital in Sherbrooke. He has also been a professor in the department of surgery at the Université de Sherbrooke.
"Dr. Martin's specialties offer immense expertise, which will help us to serve our patients better, providing them with top-notch health-care services," said Édouard Hendriks, vice-president of medical affairs, RHA B.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522; Lisa Kennedy, communications, Regional Health Authority B, 506-648-7916.