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Quality Awards

Meet the winners of the 2016 Quality Awards!

The BC Quality Awards celebrate extraordinary work in our health system. Award categories represent the four areas of care, an outstanding leader, an Everyday Champion and – new this year – a Quality Culture Trailblazer.

Launched in 2009, the awards recognize individuals, teams and facilities that have improved the quality of care in BC. They also raise the overall profile of efforts to improve quality throughout the province.

Winners will be awarded a $2,500 sponsorship to help support or disseminate learning from their projects, and will be presented plaques in a ceremony at Health Talks on February 24, 2016.

Each winner will also receive complimentary registration for the Quality Forum on February 25 and 26, 2016. Winners of the four initiative-based awards will be invited to deliver presentations at the Quality Forum.

If you have questions please contact awards@bcpsqc.ca or 604-668-8210.

Everyday Champion


Tammy Rizmayer
Renal Social Worker, Northern Health
Tammy 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 patients traveling to medical appointments.


Hannah O’Donnell
Grade 6 Student, Woodland Park Elementary School
She’s only 11 years old, but this Change Day BC ambassador managed to gather over 600 pledges from her elementary school, Surrey Memorial Hospital, and Fraser Health, inspiring her peers and fellow ambassadors with her energy, dedication and enthusiasm.

Leadership in Quality


Renee Logan
Parenteral Nurse, University Hospital of Northern BC
Renee 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.


Gina MacKenzie
Provincial Director of Clinical Operations, Psychosocial Oncology
Practice Leader, Counselling and Psychiatry Services, BC Cancer Agency
Recognizing that newly-diagnosed cancer patients are at risk of mental health issues, Gina implemented a series of initiatives to detect, treat, and gather data on mental health crises among BC Cancer Agency patients.

Quality Culture Trailblazer


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


Eve Aymong
Medical Lead, Clinical Cardiology, St. Paul’s Hospital
Eve transformed the Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Rounds at St. Paul’s Hospital from poorly-attended monthly events to weekly evidence-based learning forums that draw a wide audience of interdisciplinary health care professionals.

Staying Healthy


Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
BC Children’s Hospital Health Literacy Team
By providing a variety of free information, support and resources, the BC Children’s Hospital Mental Health Literacy team has enhanced mental health literacy for children, youth, women and families.


Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment
Vancouver General Hospital
SBIRT is a protocol that screens and identifies patients in the Emergency Department who have substance abuse issues, or are at risk of developing them, so that they can receive an intervention to motivate behavioural changes and lower their risk of future alcohol-related injury.

living with illness


Inherited Coagulopathy and Hemoglobinopathy Information Portal
Provincial Blood Coordinating Office
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.


Psychiatric Genetic Counselling Clinic
BC Women’s Hospital
This clinic is the first in the world to offer genetic counseling services to patients living with psychiatric illness and their families, providing services to more than 400 families to date and training other clinicians from around the globe.

Coping with End of Life


Hawthorne Comfort Care Committee
Hawthorne Seniors Care Home
This multidisciplinary committee has developed protocols that facilitate coordinated communication and care of residents who are actively dying; it also opened a Comfort Care Suite that ensures all residents can have privacy and comfort in their final days.

Getting Better


The Up! Early Progressive Mobility Pathway
Intensive Care Unit, Vancouver General Hospital
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.