Thank you Ladies Auxiliary

9 March/2018

To the Ladies Auxiliary of Gold River:

On behalf of the myself, Dr. Yeomans, and Dr. Clark at the Gold River Medical Centre, I would like to offer our sincere thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary for your most generous gift of a bedside ultrasound. This piece of equipment is a vitally important tool used for the rapid diagnosis of serious internal injury, and for obtaining IV access when veins are not easily seen or felt. This technology is the standard of emergency care for injured patients, particularly in rural areas where there are no surgeons, radiologists, or CT machines.

There have been some questions about whether our new ultrasound in Gold River will eliminate the need to travel to Campbell River or Comox for booked ultrasounds, and the answer is no, because ultrasound exams booked at the hospital are done for an entirely different purpose. Hospital ultrasound exams provide detailed measurements of internal structures such as dimensions of a developing fetus, aneurysms, heart valves, blood clots, tumours, cysts, organs, muscles, etc., which helps physicians to offer early prenatal care to pregnant women, and to treat patients with chronic diseases such as heart disease or cancer.

Our ultrasound in Gold River will enable our doctors to determine, for example, whether an accident victim has a ruptured liver, or a punctured lung, or a broken bone – information that helps us determine the appropriate immediate care to stabilize and transport those with critical injuries. This machine has already been used this week in caring for ill and injured patients!

We are so grateful for your generosity, and for all you do to support our medical clinic.

With sincere thanks,

Dr. Kathy Durante

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Go Fund Me

Many of you know Peter and Erika, from their volunteer efforts among other things one as Last year’s Santa and his most beautiful elf assistant.  Peter daughter, Liz is now fighting a battle with Stage 4 Cancer, where the experimental treatment will cost upwards of $14,000.00 each cycle.  Plick the image above to be directed to Liz’s gofundme page.  If you feel it in your heart to donate, the family would be grateful, any amount will help. 

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Paramedic Donna Schneider soon to make home visits

Community paramedicine comes to Gold River, BC

Residents in the Gold River area living with chronic conditions may soon have the support of a community paramedic visiting them in their homes on a regular basis. This service is part of BC Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) new community paramedicine program being rolled out in rural and remote communities throughout BC.


Gold River’s community paramedic is long-time resident Donna Schneider, who has been a paramedic since 1999 and became the ambulance station’s unit chief in 2008.

Donna is now completing a 14-week orientation program designed to help community paramedics develop the competencies for applying their current scope of practice in a primary health care setting, and will begin providing services to patients in their home by the end of this year.

“My first priority will be getting a deeper understanding our local community and the Tsaxana First Nations community, and helping them understand how community paramedicine can provide additional health care support in the home,” Donna said. “I’m looking forward to working with the other health care professionals in Gold River, and to helping patients better self-manage their health so they can stay in their homes longer.”

Donna will be working as a community paramedic 20 hours per week during two 10-hour shifts. While carrying out these duties, she’ll visit patients in a specially-marked community paramedicine vehicle.

Patients are referred by their physician or a member of the local health care team, who are also responsible for determining the patient’s care plan. Services provided by the community paramedic include checking blood pressure, helping with diabetic care, identifying fall hazards in the home, medication self-management assessments, post-injury or illness evaluation, and assisting with respiratory conditions.

To find out more visit the BCEHS website at

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