City councillor gives thanks for acute pancreatitis treatment

Gerry Zimmermann knows firsthand the importance of well-trained medical staff and state-of-the-art medical equipment.

Kelowna city councillor Gerry Zimmermann knows firsthand the importance of well-trained medical staff and state-of-the-art medical equipment.

He expressed his appreciation for the excellent care he received during extended recovery from acute pancreatitis at the Kelowna General Hospital to a crowd of gastroenterologists, surgeons, physicians, nurses and medical professionals at the banquet dinner wrapping up Kelowna L.I.V.E. held last month.

Success stories like Zimmermann’s are made possible from the ongoing training of health care workers through educational conferences such as Kelowna L.I.V.E. (Live Interventional Endoscopy).

Thanks to 12 patients brave enough to allow their procedures to be displayed to an audience of nearly 100, KGH was able to host a world-class event.  The two-day symposium was chock-full of live demonstrations and insights from industry-leading physicians.

The event also celebrated the grand opening of the new Gastrointestinal Unit of KGH’s Centennial building with endoscopic procedures streamed live to the UBC Clinical Academic Campus lecture theatre on site.

Noted speakers and guest endoscopists included renowned experts Dr. Peter Cotton, Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. John Cunningham, University of Arizona Tucson Campus, Dr. Felix Leung, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Dr. Gary May, University of Toronto.

The unique location, technology and supportive GI team made this a one-of-a-kind event and attendees came from as far as Australia and Brazil to participate.

“This was a truly spectacular course,” explained Dr. Adrian Bak, one of the Kelowna gastroenterology associates who hosted the event.

“Not only was it educational, it was a great team-building and bonding experience for everyone who works in our local GI division. There was great engagement from all of the staff of the unit and at the end of the day, all proceeds from the event go to the KGH Foundation for the purchase of equipment to enhance the quality of patient care at our hospital.”.

Thanks was expressed by the Kelowna Hospital Foundation as well to the organizations that provided unrestricted educational grants including Olympus, Takeda, Boston Scientific, Abbott, Cook Medical, Siemens, Merck, Aptalis and Ferring .