The FVICBA team, represented by Kunal, Kim, Bharathi, Balbir and Simon were proud to be present at the Evening Lecture Series at Abbotsford Regional Hospital this past week. This is a free community event that covers a variety of health related topics that are effecting the hospital and the surrounding community at any given time. It was great to see so many caring and thoughtful community members at the event, as well as hearing from the knowledgeable staff and faculty of Abbotsford Regional Hospital. The highlight of the night had to be when the Critical Care Simulation Lab Team provided a real life demonstration of the training they go through when learning to deal with patients who have arrived at the Emergency Department with some sort of serious injury or trauma (ie. a car accident). The “patient” in this case was a mannequin of a little boy, and even though it was a re-enactment, it really got our hearts racing!
Following this heart pounding demo, the team talked to us about their current initiative of trying to launch a Critical Care Simulation Lab at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital which would help train and serve the Abbotsford Hospital as well as all the surrounding hospitals in the Fraser East area. Currently, the closest Critical Care Simulation Lab is at the Surrey Memorial Hospital, which is not only a fair distance away but also at the busiest hospital in Canada. You can imagine how limited their resources must be already! Therefore, a highly respected and multi-disciplinary team of Physicians, Nurses, and Respiratory Therapists led by Dr. Michael Yatscoff in Abbotsford is currently raising funds for this program. Because of the funds we raised at our 2016 Halloween Dinner & Dance at the Abbotsford Banquet Hall, we were proud to present a cheque for $12,000. We could not have done this without the support of all our donors, sponsors and members so we want to thank you. Although we had an amazing night full of fun costumes and entertainment, we were also able to help out a great cause which will benefit our community for years to come.
One of our biggest goals at FVICBA is to build bridges between communities, and healthcare is definitely something that we all need and value no matter what our background. It was an honour to support the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and with your support, we look forward to doing even more in 2017.
To learn more about the Critical Care Simulation Lab, or to donate please visit this link: http://www.fvhcf.ca/sim/