Healthy Living in the North

A focus on our people: Housekeeping

In the latest CEO video blog, Cathy is excited to highlight the important work of housekeeping staff across northern B.C. Northern Health received the highest overall rating in the province in the 2011-2012 audit and staff are excited to share how this supports high quality patient care. Cathy speaks with Kim McIvor, Lauren Ferreira, and Cheryl Danchuk about housekeeping in Northern Health.

Cathy Ulrich

About Cathy Ulrich

Cathy became NH president and chief executive officer in 2007, following five years as vice president, clinical services and chief nursing officer for Northern Health. Before the formation of Northern Health, she worked in a variety of nursing and management positions in Northern B.C., Manitoba, and Alberta. Most of her career has been in rural and northern communities where she has gained a solid understanding of the unique health needs of rural communities. Cathy has a nursing degree from the University of Alberta, a master’s degree in community health sciences from the University of Northern BC, and is still actively engaged in health services research, teaching and graduate student support.


A Zamboni sighting at UHNBC

Tynsel Webber is the Zamboni driver at UHNBC.

Meet Tynsel Webber. Her job? Northern Health Zamboni Driver!

I spotted this Zamboni and her driver, Tynsel, during a recent visit to the University Hospital of Northern BC. There might not be ice involved, but I learned that the Zamboni Saber Glider zips through the halls of UHNBC cleaning the floors every day.

Tynsel has been driving this machine for eight years and quickly tells me, with a big smile on her face, that she certainly does like her job.

“I get to go around the whole hospital and see different people, I’m not stuck in one spot,” says Webber. “A lot of people come up and say, ‘I want your job!’ or ‘Can I have a ride?’”

Webber says the kids in the paediatric unit especially love seeing her when she glides by – it brightens their day and in turn, their smiles brighten hers.

Do you have a little-known fact about one of Northern Health’s hospitals or facilities? Leave a comment and share your story!

Jessica Quinn

About Jessica Quinn

Jessica Quinn is the regional manager of digital communications and public engagement for Northern Health, where she is actively involved in promoting the great work of NH staff to encourage healthy, well and active lifestyles. She manages NH's content channels, including social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). When she's not working, Jessica stays active by exploring the beautiful outdoors around Prince George via kayak, hiking boots, or snowshoes, and she has recently completed her master's degree in professional communications from Royal Roads University, with a focus on the use of social media in health care. (NH Blog Admin)