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Six PHSA agencies recognized at the 2017 Quality Awards

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The Quality Awards​ celebrate the people and projects that make health care better in BC. PHSA has always been committed to innovation and quality in patient care, so it’s no surprise that we have multiple winners and runner-ups at this year’s Quality Awards – six, to be exact. 

Launched in 2009, the awards are presented by the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council​, and they celebrate 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. Awards are given out in four areas of care: Staying Healthy, Getting Better, Living with Illness and Coping with End of Life. There are also awards for four aspiring individuals: Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice, Everyday Champion, Leadership in Quality and Quality Culture Trailblazer. PHSA was represented in five of these categories!

Congratulations to the following people and project teams on their hard work and achievement:

Winner: 2017 Excellence in Quality – Living with Illness Award
Assisted Peritoneal Dialysis trains caregivers to help patients with functional limitations continue accessing at-home kidney dialysis, to preserve their independence and quality of life.
Cheryl Ward, acting director, indigenous health
Winner: 2017 Leadership in Quality Award
Cheryl is a leader and champion for improving care of First Nations and Aboriginal people across BC, particularly through her development of PHSA's San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety training program.
Winner: 2017 Everyday Champion Award
Lisa is a powerhouse team of one who has been transforming attitudes and awareness around safety and infection prevention and control at BCEHS. This is the first time BCEHS has nominated a staff member in the Quality Awards!
Jane Garland, medical director, mental health programs, outpatient department, BC Children’s Hospital
Runner up: 2017 Quality Culture Trailblazer Award
Jane built the first clinic in BC dedicated to the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders among children and adolescents.
Get Checked Online, BC Centre for Disease Control
Runner up: 2017 Excellence in Quality – Staying Healthy Award
Get Checked Online is an online sexual health initiative that allows patients to bypass stigma and other barriers that may limit their ability or willingness to get tested for STIs & HIV.
Patient’s View, Kris Thibault, quality, safety & accreditation leader, BC Children’s Hospital
Runner up: 2017 Excellence in Quality – Getting Better Award
Patient’s View is a tool for gathering feedback about quality and safety of care, from the perspective of patients and their families.
Winners will be awarded a $2,500 sponsorship to help support and disseminate learning from their projects or to support ongoing learning and development, and will be presented plaques in a ceremony at Health Talks on March 1, 2017.
Once again, a heartfelt congratulations to all those recognized at this year's Quality Awards. For more information on the awards, please visit​

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