‘Hospital Insider: The Podcast’ hosted by Gary Chalk tells the stories of the physicians, nurses, patients, donors, and volunteers who make up the Brant Community Healthcare System.
Episode 17 - THE MILK MAN WHO WENT ON TO RAISE $40 MILLION FOR BGH
George Campbell was a not a physician — but he had the largest practice in town caring for everyone! His speciality was fundraising. George spearheaded campaigns that raised over $40 million to provide the best hospital facilities with state-of-the-art technology. Recently, George was admitted to the BGH where he was born — this time in one of the comfortable palliative care suites built with money he raised. On today’s podcast Crawford Reid — one of George’s ‘go-to people’ for fundraising for 60 years, Paul Moore — who enjoyed a personal and professional relationship with George and was young enough to be his son, and Kari Wilson the executive director of the Brant Community Healthcare System Foundation talk about George Campbell — the philanthropist whose fingerprints are everywhere on the face of healthcare in Brantford and Brant County.
Episode 16 - WHY ARE THERE NOT MORE MALE NURSES?
Traditionally, the nursing profession has appealed to women. Of the 440,000 regulated nurses in Canada only 9% are males. However, since 2015 the number of men becoming nurses has grown 15%. Martin Ruaux studied architecture, before changing careers to become a nurse. Today, he is Vice President of Clinical Programs & Chief Nursing Officer at the Brant Community Healthcare System. Jake Oskam wanted to follow his grandfathers footsteps and be a military nurse — until the Canadian Armed Forces dashed his dream for the strangest reason! Today, Jake works in the medical cardiology unit at Brantford General. Jake and Martin discuss becoming nurses, the importance of continual education, and getting out of their comfort zone. And Jake reveals why he was not allowed to be a nurse in war zones!
Episode 15 - PHYSICIANS DESCRIBE COVID-19 PANDEMIC PLANNING AT BRANT COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: NO STONE WAS LEFT UNTURNED.
Today, we take a behind the scenes look at the Brant Community Healthcare System preparations for Covid-19. Two physician leaders — on the front line of Covid-19 — talk candidly about the early planning stages, dealing with continually changing information, and their confidence in their ability to handle Covid-19. Working against the clock, multiple teams learned ‘on the fly’ because pandemic planning is not taught at medical school. For Dr. Laura Shoots, Emergency Physician, and Dr. Rudy Goel, Chief of Hospital-Based medicine no stone was left unturned.
Episode 14 - HOSPITAL GOVERNANCE: THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL CITIZENS TO THE BRANT COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
Paul Emerson and Peter Quinlan come from different backgrounds. Paul was the Chief Administrative Officer at the Grand River Conservation Authority for many years, before leading the County of Brant as CAO. Peter was a secondary school teacher before he became a lawyer/Partner at Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon. Today, both gentlemen contribute their vast knowledge and extensive community volunteer experience to their passion: to help Brantford General and Willett Hospitals provide the best care for the citizens of Brantford and Brant County. Learn about governing the Brant Community Healthcare System from Paul Emerson, Chair, and Peter Quinlan, Vice Chair.
Episode 13 - ICU STAFF FACE STRESS & EMOTION CARING FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS
Liz McNamara is living her dream: she is a Registered Nurse working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Brantford General Hospital. Liz knows how ill Covid-19 patients can become, fast; and the stress working in the ICU can have on herself and her family. These days driving home from work the 31-year old mother of three young children finds herself thinking of her husband and family — a lot. Recently, Liz was swabbed for Covid-19 — thankfully, her result came back negative. Angela Cooper-Brathwaite is also a RN and is the President of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO). Angela has worked during two pandemics: polio in Trinidad in 1972, and SARS in 2003 in southern Ontario. Hear the lived experience — the stress and emotions of frontline nurses during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Episode 12 - BRANTFORD GENERAL ‘RETOOLED & REDESIGNED’ — A MAJOR TRANSFORMATION TO CARE FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS.
Working tirelessly — in only 4 weeks! — staff and physicians at the Brantford General Hospital pivoted the organization to respond to patients who present with COVID-19 and other emergencies. 14 negative pressure rooms, including an operating room, are ready. An off-site COVID-19 patient assessment centre is staffed 7-days a week. Separate hospital entrances will open. The laboratory is being specially Accredited to complete local COVID-19 testing — providing faster results. Safety measures for staff and physicians, and processes to manage limited medical supplies have been implemented. Learn from local experts: Dr. Andrea Unger (COVID-19 Physician Lead & Chief, Emergency Medicine), Dr. Rudy Goel (COVID-19 Medical Resources Lead & Chief Hospitalist), Dr. Tom Szakacs (Infectious Disease Specialist), and Dr. David McNeil (President & CEO, Brant Community Healthcare System). Please note, we all practiced physical distancing — and recorded this episode on the telephone!