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PHSA physicians, researchers, and staff win quality awards

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Vancouver – The BC Patient Safety Quality Council has presented PHSA teams with awards recognizing their excellence and leadership in quality.

The 2011 BC Quality Awards, which began in 2009, recognize individuals, health care teams, and facilities that have implemented measures or engaged in initiatives to improve the quality of care in BC.

“Quality and safety in patient care is of paramount importance to all of us in the Provincial Health Services Authority,” said Lynda Cranston, President and CEO of PHSA. “I am very proud of the work that our researchers and clinical staff do on a daily basis to ensure quality and safety. These awards recognize their hard work and dedication, and are a testament to PHSA’s commitment to delivering safe and high quality patient care.”

PHSA clinicians and researchers were honoured at the BC Patient Safety Quality Council’s Quality Forum that took place March 7 – 9 in Vancouver. The achievements of Dr Sanjiv Gandhi, pediatric cardiac surgeon at BC Children’s Hospital, and Drs. Johann Brink, Tonia L Nicholls, and Christopher Webster with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission, were recognized, respectively, for leadership and excellence in quality. In addition, the BC Provincial Renal Agency and renal network received honours in the Across the Province and Coping with End of Life categories for their work.

Drs. Brink, Nicholls, and Webster developed an initiative called START, a ShortTerm Assessment of Risk and Treatability clinical guide for the dynamic assessment of seven risk domains. The result was a new model for interdisciplinary mental heath care that would provide a structure for clinical assessments and guide integrated, multi-disciplinary treatment plans. The success of START is evidenced by its adoption by other clinical teams, and requests to provide training for organizations around the world.

Since his arrival at BC Children’s Hospital in 2010, Dr. Gandhi’s leadership has resulted in a number of substantial improvements to cardiac care. The cardiac surgery department has eradicated the waiting list, reduced by half blood donor product exposures and reduced the pediatric intensive care unit stay by more than half for all cardiac surgery patients. Dr. Gandhi had lead initiatives to increase the cardiac surgery program’s productivity, efficiency, and safety. The result has yielded tangible results that have been appreciated by fellow BC Children’s care providers, and patient families alike.

The BC Renal Agency (BCPRA) received the “Across the Province” award for the Renal Medication Reconciliation Program, which has been implemented across BC health authority renal programs for all dialysis patients in BC. As well, the work of BCPRA’s End of Life Leadership Group, including an end of life framework and educational programs, was acknowledged as foundational in the development of Providence Health Care’s End of Life program.

For more information on the BC Patient Safety Quality Council Quality Awards visit

Media contact:
Tracy Tang
Public Affairs
Provincial Health Services Authority




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