Hospitals

The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)

Island-based group raises more than $1M playing ‘worst video game’ for nearly seven days

Desert Bus for Hope smashed records in 15th year, supporting sick kids charity Child’s Play

 

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Dr. Robert Semeniuk and registered nurse Sarah Wilson, patient care coordinator at the Summerland Health Centre, adjust the settings on a new Phaco unit used in eye cataract surgeries. The Summerland Health-Care Auxiliary is donating $100,000 for the upgraded high-tech machine. - Image Credit: Submitted photo

QUIZ: In praise of medical professionals

How much do you know about doctors, nurses and medical researchers in history and popular culture?

 

Housing for hospital staff and construction workers could be an issue as the shovels prepare to break ground on the new Cowichan District Hospital, which will replace the existing one on Gibbins Road (pictured), in the spring of 2022. (File photo)

Housing could be a challenge for employees at new Cowichan hospital, official says

Island Health holds community update on $887.4-million project

 

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Tofino General Hospital. (Westerly file photo)

COVID-19 outbreak at Tofino General Hospital

The outbreak at TGH is limited to the inpatient unit

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Tofino General Hospital. (Westerly file photo)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy of B.C. government)

Vancouver Island sees far more surgery delays due to COVID-19 than rest of B.C.

157 surgeries postponed at Island hospitals Sept. 26 to Oct. 2; next highest health authority had 57

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy of B.C. government)
North Cowichan’s council and community are split over how the area where the new Cowichan District Hospital, which will replace the old one on Gibbins Road (pictured), is to be built will be developed. (File photo)

North Cowichan leans toward high-density plan for Bell McKinnon south, but excludes north

Construction of new hospital in area scheduled for early next year

North Cowichan’s council and community are split over how the area where the new Cowichan District Hospital, which will replace the old one on Gibbins Road (pictured), is to be built will be developed. (File photo)
Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)

Blizzards forecast in BC in October – each raising funds for children’s hospital care

Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day reset for Oct. 28 in province and across Canada

Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)
Representatives from nine forestry companies active in the Cowichan Valley gather at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for the unveiling of a new trailer that will promote their support of the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation. (Submitted)

New trailer promotes partnership between forestry, Cowichan District Hospital Foundation

Nine local companies chipped in to support foundation and new hospital project

Representatives from nine forestry companies active in the Cowichan Valley gather at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for the unveiling of a new trailer that will promote their support of the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation. (Submitted)
Ted Puska reveals the name of the winning entry for the Doug Bodger autographed hockey jersey from his own collection that he made available in a draw for those who provided financial support to help with medical expenses. (Photo by Don Bodger)

8 years waiting for kidney transplant ends in success for Vancouver Island man

Surgery has active Ladysmith resident Puska back to his old self

Ted Puska reveals the name of the winning entry for the Doug Bodger autographed hockey jersey from his own collection that he made available in a draw for those who provided financial support to help with medical expenses. (Photo by Don Bodger)
In 2020, 11 children in the province fell from windows between May and September, according to the BC Trauma Registry. (Pixabay)

2 deaths, 8 hospitalizations spark safety warning for B.C. parents over open windows, balconies

‘The injuries we see from window falls are devastating for everyone,’ says Michelle Dodds of BC Children’s Hospital

In 2020, 11 children in the province fell from windows between May and September, according to the BC Trauma Registry. (Pixabay)
Dr. Lindsay McCunn, a VIU psychology professor, is working with Island Health to survey employees about architectural elements and design features that they associate with work satisfaction, productivity, well-being and more. (Vancouver Island University photo)

CDH staff surveyed on hospital design features

Input to assist in development of the new hospital

Dr. Lindsay McCunn, a VIU psychology professor, is working with Island Health to survey employees about architectural elements and design features that they associate with work satisfaction, productivity, well-being and more. (Vancouver Island University photo)
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo hospital district may seek help from other Vancouver Island regions for $1B project

Funding for patient tower and services discussed by committee

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file)
B.C. Nurses’ Union is urging the province to address the violence nurses are facing at work as well as a staffing shortage that’s fueling widespread burnout among workers. (Black Press Media files)

‘Nurses are giving up’: Union calls on province to address violence, staff shortages

Top issues were made known this week at B.C. Nurses’ Union annual convention, which saw 500 nurses attend virtually

B.C. Nurses’ Union is urging the province to address the violence nurses are facing at work as well as a staffing shortage that’s fueling widespread burnout among workers. (Black Press Media files)
Vancouver resident Angélica Vargas, 41, suffered third-degree burns to half her body after a candle lit a dress she was wearing on fire at a dinner party in November 2019. (Submitted)

‘I’m still alive’: B.C. burn survivor shares road to recovery after candle accident

For more than a year after her accident, Vancouver resident Angélica Vargas couldn’t look in the mirror. Now, she’s learning to accept her scars.

Vancouver resident Angélica Vargas, 41, suffered third-degree burns to half her body after a candle lit a dress she was wearing on fire at a dinner party in November 2019. (Submitted)
A new saline gargle test, made in B.C., will soon be replacing COVID-19 nasal swab tests for kids. (PHSA screenshot)

Take-home COVID-19 tests available for some B.C. students who fall ill at school

BC Children’s Hospital plans to provide 1,200 kits to Vancouver district schools this April

A new saline gargle test, made in B.C., will soon be replacing COVID-19 nasal swab tests for kids. (PHSA screenshot)
Construction of the new $887.4-million Cowichan District Hospital to replace the existing hospital on Gibbins Road (pictured) is expected to begin in 2022. (File photo)

Land for new Cowichan hospital transferred to Island Health

New $887.4-million hospital expected to be completed in 2026

Construction of the new $887.4-million Cowichan District Hospital to replace the existing hospital on Gibbins Road (pictured) is expected to begin in 2022. (File photo)
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file)

Island’s cardiac care gap sparks hard push for major Nanaimo hospital expansion

New patient tower, cardiac services and cancer centre on the wish list for central and north Island

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file)
Bryan Adams with his mom, Jane Adams Clark, at Lions Gate Hospital. (Bryan Adams)

Bryan Adams gives shout out to North Shore hospital

The singer’s mom was in Lions Gate Hospital for care

Bryan Adams with his mom, Jane Adams Clark, at Lions Gate Hospital. (Bryan Adams)
Nursing staff at West Coast General Hospital celebrate the announcement of a $6.25-million expansion of the emergency department that will start in March 2021. (File photo)

B.C. health ministry commits $6.25M to hospital expansion in Port Alberni

Plans for larger emergency department have been on hold since 2015

Nursing staff at West Coast General Hospital celebrate the announcement of a $6.25-million expansion of the emergency department that will start in March 2021. (File photo)
Chris and Taylor Doughty welcomed their son into the world at 1:54 a.m. on New Year’s Day at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (Courtesy of Island Health)
Chris and Taylor Doughty welcomed their son into the world at 1:54 a.m. on New Year’s Day at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (Courtesy of Island Health)