'It was an easy choice'

January 23, 2012

For Dr. Rishi Ghosh, the decision on where to practice medicine was easy as pie.
   
After weighing all the options, and seeing what Sault Ste. Marie had to offer, he jumped at the chance to relocate here. For starters, the recently-constructed $408-million Sault Area Hospital (SAH) provides a state-of-the-art facility for him to work in.
   
“I saw it as an amazing opportunity to practice in a new hospital,” said Dr. Ghosh, who now works in the SAH Intensive Care Unit.
   
Also making the decision easy were the recreational prospects and natural beauty in the area. An avid skier, boater and mountain biker — three activities available within a short drive of the city core — the doctor quickly took a liking to the Sault.
   
“I love the outdoors, and Sault Ste. Marie offers a natural, unspoiled environment,” said Dr. Ghosh, who purchased a home on Lake Superior, which provides both a stunning view and a place to sail.
   
Finally, spending the last decade living in Toronto and Ottawa, the doctor was particularly struck by the warm nature of Saultites themselves, something he first saw last summer when taking a community tour, courtesy of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC).
   
“When I came here for my initial city visit, everyone went out of their way to make me feel welcome,” he said. “I saw a real sense of community, which attracted me here. In the end, it was an easy choice.”
   
For several years, the SSMEDC has partnered with the local Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee to help attract doctors to town. The corporation offers them community tours, business and employment assistance for their spouse, and anything else it can to support the effort.
   
“We consider physician recruitment fundamental to maintaining a high quality of life, which is why we’re happy and proud to offer this as one of the many services we provide to the community,” said SSMEDC CEO Tom Dodds.

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