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Member, Penticton Regional Hospital Oncology Relocation Team

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region, within Penticton Regional Hospital catchment area

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Volunteer Opportunity
Interior Health is moving the Oncology Unit at Penticton Regional Hospital. We are entering the design stage, and invite patient partners to join our team to ensure we capture a patient-and-family unit to provide treatment for those who are required to access these services. The patient partner(s) will assist our teams as we work through the Design and build of this project. Join our team, have your say for your community and family.


Lead Organization/Department
Interior Health, Capital Planning and Major Projects

The current Oncology unit is undersized, lacks privacy and will not meet the future needs of Oncology services that this community will require. This project will bring the current unit in line with space requirements, and meet safety, infection and comfort requirements of all patients who require these services. Patients who receive ST (Systemic Therapy) often spend much of their time in this unit, often over the course of many weeks, months and even years. Patients, friends or families who have these experiences can guide and collaborate with our team to support the future space that patients requiring these services within this catchment area will require.

The patient partner(s) may attend all, or a portion, of the redevelopment meetings with the broader team. These meetings will be with our Architecture and consultant team, the team at Penticton and our Capital Planning team. The patient partner(s) may be asked to provide input and feedback into the overall design from the lens of a patient or family member.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

• Open to patient partners from: Interior Health, within Penticton Regional Hospital catchment area
• Comfortable joining virtually and in-person
• Comfortable sharing personal, friend or family oncology experiences
• Have had firsthand experience either personal, family or friend with Systemic Therapy treatment
• Please note:
– This opportunity is not open to staff members or patient partners who are currently employed by this health authority.
– As connection and relationship building is important, we may like to meet with short listed patient partners as part of our selection process in an informal interview between the patient partner and the health care partner.
– Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Patient Partner Commitments form. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Charmaine Niebergall directly to see if accommodations may be possible.
– As required by the October 14, 2021 Public Health Order released by the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination is required to access any in-person meetings at a health care site. Proof of vaccination can be provided by way of a Vaccination Passport or Vaccination card, along with government issued photo ID. For patient partnership activities that are virtual only (via Zoom, video conference, phone, etc.), proof of vaccination is not required.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: TBD
• Location: Virtual meetings
• Commitment: bi-weekly meetings now through 2024; patient partners will not required for every meeting, comfortable to be flexible with commitment from patient partner(s)

No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Charmaine Niebergall to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

This engagement opportunity will address the current future needs of cancer patients in this catchment area. The Interior Health Capital Planning team, Site operations team, Architectural firm and Engineering consultants, construction Manager and Patient Partners will all be included in this team. This project scope is for the CON (community Oncology Network) unit at Penticton Regional Hospital. The scope of work is to demolish and renovate a portion of one floor in the original hospital building on site.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Charmaine Niebergall Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Vancouver Island Region 778-700-2064

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