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Member, Maternity Care Initiative (MCI) Interview

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Northern Region, patient partner from Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James, Saik'uz and surrounding areas

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Volunteer Opportunity

Did you have a baby in the Vanderhoof Hospital, but do not live in Vanderhoof? Northern Health is reviewing and updating our maternity care pathways and communication for women that live outside of Vanderhoof but chose to deliver at St. John Hospital. Please provide your perspective through an interview so we can improve the care we provide and our about transitions in care between the patients and care providers.


Lead Organization/Department
Northern Health – Maternity Care

The Maternity Care Initiative is aimed at improving transitions in care and the communication between St John Hospital and outlying communities for those women who live outside Vanderhoof and chose to deliver at St John Hospital.
Our patient partner will provide the important perspective as the person having received care and communication from the team at St. John Hospital for delivery, and then also you’re your provider(s) on return to your home community after delivery.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

• Ideally, recent experience with living outside of Vanderhoof but delivered child at St John Hospital in Vanderhoof
• Comfortable sharing your story
Please note:
– The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and the health care partner.
• If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cathy Almost

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date and Time: To be determined. Seeking 1 hour for an interview about your experience, can be over the phone or zoom. Possible meeting with the team. Total 2 hours.
• Location: teleconference or videoconference
• Commitment: one week to six months

Pre-approved child care expenses as per Northern Health’s reimbursement policy. Pre-approved mileage for meeting attendance (following Covid 19 protocols) or attendance may be virtual.

This opportunity has come out funding aimed to improve the maternity care and communication in rural hospitals. The interview will help inform a working group. The majority of the participants will be Northern Health employees but there will also be staff from the Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice. Members of the working group include: Physicians, nurses, support staff, office managers, perinatal program lead.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.