A program of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation enables patients to thank their health-care workers.

A program of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation enables patients to thank their health-care workers.

Fraser Valley program enables patients to say thanks to their health-care workers

Philip Harris Grateful Patient Program offered through health care foundation

When Mark Foster’s wife, Brandee, was admitted to the intensive care unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital (ARH) he found the staff working tirelessly to provide patient care.

He reached out to the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation (FVHCF) to see how he could recognize them.

“The staff are working through complex conditions, in the ICU, in cramped tight quarters, improvising solutions and making it work,” Foster wrote in a letter.

“I’d like to give the most heartfelt thank you to the staff of ARH, specifically the ICU team and the team in Cheam 3 for the excellent, professional care. I’m truly amazed at the level of professionalism shown by all staff I have interacted with. Thank you all.”

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The Philip Harris Grateful Patient Program was launched in the spring of 2017 and provides an opporunity to say thank you to health-care workers and volunteers through a letter or financial contribution.

The letters received by FVHCF are always shared with the staff in the unit.

“Reading letters of appreciation and gratitude from patients and families is one of the most inspirational and uplifting experiences for the staff in the high acuity (HAU) and intensive care units,” said Attila Almos, director of clinical operations for the ER, ICU, HAU and rspiratory.

“The days spent in HAU/ICU can be very challenging for the staff, and seeing these letters helps remind them of the difference they are making for the patients and families.”

Funds raised through the Philip Harris Grateful Patient Program help to provide medical equipment, programs, and facilities to serve Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Hope, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.

Visit fvhcf.ca/grateful or call 1-877-661-0314 for more information about how to share thanks with a unit or person that made an impact.

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