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Meet the Change Makers’ Series

AN INTIMATE GATHERING OF THOSE DEDICATED TO ADVANCING REGIONAL HEALTH CARE

Hosted by KGH Foundation Chair, Darrell Porubanec.

Monday, April 11, 2022
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Hotel Eldorado, Great Room, 2nd Floor

500 Cook Road, Kelowna, BC

Please RSVP to Emily Ball by April 4th, 2022

250-862-4300 x 4876

The provincial mask mandate was lifted on March 11 and as of April 8, vaccine passports
will no longer be required. Guests are welcome to wear a mask at the event if they choose.

As highly regarded leaders in their specialties, these healthcare innovators are going upstream to find solutions to local healthcare challenges that could have applications around the world. Join them for dinner and conversation that will explore how we can heal our system of healthcare, ensuring it is sustainable, inclusive, and accessible for all.

BONE & JOINT HEALTH

Dr. Cassandra (Lane) Dielwart

(Tentative)

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON, KGH

Dr. Dielwart is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a general practice of joint replacement surgery, subspecialty interest and training in shoulder and knee arthroscopic surgery, and orthopaedic trauma surgery. Her current practice makes her one of the go-to surgeons in the Okanagan for complex multi-ligamentous injuries and enables her to be involved in innovation by constantly updating and refining techniques. Dr. Dielwart is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at UBC Okanagan.

Dr. Steven Krywulak

CHIEF OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY, KGH

Dr. Krywulak is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at KGH, and a Clinical Assistant Professor with UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics. In addition to shoulder surgery, both open and arthroscopic procedures, Dr. Krywulak also performs a high volume of hip and knee surgeries.

BRAIN HEALTH

Dr. Aleksander Tkach

MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE INTERIOR HEALTH STROKE NETWORK

Dr. Aleks Tkach is a Vascular Neurologist and the Medical Director of the Interior Health Stroke Network. He came to KGH in 2017 from Utah to build a stroke network that would be an example to regional jurisdictions around the world. Dr. Tkach leads a regional team that implements improvements in all aspects of stroke care including stroke prevention and improving rapid access to the latest technologies and treatments.

Dr. Daryl Wile

NEUROLOGIST, KGH

Dr. Wile is a Neurologist at KGH, Clinical Investigator with the UBC Faculty of Medicine Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management for the Southern Medical Program and Clinical Assistant Professor with the UBC Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology. Dr. Wile’s clinical and research activities focus on Parkinson’s Disease, including changes in the autonomic nervous system in Parkinson’s disease, and the application of information technology and telemedicine services for remote assessment of movement disorders.

INDIGENOUS HEALTH

Vanessa Mitchell

CONSULTANT, INDIGENOUS CULTURAL SAFETY, INTERIOR HEALTH

Vanessa is a consultant of Indigenous Cultural Safety with the Interior Health Research Department. She lives in her home community of n’kmaplqs (Head of the Lake) within the Syilx (Okanagan) Nation. Throughout her career, she has worked with urban and on-reserve Indigenous communities and more recently she led the development of an accredited cultural safety and humility program supported by both an Indigenous advisory committee and a physician advisory committee within Interior Health. Her philosophy of “hard work and heart work” is the driving force behind all the energy she gives both her community and career. Vanessa received her master’s degree at UBC Okanagan and her graduate research focused on situating cultural safety to place through a Syilx analytical framework using Indigenous methodology.

HEALTH SYSTEM INNOVATION

Dr. Devin Harris

EXECUTIVE MEDICAL DIRECTOR, QUALITY AND PATIENT SAFETY, INTERIOR HEALTH

Dr. Harris is the Executive Medical Director, Quality and Patient Safety for Interior Health. He is an Emergency physician at KGH and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UBC. Dr. Harris is passionate about quality improvement, he has served as a BC Patient Safety and Quality Council member since 2011 as a Clinical Lead and led an award-winning Provincial collaboration for stroke improvement.

Dr. Deanne (Dee) Taylor

CORPORATE DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, INTERIOR HEALTH

Dr. Taylor is the Corporate Director of Research, Interior Health, the Scientific Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC and Adjunct Professor at UBC Okanagan in the Faculty of Health and Social Development. She is an advocate and active role model for scholarly practice, raising the profile and engagement of research, cultivating Learning Health Systems thinking, and evidence-informed practice/decision-making. She leads, cultivates, and facilitates a range of research and knowledge translation activities with the aim of enhancing the use of evidence into practice and enabling broad engagement in research.

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