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Former Kamloops resident who fought brain cancer to be honoured at Royal Inland Hospital

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October 01, 2019 - 10:59 AM

KAMLOOPS - B.C.’s Health Minister Adrian Dix is in Kamloops today, Oct. 1, to honour a former resident who passed away last year from brain cancer.

A room in the new patient care tower at Royal Inland Hospital will be dedicated to the memory of Darrin Yusishen who passed away in 2018, according to a news release issued by the Ministry of Health.

"It's a great honour to recognize and respect Darrin Yusishen and to know his memory will live on at Royal Inland Hospital with our government's commitment to have a room in the new patient care tower named in his memory," Dix said in the release. "Darrin cared deeply for his family and friends who were at his side as he battled, and for his wife Tammy, daughter Bella and son Kellen. This room will be a beacon of their love for each other."

In 2017, Yusishen was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer that starts in the brain. This was followed by a diagnosis of gliomatosis, a rare brain tumour that is inoperable.

He passed away in January 2018 at the age of 40.

"Patient care is a priority for our government. I have met with Darrin's sister, Crystal Maloney, and understand the work that needs to continue to be done together to improve the health-care system," Dix said. "The new tower being built at Royal Inland Hospital is a great step in that direction, offering enhanced care to people with more patient rooms offering privacy as well as more operating rooms, complementing space available at the hospital."

Room location will be determined upon the opening of the tower in consultation with Yusishen’s family. The patient care tower is expected to open in 2022.

"We are pleased to be naming a room in honour of Darrin Yusishen, in the new Patient Care Tower being built at Royal Inland Hospital," Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health said in the release. "Darrin's commitment to his family and his community is an inspiration to all of us and a reminder of the importance of person and family-centred care."


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