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A NEW ERA: Closer to Home Than You Think


Hosted by KGH Foundation past-Chair, Sean Pihl

Keynote: The Future of Health Care in Canada and the Call to Action for Hospital Foundations

Wednesday, April 5, 2023
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Home Block at CedarCreek Estates Winery

5445 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC

5:30 PM – Cocktails / 6:00 PM – Dinner

Please RSVP to kghfoundation@interiorhealth.ca by March 23, 2023


A New Era of Healthcare: Closer to Home Than You Think

Join us for dinner and an honest conversation about the current system of health care, and hope for the future, right here at home.

André Pichard

Author and Globe & Mail Health Journalist

André Picard is a health reporter and columnist for the Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of six bestselling books. André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of a prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism. He was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, and a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare. André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, including UBC and the University of Toronto.

Dr. Devin Harris

Executive Medical Director, Quality & Patient Safety, Interior Health

Dr. Harris is the Executive Medical Director, Quality and Patient Safetyfor Interior Health. He is an Emergency Physician at KGH and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UBC. Dr. Harris is passionate about quality improvement, 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. Cheryl Holmes

Associate Dean Undergraduate Medical Education, Clinical Professor and Head Division of Critical Care, Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia

Dr. Holmes began her career as a comprehensive care family physician and then became an intensivist/critical care physician. She has held leadership roles with Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) and the BC Society of Critical Care Medicine (which she founded in 2007). Her current roles are Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, and Division Head of Critical Care for the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. In 2013, Dr. Holmes completed a Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois, earning Best Thesis for her work entitled Harnessing the Hidden Curriculum; a Four Step Competency Approach. In 2015 she received the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit Award. In 2021 she was the recipient of the UBC Alumni Builder Award for her contribution to the start of the Southern Medical Program.

Allison Ramchuk

CEO, KGH Foundation

Allison is CEO of the KGH Foundation and leads the organization with unyielding enthusiasm and passion for advancing regional health care. She holds a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University and served as a founding board member of AFP Okanagan. Allie currently represents B.C. on the National Council for the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy professionals.

Dr. Cara Wall

Interim Chief of Staff, Site Medical Director and Hospitalist at KGH, and Clinical Instructor, UBC Department of Family Practice

Dr. Wall is a Hospitalist, the Interim Chief of Staff, and Site Medical Director at KGH, and a Clinical Instructor with the UBC Department of Family Practice. She was appointed as Director, Faculty Development for the Southern Medical Program (SMP) in 2020 where she fosters a culture of teaching excellence for the SMP and leads all forms of faculty development programs throughout the Interior Health region.

Dr. Wall completed her medical degree and residency training at the University of Saskatchewan. Since the early beginnings of the SMP, Dr. Wall has served as a preceptor for clinical skills, case-based learning, and clerkship rotations at KGH. In addition, she has led academic half-days, taught family practice residents in core hospital medicine rotations and diabetes clinic electives, and is the Medical Director at the Central Okanagan Diabetes Education Centre.

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