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Kitimat Regional Hospital Appreciative Inquiry About Hospital Food

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Open to Northern Region, Northern Health patients living in Terrace or Kitimat

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Have you ever eaten a meal at Kitimat Regional Hospital while you or a family member were a patient in emergency or during an overnight stay? Have you eaten from Meals on Wheels in Kitimat? Would you like to be involved in making suggestions and creating food experiences for patients? If so, this opportunity may interest you!
Open to: Northern Health patients living in Terrace or Kitimat

Lead Organization or Department

Northern Health/Practice Support Program


The aim of this initiative is to use an Appreciative Inquiry format to review what the meal time experience could be from a staff and patient perspective. All stakeholders will be brought together to dream about the possibilities and make recommendations to the Kitimat Regional Hospital Leadership.

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.


  • Patients or caregivers who have observed or eaten the Kitimat Regional Hospital food either in Emergency, overnight or via Meals on Wheels.
  • Open to patient volunteers living in Terrace and Kitimat.
  • Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact Cathy Almost directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Vacancies: 5-10
  • November 16, 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • Kitimat Regional Hospital
  • One-time commitment


Pre-approved mileage expenses will be covered by the health care partner.


  • Hospital food and nutrition are traditional parts of a patients recovery. Kitimat Regional Hospital wants to hear from the stakeholders - including staff servers, dieticians, kitchen staff, occupational therapists, physical therapists and patient volunteers about the possibilities for improved dining experiences.
  • Healthy food is almost as important to healing as competent medical care, and healthy eating habits play a critical role in preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Can hospital eating establishments meet the need for low-fat, low-cholesterol, immune-boosting foods that can aid in recovery and promote health?
  • Click here for more information about the Appreciative Inquiry format.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC


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Cherie Mercer

Patient Partner, New Aiyansh

Cherie Mercer

I have learned so much about innovation and capacity building by being part of PVN. I signed up to build my leadership skills, however, I experience benefits for myself, my community and Indigenous peoples throughout the province. I understand more about the complexities and opportunities required to improve health care.