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PHSA wins eight BC Health Care Awards

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The BC Health Care Awards celebrated its 10th anniversary this past Monday, recognizing the very best in health care across the province. Presented by the Health Employers Association of British Columbia, these awards acknowledge outstanding health care employees, innovation and best practices within BC’s publicly funded health care providers. Since the awards’ inception in 2007, PHSA has accumulated 30 awards, and this year, took home a record eight awards, including a Provincial Health Care Hero.

BC Cancer Agency​ picked up five awards for projects spanning the cancer care spectrum:

  • Top Innovation – Health Authority (Gold Apple)
    Project: Get Your Province Together! Emotional Support Transformation

    A promotional campaign developed to increase awareness of emotional support resources for cancer patients and their families in BC.

  • Top Innovation – Health Authority (Award of Merit)
    Project: Collision Detection Team (BC Cancer Agency - CSI)
    This project involved the development of software to avoid collisions with healthy tissue in radiation therapy. It is exceptionally accurate and is leading the field of collision detection through its inclusion of patient-specific full-body 3D modeling, linac accessories, and custom auxiliary components in the detection design.

  • Collaborative Solutions (Award of Merit)
    Project: Permanent Breast Seed Implants (BC Cancer Agency - CSI)
    This innovative treatment is improving the experience of early-stage breast cancer patients with the implanting, under general anaesthetic, of many small radioactive seeds in and around the lumpectomy cavity, completed in a single one to two hour outpatient procedure. 

  • Collaborative Solutions (Award of Merit)
    Project: Personalized Onco-Genomics (BC Cancer Agency - Vancouver Centre)
    BCCA’s Personalized Onco-Genomics (POG) program is a truly groundbreaking initiative and one of PHSA’s greatest achievements. The POG program creates unique, tolerable and effective treatments for individual cancer patients, based on data gathered from analyzing their genome, and has been a game changer in the way cancer is treated and managed.

  • Workplace Health Innovation (Award of Merit)
    Project: The 5 C's of Culture 
    A workplace improvement initiative implemented at BCCA – Vancouver Centre aimed to create a cohesive community that values trust, respect, safety and team work as vital to the heart of the organization. 
Trans Care BC, a program of PHSA, was honoured for its community consultation to help form a provincial program to improve transgender health care:

  • Collaborative Solutions (Gold Apple)
    Project: Transgender Health Care 
    PHSA’s Transgender/Trans Health Steering Committee has created a shared vision and framework for transgender health care that integrates current services, fills critical gaps and reduces wait times, all while keeping the patient’s voice and experience top of mind.
BC Children’s Hospital was recognized for their transformative work in the area of child and youth mental health:

  • Top Innovation – Health Authority (Award of Merit)
    Project: Collision HEARTSSMAP TOOL (BC Children's Hospital)
    HEARTSSMAP is a mental health evaluation tool that can be used by emergency department clinicians to conduct a comprehensive and efficient assessment for patients presenting with a mental health concern or issue. BC Children’s emergency department has seen an overall decrease in length of stay for patients with a mental health concern by 25% as a result of HEARTSSMAP.

  • ​Health Care Hero – Gold Apple
    Awarded to a health care professional who consistently goes the extra mile for patients, families and their colleagues, Dr. Jane E. Garland was a truly deserving recipient of this honour. An innovator, creator, mentor and lifelong advocate of children’s mental health, Dr. Garland is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at BC Children’s and the founder of its Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic​.
Congratulations to all the award winners on these important achievements – your ingenuity, curiosity and passion have positive impacts on the health of British Columbians and beyond. 

Please visit​ for video profiles on the 2016 winners.

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