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Staying connected

It is almost impossible to find a person in Canada today who has not been impacted by COVID-19. Every family across the country has been coping with some level of change in routine. One group particularly hard hit by recent changes are people living in long-term care or assisted living homes. In an effort to…

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End the stigma: Shane’s story

Fifty-year-old Shane is an active volunteer, a former hockey player and a trivia buff. Like many couples, he and his wife Joanne often tease each other. “She doesn’t have a volume switch. I’ve been trying to find it for years,” he says of Joanne, who is so soft-spoken you need to lean in close to…

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What it means to be proud

On June 28, 1969, police raided Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn, a meeting place for LGBTQ2+ people. When they demanded to conduct sex verification checks on trans women, a spontaneous protest broke out. This protest started the conversation about LGBTQ2+ issues and the battle for acceptance and inclusion. It was also the start of what today we…

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White heart project

A white heart is a symbol commonly used to convey hope, pure thought and steadfast intention. The White Heart Project was created by the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and inspired by a deep appreciation for health-care staff and the tremendous sacrifice they are making. In recent weeks, white hearts have sprung up across hospitals and…

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Love in the time of COVID

Two registered nurses from Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) proved Saturday that love will prevail even in the time of COVID-19. When Amanda McKay and James Futerko couldn’t have the wedding of their dreams, they chose a different option that honoured their colleagues and the workplace where they met. On Saturday, standing before a marriage commissioner…

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Williams Lake hospital shows creativity in the face of COVID-19

When Williams Lake physician Dr. Ivan Scrooby and infection prevention lead Kelly Dillon were walking through a partially-remediated area of Cariboo Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Williams Lake earlier this year, inspiration struck. The two were inspecting an area of the hospital that was already under construction and included ambulatory care, part of patient registration and…

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UBC medical students support front-line physicians

Medical students based at the UBC Okanagan campus in Kelowna are helping front-line physicians in the battle against COVID-19 in the B.C. Interior. With the temporary suspension of clinical training in hospitals and clinics across the province, many medical students began looking for other ways to support physicians and patients during the pandemic. Over 80…

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Marking a new beginning in Penticton

One year ago on April 29, Maureen Thomson was sitting at a desk inside the new David E. Kampe Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH), looking over a set of computer screens, each one flashing patient names and locations. At the time, Maureen was the health services director and responsible for moving some 65 patients…

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Getting the message across

Dealing with a severe speech disorder and transitioning from hospital to home was more than enough for the Freeborn family to cope with. Adding COVID-19 to the mix and hospital visitor restrictions, and problems could have easily gone from bad to worse. Despite those challenges, this family was able to find a way around those…

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