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Jolene Bruce, Registered Nurse ICU and Greg Rollins, PPL Respiratory Services, were on hand at KBRH to accept the CMA Foundation donation and display the new ventilator and one of the new IV pumps purchased with the grant. Photo: Submitted

Foundation donates $81,140 to hospital in Trail

The money was used to purchase vital new medical equipment

Jolene Bruce, Registered Nurse ICU and Greg Rollins, PPL Respiratory Services, were on hand at KBRH to accept the CMA Foundation donation and display the new ventilator and one of the new IV pumps purchased with the grant. Photo: Submitted
Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army's Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)

Interior Health begins immunization of workers in high-risk locations as age cohorts expand

Additional supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine has made it possible to direct doses.

Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army's Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
A Gratitude Garden on the highway at Shaver’s Bench recognizes BC Transplant Heroes Week.

March is Kidney Health Month

Could you lose 80 per cent of something and not know it?

A Gratitude Garden on the highway at Shaver’s Bench recognizes BC Transplant Heroes Week.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide an update on COVID-19. (B.C. government)

556 new COVID-19 cases reported in B.C., 116 new variant cases

Deaths in B.C. from the virus ceased but hospitalizations rose

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide an update on COVID-19. (B.C. government)
Wherever you and the pets are headed this year, be aware of ticks. Photo: Black Press

PET CARE: Tips for tick prevention

Pet columnist Nicolette Joosting shares her tips for keeping furry friends safe from tick bites

Wherever you and the pets are headed this year, be aware of ticks. Photo: Black Press
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s book, Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe, was released Tuesday by Penguin Random House Canada. (Chad Hipolito/Canadian Press)

Dr. Bonnie Henry’s book offers insight into early days of the COVID-19 pandemic

The book documents the toll of the pandemic on Henry: ‘My sister came home to find me lying on the living-room floor’

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s book, Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe, was released Tuesday by Penguin Random House Canada. (Chad Hipolito/Canadian Press)
A pharmacist prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine at a pharmacy prototype clinic in Halifax on March 9, 2021. The CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

B.C. government won’t release Telus contract on vaccine appointment call centres

Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix were repeatedly asked during question period

A pharmacist prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine at a pharmacy prototype clinic in Halifax on March 9, 2021. The CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
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No Frills staff carries on legacy fundraiser for cancer care at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

Buy a daisy at Kurtis’ No Frills starting March 9, enter draw for prizes and gift certificates

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Electrophysiology (EP) studies the electrical activity of the heart to determine where an arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) is coming from. Tests must be performed in an EP Lab, a highly specialized medical diagnostic environment. Photo: KGHFoundation.com

New advanced heart rhythm program opens for Interior Health patients

Medical internists provide cardiac care in Trail, Cranbrook, Vernon, Salmon Arm, and Penticton

Electrophysiology (EP) studies the electrical activity of the heart to determine where an arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) is coming from. Tests must be performed in an EP Lab, a highly specialized medical diagnostic environment. Photo: KGHFoundation.com
The humanoid sensing robot has a 3D printed finger cap that measures oxygen levels. (Dr. Woo Soo Kim)

Medical care robots being made with 3D origami in B.C. lab

Would you let a robot take your temperature?

The humanoid sensing robot has a 3D printed finger cap that measures oxygen levels. (Dr. Woo Soo Kim)
L-R (pre-COVID): Sharla Walkey, Director BCLA; Christine Chandler, President BCLA; and Lila Reynolds, Vice President BCLA; work towards advocating for those in B.C. dealing with Lymphedema while dealing with Lymphedema themselves. Please note this photo was taken pre-pandemic. Photo: Willa Condy Seymour

World Lymphedema Day goes virtual this year

It is estimated that there are over 130,000 people in B.C. with Lymphedema

L-R (pre-COVID): Sharla Walkey, Director BCLA; Christine Chandler, President BCLA; and Lila Reynolds, Vice President BCLA; work towards advocating for those in B.C. dealing with Lymphedema while dealing with Lymphedema themselves. Please note this photo was taken pre-pandemic. Photo: Willa Condy Seymour
Nelson’s Dr. Nic Sparrow with KERPA’s new heart monitor. Photo: Submitted

Kootenay emergency response group gets critical new equipment

KERPA has just purchased a $30,000 heart monitor

Nelson’s Dr. Nic Sparrow with KERPA’s new heart monitor. Photo: Submitted
Photo: Submitted

New year, new wheels for Trail Association for Community Living

The new vehicle is a 2020 Ford Transit converted with wheelchair lift and accessories

Photo: Submitted
The Society for Protection and Care of Seniors asks people to pause on Feb. 19 to reflect on services lost and problems seniors face with health care. Photo: K. Chirag on Unsplash

Trail vigil postponed; take a moment to reflect services lost, seniors

Letter to the Editor from the Society for the Protection and Care of Seniors

  • Feb 18, 2021
The Society for Protection and Care of Seniors asks people to pause on Feb. 19 to reflect on services lost and problems seniors face with health care. Photo: K. Chirag on Unsplash
An MRI machine at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital. Pictured on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

B.C. health authority isn’t effectively managing cybersecurity threat on medical devices: audit

Audit covered more 18,000 devices in the Lower Mainland, ranging from infusion pumps to MRI systems

An MRI machine at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital. Pictured on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
“These nurses personify my idea of a frontline hero,” says IH’s Crystal White. Photo: Jude Beck on Unsplash

Trail ICU nurse travels north to help overwhelmed hospital staff

The University Hospital of Northern B.C. was dealing with challenging staffing issues in December

  • Feb 2, 2021
“These nurses personify my idea of a frontline hero,” says IH’s Crystal White. Photo: Jude Beck on Unsplash
Interior Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Westsyde Care Residences in Kamloops on Feb. 1. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID-19: Interior Health declares outbreak at Kamloops facility

Westsyde Care Residences in Kamloops has implemented a pause in visitation

Interior Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Westsyde Care Residences in Kamloops on Feb. 1. (Image courtesy CDC)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry answers questions during a conference at press theatre at Legislature in Victoria. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

B.C. announces 514 new COVID-19 cases, 5 additional deaths

‘This has been an extraordinary and challenging year,’ Dr. Henry acknowledges

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry answers questions during a conference at press theatre at Legislature in Victoria. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond (centre) spoke during conference in New Westminster last year. (Katya Slepian/Black Press)

Upset arises over TransLink using B.C. restart funds to reinstate pay cut of CEO, executives

‘Why was program money to support struggling Canadians funnelled to gold-plated executive pay?’

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond (centre) spoke during conference in New Westminster last year. (Katya Slepian/Black Press)
Researchers Farhad Ahmadijokani and Mohammad Arjmand, from UBC’s Okanagan campus, have developed a cost-effective material that can help remove toxic chemicals, like cancer-treatment drugs, from water supplies. Photo: UBCO

New tool developed at UBC Okanagan removes chemotherapy drugs from water systems

Research collaboration with UBC, Sharif University of Technology and the Soniya College of Pharmacy

Researchers Farhad Ahmadijokani and Mohammad Arjmand, from UBC’s Okanagan campus, have developed a cost-effective material that can help remove toxic chemicals, like cancer-treatment drugs, from water supplies. Photo: UBCO