In the summer of 2021, the Revelstoke District Health Foundation received a request from local doctors for funding support to purchase a portable ultrasound machine and other equipment to develop an interventional pain management clinic at Queen Victoria Hospital. Patients were having to travel to Kelowna, Salmon Arm, and Vernon for their treatments. Local physician, Dr Kurt Deschner, has had specialized training in interventional pain treatments and would be running the pain clinic.
The Queen Victoria Hospital Auxiliary and the Revelstoke District Health Foundation collaborated in the fundraising. The Auxiliary made a donation of $50,000 towards the project. The Revelstoke Chapter 15 of the Order of the Eastern Star donated $1,300 and the Revelstoke District Health Foundation contributed $22,093. The ultrasound machine is owned by a newly created non-profit society, Ad Infinitum Medical Equipment Society, to ensure the equipment will always remain in the Revelstoke Community for its use.
Interior Health was instrumental in providing a space for the clinic. The clinic officially opened on May 6, 2022, with a ribbon cutting and social. The pain clinic is now in full operation and serves residents of Revelstoke and also people who travel from the region for pain treatment. Thank you to the following organizations, agencies, and groups who supported this much-needed service.
The Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary Society
The Revelstoke District Health Foundation
Revelstoke Chapter 15 Order of the Eastern Star
Shared Care Committee
Bill Nelems Pain and Research Centre
Anatomic Medicine Foundation
Rural Education Action Plan