Collage of Fraser Health staff who have gone Above and Beyond

2017 Above and Beyond Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes Fraser Health employees who have made exemplary contributions to health care in the region.

SURREY – Making a difference on the frontlines of the overdose crisis, helping patients to recover more quickly after surgery, and guiding young people through the transition from pediatric to adult services are just a few of the accomplishments that were highlighted today at the 2017 Above and Beyond Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes Fraser Health employees who have made exemplary contributions to health care in the region.

“Our public health care system is made better by the people who work in it every day not only caring for patients, but also bringing new ideas and innovation to health-care delivery,” said Minister of Health Adrian Dix. “This allows us to better meet patients’, clients’ and residents’ needs. Today Fraser Health has acknowledged some of those who truly embrace this spirit. I congratulate all the people who won and applaud those that were nominated for these employee awards.”

Submissions for Above and Beyond Awards are made by Fraser Health employees, physicians, volunteers, patients, external suppliers, contractors and other external groups, who can nominate an individual or team for an award in one of the five categories. Nominations are reviewed by a selection committee comprising of their peers, physicians, volunteer resources, frontline employees and management teams.

“We have incredible people who deliver outstanding care each and every day, and I am inspired by their achievements,” said Fraser Health President and CEO Michael Marchbank. “This group exemplifies our organization’s commitment to putting the patient at the centre of their care experience, and I am very pleased to celebrate their accomplishments today.”

Award winners:

  • The Fraser Health Hero Award recognizes heroes at all levels that deliver exceptional patient care, and then push themselves – and Fraser Health – another step further. This year’s winners include:
    • Harm reduction coordinator Erin Gibson, who has been on the frontlines of Fraser Health’s response to the overdose public health emergency.
    • Dr. Richard Merchant, who has pioneered the development of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocol at Royal Columbian Hospital.
  • The Innovator Award recognizes an individual or team who champion changes to improve Fraser Health services, while advancing health care practices and conserving resources. This year’s winners include.
    • The Fraser Health Eating Disorders program, which co-developed a family therapy group to help boost eating disorder recovery rates.
    • Dr. John Hwang, who works with Royal Columbian Hospital surgical teams to enhance post-operative patients’ recovery so they can be independent at home more quickly.
  • The Best Collaborator Award recognizes partnerships across disciplines that spark fresh insights that lead to transformational health care. This year’s winners include:
    • The Right Care Right Place Project team, which launched the Use the ER Wisely campaign at Peace Arch Hospital, and is credited with educating patients to visit their family physicians or walk-in clinics for non-emergency health care concerns.
    • The Pediatric Diabetes Transition Team, which supports youth who have turned 18 in transitioning from the pediatric diabetes program to the adult program.
  • The Service Delivery Excellence Award recognizes clinical and non-clinical staff who go to great lengths to exceed service expectations. This year’s winners include:
    • Dr. Hilary Erin Rowe, a Surrey Memorial Hospital expert in maternal fetal medicine who has led cutting-edge research on safe drug treatments for mothers and infants in her care.
    • Bryce Walker, the regional program coordinator for home support who spearheaded Fraser Health’s centralization of home support services, ultimately leading to more consistent services for clients across the region.
    • Margaret Clarke, a 25-year volunteer at the North Delta Public Health Unit who supported nurses and reassured parents and children during health and immunization visits until her passing earlier this year.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a contribution to Fraser Health’s work and culture that has spanned more than a decade.
    • Mits Miyata, who has spent 35 years as a pharmacist, supervisor, manager and director – 16 of those at Fraser Health. Miyata has been instrumental in advocating for clinical pharmacists to move away from a strict dispensing role and toward direct patient care as part of multidisciplinary teams.

For detailed information about each of the 2017 Above and Beyond Award winners, please click here.

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