October 17, 2017
We are very excited to congratulate the latest Health Care Heroes, the team at the Ostomy Clinic! Rosemary Hill and Annemarie Somerville, both registered nurses specialized in wound care at Lions Gate Hospital, accepted the award on behalf of the team. Congratulations!!
It is not the first time we’ve received donations from patients and doctors in honour of our nurses at the Ostomy Clinic. We were pleased to recognize the ostomy team for the outstanding level of care and service to our community. They are presented with a Health Care Hero pin and recognition letter.
We asked Rosemary and Annemarie a few questions about their careers and here’s what they had to say:
Why did you choose to work in the Ostomy Clinic?
Rosemary: I appreciate the ability to reach out to those who suddenly face a change in their lifestyle and now have an ostomy. I value meeting them preoperatively, during the postoperative phase, and also later in the weeks and months after their surgery in our outpatient clinic. Having a clinic affords the opportunity to offer support and guidance as our patients continue with their journey of having an ostomy. It can be so rewarding as we navigate people through the various lifestyle adjustments and then observe how they continue in an independent fashion.
Annemarie: The wound care clinic is an intragyral part of the care we provide. Having the outpatient ostomy clinic demonstrates the commitment our hospital has to supporting our ostomy patients not just during their initial preoperative period and surgery but also in the long-term as they recover and adjust to life with an ostomy. We are able to support our patients and families on an outpatient and are proud to say they can find support from us for the life of their ostomy.
How long have you worked at Lions Gate?
Rosemary: I have worked at LGH for approximately 33 years, and have been in the role of Enterostomal Therapy Nurse for 12 years.
Annemarie: I have worked at LGH for 27 years and as a nurse specialized in wound ostomy and continence for the past 18 years.
What is your favourite part about what you do?
Rosemary: “I love the variety in the day to day life – Always something new to learn and discover. I thoroughly appreciate the team of individuals that I work with in the various settings – medical day centre (infusion clinic with Dr. Douglas), Plastic surgery team, Oncology practitioners, Palliative team – and of course our team of hospitalists.”
Annemarie: I love the diversity of my role and it is difficult to just choose one part. I find we are continuing to learn new techniques that help to improve the care we can provide. A large part of our role I enjoy is ensuring that we take the time to share our knowledge with our staff both in formal teaching and on the spot at the bedside.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about working at LGH?
Rosemary: I have to say – I really enjoy working at LGH. I particularly appreciate the team of people that I am able to work with. In addition to nursing, I enjoy collaborating with rehab, pharmacy, dietitians, and of course a stellar group of physicians! I feel we all operate with a common set of values and have the patient’s best interests at heart.
Annemarie: I feel we can make such a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve. We are a small team that can be flexible to meet the needs of our patients and their families. I love that our hospital has an interdisciplinary team that are willing to work together to provide the best for the people within our care.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your career history or how you got to where you are today? Inspirations etc?
Rosemary: Some of the clinical work that occurs at LGH in the realm of both ostomy and wound has gained both national and international recognition. It has been exciting to be a participant on cutting edge technology and practice!
Annemarie: I spent most of my nursing career at Lions Gate Hospital with the exception of short stent at VGH and UBC where I expanded my experience in the field of wound, ostomy and continence nursing. I have had the opportunity to be elsewhere, but we are given so much opportunity to serve our community well from where we are, there isn’t much incentive to go elsewhere. In the past few years, I expanded my role to include working within residential care to provide much needed wound care support for residents and front line staff.
Honour a Health Care Hero
You can recognize your hero by making a donation in a staff member’s honour and say thank you for the important work and care that was provided. Your hero will receive a special Health Care Hero pin and letter of thanks for a job well done from Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.