We Are IH: Physician brings quality care to rural communities

April 25, 2024
Edward volunteering as part of the medical team at the Calgary Stampede.

Name: Edward Schaffer (he/him/his)
Job Title: Physician
Years of Service: 7
Worksite: Invermere & District Hospital and East Kootenay Regional Hospital
Community: Invermere/Cranbrook
Ancestral Territory: Born in the Treaty 7 Territory in Alberta; currently working in the Akisqnuk (part of the Ktunaxa First Nation) and Secwépemc

Growing up in a small town of 1,500 in southern Alberta, Edward knew early on he wanted to work in rural medicine. Inspired by a view of the Rocky Mountains from his childhood home, he dreamt of one day settling in a place surrounded by mountains, lakes, and wilderness.

Fast forward several years, and Edward has realized both his professional and geographical ambitions. He’s now based in Invermere and works as a physician with Added Competence in Emergency Medicine (CCFP-EM) and head of the emergency department at Invermere District Hospital. He’s also a locum emergency department (ED) physician at East Kootenay Regional Hospital, supporting the facility as needed.

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