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And the 2016 Quality Award Winners Are…

November 12, 2015
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Award Winners Honoured for Improving BC’s Health System

4 Initiatives, 3 Individuals Announced as Recipients of the 2016 Quality Awards

Vancouver, BCThe 2016 Quality Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of three individuals and four initiatives that significantly and positively impacted care for patients in British Columbia. Their achievements have set a new bar for innovation, collaboration, technological advancement and personalized care.

The Quality Awards are presented annually by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC). Four Excellence in Quality categories recognize initiatives that address the continuum of care: prevention, treatment of acute illness/injury, living with chronic illness, and end of life. Three categories recognize the work of exceptional individuals: a Leader in Quality, a Quality Culture Trailblazer, and an Everyday Champion who is chosen by online voting.

“We recognize these leaders who are making an on-the-ground difference in the lives of patients each day,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Thank you for your contributions, and we hope to follow the positive advancements from your projects in the years to come.”

Below are the winners of the 2016 Quality Awards, each of whom will receive a $2,500 sponsorship to support or disseminate learning from their projects. More information about the winners and runners-up is featured in the backgrounder that follows.

Excellence in Quality – Living with Illness
Inherited Coagulopathy and Hemoglobinopathy Information Portal (Provincial Blood Coordinating Office)

Excellence in Quality – Getting Better
The Up! Early Progressive Mobility Pathway (Intensive Care Unit, Vancouver General Hospital)

Excellence in Quality – Coping with End of Life
Hawthorne Comfort Care Committee (Hawthorne Seniors Care Home)

Excellence in Quality – Staying Healthy
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre (BC Children’s Hospital Health Literacy Team)

Quality Culture Trailblazer
Leesa Lyster, Director of Quality and Risk Management, St. Joseph’s General Hospital

Leadership in Quality
Renee Logan, Parenteral Nurse, University Hospital of Northern BC

Everyday Champion
Tammy Rizmayer, Renal Social Worker, Northern Health

“Congratulations to the 2016 winners and runners-up. I am inspired by their commitment to their patients, and the ingenuity and dedication evident in their work,” said Doug Cochrane, chair of the BCPSQC. “They exemplify the best of the BC health care system and the way teams and individuals can improve the lives and care of countless patients. We are thrilled to honour their work with these awards, and to support their continuing efforts to improve quality of patient care in BC.”

Full summaries of the award winners, as well as the runners-up, can be found here. The winners will be recognized in a ceremony at the BCPSQC’s Health Talks event on February 24, 2016.


BACKGROUNDER: Winners’ Descriptions and Runners-up

Excellence in Quality – Living with Illness

Winner: iCHIP is an innovative web app for patients with inherited bleeding and red cell disorders that enables them to input their own treatment and hospitalization details and allows clinicians to provide responsive and proactive care. [learn more]

Runner-up: Psychiatric Genetic Counselling Clinic, BC Women’s Hospital [learn more]

Excellence in Quality – Getting Better

Winner: The Up! initiative promotes best practices around early mobilization of ICU patients, assessing their mobility needs in a safe and efficient manner throughout their stay. [learn more]

Excellence in Quality – Coping with End of Life

Winner: This multidisciplinary committee has developed protocols that facilitate coordinated communication and care of residents who are actively dying, and opened a Comfort Care Suite that ensures all residents can have privacy and comfort in their final days. [learn more]

Excellence in Quality – Staying Healthy

Winner: By providing a variety of free information, support and resources, the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has enhanced mental health literacy for children, youth, women and families. [learn more]

Runner-up: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, Vancouver General Hospital [read more]

Quality Culture Trailblazer

Winner: Leesa Lyster improved St. Joseph’s General Hospital’s rating from “Non-Accreditation” to “Accreditation with Exemplary Standing” by dramatically and positively shifting its culture to one that focuses on system changes and learning opportunities. [learn more]

Runner-Up: Eve Aymong, Medical Lead, Clinical Cardiology, St. Paul’s Hospital [learn more]

Leadership in Quality

Winner: Renee Logan is a leader in the field of parenteral therapies, and has implemented a range of quality improvement initiatives and educational programs that positively affect thousands of patients each year. [learn more]

Runner-up: Gina MacKenzie, Provincial Director of Clinical Operations, Psychosocial Oncology; Practice Leader, Counselling and Psychiatry Services, BC Cancer Agency [learn more]

Everyday Champion

Winner: Tammy Rizmayer works with patients and families dealing with kidney disease across the North. Among the many ways she has improved care for them, she spearheaded the creation of a bursary fund that provides financial support for traveling to medical appointments. [learn more]

Runner-up: Hannah O’Donnell, Grade 6 Student, Woodland Park Elementary School [learn more]

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