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Local surgeon honoured: Dr. Steve McVicar

Dr. Steve McVicar, orthopedic surgeon at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, was recently honored by the Department of National Defence with the General Service Medal for South West Asia in recognition of his significant contribution and support to the Canadian Forces while deployed to the Role 3 Hospital Air Field in the spring of 2007 and the summer of 2010.

This award recognizes those brave Canadian citizens who have provided direct support to the Canadian Forces while deployed in the presence of an armed enemy.

The survival rate of casualties in this hospital was the highest of any hospital in a war zone in the world.

In the words of H. Colin MacKay, Lt. Col. commanding officer, Dr. McVicar’s "expertise and professionalism were called into play on numerous occasions, and many patients that passed through the hospital significantly benefited from his presence."

Dr. McVicar "was a tremendous asset for the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit under difficult operational circumstances."

It should give the people of the Kootenay Boundary great comfort to know that such a highly skilled surgeon is practicing in our hospital.

Congratulations Dr. McVicar.



Dr. Steve McVicar receives General Service Medal from Col. T. Kavanagh, Commanding Officer at 1 Health Services Group, Edmonton, Alberta.