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A Donation to Brighten the Pain Clinic 

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A Donation to Brighten the Pain Clinic 

The Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation had the opportunity to chat with Dustin Lahaise, Clinical Nurse Lead and Neuromodulation Coordinator at Island Health. Dustin oversees a multidisciplinary team focused on treating patients with chronic pain through a variety of methods. The department is dynamic and diverse, collaborating with multiple departments within the hospital to provide patients with the best possible care. By taking a holistic approach to chronic pain management, this team helps patients regain control of their lives and alleviate their pain.

As November 5-11 is National Pain Awareness week in Canada, we thought it was fitting to have a chat with Dustin about his department and bring awareness to the importance of chronic pain and its impact on the one in five Canadians who live with it.

This past year, the foundation provided art and reclining chairs for the department, and this is just one way the foundation is doing its part in improving the lives of those who suffer with chronic pain.

Learn more about the Pain Program at NRGH and its impact on the Central Vancouver Island community through the conversation with Dustin Lahaise below:

NDHF: Can you share your role and the work your department does at the NRGH?
DUSTIN: My role is the Clinical Nurse Lead and Neuromodulation Coordinator. I run the day-to-day operations of our program which includes a diverse chronic pain focused multidisciplinary team.

That team is positioned around our interventional fluoroscopy suite where our 2 Pain Specialist Physicians perform fluoroscopic guided spine interventions to treat chronic pain refractory to conservative self-management. We also have three nurses that keep the flow of our interventional suite seeing on average about twenty procedures per day and another twenty consults for new patients seeking care of their chronic pain conditions.

For the patients that we can’t treat with a spine intervention, we focus on the best evidence to manage their care through self-management education from our Rehab colleagues. We also have a pharmacist who assists with medication management, and collaborate with two Physiatrists to manage complex pain cases.

A large part of chronic pain is unmanaged anxiety, stress, anger and poor sleep. Our program takes a holistic approach of mind and body to help patients alleviate chronic pain and regain control of their lives.

NDHF: To bring awareness to the readers, can you describe where the Pain Program is located at NRGH?
DUSTIN: The Pain Program is located on the second floor of NRGH, next to the UBC Family Practice Office and Sim Lab.

NDHF: What kind of people and pain-related issues does your team support within the community?
DUSTIN: Mainly chronic back and neck pain, but we also see a myriad of chronic pain conditioners including complex regional pain syndrome. We also collaborate with the Workers Compensation Board and Department of National Defence.

NDHF: Can you tell us about how the art and furniture donation has benefitted the department and your patients?
DUSTIN:  Our patients are susceptible to depression, anxiety, frustration and have been struggling with their pain for quite some time. The artwork that the foundation provided our patients acts as a distraction and promotes a healing atmosphere where patients can feel at ease. The art is also of local landscapes around BC and becomes a conversation starter amongst the staff and patients.

NDHF: Are there any other items or campaigns for the department that you are fundraising for?
DUSTIN: Our consult rooms and rehab areas are in desperate need of modernization. We are also in need of about $500,000 to renovate a second Fluoroscopy suite. Our catchment encompasses north and west of Duncan all the way up to Cape Scott, so as our population grows, we will need to adapt and grow our program.

Thank you, Dustin and the team, at the Pain Program at NRGH including the nurses, specialists, physicians and front office staff for all the hard work you do for our community. We hope to continue to provide fundraising opportunities to better the Pain Program for those in need.




Giving Tuesday

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We are so excited to announce that with the help of our friends and neighbours, we raised $140,456 for the new Sentimag System at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on our first ever Giving Tuesday initiative!
An incredible group of community leaders, including our Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, the Nanaimo Foundation, the Tom Harris Community Foundation, the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival, and the Abreast of Life Dragon Boat Team united to make a difference for our hospital this holiday season! Together, they have made significant gifts toward the purchase of the Sentimag System that will support people experiencing breast cancer in our region.
We are so grateful for this amazing show of support. Thank you so much to everyone who has now made the purchase of this essential piece of cancer treatment equipment, as well as a year’s worth of operational costs, possible.

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Congratulations to the team at Laird Wheaton GM for winning our 2022 Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Car Dealership Challenge! The team won an awesome advertising prize package by purchasing the most cookies during Smile Cookie week! All proceeds to the new ICU at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Thank you!
Thank you to the prize donors, Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo & Voyager Magazine, and the Business Examiner.

The Peddlin’ Prof peddles past his goal!

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We are so blown away and grateful to Dr. Trevor Cradduck, the Peddlin’ Prof, for his amazing bike ride fundraiser in support of the new Intensive Care Unit at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital! During August, Dr. Cradduck set himself a goal of riding 500 km and raising $2,000 for the hospital, and he exceeded both with 761 km ridden and $2,750 raised!
In addition to his fundraising for NRGH, Dr. Cradduck is a longtime volunteer of the Lifeline (the wearable call button for seniors when they need help, for example if they fall in their home). Dr. Cradduck worked in the Check-In Program, which is a scheduled check-in call service for Nanaimo seniors. He is a former Lifeline committee member and Past Editor of the program’s newsletter, “Seniors Connections” as well as a delivery driver for Lifeline unit install (and sometimes delivery rider if he took his bike). At 86 years young, Dr. Cradduck is an inspiration to us all to keep moving, and keep giving.

Roots to Read Launch

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This week at NRGH, Paediatrician Dr. Jane Pegg and Family Doctor Dr. Bill Ehman celebrated the launch of their passion project, Roots to Read – NRGH Newborn Literacy Program. The program aims to support language and literacy development in children. Snuneymuxw Elder Lolly Good, whose Hul’q’umi’num name is Shxuysulwut, started the event off in a good way with a prayer and a welcome song.
The Roots to Read program will provide a book bag to every newborn at NRGH that will include two new books, as well as caregiver tips and guidance for families to encourage healthy literacy and connection with their baby. “Literacy is one of the most important determinants of health,” Dr. Ehman told the group gathered to celebrate the launch. “The brain is like a system of roots,” added Dr. Pegg. “Early stimulation encourages growth.”
The program has been successful in getting off the ground, and we are hoping that financial support from our community will keep it going. The program is run by volunteers, including representation from NRGH’s Perinatal team, Obstetrics providers including midwifery, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, Nanaimo Literacy Society, Strong Nations Bookstore and PacificCare. Support with beautiful hand made book bags is ongoing from our sewing community, including Parksville and Qualicum Quilters, Nanaimo Auxilliary and many others!
We have had a solid start and and an exciting launch. However, the program’s sustainability is entirely dependent upon ongoing financial support with donations from our community. Donations to Roots to Read are a great way to celebrate a new birth in your family, and support a strong literacy beginning for all newborns. For every $20 you give, another book bag is funded.
If you would like to make a donation towards this program, contact us by phone at 250.755.7690 or on our website at Donations are tax deductible.

Chelsea Carne Joins Hospital Foundation as new Director of Development

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Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is excited to welcome Chelsea Carne to our team. Chelsea joins us on February 28, 2022 as our new Director of Development. She brings with her years of experience in relationship building, communications and donor relations from Vancouver Island University. Chelsea, we are excited to welcome you and have you join our team.

Pat Docherty Memorial fundraiser

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A huge congratulations to the friends and family supporting the Pat Docherty Memorial fundraiser. Together they raised a record $82,555 towards the critical care medical equipment for the new ICU at NRGH. Thank you to this incredible group for having now raised a total of $137,910 for our hospital. Photo: Ed Neave, Wes Zannet & Don Slaughter, event organizers

Congratulations to Janet Fajardo!

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Congratulations to Janet Fajardo for winning the “Who Inspires You” Tigh-Na-Mara grand prize package donated by RBC Dominion Securities! “Janet is our floor 5 housekeeper. Janet is so lovely to work with. She is a busy bee but remains kind and approachable. She keeps a positive attitude even when I tell her I need to make some bed moves. We could not run this building without the wonderful work of our housekeeping staff. Thank you for all you do Janet!” – Sam Photo: Janet Fajardo with nominator Sam Harry