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Penticton love story helps patients

Penticton resident George Garland has a deep and personal connection to health care in the South Okanagan. His beloved wife Marie spent quite a bit of time at Penticton Regional Hospital while receiving care for Parkinson’s disease and her other health issues. In memory of Marie, George has donated $100,000 for medical equipment at Penticton…

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Stitch by Stitch: knitting helps a community heal

As a Grade 5 student at North Shuswap Elementary School in Celista, B.C., Liam Smith was known for his confident, caring and courageous personality. The affable youngster made a big mark on his community in only a short time. After a tragic accident claimed Liam’s life, his classmates struggled to process the loss of their…

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A doctor’s struggle

A psychiatrist who has worked with challenging patients for 17 years without one violent incident might be excused for forgetting all safety protocols when a teenage patient suddenly attacked him. Dr. Michael Ocana learned many lessons that day, six months ago, and he has been sharing them with his colleagues in hopes of helping them…

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Aging Better: Sex as an older adult

It’s Valentine’s Day and Cupid’s arrow will strike far and wide. So let’s take advantage of this love-themed month to debunk a few myths about sex and older adults. Sexual feelings do not disappear as you age There are many taboos around sex and older adults. One such myth is that older people should not,…

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Therapy dog goes high tech

While Merle Crawford was in palliative care at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH), the former pediatric nurse did her best to remain bright and cheerful. But there were days when it was a struggle; times when she needed someone to cheer her up. Enter Saylor the therapy dog. Saylor brought a bright smile to Merle’s face,…

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Valentine’s gift of life

Two weeks before his 71st birthday, Les Fiedler suffered a heart attack while playing pickleball in his community of Creston. Thankfully, his friends and family knew how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use the facility’s automated external defibrillator (AED) machine – a medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if…

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Just Breathe

As she tells her story, Shelley Rowe’s eyes well up with emotion. Her stress level spikes momentarily, which triggers a slight cough. Yet in spite of an occasional flare-up, her breathing is more relaxed than it’s been in years. Shelley, now 62, started smoking when she was 14 years old. Her doctor diagnosed her with…

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Living well with HIV

At 81, Alan Samuelson is in a unique position to share his story and tell others what he knows about living well with HIV. In the early 1980s, he was admitted to an Alberta hospital with a ruptured stomach artery. After an urgent call went out through the hospital, staff and visitors provided 29 units…

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Hidden citizens

In the film "Cast Away," Tom Hanks plays a business executive who crash-lands on a deserted island. He copes with years of social isolation in part by befriending a volleyball, which he names Wilson. Wilson becomes someone to confide in, to tell jokes to, and to even argue with. When Wilson is swept away in…

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