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Media Release: Award Winners Honoured for Improving BC’s Health System

November 10, 2017
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Award Winners Honoured for Improving BC’s Health System
4 Projects, 4 Individuals Announced as Recipients of the 2017 Quality Awards

Vancouver, BC – The 2017 Quality Awards recognize the significant impact made by four individuals and four initiatives on the care of patients in BC. The four projects showcase innovation and excellence at all levels and intensity of care, while the four individuals each demonstrate the meaningful impact that a single, dedicated person can have.

The Quality Awards are presented annually by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC). Award categories represent the four areas of care, a Leader in Quality, a Quality Culture Trailblazer, and an Everyday Champion who is chosen by online voting. In addition, for the first time a Leader in Advancing the Patient Voice was selected to recognize someone who ensured that the patient perspective is meaningfully considered in health care. Winners receive a $2,500 sponsorship to support or disseminate learning from their projects.

“Whether it’s providing mental health supports to students or improving care of First Nations and Aboriginal people, it’s important to recognize the significant contributions being made to patients around British Columbia,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “I congratulate this year’s Quality Awards winners for their dedication, innovation and support of patient-centred care.”

Below are the winners of the 2017 Quality Awards. More information about the winners and runners-up follows.

Excellence in Quality – Staying Healthy
John Barsby Wellness Centre (John Barsby Community School)

Excellence in Quality – Living with Illness
Assisted Peritoneal Dialysis (BC Provincial Renal Agency)

Excellence in Quality – Getting Better
Automated Texting and Email for Post-discharge Follow-up (St. Paul’s Hospital)

Excellence in Quality – Coping with End of Life
ICU Wishing Well Project (Intensive Care Unit, Vancouver General Hospital)

Quality Culture Trailblazer
Louise Johnson, Quality Coordinator, Park Place Seniors Living

Leadership in Quality
Cheryl Ward, Interim Director, Indigenous Health and Provincial Lead, San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, Provincial Health Services Authority

Everyday Champion
Lisa Young, Leader, Infection Prevention & Control, BC Emergency Health Services

Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice
Delia Cooper

“The 2017 Quality Award winners showcase the best of what BC patients can and should expect from their health care system: dedication, thoughtfulness, ingenuity, and compassion,” said Doug Cochrane, Chair of the BCPSQC. “Together with the runners-up, they have collectively improved thousands of lives, and we’re proud that the Quality Awards can support their continuing efforts to strengthen quality of care in BC.”

Full summaries of the award winners, as well as the runners-up, can be found at https://www.bcpsqc.ca/quality-awards. The winners will be recognized in a ceremony at the BCPSQC’s Health Talks event on March 1, 2017.

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For more information, please contact:
Kevin Smith, Communications Director, BC Patient Safety & Quality Council
ksmith@bcpsqc.ca, 604.668.8213

BACKGROUNDER: Descriptions of Winners and Runners-up

Excellence in Quality – Staying Healthy
Winner: John Barsby Wellness Centre is the first and only multidisciplinary health centre located in a Vancouver Island high school, providing preventative services, treatments, and mental health supports to students. [learn more]

Runner-up: Get Checked Online (BC Centre for Disease Control) is an online sexual health initiative that allows patients to bypass stigma and other barriers that may limit their ability or willingness to get tested for STIs & HIV. [learn more]

Excellence in Quality – Living with Illness
Winner: Assisted Peritoneal Dialysis trains caregivers to help patients with functional limitations continue accessing at-home kidney dialysis, to preserve their independence and quality of life. [learn more]

Runner-up: The Prince Rupert Interprofessional Student-led Model Clinic (Northern Health and UBC Department of Physical Therapy) provides rural and remote communities in northern BC with continuous, high-quality primary care. [learn more]

Excellence in Quality – Getting Better
Winner: The Automated Texting and Email for Post-discharge Follow-up pilot project sent text or email reminders to women who underwent Caesarean sections at St. Paul’s Hospital, in order to identify surgical site infections and schedule follow-up care. [learn more]

Runner-up: Patient’s View (BC Children’s Hospital) is a tool for gathering feedback about quality and safety of care, from the perspective of patients and their families. [learn more]

Excellence in Quality – Coping with End of Life
Winner: The ICU Wishing Well Project engages patients and families to make end-of-life care more comfortable and meaningful for their loved ones, by fulfilling wishes at the bedside. [learn more]

Runner-up: Grief & Grub for Guys (Prince George Hospice Society) is a grief support group that addresses low participation from men in traditional support groups through an innovative format: a weekly dinner shared by men who are grieving. [learn more]

Quality Culture Trailblazer
Winner: Louise Johnson has fostered an organization-wide culture shift at Park Place Seniors Living to improve care provided for seniors with dementia, creating a more compassionate, relationship-based model of care. [learn more]

Runner-up: I-CAN Project (UBC School of Nursing) is a certificate program designed to provide nursing students with meaningful community health placements that serve vulnerable patients in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. [learn more]

Leadership in Quality
Winner: Cheryl Ward is a leader and champion for improving care of First Nations and Aboriginal people across BC, particularly through her development of the PHSA San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety training program. [learn more]

Runner-up: Jane Garland (Medical Director, Mental Health Programs, Outpatient Department, BC Children’s Hospital) built the first clinic in BC dedicated to the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders among children and adolescents. [learn more]

Everyday Champion
Winner: Lisa Young is a powerhouse team of one who has been transforming attitudes and awareness around safety and infection prevention and control at BC Emergency Health Services. [learn more]

Runner-up (posthumous): Jessica Coulter-Brown (Former Patient Care Aide, Vancouver Coastal Health) is warmly remembered by her colleagues for improving the culture of care at Vancouver General Hospital, and for her empathy and rapport with patients and their families. [learn more]

Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice
Winner: Delia Cooper has been a dedicated volunteer for more than 30 years, advancing the patient voice through her efforts with numerous working groups and advisory roles, and speaking to national and international audiences about patient engagement. [learn more]

Runner-up: Carolyn Canfield has spent nearly a decade as a public voice for patients, advocating for changes to improve safety and outcomes for patients, and inspiring others to champion the patient voice. [learn more]

About the British Columbia Patient Safety & Quality Council
We provide system-wide leadership to efforts designed to improve the quality of health care in British Columbia. Through collaborative partnerships with health authorities, patients and caregivers, and those working within the health care system, we promote and inform a provincially-coordinated, patient-centred approach to patient safety and quality. For more information on our work, visit www.bcpsqc.ca.

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