Hospitals

Randy “Elvis” Friskie, shown here perfoming in 2018, says he is on his deathbed on a cot in a hallway at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)

Elvis impersonator says he is on deathbed in hallway at a B.C. hospital

‘No dignity in it whatsoever,’ says Randy Friskie, who has liver disease

 

Port McNeill Hospital. (Gazette file photo)

Primary health care `collapsing’ in B.C. rural communities, critics say

ER closures on northern Vancouver Island called a symptom of larger problem

 

Port McNeill Hospital. (Gazette file photo)

2 North Island hospital ERs temporarily closed over the weekend

Island Health acknowledged that this is not an ideal situation for the communities

 

Dr. Nordine, a Kelowna-based physician is no longer able to work at a local detox centre because of his failure to comply with the provincial vaccination mandate (Joshua Nordine/Facebook)

Campaign aims to get unvaxxed health care workers back in B.C. hospitals

‘Hire Back our Heroes’ campaigners says an entire career should not be tainted by one decision

Dr. Nordine, a Kelowna-based physician is no longer able to work at a local detox centre because of his failure to comply with the provincial vaccination mandate (Joshua Nordine/Facebook)
Group of members of the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’, B.C. Children’s Hospital staff, and the McKenzies’ a patient family joining together in front of the hospital (June 14). Provided by B.C. Children’s Hospital.

VIDEO: B.C. firefighters donate $1M for child burn survivors

$1 million from the B.C. Professional Fire Fighter’s Association improves child burn care treatment

Group of members of the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’, B.C. Children’s Hospital staff, and the McKenzies’ a patient family joining together in front of the hospital (June 14). Provided by B.C. Children’s Hospital.
Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

78-year-old Ken Barkman of Chilliwack riding 3,000 kilometres for BC Children’s Hospital

Grandfather helping son and wife, who have adopted four high-risk babies

Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Thirteen-year-old Madden Wicker-Vriend, seen here with his parents Eryn and Jesse on May 27, is on dialysis at home in Chilliwack and is looking for a living kidney donor. He’s holding his catheter and behind him is his dialysis machine. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

13-year-old B.C. boy on dialysis looking for kidney donor

Madden Wicker-Vriend has plethora of health issues, but this ‘crisis’ came as a surprise, says mom

Thirteen-year-old Madden Wicker-Vriend, seen here with his parents Eryn and Jesse on May 27, is on dialysis at home in Chilliwack and is looking for a living kidney donor. He’s holding his catheter and behind him is his dialysis machine. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island is pitching a project to build and operate accommodations for families of patients at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, similar to Jeneece Place in Victoria. (News Bulletin file photo)

Jeneece Place-style patient family accommodations proposed for Nanaimo hospital

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island pitches Jesse’s House project to city council

The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island is pitching a project to build and operate accommodations for families of patients at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, similar to Jeneece Place in Victoria. (News Bulletin file photo)
Port McNeill Hospital. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Staff shortage causes Port McNeill Hospital to ‘close’ for the weekend

Island Health says it is continuing to actively recruit to fill nursing vacancies in the region

Port McNeill Hospital. (North Island Gazette file photo)
A bronze sculpture by artist Marie Khouri was stolen from outside the B.C. Children’s Hospital on the night of April 3. (Courtesy B.C. Children’s Hospital)

Sculpture stolen from B.C. Children’s Hospital weeks after being donated

Bronze artwork went missing from outside the Oak Street entrance on April 3

A bronze sculpture by artist Marie Khouri was stolen from outside the B.C. Children’s Hospital on the night of April 3. (Courtesy B.C. Children’s Hospital)
Back, from left: Tracey Brown, interim executive Director of the CDH Foundation; Marianne Rachwalski, auxiliary member; Julie Springborn, member; Patty Halk, member; Heather Kent, member; Dawne Grant, member; Olga Spensley, member; Denise McKinlay, board member CDH Foundation. From left holding the big cheque are: Donna McCasky, president Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary; and Betty Guild, treasurer Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary. (Photo submitted)

Chemainus auxiliary contributes $25,000 toward mammogram machine

Donation made to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation for the new hospital

  • Apr 12, 2022
Back, from left: Tracey Brown, interim executive Director of the CDH Foundation; Marianne Rachwalski, auxiliary member; Julie Springborn, member; Patty Halk, member; Heather Kent, member; Dawne Grant, member; Olga Spensley, member; Denise McKinlay, board member CDH Foundation. From left holding the big cheque are: Donna McCasky, president Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary; and Betty Guild, treasurer Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary. (Photo submitted)
Wanda Smith is going to be busy preparing pop-up cards for Easter for her fundraiser as well as other upcoming special occasions. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Easter pop-up cards going toward woman’s ICU fundraiser

Series of special occasions a chance to bolster total toward $25,000 goal

Wanda Smith is going to be busy preparing pop-up cards for Easter for her fundraiser as well as other upcoming special occasions. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Sophia Taylor gives some attention to the family cat, Thor. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Princess Sophia brings a smile

Good news stories don’t get any better than this

Sophia Taylor gives some attention to the family cat, Thor. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Sophia Taylor shows the Courier’s Don Bodger her unicorn. (Photo by Selina Taylor)

Sophia running around again like a normal child

Interview with the three-year-old focuses on a deer, not the incident or the hospital

Sophia Taylor shows the Courier’s Don Bodger her unicorn. (Photo by Selina Taylor)
Sophia Taylor plays it cool on the BC Ferries trip home from the mainland. (Photo by Selina Taylor)

Crofton girl back at home after remarkable recovery

Initial prognosis following 20-foot fall didn’t seem like hospital release would happen this soon

Sophia Taylor plays it cool on the BC Ferries trip home from the mainland. (Photo by Selina Taylor)
North Island Gazette file photo

Doctor shortage causes the Port McNeill Hospital to shut down for the weekend

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911

North Island Gazette file photo
Fernie Alpine Resort turnoff on Hwy. 3. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Man dies after skiing accident at B.C.’s Fernie Alpine Resort

A man died from injuries sustained while skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort over the weekend

Fernie Alpine Resort turnoff on Hwy. 3. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Wanda Smith in her creative space in her home. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Appreciation for ICU care in surviving a life-and-death situation launches ambitious fundraiser

Wanda Smith hopes to raise $25,000 for the new Cowichan District Hospital

Wanda Smith in her creative space in her home. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A nurse tends to a patient in the Intensive Care Unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘It’s not OK’: BC Nurses’ Union demands better working conditions

BCNU calling on the general public to write their MLAs demanding better conditions for nurses

A nurse tends to a patient in the Intensive Care Unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Island Health is reporting two cases of COVID at Berwick on the Lake in Nanaimo. (Google Maps)

New COVID outbreaks declared in Nanaimo and Port Alberni, 3 lifted in Victoria, Courtenay

A total of 3 long-term care residents were confirmed with the virus following PCR tests

Island Health is reporting two cases of COVID at Berwick on the Lake in Nanaimo. (Google Maps)