Helping the road to recovery: Recently Coastal Community Credit Union staff and management – (from left) Di Kennedy

Helping the road to recovery

Recently Coastal Community Credit Union staff and management – (from left) Di Kennedy, Heather Laidlaw, Stacey Marsh (Campbell River Hospital Foundation), Francois Egan, and Shauna Helson – paid a visit to speech pathologist Cathy Silversides and her innovative piece of equipment – the pentax flexible endoscopy unit with digital recording capabilities. Silversides has been with Campbell River Hospital since 2009 and is thrilled to have this new equipment to help her patients begin the road to recovery and to manage chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s, MS, stroke and anyone who suffers from throat and swallowing ailments.  Before this equipment purchase, Silversides had to accompany patients to the imaging department to swallow barium to diagnose larynx and swallowing function. That was good, but this is better for patients who are too medically fragile to be transported and for those who cannot tolerate swallowing barium by providing a real time, quality view, of the inner working of the throat and how it is working, or not working. CCCU staff and management raised $600 over one month of Casual Fridays and came down to the rehabilitation unit to get a firsthand look at where their dollars went, how important the equipment is, and how it is appreciated by the staff and patients alike.