RSON Field Visit Updates November 2019

The RSON team was recently in Hazelton to talk with care providers, administrators and patients about access to surgical services as part of the ongoing community-based evaluation of RSON. It was a delight to work with care providers, administrators and patients as part of the RSON evaluation in Smithers this fall. RSON funding is dedicated to serving the health care needs of outlying communities as close to home as possible. Below are some snapshots from our field visit!

Hagwilget Canyon Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Hagwilget Canyon on the Bulkley River, at the Wet’suwet’en village of Hagwilget, British Columbia.


Eva Sullivan, RSON Evaluation Team RA.


Moricetown, now known as Witset is a Wet’suwet’en village about 30 minutes from Hazelton.

Hazelton has recently introduced a contract model for midwives to provide maternity care for the region and supports visiting specialists for low-acuity procedures in the local OR. The RSON team is working to sustain these valuable services for the community. The RSON evaluation team was delighted to meet with providers and  administrators at Wrinch Memorial Hospital in November.

Hazelton with mountain views.


RSON Evaluation Lead and Evaluation Coordinator (from left to right): Jude Kornelsen and Anshu Parajulee.