Caring Spirit: Dr. Watson and Nurse Serzisko

Congratulations to Dr. Tim Watson and Nurse Traci Serzisko of Victoria General Hospital’s Stroke Rapid Assessment Unit in Neurosciences on each receiving a Caring Spirit award! A grateful patient made a donation in their honour after an experience in their care. The donor’s generous gift will be used to fund advanced equipment that improves care for other patients.

The Stroke Rapid Assessment Unit (SRAU) at Victoria General Hospital provides timely assessment for patients who have suffered a minor stroke, significantly reducing their likelihood of major or recurring strokes. The SRAU is also home to Island Health’s largest integrated clinical research program to reduce stroke burden. Receiving timely care and rehabilitation after a stroke can make all the difference to recovery and quality of life.

Our Neurology and Rehabilitation teams care for people who require brain or spinal treatment, and those who have rehabilitation needs after an illness, injury or surgery. Last year, our neuro and rehab team cared for nearly 2,000 patients who required in-hospital care.

Victoria General Hospital is our Island’s Neurosciences Centre for treatment of brain and spine conditions such as trauma, epilepsy, tumors, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. More than 800 brain and spinal surgeries were performed last year. Because of the intricacy of the brain and spine, sophisticated equipment is required for our neurosurgery team to perform each one with precision.

After an injury, illness or surgery, a 29-bed Neurological Rehabilitation Unit helps patients reach their highest level of function by preventing complications, reducing disability and improving independence.

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation would like to thank the Caring Spirit donor for her generous gift and congratulate Dr. Watson and Nurse Serzisko on this incredible distinction! Service like theirs immeasurably improves quality of life for patients on Vancouver Island.

[title size=”2″]HOW TO NAME A CARING SPIRIT AND SUPPORT YOUR HOSPITAL[/title] The Caring Spirit program gives grateful patients and their loved ones the opportunity to pay tribute to doctors, nurses and other hospital caregivers by making a donation of any amount in their name. Please remember to tell us your Caring Spirit’s first and last name and which hospital and department they work in.

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  • Call 250-519-1750
  • Stop by the hospital cashier
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Caregivers are so touched when they are named as Caring Spirits. They will receive recognition from their supervisors and peers, a special Caring Spirit pin and a letter of congratulations that doesn’t disclose the amount of your gift. [title size=”2″]HOW DOES YOUR DONATION HELP?[/title] Your gift will be used for priority medical equipment that improves care for other patients. Caring Spirit has funded hundreds of important pieces of medical equipment throughout Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals. It’s a wonderful way to support our hospitals and recognize excellent care. Read about all our latest Caring Spirits!