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10/22/12 Celebrating Canadian Patient Safety Week
Get Involved in Your Healthcare - October 29 to November 2
October 22, 2012— At the end of the month and into November, Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority's (IERHA's) patient safety coordinator, Heather Campbell, will be travelling to 15 communities across the region to increase people's patient safety awareness. Campbell will be setting up an information booth in local facilities and providing helpful tips on how to be a partner in health when interacting with the health care system.
Prior to her arrival at the IERHA, Campbell was a pediatric nurse at Winnipeg's Children's Hospital and in Edinburgh, Scotland. In her new role, she ensures that the region is addressing patient safety initiatives with IEHRA staff and communities.
“After years of nursing, I found myself moving back to my hometown of Gimli to raise my family. When I found out about the patient safety coordinator position, the first thing that interested me was the diversity of the role,” Campbell said. “Safety was always at the forefront in pediatrics, especially in the intensive care unit. I am passionate about providing safe care.When you are a health care provider, whether in a facility or out in the community, you have the honor of caring for individuals and families. You heal them, you support them, and you can significantly impact their lives. In this position, I have the opportunity to help people in their communities and within the region.”



The theme for this year's Canadian Patient Safety Week is “Ask. Listen. Talk. Good Healthcare starts with a question.”Campbell will hand out medication cards and help people fill them in. She wants to ensure everyone knows about the tools and resources available to help manage health care experiences and help people advocate for themselves within the health care system.

“Safe healthcare requires effective communication between healthcare providers and their patients and families. When you are a patient, you are not separate from health care providers. You are part of a team and you need to understand your role in patient safety,” Campbell said.

Look for Campbell at the following locations:

Wed., October 24

Fisher Branch

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Coop store


12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Coop store


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Coop store

Mon., October 29


9:00 a.m. - noon
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Flu Clinic-New Horizons

Tues., October 30

St. Laurent

11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 

Home Hardware


1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

Lundar General Store

Wed., October 31


9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. 

Lions Manor


2:30 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

Bigway Foods

Thurs., November 1


1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Shoppers Drug Mart (Main Street)

Fri., November 2


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Pinawa Mall kiosk


2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.

Coop Store

November 5


10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Coop Store


1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Coop Store

Thurs., November 8
Pine Falls 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pine Falls Health Complex
Lac du Bonnet 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Campbell's Grocery Store

For more information:

Lauralou Cicierski,, 204.467.4747

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