On Wednesday, Donna Davis, a nurse and ambulance attendant from the tiny village of Carievale, Sask., will share her heart-breaking story of losing her son, Vance, due to medical care in Regina that was intended to help him after a tragic car accident.
Her seven-year fight for the truth changed the system.
Davis, now an internationally-recognized speaker and advocate for patient and family-centred care, will speak at a free patient safety public forum hosted by Prairie Mountain Health and the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety.
The event will take place on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Inn.
The public is welcome to attend and to share their ideas for positive change.
“The intent of hosting the ‘We Listen, We Learn, We AdVANCE’ forum is to continually advance a culture throughout the Western RHA of encouraging dialogue with patients and families, listening carefully to what they are telling us in care situations, and putting them at the centre of health-care decisions and plans,” Prairie Mountain Health board chair Marg MacDonald said.
Canada’s foremost health policy analyst, Dr. Michael Rachlis, will also attend the forum.
An expert on Canada’s health-care system, Rachlis believes putting patients and families at the centre of health care is not only better care for patients but the best way to fix the health-care system.
A frequent media commentator on health policy issues, he is the author of three national bestsellers about Canada’s health-care system.
Rachlis lives in Toronto but was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba medical school in 1975.
In 2010 the U of M conferred upon him a doctor of laws in recognition of his service to Canadian health policy.
“We know that this will be a powerful, emotional, and thought-provoking journey of communication, compassion, and openness for health care providers and members of the public,” said Laurie Thompson, executive director of the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety.
Citizens can visit brandonrha.mb.ca or call 1-866-927-6477 for more information.