Media Release – Brock Nurse Practitioner Program (BNPP) Has Begun Operation at the Beaverton Thorah Health Centre

Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC) and Dr. Gerald Laudanski are pleased to announce that the Brock Nurse Practitioner Program (BNPP) has begun operation at the Beaverton Thorah Health Centre.  The new service, consisting of a Nurse Practitioner provided by Brock CHC, is set to begin seeing patients early this month.

A Brock CHC NP will practise in collaboration with Dr. Gerald Laudanski providing primary care services.  The new health service will complement the physician services available and will assist in alleviating some of the demand for additional primary care services arising from Dr. F. McCordic’s retirement later this year.

Nurse Practitioner Dodie Bucknell began her position with the Brock Nurse Practitioner Program in late January and has been busy completing preparations for her services.  Ms. Bucknell has a Masters of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria, and Diploma in Nursing from Sir Sandford Fleming College.  She has held Registered Nursing positions at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Durham Region Health Department.

In announcing the new service, Dr. Laudanski stated:  “Ms. Bucknell’s practice at Beaverton Thorah Health Centre is most welcome.  She will be a valuable addition to the essential health care services that are available to residents.  I am looking forward to working with her to provide primary care health services to our community”.

In acknowledging the collaboration between Brock CHC and Dr. Laudanski, Brock CHC Executive Director Ron Ballantyne stated:  “Our Nurse Practitioner is an important resource to two very busy medical practices at Beaverton Thorah.  Working together with Dr. Laudanski to provide Nurse Practitioner primary care services to residents of Beaverton and surrounding areas has been a rewarding opportunity”.   He added:  “With Dr. Fran McCordic’s pending retirement, our NP will ensure primary care services are maintained locally in the Beaverton community”.

Brock CHC offers a range of community health care programs to the residents of Brock Township and surrounding areas.  The programs include:   primary health care, diabetes education, geriatric assessment and health promotion/prevention.  Priority populations are youth and seniors.  In addition, Brock CHC is the lead organization for the Durham North Zone Partnership.  Brock CHC is funded by the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN).




Ron Ballantyne, Executive Director, Brock CHC, 705-432-3322
Dr. Gerald Laudanski, Beaverton Thorah Health Centre, 705-426-7332