Patient family advisor looks forward to seeing state-of-the-art facilities in his home town

Patient family advisor, Nick Burke with his son Samuel, wife Katherine and dog Molly.
Patient family advisor, Nick Burke with his son Samuel, wife Katherine and dog Molly.

Nick Burke is a dad, husband, lawyer, community volunteer and a patient family advisor with the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project; a project that will help reshape health care delivery in Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). 

He is one of eight patient family advisors (PFAs) representing communities on the Northside, New Waterford, Glace Bay and Sydney.

The eight volunteers provide direct input into the project and are involved in planning to ensure the patient and community voice is represented. 
 
Inspired by the birth of his son at Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney, Burke saw the project as an opportunity to get involved.
 
“I recognized the importance of this project and jumped at the opportunity to make an impact that will benefit my family and community for many years to come,” he said. 

“I am extremely pleased with the plans thus far. I have never experienced the depth of consultation that I have seen on this redevelopment project.” 
 
Originally from New Waterford, Burke now lives in Sydney River with his family. 

He’s particularly excited to see how the project comes together in New Waterford, which will be home to a new school, health centre and a 60 bed long-term care facility co-located on the Breton Education Centre site. 
 
“I was born and raised in New Waterford so it will always be ‘home to me’. The project in New Waterford is unprecedented and cutting edge. This is without a doubt the single largest investment in our community – I cannot wait to see the finished product.” 
 
In terms of what it will mean for the future, Burke believes the project will have a positive impact for decades. 

“It means we will have sustainable health care and state-of-the-art facilities that will undoubtedly attract professionals from around the world.” 
 
The CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project is a multi-year, phased project to redesign and rebuild health care infrastructure to support patients and families, health care teams, physicians and researchers now and into the future in the communities of North Sydney, Glace Bay, New Waterford, Sydney and surrounding areas. 

It is a partnership between the Government of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Health Authority. For more information, visit www.cbrmhealthredevelopment.ca 
 
To learn more about the role of patient family advisor with NSHA and how you can get involved, visit http://www.nshealth.ca/pfa