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Patient advisory committees provide planning perspective

Janet Costa and her husband Sam were vacationing in Mexico several years ago when Sam suffered a major heart attack. He would be flown back to the Okanagan to be treated at Kelowna General Hospital, and thankfully would fully recover. The experience itself, however, awakened a new desire within Janet, to help patients better navigate…

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Trail blazing doctor recognized for treating alcohol use disorder

"Trail blazer" is an apt way to describe a physician who has travelled to every corner of the Interior Health region and beyond to spread the word about effective but largely under-prescribed medications to treat Alcohol Use Disorder. He has provided close to 150 educational presentations across B.C. On March 10, 2021 Penticton-based physician Dr.…

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Patients make us better: Michelle Hewitt

Michelle Hewitt has had a lot of experience receiving health care. She is also a passionate advocate for people with disabilities, a former school principal and an academic. Her unique perspective and history are a few of the reasons she has been asked to contribute her thoughts on Interior Health programs and services. Michelle is…

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Salmon Arm physician honours wife in Shuswap campaign

Retired Salmon Arm physician Brian Ayotte is thrilled Shuswap Lake General Hospital (SLGH) will be establishing a new, full scope mammography program. The former cardiologist and past-president of the Shuswap Hospital Foundation (SHF), Brian lost his wife Gail to breast cancer last April. Like most breast health patients, she spent time travelling to either Vernon…

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Overcoming unimaginable odds in health care

As we look back on 2020, we might be tempted to focus on the challenges. However, I want to take a moment to reflect on the strength and resilience demonstrated by individuals and communities as we overcame unimaginable odds together. Our health care system, supported by outstanding teams of providers, patients and families, found new…

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KGH, RIH labs increase COVID-19 testing capacity

New pieces of equipment, fast track renovations and great teamwork led to a massive increase in the number of COVID-19 tests that are able to be processed at Kelowna General Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. KGH and RIH are now home to new Panther fusion instruments, laboratory machines that have increased the capacity…

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