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Kelowna General Hospital (File photo)

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kelowna General Hospital

The outbreak affects the rehab unit

  • Apr 17, 2022
Kelowna General Hospital (File photo)
A bronze sculpture by artist Marie Khouri was stolen from outside the B.C. Children’s Hospital on the night of April 3. (Courtesy B.C. Children’s Hospital)

Sculpture stolen from B.C. Children’s Hospital weeks after being donated

Bronze artwork went missing from outside the Oak Street entrance on April 3

A bronze sculpture by artist Marie Khouri was stolen from outside the B.C. Children’s Hospital on the night of April 3. (Courtesy B.C. Children’s Hospital)
Emergency department in Kelowna has not yet experienced a spike in cases. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

Number of COVID-19 patients not increasing at Kelowna General Hospital

Mask mandates were lifted across B.C. on March 11

Emergency department in Kelowna has not yet experienced a spike in cases. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)
Happy days are here again for mom Selina and daughter Sophia Taylor after Sophia’s quick recovery from a horrible ordeal. (Photo by Don Bodger)

‘Chasing deer and making friends: B.C. girl running around again after scary fall’

3-year-old Sophia back to being a kid again after 20-foot park fall on to concrete

Happy days are here again for mom Selina and daughter Sophia Taylor after Sophia’s quick recovery from a horrible ordeal. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Bella Kruize, 9, was diagnosed with a rare and serious seizure disorder when she was 18 months old. On Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, she’ll appear on Variety – the Children’s Charity’s 56th annual Show of Hearts Telethon airing on Global BC.

Coldstream child with rare seizure disorder featured in Show of Hearts telethon

Nine-year-old Bella’s home was destroyed in White Rock Lake wildfire

Bella Kruize, 9, was diagnosed with a rare and serious seizure disorder when she was 18 months old. On Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, she’ll appear on Variety – the Children’s Charity’s 56th annual Show of Hearts Telethon airing on Global BC.
North Okanagan resident Jen Kirkland (right) at a children’s hospital in Brasov, Romania, where she volunteered helping sick children in September 2021. (Submitted photo)

North Okanagan woman travelling to Romania to help children

Jen Kirkland is dedicated to caring for underprivileged children, no matter how far away they might be

North Okanagan resident Jen Kirkland (right) at a children’s hospital in Brasov, Romania, where she volunteered helping sick children in September 2021. (Submitted photo)
Fernie Alpine Resort turnoff on Hwy. 3. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Man dies after skiing accident at B.C.’s Fernie Alpine Resort

A man died from injuries sustained while skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort over the weekend

Fernie Alpine Resort turnoff on Hwy. 3. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A nurse tends to a patient in the Intensive Care Unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘It’s not OK’: BC Nurses’ Union demands better working conditions

BCNU calling on the general public to write their MLAs demanding better conditions for nurses

A nurse tends to a patient in the Intensive Care Unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Orthopedic surgeries are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, incurring most of the cancellations. See story on page 3. (Jacqueline Gelineau - Capital News)

Kelowna Chief of Orthopedic Surgery advocates for private surgical clinics

The costs of the private surgeries would be covered by healthcare

Orthopedic surgeries are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, incurring most of the cancellations. See story on page 3. (Jacqueline Gelineau - Capital News)
(The Canadian Press/Tijana Martin)

Patients with COVID in Fraser Health may now share hospital rooms with uninfected

Public health officials say hospital space is at a premium

(The Canadian Press/Tijana Martin)
A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Health authority reverses decision to close B.C. hospital maternity ward

Fraser Health had planned to close Peace Arch Hospital ward for 3 months, starting Jan. 28

A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Surrey Memorial Hospital emergency department entrance. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Fraser Health offers apology to woman who gave birth in Surrey Memorial Hospital lobby

Pawandeep Samra gave birth on her fourth visit to SMH, after being sent home three times earlier that day

Surrey Memorial Hospital emergency department entrance. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

COVID hospitalizations nearing or reaching record highs in several provinces

Many provinces imposed a weeklong delay in the return to in-person schooling

Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Recipient Ray Thompson and his wife (from left), ICU staff Aides Hofer, OR staff Summer Zaino, recipient Judy Mori, BC Transplant staff Karly Mardsen and recipient Fiona Walker at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (Contributed)

Hospital staff thanked for saving lives in Okanagan

Three local organ transplant recipients show gratitude

Recipient Ray Thompson and his wife (from left), ICU staff Aides Hofer, OR staff Summer Zaino, recipient Judy Mori, BC Transplant staff Karly Mardsen and recipient Fiona Walker at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (Contributed)
Letters from stem cell recipients to thier anonymous donors are bringing cheer this holiday season. (Photo illustration by Black Press with photo from Why We Swab)

Canadian stem cell recipients share heartwarming letters to anonymous donors

Why We Swab: Correspondence shared in awareness campaign to recruit more donors

Letters from stem cell recipients to thier anonymous donors are bringing cheer this holiday season. (Photo illustration by Black Press with photo from Why We Swab)
Megan Fotheringham, a radiologist at Queen Victoria Hospital, alongside the existing equipment at the hospital. (Contributed)

Fundraiser to upgrade hospital equipment exceeds goal by over $38,000

In just three days, the fundraiser jumped to $53,520, blowing past the goal of $15,000

Megan Fotheringham, a radiologist at Queen Victoria Hospital, alongside the existing equipment at the hospital. (Contributed)
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Dr. Robert Semeniuk and registered nurse Sarah Wilson, patient care coordinator at the Summerland Health Centre, adjust the settings on a new Phaco unit used in eye cataract surgeries. The Summerland Health-Care Auxiliary is donating $100,000 for the upgraded high-tech machine. - Image Credit: Submitted photo

QUIZ: In praise of medical professionals

How much do you know about doctors, nurses and medical researchers in history and popular culture?

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Dr. Robert Semeniuk and registered nurse Sarah Wilson, patient care coordinator at the Summerland Health Centre, adjust the settings on a new Phaco unit used in eye cataract surgeries. The Summerland Health-Care Auxiliary is donating $100,000 for the upgraded high-tech machine. - Image Credit: Submitted photo
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy of B.C. government)

Vancouver Island sees far more surgery delays due to COVID-19 than rest of B.C.

157 surgeries postponed at Island hospitals Sept. 26 to Oct. 2; next highest health authority had 57

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy of B.C. government)
(From left to right): Assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell, visual arts teacher James Elwood, and arts students Hilary Page, Emily Frank, and Hailey Monro. (Central Okanagan School District/Contributed)

West Kelowna art students inspired by frontline workers

Mount Boucherie Secondary art students create pieces to thank frontline workers

(From left to right): Assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell, visual arts teacher James Elwood, and arts students Hilary Page, Emily Frank, and Hailey Monro. (Central Okanagan School District/Contributed)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (File photo)

COVID crisis puts strain on Vernon hospital: physician

Record number of patients with virus filling beds and ICU, non-emergent surgeries on hold

Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (File photo)