IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: IT IS WITH GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT WE ARE ANNOUNCING THE CANCELLATION OF OUR MONTHLY NETWORKING LUNCHEON WITH DR. MICHAEL KENYON. While disappointing, we believe it is in the best interest of our members and the local community to follow the guidelines on social distancing put forth by Canadian public health services. Thank you for your patience and understanding with this matter. Stay happy and healthy!
Excellence in Intensive Care – The Urgent Need for the New ICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
For over 40 years, the medical team in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) has been providing exceptional care for the critically ill in our community. The ICU at NRGH, however, is one of the oldest in B.C. and one of the most in need of improvement and expansion in all of Canada. It is also one of the busiest on Vancouver Island, serving more than 400,000 residents living north of the Malahat. With only nine beds available, the capacity is no longer sufficient to meet the growing demand for patients’ needs. A new, enhanced ICU with the latest medical equipment and space will enable our dedicated team of healthcare professionals to continue to provide exceptional care for our most vulnerable patients and their families.
Dr. Michael Kenyon, MBBCh, Dip.Av.Med., FCP(SA), FACP, FRCPC, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC
Mike is leader of the ICU group in Nanaimo, Central Vancouver Island. He spends 2 weeks/month doing internal medicine/critical care and fly - fishing in Northern BC. Mike graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He completed post-graduate training at Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto, Johannesburg (interrupted by 2 years of bush-war (SWA/Namibia & Angola) in the South African Army Medical Corps). He was a Consultant Physician in Internal Medicine & Nephrology, and a part-time Consultant in Intensive Care at “Bara”. He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa, a Fellow (and past Examiner) of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (and current Governor of the BC Chapter of the ACP). He has a special interest in the training of Fellows in rural /community critical care and GIM (including fly - fishing) for the Faculty of Medicine, UBC. He has done three tours of duty in the Role 3 MMU/ICU at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan and his Nanaimo ICU “Band of Brothers” group played a major role in the provision of ICU services in Kandahar/Southern Afghanistan “for all victims of war” (until handover of the hospital to the US military in October 2009). This is Mike’s 40th year of clinical medicine and 56th year of fly - fishing. He received the 2019 UBC Faculty of Medicine Award for Career Excellence in Clinical Teaching.
His eclectic ICU group are mostly General Internists with multiple sub-specialty certifications and interests.