The opportunity to begin her career with a new children’s hospital was too good for Dr. Simona Hasal to pass up.

“It’s exciting to be here in a city and province that is growing and be part of the creation of the new children’s hospital,” says Dr. Simona Hasal, pediatric neurologist. “The short time I have been in Saskatoon has been wonderful and I am enjoying working with these young patients and their families.”

Dr. Simona Hasal joins the pediatric neurology team at Saskatoon Health Region.

Dr. Simona Hasal joins the pediatric neurology team at Saskatoon Health Region.

The pediatric neurologist grew up in a city of 25,000 people and admits she is more comfortable in a city the size of Saskatoon compared to Edmonton or Toronto.

Dr. Hasal joined the pediatric team in August. Her hiring filled a vacancy in pediatric neurology and means children and families who need this expertise will have access to this service. The Health Region is working to recruit one additional pediatric neurologist.

“Dr. Hasal is an important step forward in the preparation for the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan,” says Corey Miller, director of Practitioner Staff Affairs, Saskatoon Health Region. “Now that we are getting ready to begin the actual construction of the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, candidates are excited to join our team here in Saskatchewan.”

Dr. Hasal received her medical training in Czech Republic. Prior to her starting with Saskatoon Health Region, she had been completing her post graduate fellowship at the University of Alberta and has worked in Calgary and in Ottawa.

“Dr. Hasal is a great addition to our pediatrics team here in Saskatoon Health Region,” says Dr. Laurentiu Givelichian, head of Pediatrics, Saskatoon Health Region. “She has been certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada which works to ensure specialists have the qualifications and skills needed to advance better health and provide the highest quality of care for their patients. We are one of a few pediatrics departments in Canada with all of our doctors Royal College certified.”