Shaw TV Video Thanks to Charles Fipke...World class trauma room opens at Kelowna General Hospital
With a $1 million gift from the Charles E. Fipke Foundation, a new state-of-the-art trauma room is saving lives at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH).
Supporting excellence in patient care and medical education this new advanced trauma room benefits patients, Kelowna General Hospital and the UBC Faculty of Medicine Southern Medical Program.
The donation allowed for the purchase of specialized airway ultrasound, and digital imaging equipment as well as equipment for a hyper/hypothermia system. The system has the ability to warm trauma and hypothermia patients at a controlled rate but can also provide cooling therapy for cardiac arrest patients with precise temperature control.
“I was inspired by the quality of doctors at Kelowna General Hospital and wanted to give the Emergency Department medical team the best trauma unit in Canada. And I want to encourage others to give also,” said Charles E. Fipke.
There is also a digital radiology system – a portable, wireless flat-panel system that provides great flexibility in capturing X-rays and delivering the images significantly faster than other systems.
“It gives me goose bumps to be able to provide care for patients with the capabilities of this new advanced trauma room,” says Dr. Paul Linden, Clinical Medical Director for Trauma Services at KGH. “Charles Fipke’s gift will save trauma patients’ lives and provide unprecedented education to the next generation of medical professionals.”
“This gift not only enhances the quality of care for patients at Kelowna General Hospital, but enriches the learning environment and research capabilities for UBC medical students, residents, and clinical faculty,” says Dr. Allan Jones, Regional Associate Dean, Interior. “We are incredibly grateful for Charles Fipke’s commitment to advancing health care education and research in our region.”
“Interior Health is fortunate to have the support of Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, UBC and the Charles E. Fipke Foundation,” said Norman Embree, Interior Health Board Chair. “Through these partnerships, the new trauma room will also benefit patients experiencing heart attacks, strokes and those who are septic.”
64,000 patients were cared for in the KGH Emergency Department in 2012/13 - approximately 17 per cent of who required the advanced level of care provided in a room like Trauma 3.