RCCbc establishes second operations node in Interior, welcomes new staff

RCCbc is proud to announce that – similar to our Northern Node – we have launched a second regional operations centre, our Interior Node, located on the fourth floor of the Regional General Hospital in Penticton, BC. As part of its ongoing mandate to coordinate rural health services and resources ‘closer-to-home,’ RCCbc is building operational capacity outside of the Lower Mainland to better serve rural physicians and their communities.

RCCbc is partnering with Interior Health through the Interior Node to build rural research capacity within the Okanagan, Shuswap, and Kootenay regions, and to explore possible pathways for scaling up high-demand offerings such as the Nanaimo Emergency Education Program (NEEP) . The Interior Node will also be available to support existing RCCbc initiatives, such as the Rural Surgical and Obstetrics Network (RSON) initiative and the Rural Site Visits Project. Our Interior Node staff will also continue to strengthen RCCbc’s relationships with well-established healthcare and rural community advocates such as the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice and the BC Rural Health Network.

In addition to opening our new node in Penticton, RCCbc recently brought on a Provincial Community RCME Manager to oversee the launch and implementation of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues’ (JSC) latest RCME program which will focus on funding rural communities to engage in interprofessional team-based continuing medical education and training. Details of this new program will be available on the RCCbc web site this summer.

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the RCCbc team!

Left to right: Jason Curran, Anne Lesack, Erika Belanger (Northern Node), Krystal Wong, Jordan Christmas

Interior Node

Jason Curran – Jason is the Regional Practice Lead, Research & Knowledge Translation, Interior Health for RCCbc’s newly minted Interior Node. He will focus on providing supports and building capacity for rural physician research as part of the mandate of the Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health and will also assist existing in coordinating logistics for the RSON initiative as well as the Rural Site Visits Project in collaboration with staff from RCCbc’s other nodes. Jason recently relocated to Penticton with his young family and dog, and enjoys endurance races and competitions, such as Ironman Canada.

Vancouver Node

Jordan Christmas – Jordan is the new Administrative Assistant for RCCbc. She attends to the Vancouver Node’s day-to-day operational needs, administratively supports both the RCCbc Core and Dr. Bob Woollard, and is one of several staff providing field administration and logistics for the Rural Site Visits Project. Jordan is a recent transplant from the UK who enjoys running and traveling in her spare time.

Heather Gummow

Heather Gummow – Heather is the new Provincial Community RCME Manager and will be coordinating the launch and implementation of the JSC’s new Community RCME program. She is based in Prince George, and enjoys being outdoors snowmobiling, camping, and boating with her husband and son.

Anne Lesack – Anne is the new Research Programs Assistant supporting the JSC’s Rural Retention Program Review, as well as RCCbc’s Rural Advantage in Primary and Community Care Networks project. She is one of several staff providing field administration and logistics for the Rural Site Visits Project. Anne has worked previously in rural BC, spending a summer employed on Hornby Island and working for a fishing lodge on Haida Gwaii for a season.

Krystal Wong – Krystal is the new Program Coordinator overseeing the JSC’s Rural Site Visits Project, a three year initiative that will see RCCbc and several rural physicians engaging face-to-face with stakeholders in all 201 RSA communities. She frequently attends the site visits, providing field administration and logistics, and coordinates data collection and research activities for the project. Krystal loves theatre, and saw 25 musicals, plays and performances last year while she was living in London, England.