Liza Schmalcel is a daughter whose 82 year old mother was a patient at the Comox Valley hospital during a number of trips to the emergency room and hospital admissions over a period of more than a year.  She has since advocated for improvements in hospital care based on her first hand experience and her own research.  Her presentations include an analysis of the hospital’s over-capacity issues and the related negative impact on patients such as the correlation between the loss of dignity for a hospital hallway patient and severe depression.

Liza presented to the Island Health Board Forum in Campbell River on March 28 2019.  See her powerful presentation here

She also made a presentation opposing the proposed commemorative water features (since voted down) at the Comox Strathcona Regional District Hospital Board February 7 2019 meeting.  Presentation

News coverage of the Island Health Board Forum:

https://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/it-breaks-our-hearts-and-spirits-health-care-advocates-in-campbell-river-decry-overcrowded-hospitals/

https://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/hospital-funding-system-called-into-question-at-campbell-river-forum/

News coverage of the hospital water features decision:

Here’s an update on Liza’s most recent advocacy work.  She has been following the news around the province on how decisions are being made regarding the allocation of hospital beds and has made a recent submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services for the Province. It requests funding for a home IV program in Island Health communities outside of Victoria where home IV programs are provided and perhaps correspondingly, hospital occupancy rates are much better.  She also requests full public transparency on hospital occupancy data which currently requires a FOI request.

The full text of her submission including occupancy rates for all BC hospitals:

Liza wrote this recent OpEd as a response to an OpEd by Duncan resident Bryan Senft, concerning the lack of transparency about the number of beds to be provided during the public planning process for the new Cowichan Valley hospital:

The original OpEd by Brian Senft, Duncan:

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