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VHF LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY Each day, more than 100 ultrasounds are performed at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals. Relatively simple, non-invasive and radiation-free, ultrasound scans allow clinicians to go beneath the surface and see what is happening inside a patient’s body. The detailed, highdefinition images captured provide a wealth of information, including the structure and composition of internal organs, tissues and vessels. Quite often, it is these very images that help our care teams understand the nature of a patient’s symptoms, provide answers and treatment options — and sometimes, save lives.

Over the years, ultrasounds have become critical in all areas of our hospitals, supporting a wide variety of patients: a soon-to-be mother who wants to rule out pregnancy complications, a local business owner in our Emergency Department who has sudden pain in their abdomen, or an elderly citizen who must undergo vascular surgery to repair a blocked artery. In our latest campaign, Beneath the Surface: A Campaign for Ultrasound Technology, we are asking the community to help raise $500,000 for seven new point-of-care ultrasounds for Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals.

The Campaign for Ultrasound Technology will benefit thousands of patients in several specialized areas of care: • Emergency • Endoscopy • Intensive Care • Maternity

• Gynecology Surgery • Medical Imaging • Vascular Surgery

The seven new ultrasound machines are needed to ensure our care teams are equipped with the tools they need to do their best work. Thanks to innovations in technology, ultrasounds produce higherdefinition images that increase diagnostic capacity, and therefore allow for faster treatment. Smaller and more portable,

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Counsellors Kevin Pinsonneault & Sarah Mccoll.

Our Caring Spirits: Honouring Those Who Positively Impact Our Lives Congratulations to Kevin Pinsonneault and Sarah Mccoll, youth mental health counsellors at Victoria General Hospital and recipients of recent Caring Spirit Awards in tribute to their conscientious care of patients. Recently, the parents of one of Kevin and Sarah’s patients chose to make a donation to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation through our Caring Spirit program. Their intention was to acknowledge the exemplary care their daughter received at Victoria General Hospital. “We would like to thank the entire pediatrics youth mental health team — nurses, doctors, youth counsellors, everyone! We are especially thankful for Kevin and Sarah, the youth counsellors who were instrumental in helping our daughter get through the tough times. Thank you! You are true heroes.” If someone made a difference to you and your family during your hospital visit, say thank you by making a Caring Spirit donation of any amount in their name. Your gift will help fund priority medical equipment that improves care for future patients, and your nominee(s) will receive recognition from their supervisors and peers, a special Caring Spirit pin and a letter of congratulations. To recognize excellent care, and make a donation in honour of an Island Health staff member, please visit w w w.v i c t o r i a h f. c a

they can now also be used at a patient’s bedside, allowing clinicians to provide the best care while minimizing patient discomfort. It’s about bringing the care to the patient, rather than the patient to the care. “Ultrasounds have become the modern stethoscopes,” explains Dr. Melina Warren, a radiologist with Island Health. “This equipment will allow my colleagues and I to do our best work and give our patients the highest quality of care.” The need for the seven new ultrasound machines is critical. Island Health has identified them among the most urgent

priority equipment items, meaning donations to this campaign will have the greatest impact in our community. Donor support will allow radiologists like Dr. Warren, and other specially-trained physicians in our hospitals, to continue to provide faster diagnosis and excellent treatment to our community. You can contribute to the Campaign for Ultrasound Technology by calling 250-519-1750 or mailing to Wilson Block, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria BC, V8R 1J8. To donate online, learn more about the campaign, the urgently needed equipment, and to read patient stories, visit

A Warm Welcome to a Compassionate Leader Island Health Welcomes New CEO We are proud to welcome the new President & CEO of Island Health, Kathy MacNeil. Kathy brings remarkable leadership, integrity, and 30 years of extensive health system experience to her new role. Kathy came from the Capital Health Region in Halifax where she held the role of Vice-President of People from 2008-2015. She previously served as Island Health’s Executive Vice President, Quality Safety and Experience from 2015 to July 2017 before being appointed President & CEO in February. For Kathy, quality health care starts with relationships. “It’s the relationships between care providers, patients and the community that will help us deliver excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time,” says Kathy. “And the Victoria Hospital Foundation is a key partner in making a difference in our hospitals, for our patients and the community.”

Those who work with Kathy know she is an exceptional community leader, and the ideal person to represent the vision, purpose and values of Island Health. When Island Health achieves success, Kathy is the first to share the credit with the healthcare teams that surround her. We wholeheartedly congratulate Kathy MacNeil and look forward to many rewarding years working together with Island Health under her exemplary leadership.



Respiratory Therapist Emily Newman with a ventilator.

A Breath of Fresh Air A patient receives cardiac care in the Emergency Department of Royal Jubilee Hospital.

We Believe in Miracles

Donors Complete Cardiac Campaign – $3.2 Million Raised Last Fall, we embarked on our most ambitious Fall campaign goal to date: raising $3.2 million to fund 34 pieces of urgently needed equipment and a special project in seven different areas of cardiac care. Thanks to the incredible generosity of over 3,200 community members — individuals like you — our Campaign for Cardiac Care, In a Heartbeat: Everyday Miracles, has achieved this milestone.

“I’m 66 years old. Without this surgery, I would not have lived more than another year.” – Diane Ball

We recognize how fortunate we are to live in a community that puts such a high value on exceptional healthcare. The funds raised in this community stay in this community to benefit our hospitals, and for that, we are incredibly grateful. Reaching this goal equips our multi-disciplinary Heart Health team with the leading-edge equipment it needs to continue to perform everyday miracles. Over the last several months, we featured extraordinary stories from seven of the 200,000 patients a year assessed by our Heart Health team. Diane Ball expressed

her gratitude to the Heart Health team and Dr. Fedoruk after open-heart surgery. “Dr. Fedoruk and her team gave me my life back,” said Diane. “The care I received was absolutely amazing, and my family and I are immensely grateful for the lifechanging care I received. When Dr. Fedoruk fixed my heart valve, she liberated me.” Patients like Diane now have a second chance at life thanks to state-of-the-art medical equipment and projects you helped fund, including: • • • • • •

A cardiac rhythm monitor A heart retractor A heart bypass heater unit Electrocardiogram machines A transport monitor A heart catheterization laboratory C-Arm • A renovation of the Cardiac Short Stay unit • Recovery recliner chairs On behalf of our patients and their families, and the medical teams at our hospitals, thank you for your donations. We also acknowledge the incredibly generous $800,000 donation from Mr. Didar S. (Ted) Doman which will help fund the much-needed renovation to the Cardiac Short Stay unit. Our hearts are full.

TB Vets Funds New Ventilators The TB Vets Charitable Foundation continues a legacy of giving with another life-saving gift. Most recently, the charity donated $15,000 to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation to fund specialized non-invasive ventilators for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Royal Jubilee Hospital. The new ventilators are designed to be more comfortable and less invasive for patients. They work like a sealed face mask and require no intubation, instead relying on positive pressure ventilation to help patients breathe. They quickly proved to be an invaluable resource for the most critical patients in the ICU. Since 1982, TB Vets has proudly donated more than $1,375,000 to Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals, helping many patients in our community. Thank you for your unwavering commitment.

Congratulations to our new Director We welcome Avery Brohman as newly appointed Director of Development & Communications for the Foundation. Avery brings to the role a strong set of non-profit management and fundraising skills, a deep alignment with the Foundation’s philosophy and values, and a significant commitment to healthcare. Welcome, Avery! w w w.v i c t o r i a h f. c a



UPCOMING EVENTS UPLANDS GOLF CLUB HEART TOURNAMENT July 18 & 22, 2018 Join the longest running golf tournament in British Columbia! Celebrating its 41st year, the Uplands Golf Club Heart Tournament has raised $2.6 million since 1978 for the Heart Health program at Royal Jubilee Hospital. This year’s tournament will complete the funding for a C-Arm for the Heart Catheterization Laboratory. For more details and to register, visit Don’t wait… space is limited!




November 17, 2018 Save the date! Our annual black-tie gala in support of our hospitals is on November 17th at the Fairmont Empress. To reserve your tickets or for more information on sponsorship, please call 250-519-1750 or email




25,000 HEARTS

Thank you to the runners who raced in this year’s series across Vancouver Island! For the fourth year in a row, runners in the Vancouver Island Race Series (VIRA) generously prepped their running gear and topped up their registration fees to support our hospitals, donating more than a total of $6,700 for Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals.

On May 26th, 400 past and present caregivers from the Heart Health program gathered to celebrate the milestone of 25,000 open heart surgeries performed at Royal Jubilee Hospital since the first operation in 1973. Thank you to Her Honour, Janet Austin, and the staff at Government House for hosting the event, to Dr. Perchinsky and Mrs. Mary-ann Metcalfe for their vision and generosity, and to all Island Health caregivers and staff for their continuous dedication over the years.

A PIANO CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH Thank you to three award-winning young pianists, Ricky Chiu, Felipe Jiang and Lucy Lu. Their jaw-dropping talents helped raise funds in support of Youth Mental Health this March at Oak Bay High School’s Dave Dunnet Theatre. Under the musical direction of renowned pianist Shoko Inoue, these three dedicated performers raised $4,080, proving big talent can also accompany big heart.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. In accordance with the BC Personal Information Protection Act, we only retain information regarding your gift history and relationship with us. For complete information on our privacy policy, visit or call 250-519-1750. The Foundation does not sell, trade or rent its donor information. Thank you once again for your contribution to our hospitals. We would love to hear from you! Please feel free to provide your feedback on our newsletter at

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InTouch Spring Newsletter 2018  
InTouch Spring Newsletter 2018