Hospital 50th salutes volunteers, staff

Large crowd captivated by history, entertaining speakers

Carole Rooney (photos by Carole Rooney)

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Many memories and laughs were sparked at the 100 Mile District General Hospital (OMH) 50th Anniversary Celebration Tea on July 22, which attracted a good turnout from the community.

Master of ceremonies, Interior Health (IH) acute care health service director Barb Tymchuk, welcomed the crowd packed into the South Cariboo Health Centre cafeteria, and noted some major changes made to the hospital since 1966.

“Over the past 50 years, the hospital has had major changes to both the building and the services offered.

“OMH is truly a flagship model with all of the services [provided] under one roof, and what’s even more impressive is the community spirit and the commitment to this hospital, and so I applaud everyone.”

Tymchuk, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett and many of the other guest speakers commended the fundraising and volunteers that helped found, develop and equip the health centre during the past half century.

“I had the privilege of being a patient in the hospital [back] when there were 36 beds and one doctor,” said Barnett.

“You know, it was like going on a holiday [she joked], if you could get a touch of pneumonia, you could get in here for three weeks, full service … it was wonderful.”

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Partnership working well for patients and doctors

Cariboo residents continue to benefit from local urology program

By LeRae Haynes

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Barb Tymchuk, Acute Health Service Director for the Cariboo, says the urology program put into place at 100 Mile District General Hospital last fall is a real benefit to Cariboo residents and the feedback is very positive.

People are happy with the program close to home. We currently have 21 patients being treated.

The physicians are happy with the program, too, and are glad to come here. They like the state-of-the-art equipment available to them here, the closeness of the staff and the community as a whole.” Continue reading Partnership working well for patients and doctors

Looking for out-of-town director to help serve ‘entire community’

Chris Nickless leads South Cariboo Health Foundation.
Looking for out-of-town director to help serve ‘entire community’

For the past 14 years, The South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) has served 100 Mile House and area by purchasing or helping to purchase health-care equipment and fund related projects.

The 2016 executive includes chair Chris Nickless, vice-chair Mary Shennum and secretary/treasurer Lynda Lewis.

Nickless has been with SCHF for more than 10 years, and he is looking forward to his position of chair for such a worthwhile organization.

“Mary [Shennum] did a fantastic job as chair, her background and experience in the health industry really was a benefit to the foundation, Nickless says, adding he appreciates the continuity of having her as chair for the past five years.

“I’m sorry she is stepping down, but very happy and relieved that she will continue on as vice-chair.”

Nickless says the foundation would welcome more directors. He adds the SCHF would enjoy having more people from surrounding areas.

“The more representation from different areas the better to serve the entire community.”

Understanding a lot of people lead busy lives, Nickless says the foundation also has Friends of the Foundation.

“If people want to be involved, but don’t want to be committed to meetings they are welcome to join Friends of the Foundation. Some people don’t necessarily want to sit on a board, but they do want to help out at different events, and we appreciate the help.”

The SCHF holds a lot of fundraisers during the year, including the upcoming Studio 2 Studio in the early fall and Starry Nights in the winter.

Folks who want more information are encouraged to talk with any foundation director, check out the website at www.southcariboohealth.com, or call Nickless at 250-791-6616.

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Shennum taking a step down

Heather Nelson

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At the South Cariboo Health Foundation AGM on April 28, Chuck Shaw-McLaren, front left, Mary Shennum and Barb Tymchuk; and Burdick Smith, back left, Meg Griffiths, Brenda Devine, and Kate Adams posed for a cake-cutting celebration. Shennum received a gift certificate to thank her for her dedication and work during the past several years.
 (Chris Nickless Photo )

 

For the past five of at least eight years, Mary Shennum has chaired the South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF), and at the April 28 annual general meeting, she stepped down to vice-chair.

Starry Nights campaign a huge success.

Barbara Roden

Free Press

The South Cariboo Health Foundation’s (SCHF) Starry Nights fundraiser, which began in November and ran until the end of January, was an overwhelming success, says SCHF public relations director Brenda Devine.

The group’s goal had been to raise $20,000 for an electric imaging trauma stretcher. When the funds were totalled up, Devine says more than $50,000 had been raised – more than double last year’s amount.

We did extremely well; the campaign was very successful. We had a lot more donors than last year and a lot of new donors.” Continue reading Starry Nights campaign a huge success.