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Across The Province

Across The Province Winner

BC Provincial Renal Medication Reconciliation for all Dialysis Patients in BC
BC Provincial Renal Agency


  • Dan Martinusen, PharmD
  • Monica Beaulieu, MD
  • Marianna Leung, PharmD
  • Peira Callisi, PharmD
  • Lyn Johnson, PharmD
  • Judith Marin, PharmD
  • Clifford Lo, PharmD
  • Ruth Burns
  • Mirek Piaseczny, PhD
  • Philip Lai, Programmer
  • Karen Shalansky, PharmD
  • John Antonsen, MD
  • Mary-Lou Lester BSc(Pharm)

Contact: Dan Martinusen, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Nephrology, Royal Jubilee Hospital, BC Provincial Renal Agency, dan.martinusen@viha.ca

Description: Utilizing the BC Renal Agency clinical information database (PROMIS), the team implemented medication reconciliation for all dialysis patients in BC, preventing miscommunication and improving care to patients.

Nominated by: Dan Martinusen, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Nephrology, Royal Jubilee Hospital, BC Provincial Renal Agency

Runner Up

BC Hospitalist Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention Collaborative
Fraser Health

Site leaders:

        • Dr. Michael Morris (Nanaimo)
        • Dr. Clement Fung (Burnaby)
        • Dr. Sylvia Henderson (Delta)
        • Dr. Mark Gulka
        • Dr. James Zacharias
          (Ridge Meadows)
        • Dr. Peter Chee
        • Dr. George MacCharles (Surrey)
        • Dr. Tyler Cheek
        • Dr. Rod Tukker
          (Vancouver General)
        • Dr. John Lea
          (Lion’s Gate Hospital)
        • Dr. Steve Ligertwood (Royal Columbian Hospital)

Project Leadership Team:

      • Dr. Steve Ligertwood
      • Dr. David Wilton
        (Medical Director, Vancouver General Hospital Hospitalist Program)
      • Dr. Rod Tukker
        (Hospitalist, Vancouver General Hospital)

Contact: Dr. Steve Ligertwood, Regional Department Head – Fraser Health Authority Hospitalist Program, Royal Columbian Hospital, Fraser Health Authority, Steve.Ligertwood@fraserhealth.ca

Description: The BC Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention Collaborative is a mentored quality improvement implementation project designed to optimize VTE prevention for Hospitalist patients across BC. The combined provincial percentage of appropriate prophylaxis has increased from 58% to 93%, according to the program’s audit strategy.

Nominated by: Dr. John Ridley, Hospitalist, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority


Provincial Suicide Framework Provincial Health Services Authority
BC Mental Health and Addictions

Contact: Dr. Tristin Wayte, Manager, Risk & Evaluation, BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, twayte@bcmhs.bc.ca

Nominated by: Ms. Leslie M. Arnold, President, BC Mental Health & Addiction Services

BC Pharmacy Clinical Services Committee
Ministry of Health, BC Pharmacy

Contact: Parkash Ragsdale, on behalf of CSC, Deputy CEO & Director, Professional Services, BC Pharmacy Association, parkash.ragsdale@bcpharmacy.ca

Nominated by:  CSC (Co-chaired by Parkash Ragsdale and Suzanne Taylor), CSC

Transferring Cancer Patients Safely from the BC Cancer Agency Throughout the Province
BC Cancer Agency, PHSA, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

Contact: Sue Fuller Blamey, Corporate Director, Quality & Safety, BC Cancer Agency, PHSA, PHSA, sue.fuller-blamey@bccancer.bc.ca

Nominated by: Ms. Georgene Miller, VP, Quality, Safety & Outcome Improvement, PHSA, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

Multi-Disciplinary Approach to the Evaluation of Bedpan Decontaminators
Vancouver Coastal Health, Quality and Patient Safety

Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Bryce, Regional Medical Director – Infection Control, Division of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, Vancouver Coastal Health, elizabeth.bryce@vch.ca

Nominated by: Ms. Linda Dempster, Executive Director, Quality and Patient Safety, Vancouver Coastal Health