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Excellent, extraordinary, exceptional & engaged: meet this year’s PHSA+ Award winners

Every day, individuals and teams across PHSA demonstrate excellence and commitment to our values, often going above and beyond to provide the best experiences possible for patients, families and colleagues alike.
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2017 marks the fourth round of PHSA+ Awards, which recognize individuals and teams who demonstrate one or more of PHSA’s values. This year’s awards garnered more than 70 nominations from across PHSA agencies, programs and services. 

PHSA employees are truly a remarkable bunch. “All the nominations were deserving of being winners,” one judge said. “I was so impressed. PHSA is so lucky to have such gracious, humble, skilled and motivated employees – exemplified by both the nominators and nominees."

Here’s what people had to say about our 2017 PHSA+ Award winners:

Andria Anderson (occupational therapist and quality and safety lead, Accreditation, BC Children’s Hospital): "Andria has a great sense of what is important to staff and how to convey her message to them in a way that has a lasting impact. Her great strength is her ability to connect with people. She is empathic and understanding with patients and families in her professional role and cheerful and good humoured in supporting the work of her colleagues.” – nominator

Rita Janke (quality and safety leader, Sunny Hill Health Centre): “It is difficult to choose one value that Rita exemplifies, as she truly lives the values in all her work and interactions with people. She thinks outside the box and always considers what could be possible rather than what currently is. She is generous with her time and knowledge and always brings a fresh perspective to the work she’s involved in.” – nominator

Dr. Theresa Newlove (head, Department of Psychology, BC Children’s Hospital): “Dr. Newlove cultivates strong partnerships to help not only her patients, but also her fellow colleagues. She makes time for people. She is an excellent collaborator who is caring, collegial and fun, which is a testament to the enthusiasm that she brings to the clinical setting each day and to the health care team as a whole.” – nominator

Bronwen Pencarrick (administrative coordinator, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services): “Bronwen is well regarded by partners across the province, and takes pride in building and maintaining genuine relationships with colleagues across PHSA and across the province. She is a passionate team player who regularly goes above and beyond the scope of her formal role to make a positive difference in the work environment, both professionally and personally.” - nominator

Martina Scarff (PHSA Communications): “Martina is a leading example of what it means to ‘serve with purpose.’ With a very strategic focus on serving those who serve our patients and families, she is driven by the perspective that a well-functioning intranet enables staff to be more informed, more efficient and be better equipped to do their work.” – nominator 

Dr. Christine Simmons (medical oncologist, BC Cancer Agency): “Whether it’s that extra few minutes with a patient during a clinic appointment, tenaciously fighting for treatment options or fostering inter-disciplinary collaboration, Christine strives for excellence in health in everything she does.” – nominator and past patient.

“Reading the nomination for Dr. Christine Simmons made me cry – she is described as the ultimate clinician, support person and patient advocate.” – judge

Accreditation and Patient Experience team (PHSA Safety and Outcome Improvement): “Kris and Kim go over and above expectations in order to promote PHSA’s excellence and commitment. They are able to overcome obstacles with their calm and knowledgeable approaches and tools. Their efforts have made a positive, measureable and lasting impact on the Accreditation Canada awards PHSA agencies have received since 2003.” – nominator

Community Paramedicine Regional Training Officers (BC Emergency Health Services): The regional training offices are the trailblazers that have led the way in the successful implementation of BCEHS’ Community Paramedicine Initiative. These officers established their presence in their communities, forged positive relationships with local health care professionals, and reached out to neighbouring First Nations communities.” – nominator

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre): “The BC Women’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team stands out as a leader of innovation of new models of care to improve health outcomes of the most fragile patient population in PHSA.” – nominator
Operating room education leaders (BC Children’s Hospital): “Vanja and Katherine dared to innovate by reinventing education for operating room nurses at BC Children’s Hospital. They onboarded 18 new OR nurses, with a 94 per cent success rate, and 100 per cent of access to care was restored in nine months.” - nominator

Organ Donation and Hospital Development Team (BC Transplant): "The team was so careful to make sure we understood everything that was happening and demonstrated incredible support for our family. Our family is left with memories of BC Transplant’s commitment to top quality care.” – patient family member

Overdose surveillance team (BC Centre for Disease Control): “It must be a very tough, emotional project to be involved in, especially since it sparks so much media attention with so many negative, sad stories. I bet it takes extra resilience and extra heart to keep going and track the incidents and pursue high quality data reporting, knowing that in the long run, these stats must make a difference.” - judge

“Given the focus on the front line efforts to manage the opioid crisis, it is great that we can recognize those who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make a difference too.” – judge

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program (PHSA Indigenous Health): “It is important to recognize these types of programs which are not only important within PSHA and British Columbia, but are also leading the way internationally in providing unique cultural safety training.” – judge

“San’yas is an unprecedented innovation in transformative education.” - nominator
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