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Recent news articles from the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation

  • February 03, 2021
    <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation (DHCH Foundation) is proud to support deserving Delta students pursuing a post-secondary education. &nbsp;Each year, the Foundation awards two scholarships of $1,500 each - Robert T. Reynolds Memorial and DHCH Foundation Scholarship. They are currently accepting applications for Delta students graduating in 2021. The deadline is April 30, 2021 and students can obtain the application from their school or on the Foundation&rsquo;s website: dhchfoundation.ca.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In 2020, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation chose two students with exceptional academic achievements. The Robert T. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship was offered to Delta Secondary student, Brennan Katsube. Brennan was chosen for excellence in academics and admirable contributions to his school as a First Responder. Brennan is very active in his community as a soccer coach and volunteer for the City of Delta&rsquo;s annual events. He plans to pursue a career in the medical field.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The 2020 Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Amit Sharma of Seaquam Secondary School. Amit dedicated an impressive number of hours to volunteering at BC Children&rsquo;s Hospital while maintaining an excellent academic GPA. Amit was a finalist at the BC Provincials VEX Robotics Competition, the largest robotics competition in the world and plans to become a physician.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;On behalf of the Foundation Board and Staff, I congratulate both Brennan and Amit on receiving these scholarships and wish them much success in the future,&rdquo; says Lisa Hoglund, Executive Director of Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation. &ldquo;We are always impressed with the outstanding caliber of students that apply and we look forward to receiving applications from this year&rsquo;s graduating class.&rdquo;</p>
  • January 29, 2021
    <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TMxOH2MJPJY" width="560"></iframe></p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> &nbsp;</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> The Peter C. and Elizabeth Toigo Diagnostic Services Building, a two-storey addition to Delta Hospital, is expanding medical imaging and laboratory services in the community, bringing care closer to home and with shorter wait times for patients.&nbsp;</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re investing in diagnostic services across the province to ensure British Columbians have quick access to accurate diagnoses and care,&rdquo; said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. &ldquo;As Delta and surrounding communities continue to grow, this new addition will ensure local patients have access to the services and equipment they need today and into the future.&rdquo;</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> The building features state-of-the-art equipment and provides more space for patients and staff. The addition, built near the hospital&rsquo;s main entrance, is approximately 800 square metres, about 2.5 times larger than the previous space at Delta Hospital. The building provides services that include mammography, ultrasound, X-ray and CT scanning, and is designed to accommodate future services. &nbsp;</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> &ldquo;This expansion not only allows for more health-care services to meet the needs of patients, but it provides an improved patient and staff experience for those who will work at or visit the site,&rdquo; said Ravi Kahlon,&nbsp;MLA for Delta North. &ldquo;Having services closer to home will benefit everyone in the Delta area and beyond who needs diagnostic services.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> As part of the expansion, a larger laboratory space was created, which allows for physical distancing and enhances infection prevention and control. Since the building opened in March 2020, Delta Hospital Medical Imaging has performed approximately 33,000 procedures and since April 2020, Delta Hospital Medical Laboratory has performed over 437,000 tests.</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> The building also has a pneumatic tube system so specimens and blood products can be sent and delivered in seconds, rather than having someone deliver samples by hand. This limits the number of people handling a sample.</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> The Peter C. and Elizabeth Toigo Diagnostic Services Building was designed with input from staff and features plenty of natural light to provide a better patient experience. The building provides more space and privacy in exam rooms, and a larger outpatient waiting area.</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> This $15.1-million project is a collaboration between the Province, Fraser Health and the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation. Through the Province, Fraser Health contributed $7.6 million and is providing ongoing operational costs. The foundation raised $7.5 million for the new building, including a $2.5-million donation from the Toigo family and $2.4 million from the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society.</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> The new diagnostic services building at Delta Hospital is part of the Province&rsquo;s commitment to improve access to diagnostic services throughout B.C., as part of a multi-year strategy to reduce waits and increase capacity in the public health-care system.</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">Quotes:</span></p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and CEO &ndash;</span></p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> &ldquo;Having a prompt diagnosis and early access to treatment can positively impact a patient&rsquo;s care experience with the health system. Diagnostic services play an important role in the patient journey, helping people get back to activities they enjoy as quickly as possible.&rdquo;</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">Lisa Hoglund, executive director, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation &ndash;</span></p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> &ldquo;We are sincerely appreciative to our foundation donors and their ongoing commitment toward Delta Hospital and health care in our community. Although we could not celebrate the opening of this state-of-the-art expansion the way we envisioned, we are grateful to our supporters who are committed to creating a community that thrives around its hospital.&rdquo;</p> <p background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">Quick Facts:</span></p> <ul background-color:="" font-size:="" sans="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(88, 88, 88); font-family: MyriadProRegular, Calibri, Arial, "> <li style="box-sizing: border-box;"> From April 2019 to March 2020, Fraser Health conducted approximately 51,000 medical imaging procedures and 580,000 laboratory tests at Delta Hospital.</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box;"> The Peter C. and Elizabeth Toigo Diagnostic Services Building opened in March 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, the priority was to ensure the building was operational for patients who needed access to these services.</li> </ul>
  • January 18, 2021
    <p> &ndash; David Harris made an exceptional gift of $153,000 to Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation on behalf of Delta&rsquo;s Harris and Burr families. This donation will fund critical equipment on Delta Hospital&rsquo;s priority list including a TIMS system for Rehab services. The TIMS imaging system will allow our speech language pathologists to offer the barium swallow test at Delta Hospital. This will be a brand-new service at Delta Hospital that rapidly diagnoses problems in the pharynx benefitting patients with Parkinson disease, dysphasia, aphasis, pneumonia, and any kind of cancer or stroke. Given Delta&rsquo;s aging population, this new service is critical to have on-site as patients must travel to other hospitals for this important test.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;My family has deep roots in Delta,&rdquo; says David Harris. &ldquo;My Great grandfather, J.B. Burr, arrived with Thomas and William Ladner in 1860 and received the crown grant for his farm in 1861. That same farmland is still in the family. J.B. was a farmer but he was also the first Justice of the Peace in Delta.&rdquo; Harris adds, &ldquo;Much of my family still lives in Delta and have used Delta Hospital and related facilities. My mother spent her last years in Mountain View Manor, where she received excellent care.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;We are honored to receive this very generous gift from David Harris and family,&rdquo; says Lisa Hoglund, Executive Director, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation. &nbsp;&ldquo;Ensuring the best possible healthcare services are available at Delta Hospital as our community grows is our top priority. We are incredibly grateful to have received the Harris families support towards Delta Hospitals critical equipment needs, this support will benefit Delta&rsquo;s patient population now and in the future.&rdquo;</p>
  • January 11, 2021
    <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Cowell Foundation, created, and funded, by the Cowell Family who also own, and operate, the Cowell Auto Group made a very generous gift of $250,000 to Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation toward Delta Hospital&rsquo;s most critical equipment including surgical and long-term care needs.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Surgical Day Care program at Delta Hospital is now one of the busiest day surgery sites in the Fraser Health region, performing close to 9000 surgeries each year across three operating and an endoscopy suite. The volume of surgeries performed at Delta Hospital continue to grow as Delta&rsquo;s population ages. Delta has one of the largest seniors populations in Fraser Health which is expected to increase to 41% by 2024. &nbsp;As such, supporting critical equipment for our long-term care facility is one of Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation&rsquo;s top priorities. This exceptional donation from the Cowell Foundation will help ensure that critical equipment and resources are available for our surgical patients and long term care residents. &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;We are delighted to start off the New Year by announcing this extremely generous gift from the Cowell Foundation,&rdquo; says Lisa Hoglund, Executive Director, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation. &nbsp;&ldquo;Ensuring that Delta Hospital has the necessary equipment to provide the best healthcare possible in our community is our top priority. &nbsp;We could not do this without the generosity of donors, and we feel very fortunate that has the Cowell Foundation has chosen to support Delta Hospital.&rdquo;</p>
  • December 18, 2020
    <p> The COVID-19 pandemic is the most serious public health crisis Canada has ever faced. Canada&rsquo;s frontline healthcare workers have been at the forefront of protecting Canadians from the virus, and they have played a big part in the progress Canada has made in combatting COVID-19.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Today, Minister Qualtrough, Member of Parliament for Delta and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, virtually welcomed the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, to the Delta Hospital. Together, they took the opportunity to speak with doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals and thank them for their hard work in keeping Canadians in the Lower Mainland healthy and safe.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Prime Minister and Minister Qualtrough acknowledged the significant challenges the Delta Hospital had to overcome in fighting a COVID-19 outbreak this past fall. The entire community, along with health care workers, came together to support one another and lend a helping hand where possible.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Quotes</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;There are no greater heroes in this pandemic than our frontline healthcare workers and other essential workers. They have kept our community safe and supported our most vulnerable citizens. I was pleased to virtually welcome the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, back to Delta so that together we could thank some of our community&rsquo;s frontline heroes. We are forever grateful.&rdquo;</p> <p> - Carla Qualtrough, Member of Parliament for Delta and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;From day one of the outbreak, our Delta Hospital staff and medical staff took action to address the outbreak and care for our patients. Thanks to their immense dedication to our patients and the Delta community, the outbreak was declared over and we continue to work together to minimize the risk of a future outbreak.&rdquo;</p> <p> - Cathy Wiebe, Executive Director, White Rock/South Surrey and Delta Health Services &amp; Peace Arch and Delta Hospitals, Fraser Health</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;We appreciate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for taking the time today to acknowledge the heroes of our community. The front line workers in Delta consistently put themselves in harm&rsquo;s way to serve the community; our fight against COVID-19 has shone a bright light on their efforts, particularly those at Delta Hospital and long-term care homes in the community. I am honoured to join the Prime Minister in offering my thanks to these courageous and dedicated people. We also appreciate the Prime Minister&rsquo;s tremendous leadership of our country through these challenging times.&rdquo;</p> <p> - Mayor George V. Harvie, Mayor of Delta</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;We have been humbled by the support from our community this past year. Our Foundation had the honour of facilitating the outpouring of in-kind and charitable donations to Delta Hospital in response to the pandemic. Not only was this a huge morale boost for staff, but it allowed our site to respond quickly to the increased equipment needs surrounding infection control.&rdquo;</p> <p> - Lisa Hoglund, Executive Director, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>For media enquiries, please contact:</strong></p> <p> Office of the Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Member of Parliament for Delta</p> <p> <a href="mailto:carla.qualtrough@parl.gc.ca">carla.qualtrough@parl.gc.ca</a></p>