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Dr. Patricia Hill Bailey
On Wednesday November 15, 2017 (World COPD Day), the respiratory health community in Canada lost a true champion; her family lost a loving and caring mother, grandmother and sister and I lost a very special friend. It was on that day that Dr. Patricia Hill Bailey passed away from cancer at Health Sciences North in Sudbury. Pat was a wonderful, kind person with a great sense of humour and a strong commitment to nursing, research and education. She was one of the earliest leaders of the Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS) which she joined in the 1980s. Her many volunteer contributions to the ORCS were extraordinary and continued even after her retirement as a faculty member in the School of Nursing at Laurentian University in 2014.
Over the years Pat served in numerous ORCS volunteer positions including regional representative for Northern Ontario, President-Elect, President (now called Chair), Past President and member of the Editorial Board, Research and Fellowship Committee, Education Committee and many regional seminar planning committees. Pat was committed to engaging in efforts that aimed to enhance the care of individuals living with chronic lung diseases and their families. She was also supportive of professional education initiatives for health-care professionals in the north.
Pat trained as a staff nurse in Winnipeg and later worked as an ER charge nurse in Toronto. She completed a BN at McGill University and a MHSc degree at McMaster University in Hamilton before joining the faculty of the School of Nursing at Laurentian University in Sudbury. She completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh – one of her proudest accomplishments. Her particular area of expertise, for which she was recognized nationally and internationally, was qualitative research. She was passionate about the importance of health-care professionals seeing illness, especially acute exacerbations of COPD, from the perspectives of patients and their family caregivers, avoiding the stigma of smoking-related lung disease.
An expert in her field, she was widely published in professional publications and peer-reviewed journals and presented posters and lectures at local, provincial and national conferences. Pat made numerous contributions to the lives of so many students, colleagues, friends, patients and to the discipline of Nursing. She always encouraged her students to achieve their full potential, supporting their pursuit of Masters and PhD degrees and their involvement in professional organizations such as the ORCS and the RNAO. She also contributed her expertise to the RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines for both COPD and asthma.
Pat was funny and fun to be with. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and cared deeply for her family, colleagues, students and friends. She will be greatly missed and forever remembered.
Sheila Gordon-Dillane, ORCS Director 1990 – 2015