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North Island Hospitals Intensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Collaborative



Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Hybrid

Open to Vancouver Island Region


The North Island Hospital campuses in Campbell River and the Comox Valley will be opening intensive outpatient rehabilitation programs at each site in the Fall of 2024. The aim of an Intensive Outpatient Rehabilitation program is to provide Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT) and Speech-Language Therapy (SLP) services to facilitate earlier discharge from the hospital and still maintain the same frequency and intensity of rehabilitation in both communities. Some examples of clients that would attend this program would be those recovering from a stroke, amputation, or life changing illness or injury. We are currently in the planning and development stage of the program and we are looking to have patient perspective on experiences to help shape the program. Currently the working group is meeting weekly, virtually by Microsoft Teams.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Involve on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Willing & comfortable to share health care experiences in a group setting
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Specific health care experiences [details below]
  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings
  • An interest in improving health care services
  • The time to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Ideally someone with lived experience in inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation for stroke, amputation or life changing illness or injury. This could be a family member or friend that supported someone in their rehabilitation.

Patient Partners ARE NOT required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Stephanie Oviatt
Clinical Quality Lead - Rehabilitation Services, Rehabilitation Services | Island Health
(403) 629-6453

From Our Community

Ovey Yeung

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Ovey Yeung

Being involved in the Patient Voices Network has broadened my understanding of the system and helped me empathize with health care challenges and limitations. What matters to me is to walk away feeling that my experience matters, that I matter!