A recent education session was held at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, to help health care professionals in Williams Lake train in the specialized care of children. Pictured are, from left, pediatrician Dr. Monica McKay; Lisa Kwong, RN from B.C. Children’s Hospital; Deb Leverrier, RN manager with Resource Ability agency; Sandy Silkstone, RN from the Williams Lake Public Health Unit; Clair Hall, B.C. Ambulance Service chief; Shelley Adderley, respiratory therapist from BCCH; and, Dr. Michael Garrard, emergency room physician at Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

A recent education session was held at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, to help health care professionals in Williams Lake train in the specialized care of children. Pictured are, from left, pediatrician Dr. Monica McKay; Lisa Kwong, RN from B.C. Children’s Hospital; Deb Leverrier, RN manager with Resource Ability agency; Sandy Silkstone, RN from the Williams Lake Public Health Unit; Clair Hall, B.C. Ambulance Service chief; Shelley Adderley, respiratory therapist from BCCH; and, Dr. Michael Garrard, emergency room physician at Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

Health workers upgrade skills in child care

Health care professionals at Cariboo Memorial Hospital (CMH) had an opportunity to learn from child-care experts from B.C.

  • Oct. 22, 2015 1:00 p.m.

Health care professionals at Cariboo Memorial Hospital (CMH) had an opportunity to learn from child-care experts from B.C. Children’s Hospital during a recent educational workshop in Williams Lake.

Interior Health has had an ongoing collaboration with B.C. Children’s to ensure that physicians, nurses, and allied health employees in Williams Lake are trained in the specialized care of children who come to the hospital or through community health services.

“It allows patients in the Cariboo region to have their care closer to home,” says Sandy Silkstone, a registered nurse who works at the Williams Lake public health unit and whose role includes connecting Interior Health with community partners and other provincial agencies.

Silkstone is coordinator for Nursing Support Services, a provincial program that supports children from birth to 19 years of age at home and in schools. She says the recent workshop, which also included B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics, was another example of successful knowledge sharing between multiple health care agencies.

“It’s all about relationship building and recognizing strengths in the team. The focus is our patients and meeting their care needs,” says Silkstone, whose background in the Cariboo includes working as a community health nurse with Health Canada in Anahim Lake. “It’s a blessing and privilege to work alongside such dedicated professionals.”

– Submitted by Interior Health

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