Patient volunteers sought for health care comments

The Patient Voices Network is looking for Okanagan residents to share their experiences.

The Patient Voices Network is looking for Okanagan residents to share their experiences with a number of upcoming Interior Health projects.

The network was created by the province in 2009 to generate ideas, solutions and contribute to improvements in the health care system with patients, their families and other stakeholders.

Since its inception, there have been more than 350 opportunities in the interior region for volunteers to provide their input; many of these opportunities invited numerous volunteers to be involved.

Carol Stathers, who has been with the program since the start is the Okanagan engagement leader of patient and public engagement with the B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council. She said the network needs new volunteers from across the province but especially within the Interior Health Authority’s service area for several projects.

The residential care framework redesign committee is inviting 10 to 14 volunteers as the Interior Health Authority examines the various elements of its residential care framework.

The complaint process focus group is seeking 10 Aboriginal volunteers in order to hear the Aboriginal patient perspective on the current complaint process within Interior Health.

The stroke rehabilitation collaborative, which requires one to two volunteers, is working to maximize the patient’s recovery after a stroke.

Stathers said the purpose of the network is to provide input for the health authorities.

“It’s an opportunity to work in partnership with the health region,” she said. “It’s not a place for people to make complaints but to contribute to improvements.”

In addition, Stathers said the network is continually accepting new volunteers.

Those interested in serving on the Patient Voices Network are asked to call Stathers at 778-516-3308, email her at or visit