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Rebecca Taylor

Quilts Providing Comfort

By Thank You!

Thank you to the Parksville Quilters Guild for yet another generous and colourful donation of quilts and other items! These comfort items make a big difference for our littlest of patients. They will be given to babies and young children who are receiving care in the NICU at NRGH and VI SCAN (Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program).
Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and Chris Kotzian, Comfort Quilt Coordinator, Parksville Quilters Guild

Christmas Display Brings in Donations

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Thank you to Ted Aeberhardt, Brittnee Aeberhardt and her husband Adam Long for their generous $173 donation! Each year they offer treats by donation to the public who stop by to view their spectacular Christmas light displays. Ted has been decorating his house since 1994 with his daughter and son-in-law joining in more recently. Brittnee works in the Medical Device Reprocessing department and Adam works in the kitchen at NRGH.

Excellence in Care Through Ongoing Education

By Medical Staff Education

The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation supports leading edge care by funding professional development for medical staff. Whether it is a broader toolkit to assist patients in psychiatric or palliative care or advancements in post-surgical care, the Hospital Foundation is committed to funding relevant, transferable and innovative learning to support better health outcomes for patients.

With constant advancements in healthcare knowledge and techniques, continuing education is essential in all areas of care. For example, emergency nursing care of a child with an acute illness or injury requires special knowledge and skills. Wanting to be able to deliver the best care possible to young patients, RNs at NRGH recently took an Emergency Nursing Paediatric Course (ENPC). The ENPC, an intensive two-day course with an expert instructor, provides the core-level paediatric knowledge and psychomotor skills (skills where movement and thinking are combined) needed to care for paediatric patients in the emergency setting. And the staff appreciate the impact of ongoing learning including the greater depth and breadth of knowledge that improves the care they can provide to patients on a daily basis.

“ENPC provides an opportunity to practice hands on skills and also offers valuable information and education specific to caring for Paediatric patients and their families. This course and the instructors offered great examples and suggestions that I will be able to implement in my nursing practice and share with other Paediatric team members. It was a truly valuable course experience and I am grateful for the opportunity to be included.”  Carly Tarr, RN, NICU/Paediatrics

As a Pediatric nurse, the ENPC course is extremely important in our continued learning. For me personally, I feel more confident in the care that I give my patients along with feeling more prepared for emergent situations.  Nikki Adshead, RN, Paediatrics

I have been a nurse for 10 years, with the past 4 years at NRGH. ENPC is an excellent course with lots of hands-on practice. It has helped me feel more prepared and confident in recognizing and treating an acutely ill child.  Eileen Bergstreser, RN, Paediatrics

The Hospital Foundation is grateful to our generous donors whose gifts enable the funding of such important continuing education.

Photo: Andree Lineker, Leslie Sundby (instructor), Andrea Bertulli, Jamie Derksen, Clayton Brocklehurst, Eileen Bergstreser, Nikki Adshead, Carly Tarr, Jill Holt, Shannon Scarisbrick

RBC – A Strong Legacy of Community Support

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Thank you to the RBC Foundation for the incredible $20,000 donation for cardiac equipment at NRGH and Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville! Once the project is complete, cardiac exam wait times will be reduced by as much as 50% and 95% of cardiac pre and post-surgical and procedural care will be able to be delivered in our community!

RBC Foundation, RBC and RBC Dominion Securities have a strong legacy of supporting the community and the local hospital. Collectively, they have donated over $400,000 over the years to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation in support of better healthcare in our community. Incredible!

Lantzville Rotary Supports Cardiac Care

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Thank you to the Rotary Club of Lantzville for their generous $1,000 donation for expansion of cardiac services at NRGH and Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville!

Photo: Doug Slowki, Director, Community Service Committee, Lantzville Rotary and Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation

Generous Gift for the NICU

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Thank you to Jesse’s Gift Foundation for their $7,330 donation! The funds were raised through a raffle for WestJet tickets and will be used to purchase a washer and dryer for the NICU at NRGH. Having their own W/D in their department is much more convenient and allows the paediatric staff to use detergents that are gentle on baby clothing.

Photo: Sheri Shanahan, Jesse’s Gift and Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation