Office Efficiency Improvements
The Bulkley Valley Health Care & Hospital Foundation recently secured a database to help keep the office organized in regard to donor information, receipting and office procedures. The new database will streamline how the office functions and increase efficiency, saving both time and money. Executive Director Laurel Menzel travelled to Edmonton for training in January, courtesy of a flight donated by Central Mountain Air to alleviate some travel costs, for which the Foundation is very grateful. Thank you, Central Mountain Air, for your continued support!
Celebrity Golf Tournament
The Stanley Cup came to Smithers, BC! To celebrate, the Celebrity Golf Committee hosted a celebration with proceeds to the Bulkley Valley Health Care & Hospital Foundation’s Maternity Ward Project. Continuing forward with their fundraising efforts, The Smithers Charity Golf Tournament was also held from Aug 13 to 15, 2015. This 3-day event included a hockey game, autograph signing, and a fabulous golf tournament with banquet dinner and auction. The live auction alone raised over $102,000 - we are so incredibly appreciative of the support & generosity shown by the donors! To learn more about the end goals of this project and how it will benefit the community, please view the 2015 Celebrity Golf video.
Specialty Knowledge of Palliative Care
On April 11, 2014, over 100 people came from across the region to the Hudson Bay Lodge for the first ever palliative care conference held in the Bulkley Valley. It proved to be an incredible opportunity for regional health care workers to share their expertise, discuss issues and approaches specific to palliative care, and network with their out-of-town counterparts.
Below is a personal account of the event written by Alice Christensen, an RN in Cancer Services at the Bulkley Valley Regional Hospital:
The conference was organized in response to a need identified across multiple health disciplines. With the support of Cormac Hikich, Health Service Administrator, and Karen Clarke, Director of Care, a planning group was organized with representatives from the Bulkley Lodge, Cancer Services, Home Care Nursing, Canadian Cancer Society, BV Hospice Society, Physicians, and Practice Support. Together we decided to host the conference, which we hope will launch a discussion that focuses on how best to implement the palliative approach to care in our community.
We were pleased to host Dr. Barwich, newly appointed head of the BC Centre for Excellence in Palliative Care. Dr. Barwich emphasized the need to create a life-enhancing, palliative approach to care that begins with the family physician and applies not only to cancer patients, but also to those with other chronic, life-limiting illnesses such as organ failure, dementia, and frailty. Elizabeth Beddard-Huber, a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, focused on collaborative communications and included a First Nations video. From Northern Health, we heard from Nicole Dahlen, a pharmacist lead NH in palliative care, Dr. Inban Reddy, a lead palliative care physician, and Dr. Biz Bastian, GPO physician.
Following the main conference was a cocktail hour where physicians had an opportunity to meet with Dr. Barwich for further discussion on developing a palliative approach in a small northern community. In addition, Clinic Nurse Specialist Elizabeth Beddard-Huber spoke with 40 hospice volunteers and care providers and shared her expertise through the use of case presentations. The evaluations have indicated that the conference was well received with several suggestions for future topics and ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration.
Thanks to everyone who encouraged our group to move forward with this initiative.
The conference was sponsored by the Bulkley Valley Hospice Society, BV Community Cancer Care Team, Houston Hospice Society, Northern Continuing Medical Education, Bulkley Valley Health Care and Hospital Foundation, Wrinch Memorial Hospital doctors, BV Health Information Hub, and the Northern Health Authority.
Acquisition of Oxygen Concentrator for the BVRH
The Bulkley Valley Health Care and Hospital Foundation joined forces with the owner of Subway Restaurant in Smithers, who agreed to donate all of the franchise's cookie sales for the month of December 2013 to the Foundation.
The money raised through this fundraiser enabled the Foundation to purchase an Oxygen Concentrator through the BV District Hospital Palliative Care Fund. This piece of medical equipment enables patients to transition home for end of life care, which will serve and benefit those individuals and families who have need of it.
Subway Restaurant intends to reignite the cookie sale fundraiser again this coming December, and the Foundation is grateful for the generosity and community-minded spirit of this local business.