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The beautiful Lower Sunshine Coast is located on the mainland of British Columbia just a few miles north of Vancouver, but it is accessible only by a 45-minute ferry ride. St Mary’s Hospital, depicted in this issue’s cover photograph, is the community hospital for the entire Lower Coast. The hospital serves about 30 000 people in small communities ranging from Gibsons (home of the TV series The Beachcombers) at the south end up to Egmont (home of the famous Skookumchuck Rapids) about 100 km to the north. The population almost doubles during the summer months with visitors coming to enjoy the many activities available.
St Mary’s hospital has 47 beds (intenstive care, medical–surgical, obstetrics, mental health), 2 operating theatres, a 24-hour emergency department, an extended care department, and a very busy ambulatory care and chemotherapy clinic. The Pharmacy Department, staffed by 2 FTE pharmacists and 2.5 FTE technicians, has active clinical (inpatient and outpatient) and chemotherapy programs in addition to a busy dispensary. The department has also implemented a successful medication reconciliation program for both inpatient and pre-operative admissions.
The cover photograph, looking north up Sechelt Inlet, was taken with an Olympus SP-500 UZ camera by Ann Beardsell, Pharmacy Manager at St Mary’s Hospital.
CJHP would be pleased to consider photographs featuring rural hospitals and their pharmacy departments or residential care facilities taken by CSHP members for use on the front cover of the journal. If you would like to submit a photograph, please send an electronic copy (minimum resolution 300 dpi) to Sonya Heggart at ac.phsc@traggehs.