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Quality Award Winners Recognized for Improving BC’s Health System

4 Initiatives, 3 Individuals Announced as Recipients of the 2015 Quality Awards

November 13, 2014

Vancouver, BC – The 2015 Quality Award winners improved the quality of health care for patients across the province. Their achievements ensured that countless British Columbians were provided care that was more appropriate, easier accessed and safer.

The Quality Awards are presented annually by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC). Award categories represent the four areas of care, an outstanding leader, and an Everyday Champion who is chosen by online voting. Winners receive a $2,500 sponsorship to support or disseminate learning from their projects.

“Congratulations to all the nominees and award recipients on the innovative work that you have led to improve patient care,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “The breadth and scope of these projects reflects the enormous impact health care providers have on individuals, communities and our province.”

Below are the winners of the 2015 Quality Awards. Click here for more information about the awards program as well as the winners and runners-up.

Excellence in Quality – Living with Illness

  • Winner: The “To Bleed or Not to Bleed” initiative created individualized care plans for patients of the Adult Hemophilia Program of BC and the Yukon who were at risk for debilitating bleeds that require emergency transfusions, while teaching them to use blood products before a bleed occurs. [learn more]
  • Runner-up: The HealthConnection Clinic: Providing Primary Care for Vulnerable Members of Society [learn more]

 Excellence in Quality – Getting Better

  • Winner: The BC Provincial Renal Agency’s Glomerulonephritis Formulary improved access to essential medications and care quality for patients with rare kidney diseases while reducing annual medication expenditures by 64%. [learn more]
  • Runner-up: The BC Centre for Disease Control’s Take Home Naloxone Program [learn more]

Excellence in Quality – Coping with End of Life

  • Winner: The Daisy Project at Kiwanis Care Centre provided better end-of-life care for residents by improving training and communication around palliative care services; it also designed resources and programs to help residents’ families, friends and caregivers grieve. [learn more]
  • Runner-up: End-of-Life Care Services in Fraser Lake [learn more]

Excellence in Quality – Staying Healthy

  • Winner: Mobile Latent Tuberculosis Infection Testing – a collaboration between the BC Centre for Disease Control and First Nations Health Authority – improved the quality of care for members of First Nations communities across the province that might develop tuberculosis. [learn more]
  • Runner-up: Stories of Integrated Perinatal Services in Two Northern Communities [learn more]

Leadership in Quality

  • Winner: Drs. Guy Fradet and Carol Laberge led the launch of the hospital’s cardiac surgery program as well as the development of a comprehensive report card to track outcomes. [learn more]
  • Runner-up: Erin McGarvey, Leader, Lean Promotion Office, Interior Health [learn more]

Everyday Champion

  • Winner: Marla Bjorgan engaged her community to increase access to safer injection, safer inhalation and safer sex supplies – and showed how using a community development process has the ability to change the health outcomes of a population at risk. [learn more]
  • Runner-up: Michelle Dungo-Sales, Respiratory Therapist, Core Wards & Bronchoscopy, St. Paul’s and Mount Saint Joseph Hospitals [learn more]

“Congratulations to these six winners. Their achievements are remarkable,” said Doug Cochrane, chair of the BCPSQC. “I hope the support and recognition provided by winning these awards helps spread and sustain their great work, while inspiring others to improve the care that they themselves provide.”

For more information, please contact ksmith@bcpsqc.ca /604.668.8213.

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