A local physician was honoured by the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for his work on rural medicine.

The CSPO’s Council Award is given out at each meeting of council to honour an outstanding Ontario physician.

Dr. Jason Malinowski of Barry’s Bay was given the award on Friday. The press release put out the CPSO notes his passion as an advocate for rural medicine. “He has distinguished himself as a clinical leader who has developed programs and systems that have contributed to the continuous improvement of his region’s integrated health system,” the release says.

Dr. Malinowski also helped establish the Grand Rounds Program at the St. Francis Memorial. That program helps bring people to Barry’s Bay to help doctors and other health care workers stay up-to-date with modern medical practices.

“I work hard to make sure the care you get here is not any different that what you get in the city,” Dr. Malinowski says. He says he’s proud to accept this award in recognition of all the health groups he works with. “It’s a testament to Barry’s Bay where all these groups can work together and look after our local population,” he says.