ASPR Member Profile: Andrea Hynes, Ontario, Canada
By Kim Dianich, PHR, Lead Provider Recruiter, PeaceHealth Medical Group, Vancouver, WA
Andrea Hynes is relatively new to physician recruitment and ASPR. She is the physician recruitment coordinator for the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton—the town where she grew up. Sarnia is a small city in Lambton County in the Province of Ontario, Canada. It is located on the southern edge of Lake Huron, approximately 65 miles north of Detroit, MI.
Andrea earned an undergraduate degree in English and history, a diploma in ministry/theology, and a master’s degree in theatre. Having been born into a family of physicians—her dad, all her sisters and brothers-in-law — fate would have her choose and complete an internship at, where else but a hospital! Andrea’s internship was in event planning and fundraising at Bluewater Health in Ontario.
Through her job with the nonprofit association, Andrea is an advocate for her community, Sarnia Lambton, recruiting quality family medicine physicians to the area. Canadian physicians are not employed by the hospital; they have independent solo or group practices. Andrea coordinates with the practices and physicians to match appropriate practitioners to each group. In addition to candidate sourcing and recruitment, she is responsible for finance, marketing, advertising, event planning, and social media. Andrea also travels to municipalities in her community, updating them on recruitment efforts.
Andrea says she loves everything about her job. Her vivacious personality lends well to recruiting physicians and serving her community. Like other physician recruitment professionals, she understands the challenge in recruiting primary care providers to an underserved area. Andrea is required to do her own sourcing and is prohibited from working with contingency agencies or vendors. She sources candidates through social media, conferences and job fairs, presenting at physician training programs, and networking with colleagues. Andrea says that when she needs advice, she contacts one of the other physician recruiters in the province. “The one thing is to have a good support system from your fellow physician recruiters.”
In her spare time, Andrea is an active committee member for the Imperial Theatre and takes part in all of their musical productions. She also keeps her mind and body fit with Irish dancing. When she was younger, she was in her family’s rock band as a drummer. Her background and many talents lends to easy communication with candidates, physicians, and administrators in her community.
“Since Canada and the US are neighboring countries, it is beneficial to learn about the US healthcare system and the changes that are occurring. We attend job fairs in the United States to learn about the differences between both the Canadian and US healthcare systems. I also met some good contacts at the ASPR conference and look forward to attending the next conference.”
Andrea’s final comment and word of advice: “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”