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2019 Highlights

Here is a sample of PHSA's latest achievements in health care for British Columbians:
  • ‎BC Children's Hospital used innovative Design Thinking Methodology to reimagine and co-design a pre-admission process to prepare children and family for surgery. This approach was recognized as a "Leading Practice" by the Health Standards Organization, a non-profit affiliate of Accreditation Canada. 

  • BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre's Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Model of Care: Mother Baby Care was accepted as a “Leading Practice” by the Health Standards Organization (HSO), a non-profit affiliate of Accreditation Canada.  

  • The evidence is in: Online sexually transmitted infection testing services like GetCheckedOnline, offered by the BC Centre for Disease Control, work. Research shows that online testing removes some of the barriers that prevent people from getting testing and improves the user experience by providing users more comfort and control over the process. More than 12,000 tests have been completed since it launched in 2014, and 43 per cent of people have used it for testing more than once.

  • ‎Dr. Chris Maxwell and Dr. Philipp Lange scientists at the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital, are the first in Canada to use a new test for pediatric tumour analysis that may one day guide personalized treatments for children with cancer.

  • ‎Psychiatrist Dr. Brad Locke runs mindfulness groups alongside his father, Dr. Jake Locke, at BC Children's Hospital, together facilitating the only known research-based mindfulness workshops for new dads

  • ‎BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services has five new community transitions teams in place across B.C. to help prevent overdose and get clients who have recently released from correctional centres on a healthier, more meaningful path.

  • Interior Health’s Cardiac Program, in collaboration with Cardiac Services BC, began offering TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) procedures in September 2018, with plans for 30 procedures per year for patients in the Southern Interior region of B.C.

  • The BC Centre for Disease Control delivered 1.5 million doses of influenza vaccine across the province in seven weeks and ahead of schedule for the 2018/19 flu season to enable rapid immunization.

  • After a school-based measles outbreak in the Lower Mainland, the Province of B.C. launched a measles vaccine catch-up campaign to immunize school-aged who have not previously been immunized or who have not received their second dose of vaccine. The BC Centre for Disease Control is working in close partnership with the Ministry of Health to deliver the campaign and has secured measles-containing vaccines to distribute around the province for health authorities to use. 

  • BC Cancer's Dr. Robert Holt has received Grand Challenge funding from Cancer Research UK, the most ambitious cancer research grant in the world – a series of multi-million dollar awards seeking international, multidisciplinary teams willing to take on the toughest challenges in cancer. Dr. Holt will be studying the role microbiomes play in gastrointestinal cancer.

  • Dr. Connie Eaves, distinguished scientist at BC Cancer’s Terry Fox Laboratory, received the 2019 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. The Canada Gairdner Awards recognize the world’s most creative and accomplished biomedical scientists who are advancing humanity and the world. Dr. Eaves has worked at BC Cancer for 45 years, making her the organization's longest-serving employee. 
  • ‎BC Cancer, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council and First Nations Health Authority co-produced and released The Journey Mapping in Cancer Care Report. Involving patients, families and health providers, the report sets out to inform cancer care throughout the entire care experience and improve transitions for patients receiving care treatment in B.C.
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