2017 Above and Beyond Award Recipients

We celebrate 10 extraordinary individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond to deliver exceptional care.

The 2017 Above and Beyond Awards honoured 10 individuals and teams in five awards categories at a very special awards ceremony on September 28.

The Above and Beyond Awards recognize Fraser Health employees, teams, physicians and volunteers who go above and beyond to achieve extraordinary results in everything from patient care to health care innovation.

“These extraordinary people provide outstanding care to patients, and exceptional service to our programs and communities,” said Michael Marchbank, Fraser Health President and Chief Executive Officer. “These are the individuals and teams of employees, physicians and volunteers, who exceed our expectations and motivate us to excel, too.”

Meet the recipients

Fraser Health Hero Awards

Erin Gibson

Erin Gibson, Harm Reduction Coordinator, Central City, fights against both drug overdose and stigma.

Dr. Richard Merchant

Dr. Richard Merchant, Anesthesiologist, Royal Columbian Hospital, was a pioneering player in the development of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocol.

Innovator Awards

Fraser Health Eating Disorders Programs Team

The Fraser Health Eating Disorders Programs team, North Delta Mental Health Office, joined together to improve client outcomes through an innovative new family therapy approach.

Dr. John Hwang

Dr. John Hwang, National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Surgical Champion, Royal Columbian Hospital, fostered a patient-participation approach to improving post-surgical outcomes that has seen results.

Best Collaboration Awards

Right Care Right Place Team

The Right Care, Right Place team, a partnership between Fraser Health, Doctors of BC and the White Rock/South Surrey Division of Family Practice, joined forces to reduce unwise patient uses of the Peace Arch Hospital Emergency Department. 

Pediatric Diabetes Transition Team

The Pediatric Diabetes Transition Team, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, developed a new model to successfully transition older youth to adult diabetes care.

Service Delivery Excellence Awards

Dr. Hillary Erin Rowe

Dr. Hilary Erin Rowe, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Surrey Memorial Hospital, has made it her mission to find or conduct the research on medication safety for pregnant and breastfeeding women with health conditions.

Bryce Walker

Bryce Walker, Home Support Services Regional Coordinator, Abbotsford Home Health Office, was instrumental in centralizing and standardizing home support services to improve both care delivery and patient care.

Margaret Clarke

Margaret Clarke, volunteer, Delta Public Health Unit, devoted 25 years to assisting public health nurses and staff with her warm, caring support for children and families.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mits Miyata

Mits Miyata, Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services Manager, has spent the past 16 years working to ensure that pharmacists and their expertise are fully integrated into all aspects of patient care and multidisciplinary teams.

Join the celebration

Even if you couldn’t attend the ceremony, you can still join in the celebration. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing stories of our recipients on our social media channels. You can share their inspiring stories and offer up your own kudos to recipients on social media using the hashtag #ABAwards

You can also view and share some of the event photos from this year’s ceremony on Twitter @Fraserhealth, with the hashtag #ABAwards, and on Instagram.

Thank you again to everyone who nominated inspiring candidates from across Fraser Health, and to the 10 award recipients for their dedication and commitment to making Fraser Health the best in health care.

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