BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

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We have an excellent group of dedicated experts who are both passionate and knowledgeable about their areas of expertise related to improving the quality of care. These faculty members will provide direct teaching and be available for advice to program participants. As well, several faculty will also serve as Improvement Advisors who will be paired with a group of participants to provide ongoing one-to-one support.

We will continue to add to this list as faculty are confirmed over the coming month.

Allison Muniak, MASc

Human Factors Specialist
Vancouver Coastal Health

Allison is a Human Factors Specialist with strong experience in applying engineering and psychology principles on a variety of large and small projects relating to healthcare. She currently works part-time at Vancouver Coastal Health as a Human Factors Specialist in Quality and Patient Safety, and independently consults on Human Factors principles to a variety of industries in Vancouver, British Columbia, and across Canada. Committed to safety and quality of care, Allison’s goal and motivation is to introduce and incorporate human factors engineering principles into health care in British Columbia.

Andrew Wray, MHA, BSc

Director of Learning and Strategic Initiatives
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Andrew is responsible for the development of learning opportunities in quality and patient safety, as well as supporting work towards improving relationships and communication between patients, families and healthcare workers. In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Healthcare, Andrew helped introduce the Global Trigger Tool to health authorities in BC and maintains a Community of Practice for continued collaboration. Prior to joining the Council, Andrew spent several years working in the biotechnology industry, the BC Cancer Research Centre and most recently, the BC Ministry of Health Services where he focused on infection prevention and control.

Ben Ridout, MHA, BBA

Director, Patient & Public Engagement
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Ben joined the Council in April 2014 as a Quality Leader in Clinical Improvement, supporting a variety of initiatives including Clinical Care Management and CLeAR (Call for Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care). In February 2016 he moved into a new role as Director of the Council’s Patient & Public Engagement team, which supports the Patient Voices Network. He has always been passionate about numbers and has a specific interest in helping turn data into knowledge to support quality improvement initiatives. Through his new role in Patient & Public Engagement, Ben is involved in determining how data and the patient voice can be combined to advance improvements in our health system. Ben holds a Master of Health Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a joint major in Business and Geography, from Simon Fraser University.

Bruce Harries, MBA

Improvement Associates Ltd.

Bruce co-founded Improvement Associates in 2000 and has worked primarily on the improvement of healthcare. He is Collaborative Director for the Canadian Collaborative to Improve Patient Care and Safety in the ICU, and advises on a number of healthcare improvement initiatives. He is a graduate of Trent University, the Banff School of Advanced Management and holds an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Chantelle Recsky, MSN, RN

Leader, Capability Development
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Chantelle joined the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council in November 2013 as Leader for Capability Development. She works with the Council staff to develop, deliver, and provide leadership to the BCPSQC educational programs, workshops, and events. Her interests lie with developing engaging and effective educational programs and resources to support the provision of quality care. Chantelle completed her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Calgary and has worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of clinical areas throughout British Columbia. She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing with a focus in education at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan. She is also a certified Green Belt in Lean Healthcare. Chantelle is currently enrolled in doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia.

Chris Rauscher, BSCPharmacy, MD, FRCP(C), MHSc

Clinical Lead, Seniors Care
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Throughout his career in Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Chris Rauscher has supported health systems development in hospital, community and residential care environments. For the last 15 years, Chris has supported many improvement initiatives in British Columbia related to chronic disease management, care of the frail elderly as well as for primary care renewal. In 2015, working through the Canadian Society for International Health in Ottawa, Chris was co-lead for a development initiative for Disease Management in Kazakhstan, funded by the World Bank.

Chris is currently the BCPSQC Clinical Lead for Seniors Care, which includes 48/6 in acute care as well as the Call For Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care (CLeAR) initiative. In addition, Chris is the clinical lead for the Shared Care Polypharmacy Risk Reduction in the Elderly initiative.

Christina Krause, MSc

Executive Director
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Christina has a strong background in improvement work leading collaboratives on topics such as medication reconciliation, prevention of surgical site infection and MRSA , and improved care for acute myocardial infarction. A certified Faculty member with the Institute for Healthcare Communication, she also served as a key member of the National Working Group which developed Pan-Canadian Disclosure Guidelines. In her current role, Christina has a particular interest in social movement theory and the mobilization of energy to facilitate large-scale change. Christina is currently an EXTRA Fellow with the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.

Curtis A. Smecher, MD

Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety
BC Anesthesiologists Society

Curtis is a full-time clinician, strongly committed to improving the quality of patient care throughout the health care system. His improvement work covers multiple clinical areas, effective use of resources, operations management and building capacity for improvement. Previously, Curtis worked with multivariate statistics, queuing theory, computer performance improvement, and IT. Curtis trained as an Improvement Advisor with IHI.

 D. Douglas Cochrane, FR CSC, FAAP

Provincial Patient Safety & Quality Officer and Chair
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Doug is a Professor at the University of British Columbia in Neurosurgery, a certificant of the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, and a Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to his involvement in boards and committees at the provincial, national and international levels, he maintains his clinical practice as staff neurosurgeon at BC ’s Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Dr. Cochrane brings a broad understanding of patient safety and has an interest in healthcare system sustainability through improving quality of care, resulting in cost savings for the system.

Dan Horvat, MD, MCFP, BScHon

Assistant Professor, Northern Medical Program
University of Northern BC

Dan is a family physician practicing in Prince George, BC who has dedicated much of professional career to improving health services delivery.  He has extensive experience based on active involvement in a wide range of activities including the initiation and development of Divisions of Family Practice, the Attachment (GP4Me) initiative, Northern Partners in Care and the Family Practice Oncology Network.  He is on the committee in Prince George that initiated one of the two prototype Medical Staff Associations in the province.  He has worked for a health authority (Northern) for 6 years a regional medical director and primary care medical lead.  He’s also on the board of the Health Data Coalition and Doctors of BC.  He’s been on the board of a regional health authority.  Dan has also learned extensively from the international community.  He is keenly interested in trends in improvement and, particularly, in how the most effective healthcare systems have achieved their success.  This last activity has involved tremendous learning with leaders of organizations considered the most effective at supporting sustainable improvement across a wide range of areas simultaneously.

Fatima Al-Roubaiai, RN BScN

Leader, Capability Development
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Fatima joined the Council in November 2015 and we’re just delighted about it!

Fatima works with the Council staff to develop, deliver, and provide leadership to the BCPSQC educational programs, workshops, and events. She is interested in using unconventional approaches to solve complex problems and what transformative leadership looks like; especially where clinicians, staff, patients and family feel supported to make potential improvements a reality. With a passion for people, she is perpetually in search of opportunities for social innovation and dialogue around improving the quality of health care and social systems in BC and beyond. She is a fan of risk-taking, good food and the occasional overshare of personal information.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor, and has worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of clinical areas in Ontario and British Columbia. She is a certified Green Belt in Lean Health Care and IHI Open School grad.

Garth Hunte, MD PhD FCFP

Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine, UBC

Garth Hunte is an Emergency Physician at St. Paul’s Hospital, a Scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences, and a past member of the UBC-PHC Research Ethics Board. His program of research focuses on patient safety and emergency health services.

Julian Marsden, FCFP (EM)

Clinical Director, Clinical Care Management
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Julian is a Clinical Professor at the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine and has been an active physician in the emergency department of St. Paul’s Hospital since 1992. Julian participated in the formation and early development of the UBC Department of Emergency medicine in full recognition of the opportunities this affords to improve emergency health service delivery and has helped lead Evidence to Excellence, which aims to bring together emergency health care providers to share clinical and operational knowledge with the vision of improving emergency care across BC, since 2006.

Kevin Smith

Director, Communications
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Kevin joined the BCPSQC in February 2012 and his fingerprints are found throughout its publications, social media activities, newsletter and online communications. Kevin draws upon his experience working for private industry and non-profit organizations as well as his education in sociology, journalism, public relations and marketing communications.

Leanne Couves, BCom

Improvement Associates Ltd.

Leanne co-founded Improvement Associates in 2000 and has worked primarily on the improvement of healthcare. As an Improvement Advisor, Leanne has designed and supported many Breakthrough Series Collaboratives across Canada and has taught at over 35 Learning Sessions. She has led the writing of several improvement guides based on these approaches. She is an active member of the national Safer Healthcare Now! Education and Resources Working Group. Leanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Alberta.

Martin Wale, MD, FRCPath, MBA, CCPE

Deputy CMO and Executive Medical Director
Island Health

Medical Lead
BC Medical Quality Initiative

Trained in medical microbiology and public health in the UK, Martin spent most of his UK career in the Health Protection Agency before becoming a Fellow of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, working on Clostridium difficile and the “Productives” (Releasing Time to Care).  In 2007 Martin joined Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust as Chief Medical Officer, and was recruited from that position to Vancouver Island Health Authority in 2009.  He has been Deputy CMO, and Executive Medical Director in Quality, Patient Safety & Research, then in Medical Affairs & Research. Since 2014 he has also led the BC Medical Quality Initiative.

Shari Mckeown

Director, Clinical Improvement
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Shari McKeown is the Director, Clinical Improvement at the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. She tests, teaches and publishes on the use of game science in a health improvement context and has a range of interest and expertise in mobile technology, simulation, social movement theory, large scale change, and improvement science. Shari received a Fellowship designation from the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists and holds a Master’s degree in Learning & Technology from Royal Roads University and an Adjunct Faculty Health Science appointment at Thompson Rivers University.

 Wrae Hill, MSc, RRT, FCSRT

Manager, Human Factors and System Safety 
Medicine and Quality (QRA)
Interior Health

Adjunct Professor
University of British Columbia-Okanagan

Wrae has a breadth of clinical knowledge and skill in the area of patient safety and quality improvement, and has a particular interest in the area of resilience and high reliability in health care. Wrae is a fellow of the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapy with a MSc in human factors and systems safety from the Center for Complexity and Systems Thinking at Lund University in Sweden. Wrae’s current role combines regional responsibility for Healthcare Human Factors and System Safety in both prospective work (such as medication and medical device safety) and responsive work (such as complex interagency critical event reviews, often involving communication and coordination challenges).

Vandad Yousefi, MD, CCFP, FHM

Clinical Lead, VTE
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Vandad is a hospitalist at Vancouver General Hospital. Upon receiving his medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 2004, he moved to Calgary to complete his family medicine residency where he received the Outstanding Resident Award for his efforts on improving the educational curriculum. After completing his training he started work in various urban and rural communities.

Vandad moved to Toronto in 2007 where he joined Lakeridge Health and soon became heavily involved in various aspects of the hospitalist program.In 2008, Vandad became a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of Lakeridge Health as the Physician Lead – Quality. In this position he was responsible for engaging the medical staff, and developing and implementing quality improvement initiatives across various departments. Over time his role evolved to that of Department Chief and Medical Director for Quality, Safety and Patient Experience. He also founded the Ontario Physician Quality Network, a group of physician quality and safety leaders from across Ontario.

In 2012 Vandad moved back to Vancouver, British Columbia, to be closer to his family. He has maintained his interest in research and quality improvement. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Hospitalist Consulting Solutions, the first healthcare consulting company specializing in Hospital Medicine.