The gift of breath
After undergoing open-heart surgery, patients come out of the operating room under deep anesthesia. During the crucial first hours after […]
Ken Barrett’s Story
As a devoted fan and volunteer at Agassiz Speedway, 79-year old Ken Barrett has seen the occasional car crash over the years. But the worst wreck was away from the track, when a car t-boned his vehicle as Ken was crossing an intersection in Surrey. His traumatic injuries led to three surgeries in less than three weeks at Royal Columbian Hospital, including a fairly new procedure to fix severely broken ribs with titanium plates.
Donation offers patients easier breath
Support from the TB Vets Charitable Foundation will allow some Royal Columbian Hospital patients who face respiratory failure to avoid […]
Senft family’s Story
It was a complete shock when Sarah Senft’s water broke. The North Shore family physician was not yet 30 weeks pregnant. She and her husband Riley, an anesthesiologist, were in California at the time for a family wedding. While the couple tried to stay calm, it was the start of a whirlwind of events that led them to be airlifted unexpectedly to Royal Columbian Hospital, where Zoe Senft was born several hours later, 10 weeks premature.
New SFU professorship to boost research collaboration with RCH
The collaboration between a Simon Fraser University professor and a critical care physician at Royal Columbian Hospital to wean seriously ill and injured patients off mechanical ventilators will benefit from a new research position established by the hospital’s foundation.
Dr. Steve Reynolds has been awarded the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation Professorship in Critical Care at Simon Fraser University. The $250,000, five-year professorship will support his research, aimed at saving lives and health costs.
TB Vets help Royal Columbian patients breathe easier
Patients at Royal Columbian Hospital who need respiratory support might avoid breathing tubes, following a donation from the TB Vets Charitable Foundation.
A $30,000 donation to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation has helped purchase a non-invasive ventilator that supports patients by using a face mask instead of intubation.
Family’s gift honours memories of twins
A family that tragically lost infant twins more than 60 years ago is keeping them in their thoughts by helping premature and sick newborns at Royal Columbian Hospital.
The Vroom family has generously made a $61,893 gift to the Foundation to purchase for the hospital’s Variety neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) a specialized ventilator that gives premature babies the extra help they need to survive their critical first days.
Christine Ashton’s Story
It started with a headache the night before. Christine Ashton, 23 weeks pregnant, knew having twins meant an increased risk of complications. When she still felt unwell the next day, she described her pain to a relative. The conclusion: she was having contractions.