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Greater Family Presence in Acute Sites Working Group

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Open to Interior Region, Volunteers across the Interior region

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Join this working group to assist Interior Health with developing a better family presence policy in acute care facilities.
Open to: Volunteers across the Interior region

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health


To better understand how Interior Health can develop a family presence policy that meets the needs of each patient and the individual acute care facilities. This working group will look at not having visiting hours as such but to welcome family (as defined by the patient) to be present when the patient needs them to be.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will work with you to ensure that your ideas and concerns are reflected in recommendations and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


This invitation is being extended to volunteers who:
  • Live in 100 Mile House, Williams Lake or surrounding area
  • Are comfortable providing input at meetings and taking part as an equal and active member of the working group.


  • Vacancies: 3
  • Monthly meetings will be held in-person or via teleconference.
  • First meeting date to be determined.
  • Location may vary between 100 Mile House and Williams Lake depending on location of group members.
  • Commitment: On-going over several months within a 1 year span.


Pre-approved travel expenses will be reimbursed based on Interior Health’s reimbursement policy.


Interior Health is looking at moving toward having family presence be more of a focus as they try to ensure patient centred care. Part of this will be to look at not having visiting hours as such but to welcome family (as defined by the patient) to be present when the patient needs them to be. The patient voice in this initiative will be vital as we move toward implementation – we want to know what the patients want for “visiting.” The importance of including patients and families in care is increasing as healthcare becomes more complex.  One step toward achieving this goal is to implement Family Presence Policy at the IH level.  How this will be achieved at the individual sites will require input from patients and families to ensure that system changes will meet their needs as well as the needs of the individual sites. At this time a small working group is being formed.  To date the Acute Area Director, Site Directors from the 3 acute sites, Medical Manager from one acute site, and the Quality Consultant have been identified.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jacquelyne Foidart
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Thompson Cariboo


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Cherie Mercer

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