Since arriving in April 2012, KGH Health Services Director John Cabral has contributed as a donor to the KGH Foundation as well as volunteered at their Have a Heart Radiothon. "That was a lot of fun to be part of," says Cabral. "To answer phones and hear people and their stories from the KGH, to hear very positive feedback."
Involved with other charities in the past such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cabral sees the KGH Foundation as one that is enabling the community to have a voice in health care and become a hub for specialized health services. "I see a two-fold benefit in the Foundation's work," says Cabral. "One is in terms of the equipment that they have helped to purchase. They have funded very specialized equipment which there otherwise isn't always dollars to pay for."
With access to specialized equipment, Cabral explains that staff often have to get additional training and education to perform specialized procedures, otherwise it could be years before a particular service or procedure is available in the community. "It brings that kind of technology and type of expertise into your community in a much more rapid fashion, as government funding sometimes struggles to meet all the needs for new equipment," says Cabral.
The other advantage that Cabral sees is the community being given a voice in terms of affecting the kinds of services available at the hospital. That’s the wonderful thing about having the Foundation involved, it's not just the hospital, it's the community saying: 'You know what, we understand that this is important to us and we're prepared to support it.'
"What I see is a real desire to want to move health care and the services provided in Kelowna General Hospital to the next level. To truly make it a centre of excellence for care."
"That's the wonderful thing about having the foundation involved, it's not just the hospital, it's the community saying: 'We understand that this equipment is important to us, and to providing better health care and we're prepared to support it.'" – John Cabral, Director Health Services – Emergency/ Ambulatory Care /Respiratory