After nearly 40 years, a Kimberley doctor is calling it a day.
Doctor Michael Haiduk retired at the end of June, ending a 38 year career.
He began working in the Bavarian City in 1979, back when there was a hospital and a thriving mine in the community.
Haiduk worked in the now-closed Kimberley and District Hospital before serving residents through the Medical Clinic currently in the community.
“When they closed the hospital, everything went down to the regional hospital in Cranbrook. I did practice down there for a while, but then I returned back to an office space practice here,” Haiduk says. “I felt when I was in Cranbrook I wasn’t always servicing my local community and I came to look after Kimberley patients and people that I knew from Kimberley.”
He says while the scope of healthcare in Kimberley has change since that time, residents remain in good hands.
“I think our system here has evolved. We have a healthcare centre and there have been a couple of my colleagues who have really been able to institute a program where we have a more coordinated full program with primary healthcare nurses. We have some degree of radiology and laboratory services,” Haiduk says. “Considering the change with the hospital closure, I think we’ve been able to adapt as best we can.”
In his retirement, Haiduk plans to enjoy more time with his family and spending time on personal projects.
(Photo from Doctor Ryan Lunge)
Michael Haiduk, retired doctor
– Jeff Johnson