Castlegar Hospice director recieves Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem award and grant

Castlegar Hospice director recieves Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem award and grant

Award was given for a new project which will use virtual reality-enabled immersive learning.

Castlegar Hospice Society executive director Suzanne Lehbauer is one of the 2019 recipients of the B.C. Hospice and Palliative Care Association and Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem award and grant recognizing enhanced end of life care for British Columbians. Lehbauer was a previous recipient in 2009, 2014 and 2016.

The award and grant were given for a new project which will use virtual reality-enabled immersive learning from Embodied Labs Chicago to give insights that improve the way end of life service providers view and provide care for clients.

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This will bring hospice training to a new level and will be made available to physicians, nurses, college students and all those involved in end of life or health care. Castlegar Hospice is the first hospice in Canada to bring in this type of training.

“Please join me and our proud board of directors as we congratulate Suzanne and see Castlegar Hospice continue to be a leader in our community, region and province,” said Castlegar Hospice Society president Peggy Guindon.

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