Archives for June 2018
The Cloverdale Paint Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU) is fulfilling its promise as a place where young people and their families can receive urgent hospital care during a mental health crisis.
After opening last year, the CAPSU team saw 385 children and youth from 22 communities in only the first 10 months. Most importantly, families who needed this specialized care could access it quickly, without being on a waitlist.
Families come from across Fraser Health, mostly through referrals from emergency departments. The youngest child helped was 7, and the average age 14.
Many need CAPSU because of serious mood disorders, such as severe depression or anxiety, explains Mike Kenyon, Manager, Child, Youth, & Young Adult Mental Health & Substance Use Services. Others may have a sudden onset or relapse of psychosis.
CAPSU stays are short, on average about five days, reflecting the unit’s role as an immediate resource.
“The most important part is the stabilization aspect of CAPSU. We provide relief from a crisis for the family as well as the child or youth – that’s the critical piece – and it can take three to four days for that crisis to decrease,” he says.
“The final part is making sure that there is a support network in the community, trying to determine who are their supports, do they have the right supports and what other supports do they need.”
Less than 20 per cent of youth (aged 12 to 17)) who were admitted to CAPSU required further treatment in the Surrey Memorial’s specialized Adolescent Psychiatric Unit (APU).
Thanks to you
Thanks to donations from the community, the CAPSU environment is designed to be a tranquil place to soothe families at a very stressful time in their lives.
In fact, it’s one the aspects of the unit that receives most feedback from parents – they like the fresh, calm décor that doesn’t feel like a hospital setting.
“If you are in a more peaceful and calm environment, it’s going to help with the stabilization piece. I believe that we are not just helping to stabilize the youth, we are helping to stabilize the family unit,” Kenyon says.
Once admitted, young people and families are surrounded by an expert team that includes nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, youth care counsellors, occupational therapists and support staff.
Community support is still critically important for CAPSU and the other specialized mental health programs on the Surrey Campus, explains Jane Adams, president & CEO of Surrey Hospital Foundation.
“We recognize that the transition to home can be difficult, so we are working with a partner to develop peer support groups in the community to help families post-discharge.”
The Foundation also funds therapeutic activities, such as art and music therapy, for young people in CAPSU or the APU.
Later this year, the power of community support will make CAPSU the first acute psychiatric unit in the province to have a FamilySmart™ Youth-in-Residence program, where young people who have experienced mental health issues of their own will be on hand to help support children and families.
Can you help?
When we help families receive the best mental health care, we change lives. Please help us to support programs that help young people and their families recover and stay well. Donate online today!
More than 90 per cent of patients who come to Surrey Memorial Hospital for thoracic (chest) surgery will receive a minimally invasive “key hole” procedure and go home within a few days.
At Surrey, the keyhole surgery rates are among the best in the world – higher than some of the top cancer centres in the United States.
But it’s a much different story in Mongolia. Dr. Ganzorig Baatar, the head of the thoracic surgery program at the country’s National Cancer Centre recently visited Surrey for an intensive orientation to minimally invasive or key hole surgery.
In Mongolia, surgeons need access to more specialized training and new equipment before they can routinely provide this high-tech procedure. In the meantime, patients still undergo major surgery to remove lung cancers.
Baatar spent a month at Surrey Memorial Hospital observing the work of Fraser Health’s Thoracic Surgery team.
By learning from experts like Surrey’s Dr. Ahmad Ashrafi, he hopes to make minimally invasive thoracic surgery a reality for cancer patients who travel from across Mongolia for surgery at the National Cancer Centre.
The original connection between Mongolia and Surrey happened through sheer luck, after Baatar struck up a conversation with Dr. Hugh Parsons, a Surrey eye surgeon who was visiting Mongolia. This chance encounter ultimately led to the opportunity to work with Ashrafi.
“Canada is a leader in thoracic surgery,” Ashrafi explains. “I have always been interested in international surgery and working abroad is a great opportunity to not only share the knowledge and skills that we possess, but it also makes me realize how fortunate we are to provide the best care for residents of Fraser Valley with all of the state-of-the-art technologies at our hospital.”
Ashrafi hopes to establish a training program to enable more international thoracic surgeons to come to Surrey and learn from the team.
During Ashrafi’s first visit to Mongolia in 2016, he worked with Baatar to remove part of a patient’s lung during the country’s first video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), as well as performing several other procedures. The team from Canada also included an anesthesiologist and specialized nurses, and they brought some of the necessary instruments along with them.
Surrey Hospital Foundation President & CEO Jane Adams explains that Surrey Hospital Foundation has committed to support some of this work, providing funding to help specialists from countries like Mongolia, where it’s much more difficult to bring new procedures and technology into practice, spend a short period of time in Surrey learning the most up-to-date surgical techniques.
“The Foundation received donations to help with this and future exchange programs. It is gratifying that our supporters in the community want to share the unique expertise that our doctors have with the rest of the world – a great example of acting locally and thinking globally,” she says.
While in Surrey recently, Baatar was impressed to see that even patients who needed complex thoracic surgery were able to receive minimally invasive procedures, recover quickly and spend only a few days in hospital.
“It was incredible to see a man who had received a (lung) lobectomy up walking by himself the next day,” he says.
In Mongolia, the same patient would have the same operation with a large incision and spend at least a week in hospital.
Later this year, Baatar will have the opportunity to welcome Ashrafi and his team to Mongolia for another opportunity to work together.
Working with experienced surgeons and learning advanced techniques through training at international centres means that Baatar will be able to teach these new skills to his colleagues. But he still faces the challenge of purchasing the equipment and technology needed for the high-tech VATS technique. Currently, all the surgeons at the National Cancer Centre share only one set of minimally invasive instruments.
After his experience here, Baatar is even more motivated to make minimally invasive thoracic surgery possible for his own patients, and he hopes to have the opportunity to come back to Surrey in the future.
“During my visit I got a lot of good knowledge of performing VATS, and I also met many kind hospitable people,” he says. “British Columbia is a beautiful place with sea and mountains, a paradise to live in.”
You don’t need to be part of Her Majesty’s Secret Service to enjoy our sophisticated James Bond-themed gala set for Feb. 23 at Surrey’s Aria Convention Centre.
The Celebration of Care: A Licence to Thrill gala is an opportunity to dress up and step into the world of England’s most famous fictitious secret agent and support surgery at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
We’re raising funds to transform our Operating Rooms with new technology and state-of-the-art medical equipment.
As well as the chance to rub shoulders with the city’s corporate and philanthropic leaders, you will enjoy a cocktail reception, fine dining, incredible live and silent auction packages, and dancing.
It’s the most anticipated fundraiser of the winter season. Last year’s gala sold out, so if you want to join us for the 007 experience, don’t delay. To purchase your table, please click here.
When you haven’t seen an elderly relative for some time, you may notice a change in their health or ability to cope at home.
However, it’s much more challenging for family members and health care professionals who see someone regularly to assess a senior’s level of frailty and the associated risks to their health and well-being.
Thanks to a $1.38 million grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), researchers from Fraser Health are testing an innovative electronic tool that could make it much easier to measure and track frailty in seniors.
The research team is led by principal investigator Dr. Xiaowei Song, a neuro-imaging expert who has studied frailty index for 15 years. Dr. Song has previously received research funding from Surrey Hospital Foundation and works in the Fraser Health/Simon Fraser University NeuroTech and ImageTech Labs at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
“We are so proud that Dr. Song’s work has been recognized by Canada’s premier research funding agency,” says Foundation President & CEO Jane Adams. “This achievement underlines the importance of supporting research locally, and the calibre of some of the scientists that we have working in our own backyard.”
The goal of the newly funded project is to research and test the validity of the electronic Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment – Frailty Index (eFI-CGA). This tool is embedded into an electronic medical record, where it can be used as a benchmark to assess vulnerable seniors and provide faster and more individualized treatment options.
The team working on this project includes: Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, a world leader in frailty research from Dalhousie University; Fraser Health’s Annette Garm, Executive Leader of CARES (Community Actions and Resources Empowering Seniors); and Dr. Grace Park, Regional Medical Director.
For more information visit the Fraser Health website.
Pictured above are children’s ER nurses, from left: Stephanie Juckes, Erica Kearns and Tawney Marier.
Five pediatric nurses recently received Florence (Egeland) Martin Excellence in Nursing bursaries. These education awards were created in memory of a highly respected nurse who spent more than 30 years at Surrey Memorial Hospital caring for sick children and their families.
Thanks to our donors, Surrey Hospital Foundation has provided more than $350,000 in funding for education over the past five years. This includes nursing awards as well as other education funding for nurses or health care professionals that provide specialized care.
Making a gift in tribute or honour of a family member, as the Egeland family chose to do, is a simple way to celebrate a family member’s legacy of caring for the community. For information on how to create a family legacy gift, please contact Yolanda Bouwman at 604-585-5509 or firstname.lastname@example.org