Fathers focused on the future: CBRM Health Care Redevelopment team members are thinking about the future of health care in Cape Breton, for a few reasons.

•	Jody Lavery, who works in biomedical engineering with the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment project, with his daughter Sarah. Sarah is studying in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Cape Breton University.
Jody Lavery, who works in biomedical engineering with the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment project, with his daughter Sarah. Sarah is studying in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Cape Breton University.

Sarah Lavery wasn’t sure what career path she would choose, until a trip to her father’s workplace heightened her interest in health care. In 2016, she participated in ‘take your child to work day’ at Cape Breton Regional Hospital (CBRH) with her dad, Jody, who worked in the biomedical department at the hospital. Now, Sarah, is starting her clinical placement in the second year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Cape Breton University (CBU).

“Having that opportunity to visit CBRH, allowed me to see nurses' dedication to the profession and the valuable connections they make with their patients,” says Sarah. “I have always admired the community for its values and ideals of giving back to others. I feel grateful for the opportunity to continue contributing kindness back into the community as a nurse and to be a part of the change happening in health care.”

Similar to Sarah, Lucas Penney is going into his second year of the nursing program at CBU. He also had the chance to participate in ‘take your child to work day’ with his dad, Troy Penney, clinical director with the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project. At the time, Troy, a registered nurse, was manager of perioperative services at CBRH. Pictured here are Troy and Lucas outside an operating room at Cape Breton Regional Hospital on ‘take your child to work day’ in 2017.

“I knew I wanted to work in health care when I walked through the doors of Cape Breton Regional Hospital in 1995, which happened to be the same day the hospital opened,” says Troy. “Lucas shared the same interest in nursing after spending time in surgical services and seeing staff work as a team to support patients and families.”

Troy Penney with son, Lucas in 2017
at 'take your child to work day'.

 

Now, both Jody and Troy work with the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Team, the team responsible for planning new clinical spaces that will meet the needs of patients, physicians, and, staff now and in the future. Jody works in biomedical engineering with the team and Troy is the project’s clinical director for Cape Breton Regional and Glace Bay hospitals.

“We are working with staff, physicians, and patients to think about what the future of health care will look like,” says Troy. “But we are also thinking about the projects as patients and as Cape Bretoners who have families and friends that will use these facilities, and for Lucas, who will work in the new buildings. I’m happy to be involved in a project that will help shape health for future generations, including my children.”

At this point in his studies, Lucas says he’s interested in eventually working in surgical services. Sarah, meanwhile, wants to learn more about becoming a nurse practitioner. She says she’s looking forward to the clinical placement that is part of her studies and deciding what area of nursing she’ll pursue once completed.

“Everyone has been very supportive,” says Sarah. “Dad’s colleagues have answered any of my questions and helped in many ways to get me to this point. I’m looking forward to joining them someday as colleagues and working in new, modern facilities.”

The CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project includes a new Cape Breton Cancer Centre and clinical services building that will house an emergency department, critical care, inpatient beds, surgical suites and maternal/newborn services at CBRH; expansions and renovations at Glace Bay Hospital; a new health centre, long-term care facility and laundry centre on the Northside; and a community hub in New Waterford that includes a new school, health centre, long-term care facility and community wellness centre. For more information, visit cbrmhealthredevelopment.ca