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Name: Jessica Niemela (she/her/hers) Job Title: Audiologist Years of Service: 3 Worksite: Vernon Health Unit Community: Vernon Ancestral Territory: Syilx Advice to live by: “It’s not just about hearing, it’s about being heard.” – Gael Hannan Going through her own journey with hearing loss and wearing hearing aids provided inspiration for Jessica’s career choice.  “The journey is not always easy and requires a holistic approach that goes beyond wearing hearing devices,” shares Jessica.  The onset of permanent hearing loss can happen after birth, making it important for children to have their hearing screened prior to entering school in order to give them the best chance for academic success and social/emotional development. Jessica finds it most rewarding to work with children and families through their own journeys with hearing loss and to see them become their own self-advocates for accessibility.
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Name: Dr. Kathryn Brown (she/her/hers) Job Title: Cardiologist, Regional Director of Cardiac Diagnostics, Medical Director of Cardiology Years of Service: 7 Worksite: Kelowna General Hospital Community: Kelowna Ancestral Territory: Syilx Okanagan Advice to live by: Life is 10 per cent what happens to you, and 90 per cent how you react to it. An adrenaline lover and avid traveller by heart, Kathryn is also a passionate and dedicated physician leader at Interior Health. She started her physician career as a cardiologist, and has now expanded her role to also serve as an administrator and leader as Regional Director of Cardiac Diagnostics and Medical Director of Cardiology. “Being a physician is inherently a privilege,” shares Kathryn. “You care for people at their most vulnerable, frightened, hopeful and every phase in between. To immediately be trusted, confided in, and have people place their bodies, their futures and their fears in your hands is an amazing and humbling honour that I try to live up to every day.” In this work, she helps improve and shape the future of heart health and care in our communities – yet another amazing opportunity she says she is grateful for.
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Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital emergency department nurses: Jane Carlton, Tamara Roscoe, Teresa Myers, and Emily Larochelle Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a treatable medical condition. And, yet, many people living with OUD don’t have a regular care provider who can help connect them to medication. For many, their first exposure to treatment is through an emergency department (ED). Which is why it’s so important that Interior Health has now made the opioid use disorder medication Suboxone available in its EDs. Suboxone is an Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) medication used to treat dependence on opioid drugs. 
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Common Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) a small bat As you explore the great outdoors this spring and summer, there's a chance you'll encounter a bat. Bats can carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans.  In B.C., between four and eight per cent of bats that come into contact with people test positive for the rabies virus. In 2021, 132 people in the region were treated for potential exposure to rabies.  
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Helping new managers is a dream job for Colleen McEwan (pictured above), who has become the first manager mentor in Interior Health.  Before her retirement, she worked as both a manager and a director in clinical operations for Interior Health in the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan and Thompson regions. Last fall, she returned on a part-time basis to pilot a manager mentor program at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) in Kamloops, where many managers are new to their roles.
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Clint Blok, playing his guitar while camping Name: Clint Blok (he/him/his) Job Title: Community Integration Care Coordinator Years of Service: 11 Worksite: Penticton Urgent and Primary Care Centre Community: Penticton Ancestral Territory: Syilx Okanagan Advice to live by: Be the best version of yourself! When Clint began nursing school, he planned on working in the operating room (OR), but it turns out he’s never worked or done a placement there. Eleven years in to his career with Interior Health, Clint is a Registered Nurse (RN) Team Lead (or Community Integration Care Coordinator) at the Penticton Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC). 

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