2013 was a great year for the Partners in Care program, and for the patients and families of BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre and BC Women’s Hospital NICU. Here are 7 highlights from this past year. (click on the links to learn more!)
1. Family Centred Care Awards
Any list of highlights of 2013 needs to start with the Family Centred Care Awards. Fourteen individuals were given awards by the patients and families whose lives they impacted. Thank you to everyone who made the awards such a huge success. Start getting your nominations ready for 2014!
2. Surgery Tour
Thanks to the Partners in Pajamas members who gave feedback, BC Children’s Hospital was able to put together an online surgery tour to help children and their families prepare for surgery at the hospital.
3. Construction & Parking
2013 saw lots of construction at the Oak Street Campus, as well as a new parking system being implemented. Dealing with the noise and traffic has been challenging at times, but the changes coming to the hospitals look fabulous (watch the video for details).
4. Let’s Talk!
In May, the Youth Advisory Committee held a successful panel discussion at BC Children’s Hospital on teen health titled, “Let’s Talk: A Guide to Teens and Their Health”. It helped parents and caregivers support their teens in using the health care system. Read the summary of DOs and DON’Ts here.
5. Walking Read & Raising Hope
In 2013, CWILL.BC and skoah held fundraisers — The Walking Dead and Raising Hope, respectively — that directly benefited the comfort of families at the hospital. Both of these organizations are important to the work that Partners in Care do. Thank you!
Thanks to CWILL.BC and the Family Support and Resource Centre, Storytime launched in September. Celebrated children’s authors and illustrators have been visiting the hospital to spend time with patients and their families. Don’t miss the next Storytime with Darlene Foster on January 7.
2013 was a year of great involvement by patients and families at the hospitals. Partners in Pajamas members gave feedback on everything from hospital programs to print materials to hospital policy. Thank you to everyone who took time to share their opinion!
In 2013, Sarah Cook, longtime Partners in Care staff member and RN in the Youth Health Department at BC Children’s Hospital, moved on to new opportunities.
“I will not be returning to BCCH following my maternity leave. I have taken a positions at Langley Memorial Hospital, in their pediatrics’ unit and at Trinity Western University, teaching their clinical pediatric portion. At this time in my life, being closer to my family is most important. I am also working on completing my masters in nursing, so I have a full plate.”
Sarah has been dedicated supporter of family centred care for many years and her contributions to Partners in Care have been enormously valuable. We will miss her, but wish her the very best. Langley Memorial Hospital and Trinity Western University are lucky to have her. Good luck, Sarah!