Live, Work and Play in Vancouver Island's Warm Land
The Cowichan region gets its name from “Quw’utsun’, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘the warm land’. With one of the warmest year-round climates in Canada, it’s no wonder the valley is rich with thriving farmlands and farmers markets.
The Cowichan Valley is home to scenic hiking and biking trails, year-round kayaking, golfing, whale watching, wineries and craft breweries. If you can name it, there's a club or sports league for it in Cowichan.
Downtown shops, farm-to-table restaurants and live music venues make downtown Duncan the place to be. The Cowichan Valley's temperate coastal climate is as warm and welcoming as it's 83,739 residents.
Located between Victoria and Nanaimo, Duncan is easily accessible by car, float plane (Harbour Air and Salt Spring Air) or by BC Ferries. The Cowichan Valley comprises the following communities: Duncan, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, Mill Bay, North Cowichan and Chemainus. The Nanaimo airport (YCD) is a 35 minute drive from Duncan. The Victoria airport (YYJ) is an hour and a half.
We have over 800 employees supported by an engaged leadership team which fosters a culture of quality and safety for patients and staff. Our community is unique in its ability to build on its strengths and come together across service sectors to support individuals when they need us most. It is our sense of community that makes our care for the people of this region so inspiring. Working in partnership with our regional district, the Division of Family Practice, local First Nations and community service providers has enabled us to make amazing strides together.
As Vancouver Island’s largest employer, we offer competitive wages, exceptional employer paid premiums, including medical, dental, extended health and life insurance, however that’s only part of it. We can offer you a supportive friendly multidisciplinary team here are CDH, who welcome you with a clinical educator supported orientation and ongoing professional development opportunities.
We are committed to the Island Health values of Courage Aspire Respect & Empathy with every aspect of the work we do and if you have a passion for excellence we are the team for you.
As a community hospital serving 3 First Nation communities and 7 municipalities, the Cowichan District Hospital is the hub for culturally diverse healthcare in the Cowichan Valley. Situated in the heart of Duncan, we have 126 funded beds and help more than 33,200 patients who visit our Emergency room each year. We work closely with the UBC Medical Program to offer educational opportunities for Medical Students and Residents to enhance our Emergency team.
- Cancer Clinic
- Critical Care Unit
- Diagnostic Imaging Services, including CT Scan and Ultrasound
- Emergency Room (24/7) (how many visits per year?)
- Inpatient Psychiatry
- Laboratory Services
- Maternity / Pediatric
- Medical / Surgical
- Out Patient Services
Community Health Services:
- Adult Day Programs
- Ambulatory IV Clinic
- Chemainus Urgent Care
- Community Health Services
- Complex Seniors Mental Health
- Ladysmith Urgent Care Centre
- Lake Cowichan Integrated Health Network
Emergency Room Services:
- 12 stretchers
- 2 bay trauma room
- 8 Streaming chairs dedicated for CTAS 3 patients or lower
- 5 monitored beds
- 5 telemetry capable beds
- 2 seclusion rooms
- LPN Fast track area
- 1 gynecological and negative pressure room
- 1 suture/casting room
- 1 EENT room
- 1 pediatric room
- Crisis Response Team (CRT)
- Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE)
- Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth P.A.R.T.Y. Program for high school students.