New round of equipment purchases funded by Royal Columbian donors

New Westminster, B.C. – {March 20, 2019} – Donors to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation are helping to fund new equipment […]

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Charles Evans’s Story

Those who knew him say Charles Evans was frugal with himself but generous with others. He moved to New Westminster from Winnipeg after retiring from a career in law and lived in the same condo for three decades. Before his death in 2017, Charles quietly designated Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation as the beneficiary of what is one of the largest legacy gifts ever in the hospital’s existence.

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Adriana Bronk’s Story

Adriana Bronk was having such bad shortness of breath, she could no longer rest in her own bed. Instead, the 91-year-old woman had begun to sleep in a reclining chair. It turns out she was in need of a new heart valve. Unfortunately, surgery was not an option for her. She also wouldn’t be suitable for a non-surgical procedure known as TAVI – that is, until Royal Columbian Hospital became only the second site in Canada to use a new approach that is providing an option for people who otherwise would have none left.

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Elijah John’s Story

Elijah John isn’t sure how he pulled himself out of the wreckage. The 18-year-old was in shock, he was struggling to breathe, and his left arm was dangling. All this, after his car hydroplaned off the highway on a rainy November evening as Elijah was going from work to his home in Hope. Thanks to a passerby, Elijah would eventually be rushed to Royal Columbian Hospital – one of the province’s two major adult trauma centres.

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Law firm shines a light on mental health redevelopment

New Westminster, B.C. – {February 26, 2019} – McQuarrie Hunter LLP continues to help shine a light on mental health […]

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Ken Carrusca’s Story

Ken Carrusca has been playing hockey for decades and has racked up a number of injuries over the years. But when the 50-year-old collapsed on the ice in Burnaby in early 2018, it very quickly became a matter of life or death.

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Under the microscope

As Head of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Royal Columbian Hospital, Dr. Reza Alaghehbandan is part of a team that is central to the care of patients. The lab plays a major role in over 80-percent of medical diagnoses, providing answers to questions that cannot be answered by speaking with the patient or from basic physical exams or radiographic images.

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Dennis Wagner’s Story

Dennis Wagner knew he had pancreatic cancer. He also knew it was inoperable and would eventually claim his life. However, as he lay in bed at Royal Columbian Hospital following new complications from his cancer, the 80-year-old Coquitlam man realized, with the help of his hospitalist Dr. Joelle Bradley, how advanced the disease had become. Their discussion gradually turned to end-of-life.

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Rozalia Stil’s Story

Rozalia Stil became discouraged following a surprising diagnosis of liver cancer. The 76-year-old New Westminster woman focused on end-of-life and worried about leaving her husband behind. However, six years later, she has found renewed optimism courtesy of the specialized care at Royal Columbian Hospital.

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Trevor Lovelace’s Story

Trevor Lovelace was getting ready for work when his left hand stopped functioning. His arm was numb and tingly. At first, he thought about ignoring it and carrying on to work. Thankfully his wife was there to push him to make a trip to Royal Columbian Hospital’s emergency department. Following a CT scan, the 51-year-old New Westminster resident was confirmed as having suffered a stroke.

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