Over the last 16 years, Peter Cameron-Inglis has come to know Royal Inland Hospital very well. At age 27, Peter was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and since then, he has spent approximately 24 months as a patient at RIH battling this disease.
Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the gastrointestinal tract. This can lead to a variety of symptoms including severe abdominal pain, vomiting and weight loss. It is caused by interactions between environmental, immunological and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals
The disease has caused Peter constant and debilitating pain and numerous surgeries over the years that have kept him in the hospital for long periods of time. In October of 2011, Peter’s care team at RIH performed another resection surgery to remove part of his upper and lower intestines with the hope of removing the areas most damaged by the disease.
Unfortunately, the surgery did not go well and doctors were forced to perform an emergency ileostomy (a surgical opening constructed by bringing the end or loop of small intestine out onto the surface of the skin) which kept Peter in the hospital until December. Peter was back in the hospital this January for a reversal of the ileostomy and he is now at home with his family and feeling the best he has in years.
After spending a total of six months at RIH in 2011, his perspective on hospital healthcare delivery shifted. He was constantly amazed by the levelof care being offered to patients and how much healthcare staff was able to accomplish with limited resources. “There were countless times that staff stayed late to comfort a terminal patient. And crisis situations that I witnessed where physicians and nurses conveyed only positive reassurance to patients and family during a very stressful time.”
Peter left the hospital that December inspired to do something that would have an impact on the healthcare sector. As the CEO of a successful video production company (Mastermind Studios), he decided to re-invent his business model in order to focus more on the healthcare industry.
Through the development of new technology including interactive video, Mastermind Studios hopes to apply this technology to the healthcare sector through the development of communications, educational and training videos that could be used by patients to learn more about managing a health problem or, by staff for training purposes and professional development.
Peter and his team are also giving back to our local hospital and community through the creation of an interactive physician recruitment video that will be used by Venture Kamloops to help attract new physicians to our city.
Having spent so much time in a hospital bed at RIH, Peter was excited to learn about the Foundation’s “Feeling Bedder” campaign. “Staff need the proper resources in order to do their job to the best of their ability. The new acute care beds will not only make patients more comfortable and safe, but will also help staff perform their best.”