Several new initiatives that have great appeal to support better health outcomes in the region are the following:
In the past 3 years, close to $600,000 has been raised as part of the Regional Cardiac Campaign. We continue to raise funds in this area to bring state of the art cardiac equipment to UHNBC. This year’s golf tournament will focus on the purchase of a Vivid Q Cardiac Ultrasound to be used by the Anesthesiologists at UHNBC. This is used to visualize veins and arteries and other structures in the body during insertion of monitoring cables and lines. This unit is state of the art and allows a more precise entry, provides better visibility for vascular access, less complications, and assists in providing better pain control. It can be used for a wider range of procedures as well, such as pacemakers and valves. As we are able to expand the services provided newer equipment is needed. It also helps with the broader goal of attracting and retaining cardiac specialists.
Daily, 1 in 5 people in Canada personally experience a mental health problem or illness. It’s not discriminatory, manifests in many different ways, and can affect any age, education, income level or culture. The addition of a calming room at UHNBC to provide a gentle option for mental escape in a safe and secure environment. Spirit Day 2019 (May 2nd) is looking to address this $70,000 commitment. We hope we can count on your help.
To celebrate their 100th Anniversary, the Auxiliary to UHNBC, along with Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and Northern Health have each pledged $100,000 to be used to improve patient comfort and safety at Jubilee Lodge. Funds will be used toward a commitment of 66 new beds, as well as ways in which to address patient comfort, safety, belonging and well-being. We are always accepting funding to assist with this project to enhance it even further.
Administered through the Learning Centre, the Northern Clinical Simulation began in 2012 as collaboration between Northern Health, UNBC School of Nursing and the UBC Northern Medical Program. The Clinical Simulation Program brings leading edge technology to northern BC to enrich the education and skills for clinical staff, physicians, and medical students in various disciplines as well as community emergency response. It combines state of the art robotic patent simulators with operating and debriefing technologies to enable a safe environment for learning and skills development. Much of the equipment is in need of upgrading or replacement over the next few years. Additional equipment to enhance the service is always being sources as well.
Since 2015 the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation has partnered with the Prince George Cougars WHL Team along with Northern Health to provide active messaging to students in the Prince George School District. We firmly believe that setting aside designated time to read, engage in physical activity, practice healthy living, and giving of your time, money, or expertise in ways that make this world a better place are important and best taught early in life. Delivered through School District #57 this program has touched the hearts of over 4,000 students each year, and through them, their families. Our hope is to continue this program regionally and a roll out to communities in the North is planned for the fall of 2019. Supporting this program is a way to support upstream healthcare, children, and best practices in learning to be a humanitarian.