IHA and regional hospital districts sign new MOU

A new memorandum of understanding between Interior Health (IH) and the seven Interior regional hospital districts (RHDs) will strengthen existing partnerships dedicated to improving care for people in the Interior. As part of the capital planning process, IH submits a funding request letter to the RHDs each December outlining the equipment, capital improvement projects and […]

Bridging Community Connections in Nelson: Human Rights and Harm Reduction

The will be a virtual regional learning event regarding the toxic drug crisis in the Kootenays on Tuesday, December 5th. The Bridging Community Connections in Nelson: Human Rights and Harm Reduction event is being held from 1-2:30 p.m. During the December 5th virtual event, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition will release a new report with […]

KERPA welcomes new physician, response vehicle to program

KERPA (Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association) is excited to announce a few additions to the program. KERPA would like to welcome Dr. Amy Rudkoski to the team. Dr. Rudkoski, born in the Kootenays, is committed to serving her community and will be undergoing a one-year training program with KERPA before responding to 911 calls on […]

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital expansion complete

People in Trail/Rossland are benefiting from better access to care, thanks to the completion of the pharmacy and ambulatory care project at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH). “The opening of the new ambulatory care space and pharmacy at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital is a significant step forward in our commitment to delivering high-quality care for […]

Jim Pattison Foundation commits $5 million to establish Centre for Health System Learning & Innovation

People living in the Interior region will soon benefit from a new Centre for Health System Learning & Innovation (the Centre) that is being established in partnership with Interior Health and the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation. This centre is becoming a reality today with a commitment from The Jim Pattison Foundation of $5 million […]

Interior Health calling young artists to join tobacco, vaping poster contest

Interior Health is asking young artists to share their thoughts and experience in Interior Health’s second Tobacco and Vaping Poster Contest for a chance to win $150. Young people are the experts when it comes to understanding why youth use tobacco and vape, and how smoking/tobacco and vaping impacts them and their friends, family, school and community […]

Interior Health releases inaugural five-year Climate Change, Sustainability Roadmap

Interior Health (IH) has released a five-year Climate Change and Sustainability Roadmap that provides long-term, strategic direction for preparing for and mitigating the health impacts of climate change. IH is committed to being a leader in creating a sustainable and resilient health-care system that equitably contributes to the well-being of clients, patients, staff, communities and the […]

COVID, vaccines, masks -- what can we expect this fall?

By Sameer Elsayed, Professor of Medicine, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University.  First published in The Conversation. It’s been almost four years since the first human cases of COVID-19 infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 were reported. Though the global health emergency was declared over on May 5, 2023, COVID-19 remains a major […]

Interior Health report informs ongoing efforts to save lives at risk from poisoned drugs

On International Overdose Awareness Day, Interior Health has released the 2022 Medical Health Officer (MHO) report, The Toxic Drug Crisis in BC’s Southern Interior Region (Part 2). Authored by MHO Dr. Carol Fenton, the report updates on the impact of the unregulated substance poisoning emergency since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, explores the various reasons […]

At least 198 lost to toxic drugs in July as public health emergency continues

For the 13th consecutive month, more than 190 British Columbians have lost their lives to the toxic, unregulated drug supply, according to preliminary data released by the BC Coroners Service. “I am saddened to once again report that British Columbia’s toxic drug crisis shows no signs of abating,” said Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner. “We are […]

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