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Ultrasound Companion Policy

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Penticton area

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Have you had your partner attend a prenatal ultrasound examination? Interior Health is addressing their policy and would like the patient perspective included.

Open to: Patient partners in the Penticton area

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health, Diagnostic Imaging


To engage patients in revising the policy while considering the impact to staff in the Ultrasound Department.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate (at a local community or program level) on the spectrum of engagement (  The promise to you is that the health care partner will look to you for advice in decision making, developing alternatives, and solutions and include your recommendations into the decision as much as possible.


  • Comfortable sharing your experience
  • No experience with ultrasound or any diagnostic imaging is required
  • Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact the Engagement Leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible


  • Vacancies: 1 (one has already been filled)
  • Meetings are held once a month, either in Penticton or by teleconference
  • Commitment: 7-12 months


No expenses are covered at this time. The health care partner is exploring if parking costs can be covered.


This is in response to many concerns addressed on social media and complaints from patients regarding the companion policy for Interior Health obstetrical ultrasounds.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

From Our Community

Laura Parmar

Physician Quality Improvement Coach — Northern Health

Laura Palmer

It has been so rewarding to go from an idea to working with such a great group of dedicated people from so many different organizations towards a very fun and rewarding project. Several extremely engaged PVN members expressed interest in being part of piloting a patient virtual care peer support system. I am confident that this is the beginning of many more exciting collaborations!