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Community Builders Awards: Dr. Laura Crook a role model for family physicians in Barrie

Many local families will know Dr. Laura Crook for having delivered more than 3,000 babies throughout her career

Dr. Laura Crook is a retired family doctor who spent her 37-year medical career providing exceptional patient care with a focus on child and maternal medicine. 

In the mid-1980s, Laura established a family practice in Barrie, where she earned a reputation for providing excellent, compassionate care, as well as being a strong advocate for women’s health and midwives.

In 1988, Laura acted as Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) Chief of Obstetrics for six years, where she was a strong voice on the Medical Advisory Council and assisted in bringing improvements to the health centre.

During this time, she worked on community programs for new mothers, including Best Start Barrie, Mothercare, and Breast Feeding Place. These programs are still active today and are an important resource for new mothers. 

With an academic background, Laura was instrumental in the creation of the RVH Research Ethics Board (REB) in the late 1990s, and served as its Chair from 2008 to 2020. In this role, Laura devoted countless hours to promoting community research, providing academic guidance to colleagues and students, and safeguarding the rights and well-being of patients.

Laura’s passion for academics, teamwork, community,  life-long learning, research, and enhancing the quality of care has helped foster an environment of discovery at RVH that will benefit local patients for future generations.

The Health Care Award is presented to a group that has had an important impact on the health care of the community. 

Congratulations, Dr. Crook!

This award is proudly sponsored by The Stride Clinic.


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