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Patient Participant, Rural Surgical and Obstetric Network Initiative Focus Group

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Open to Interior Region, Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners from Golden and Area A

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The Golden medical community has been working on sustainability of its surgical and obstetric programs through a network approach. Please join the conversation to provide patient perspective and help guide this important work.

Open to: Patient partners from Golden and Area A

Lead Organization or Department

Rural Surgical and Obstetric Network Initiative


The aim is to start conversations with patients on the Rural Surgical and Obstetric Network (RSON) initiative. The conversations will help inform the community on the goal and work of the project and will provide the project an opportunity to speak to community member and patients on their perspective and ideas. Patients can offer insight on how to better involve patients in the project work and how to look at surgical and obstetric program sustainability from a patient's perspective. The patient partners are asked to meet with the clinical lead and project coordinator to simply talk about the project.

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.


Experience listening and conversing in a small group of people Live in the Golden and Area A


Number of vacancies: 8 Location, Date, Time and Frequency: • Initial meeting will take place in November of 2020 • The meeting will be a one-hour conversation • We would like to have an in-person meeting; however, given Covid-19 pandemic, there will be consideration closer to the date of the meeting on appropriate meeting options. • We will provide individuals with support to join virtually as needed (by Zoom) • This is a one-time event


There are no expenses anticipated with this opportunity.


The Rural Surgical and Obstetric Network (RSON) funding initiative is a 5 year program. The network approach seeks improved coordination and collaboration among rural and regional facilities and professionals. There are 5 "pillars" of work to this initiative. One of the "pillars" of work - the Evaluation Pillar - engages patients through research surveys and interviews to evaluate the experiences of patients in rural communities. This higher level engagement is in place to help evaluate the impact of the RSON funding on the surgical and obstetric service delivery. Our local team in Golden would like to engage the community on a local project level to 1) inform the community about the different efforts being made to sustain a local surgical and obstetric program; and 2) gain an appreciation of what patients think of what is happening, how we are approaching program sustainability and how, or with what, the community might be more involved. This is a conversation. There are no identified requirements. Patients do not have to have had a surgery or a child in Golden or in the region, and they do not have to come to the meeting with any suggestions or feedback. Information gained from patient partners will help inform the project and how the project communicates with the community and will in no way have any impact on their access to care. Information will be shared from this conversation to the RSON Local Working Group only as relevant to informing the work of the project.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Interior Region

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!