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Northern Health board meeting highlights

The contributions of hospital foundations and auxiliaries have been recognized by Northern Health’s board of directors at their latest regular meeting.

In 2015/16, 28 foundations, auxiliaries and other donors pledged or gifted more than $2.6 million to projects at NH facilities.

“Foundations and auxiliaries are important partners in supporting health care in our communities,” said Dr. Charles Jago, Northern Health Board Chair. “The countless volunteer hours and funds raised by the foundations and auxiliaries make the difference between good services and excellent services in communities across the north.”

The Board received updates on five current campaigns:

  • Bulkley Valley Health Care & Hospital Foundation’s 5th annual Gala, benefiting the Bulkley Lodge residential care facility, and event that included a $1.6 Million dollar gift towards a CT Scanner for Smithers;
  • Kitimat General Hospital Foundation’s 5th annual Christmas Coffee House, in support of a 2016 goal to raise $75,000 for wound vacuum equipment and orthopedic drills
  • The REM Lee Hospital Foundation’s $100,000 Urology Suite Upgrade project for Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace;
  • Fort Nelson Hospital Foundation’s focus on keeping the ‘fun’ in fundraising with its annual Charity Bed Race, and;
  • Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation’s upcoming Lights for Life campaign.

CEO Cathy Ulrich updated board members on the recent official opening of The Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre – Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay located in the Village of Queen Charlotte. Northern Health staff were joined at the November 24th event by the Haida Nation, the North West Regional Hospital District, and Minister of Health Terry Lake. The hospital formally opened for patients on November 16th.

“The staff managed a seamless transition from the old hospital to the new facility over the course of one day,” said Cathy Ulrich, president and CEO for Northern Health. “This state of the art facility will improve the experience of patients and their families and enable staff and physicians to continue to provide exceptional services into the future.”

Other highlights from the December 2016 meeting:

  • Two Nurse Practitioners from Northern BC received awards at the 2016 Awards of Excellence ceremony in Vancouver in November. Dr. Tracey Day, a family nurse practitioner at the Central Interior Native Health Society received the Excellence in Nursing Advocacy Award for her work to remove barriers to primary care for marginalized people in the Prince George area. Ms. Erin Wilson, one of northern B.C.’s first nurse practitioners, was awarded for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

The next Northern Health board meeting will be held in Mackenzie in February 2017.

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