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Health unit welcomes new audiologist

    The Northwestern Health Unit is excited about the long-awaited arrival of their new staff audiologist here.     Jackie McCormick and her family moved to Stratton a month ago so she could assume her new job with the health unit, who hasn’t had an audiologist on staff for close to a year.     Since her arrival, McCormick has been busy setting-up her equipment and scheduling appointments with clients who have been patiently waiting for a new ear doctor to-come-to town.    “I could tell people were happy I’m here because of the response we’ve had,” she said.     “I have quite the waiting list of people waiting to get in to see me,” added McCormick.    McCormick, who is originally from the small farm community of Stratton, migrated east for awhile while attending university.    She finished her undergraduate studies at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and her Master’s in London, Ont.     After graduating, she practiced at a private ear clinic for three years  in Winnipeg, until recently when she accepted the job in Fort Frances.     There won’t be too many changes for McCormick to adjust to in her new position as many of the tasks are the same here as she was doing in Winnipeg.    “The only real difference is I will be working with more children here than I did before,” she said.     Like before, she will be conducting hearing tests, assisting people with their hearing aids, and prescribing hearing aids.     She will also be visiting clinics in Rainy River and Atitkokan once a month to see patients requiring a check-up.    “Doctors don’t check for hearing, so it’s pretty important for everybody to at least have their hearing tested at some point,” she commented.     For appointments or more information: Call the Northwestern Heath Unit at 274- 9827, there hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 p.m.

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