Friday, June 30 was a banner day for health care in Drumheller as the town's newest medical clinic held its grand opening.
Dr. Rithesh Ram moved into his new digs on the third floor of the Riverside Medical Building around the first of June, but the grand opening was delayed until the end of the month.
"It's a very exciting day," smiled Dr. Ram. "It was a race to the finish line and we're very excited, very proud of what we did."
Ram credited the help of a lot of people, including developers Joe Castonguay and Christine DeMott, who held one end of a big red ribbon, while the other end was held by Clinic Manager Kathy Stark and Patient Care Coordinator Candace Baxter.
"To do this took a team, to take care of a patient takes a team and the patient is included in that team," he told 99.5 Drum FM.
Dr. Ram operates what's called the Patient's Medical Home model, which he calls the gold standard of patient care. He opened his clinic after commissioning an online survey of the valley's health care needs.
"It's not that new, it's just that change is scary, change is hard, but it's necessary," he argued. "We know across Canada all the colleges, all the associations of medicine know that is the way to go, so rather than do it retroactively we were proactive and built it from the ground up."
Riverside Value Drug Mart will be opening a satellite dispensary within the Riverside Clinic starting on August 1.

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