“Health Care Heroes” celebrated at BCHC Awards

Each year, the BC Health Care Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in BC’s health care community by recognizing deserving teams that are improving health care delivery in BC and individuals whose achievements and actions inspire those around them. Winners of the 2017 awards were recognized at an awards luncheon yesterday in downtown Vancouver.

The awards recognize outstanding health care employees and reward innovation and best practices within BC’s publicly funded health care providers.

This year’s award recipients included:

  • A project that is integrating smartphone technology into clinical practice
  • An Occupational Therapist who is known for finding solutions where others don’t see them
  • A project that is improving patient safety across multiple sites
  • A User Experience Architect who is helping to transform how cancer patients are treated

There are so many inspiring stories from this year’s awards. HEABC has done a fantastic job of documenting the accomplishments of their awards’ recipients in a series of YouTube videos (see links below, or visit their channel here). The story of Hilary Horlock from PHSA is just one of the profiles worth watching.

The BC Health Care Awards were created in 2007 to celebrate successes in BC’s publicly funded health care community and to recognize the incredible health employees responsible for these successes.


Presented by the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC), the awards celebrate successes in our province’s health care community. Awards are for projects that have improved health care delivery in BC and for individuals who inspire those around them.

Award categories recognize innovative health models, workplace health initiatives, collaborative problem-solving and outstanding individual achievements. Credit goes to the Award’s many sponsors for their support of this memorable event.

Award Winners (courtesy of BCHealthCareAwards.ca)

Gold Apple

Top Innovation: Affiliate


Confident Parents: Thriving Kids Program
Project Leader: Tara Wolff
Project Team: Bev Gutray; Katie Rapson-Stecula; Benson Lee; Catherine Mahony
Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division


Top Innovation: Health Authority


Integrated Smartphone Communication technology into Clinical Practice: A Mixed Methods Research Study
Project Leader: Dr. Sean Spina and Ms. Shirley Young
Project Team: Ms. Carly Webb, Mrs. Lynette Bateman, Mr. William Kempthorne, Mr. Guy Weeks, Mr. Richard Jones, Dr. Curtis Harder
Royal Jubilee Hospital, Island Health


Workplace Health Innovation


Critical Incident Stress Program
Project Leader: Marsha McCall and Lindsay Kellosalmi
project Team: Shannon Hinter, 90 BCEHS Peer Volunteers
BC Emergency Health Services, Provincial Health Services Authority


Collaborative Solutions


Insulin Safety Initiative
Project Leader: Dr. Maureen Clement
Project Team: Paul Filiatrault, Michael Conci, Angela Chapman, Amanda McDougall, Darshan Patel, Alison Gregory, Allison Griffiths, Melanie Beatty, Andrea Archibald, Robert Labelle, Insulin Safety Task Group Committee, Wrae Hill, Sean Gorman
Interior Health


Award of Merit

Top Innovation: Affiliate

Test Review Committee
Project Leader: Meghan McLennan
Project Team: Dr. Ian Dubé, Dr. James Cupples, Dr. Morris Pudek, Dr. Lawrence Haley, Ms. Sherrie Warren, Mr. Richard Walker, Dr. Michael Allard, Dr. John Galbraith, Dr. Pat Doyle, Dr. Michael Nimmo, Mr. Peter McLellan, Mr. Mark Anderson, Ms. Heidi Cheung, Mr. John Andruschak
BC’s Agency for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, BC Clinical and Support Services


Top Innovation: Health Authority

Surgical Site Infection Cardiac Surgery QI Working Group
Project Leader: Jessie Rodrigue
Project Team: Barbara Drake, Jamie McDowell, Howard Paje, Jennifer Kelly, Emily Trew
Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver Coastal Health

Ceiling Lift Program Team

Project Leader: Alan Kelly and Les Cleveland
Project Team: Tim Kelly, Mitch Weimer, Michael Mankwald, Mark Spanjers, Lionel Haricombe, Dan Huchuk
Royal Columbian Hospital, Fraser Health


Workplace Health Innovation

Gentle Persuasive Approach Video Learning Support Tool
Project Leader: Loretta Lo
Project Team: Laura Mailloux, Marilyn Gaite, Sheethal Kuriakose, Martin Agustin, Elena Ramos, Michelle Chan,  James Zhao, Susan Higginbotham
The Fair Haven United Church Homes


Collaborative Solutions

Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic 
Project Leader: Janet Calnan
Project Team: South Island Forensic Nurse Program
Interior Health

Mobile Medical Unit Deployment, Downtown Eastside – Response to the Opioid Overdose Crisis
Project Leader: Peter Hennecke and Michelle de Moor
Project Team: Alyshia Higgins, Dara Davies, Jay Francescutti, Robin Gardner, Jamie Carballo, Jesse Sheridan, Landon James, Alex Wong, Tracy Johnson, Fariba Wilson, Barb Harvey, Mike Flesher, Ross Brown, Dr. Eric Grafstein, Lori Korchinski, Dr. Keith Ahamad, Dr. Annabel Mead, Miranda Compton, Caitlin Etherington, Afshan Nathoo, Dr. Ross Brown, Dr. Stan de Vlaming, Dr. Michael Norbury, Tim Chu, Joe Acker, Randy Slemko, Dr. Christy Sutherland
Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health


Health Care Hero Gold Apple



Dr. Victoria Su
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cystic Fribrosis, St. Paul’s Hospital


Fraser Health


Misty Stephens
Enterostomal Therapist, Peace Arch Hospital, Fraser Health


Interior Health


Cheryl Jardine
Home Support Supervisor, Barriere/Clearwater Home Health


Island Health


Griffin Russell
Regional Harm Reduction Coordinator, Island Health


Northern Health

Coming soon.


Provincial Health Services


Hilary Horlock
Enterprise Architect, Business Architecture & User Experience, Provincial Health Services Authority


Vancouver Coastal Health – Provincial Health Care Hero


Dianna Mah-Jones
Occupational Therapist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

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