Ongoing and Completed Projects

Physician-led Engagement Projects

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The following are PHC PASS Facility Engagement projects that are currently underway or have been completed.

For questions or to connect with physicians about these projects, contact pass@providencehealth.bc.ca. If you are interested in having a project funded, see the submission guidelines here >

PHC PASS has re-organized the main strategic priorities into the following subcategories:

Projects under the new strategic priorities have begun. View ongoing and completed projects here:

Exceptional Quality, Safety & Value

Current Projects:

Reduction of Diagnostic Waste in Anatomical Pathology – Dr. Nickolas Myles

Working to isolate and reduce diagnostic waste in anatomical pathology as a step towards reduction of wasteful laboratory investigations.

Inspiring People & Teams (Formerly Physician Community and Wellness)

Current Projects:

Emergency Staff High Performance Team Building – Dr. Jeff Coleman
Engages more closely with SPH ED physicians, nursing, administration and allied health professionals in identifying and implementing opportunities for improved communication, team dynamics, professional satisfaction and quality patient care.

Social Noon Rounds- Dr. Tony Wan

Improves physician engagement and shared understanding between physicians about patients’ care concerns or about other topics of interest.

Completed Projects:

2020

Fostering a Culture of Communication and Collaboration through Ultrasound Peer Training Program – Dr. Su-Yin MacDonell
Collaboration within the department to create a culture of learning. By increasing the skill set as a group to identify and diagnose an unwell patient faster.

MSJ Gathering: The Scrub Glub Club V. 2- Dr. Fred Rydz/Andrea Tothill/ Fern Reilly
A series of social engagement events at MSJ where groups of physicians can interact socially and better understand each others’ needs and skills.

Social Noon-Rounds (Round 2) – Dr. Tony Wan
Improves physician engagement and shared understanding between physicians about patients’ care concerns or about other topics of interest. Click here for final report.

2019

Breakfast in Res Care – Dr. Nardia Strydom
Physicians meet in each others’ work environments for breakfast and a tour (starting in a residential care facility), to gain insights and share information about patients. Click here for final report.

Development of new 7-year strategic plan for Providence Health Care –  Josephine Jung / Dr. Jeff Pike
Initiates the development of new 7-year Strategic Plan for PHC through a physician engagement strategy-led design. This project involves 4 selected physicians within 7 months. Click here for final report.

Learning from Every Death Initiative – Dr. Nardia Strydom
Training for 5 to 20 physicians to conduct mortality reviews in a structured format at a monthly team meeting that crosses departments and disciplines. Click here for final report.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for PHC Physicians – Dr. Jani Laramée
PHC physicians to gain knowledge and learn new skills in mindfulness techniques, to learn how to better manage perceived stress, to improve a sense of empathy, ultimately to improve physician wellness and decrease burnout. Click here for complete final report.

MSJ Second Wednesdays Gathering: The Scrub Glub Club – Dr. Nora Cummins
A series of social engagement events at MSJ where groups of physicians can interact socially and better understand each others’ needs and skills. Click here for complete final report.

SPH Family Practice teaching service Engagement and Redevelopment – Dr. Pierre-Paul Lizotte
Develops a new model of care and education in hospital for a new revamped Family Practice Teaching Service. Click here for final report.

Sprout Wellness – Dr. Darra Murphy
A user-friendly online platform called Sprout (www.sproutnetwork.com) provides opportunities for medical staff to join colleagues in fitness and community activities to improve physician health and connections. Click here for final report.

2018

A Day in May: Learning from Music and Coaching to Optimize Psychological Readiness in Surgical Care – Dr. Brian Westerberg and Dr. Jane Lea
A one-day symposium for surgical team members to optimize personal psychological readiness, and function at peak capacity using examples in from music. Click here for final report.

Coffee on Weekends – Dr. Chris Schneck
Brings coffee into the ER at Mount Saint Joseph’s on weekends for physician staff and consultants, so they do not need to leave the hospital to get coffee when the cafeteria is closed on weekends. Click here for final report

Internal Medicine Social Noon-Rounds – Dr. Tony Wan
Regular opportunities during a monthly lunch gathering for physicians to learn about their colleagues’ work outside of patient care, and share their research project progress, ideas or interests. Click here for final report

New Physician ‘Welcome Wagon’ – Dr. Janet Simons
Welcomed new medical staff to PHC by having mid/late career PHC physicians meet with new staff in a social setting to provide information, and foster connections and collaboration. Dr. Simons held an event in late 2018 to welcome new staff to PHC.

Respiratory Division Retreat: A One-day Strategic Planning Session – Dr. Chris Ryerson
An avenue for all division members at SPH and VGH to renew its strategic vision and mission, and create a strategic plan for its future operations.Click here for final report.

Yoga for PHC Physicians – Dr. Jani Laramée
Offers PHC physicians fully-funded weekly yoga group classes for 12 weeks by a certified instructor, to enhance wellness and build a sense of community. Click here for final report.

2017

A retreat to enhance Communication Amongst Emergency Physicians and Between Emergency Doctors and Consultants – Dr. Rob Stenstrom
A 2 to 3 day retreat away from the hospital for radiology, cardiology, internal medicine, general surgery, and orthopedic surgery was held in 2018. Brief final report of this retreat is here.

Discover, Learn, & Innovate for Impact (Formerly Innovation and Modernizing IT)

Current Projects:

Integrated Online Patient Pathway Portal for Complex Pain Patients – Dr. Jill Osborn
Implements an integrated online patient pathway of Pain Clinics at SPH that is accessible by physicians and allied health care professionals (AHPs).

Transforming MRI Scheduling: Optimization for Clerical Staff & Radiologist – Putting Patients First – Dr. Darra Murphy
Creates a smart system that intercepts the requisitions coming in from central intake and triages them into broad categories.

Connecting the dots: Improving health service delivery for individuals with a substance use disorder at St. Paul’s Hospital through interdisciplinary collaboration – Dr. Seonaid Nolan
Opportunity for key service providers within SPH to meet in-person, contribute feedback regarding the current system of care for patients with a substance use disorder at SPH and identify opportunities for improvement.

Completed Projects:

2020

Innovation Collaboration & Creating Partnership: A Proposal – Dr. Alan Rabinowitz
Creates discrete networks of primary care providers linked with a formal network of specialists from PHC. One of the main deliverables is to implement a shared charter complete with relationship-building activities.

Multidisciplinary Team Engagement – Dr. Jeanne Macleod
A sustainable Simulation Program promotes team building, encourages multidisciplinary learning, improves patient care, and fosters better relationships between departments.

State of Art Teaching and Learning Through Simulation at SPH – Dr. Jeanne Macleod
A simulation committee with representatives from different departments and governance structure, enables physicians groups who wish to develop simulation programs can get together and collaborate – and create a culture of learning innovation at SPH.

SPH 10C Multidisciplinary Case Rounds Pilot – Dr. William Connors
Reviews historical and educational cases in the Urban Health Infection Unit at SPH (UHIU-SPH/10C) to obtain clarification of patient care plans and in the long run to build a framework of the ideal multidisciplinary rounds.

Utilization Dashboards Proof of Concept – Dr. Dan Holmes & Dr. Janet Simons
To show how the problem with slow access might be overcome by distributed computing on a Spark cluster. This will make it possible to create real time rapid queries for lab data.

2019

Data Science for Doctors – Dr. Dan Holmes and Dr. Janet Simons
Introduces physicians to basic data handling and visualization, and provides tools to facilitate reproducible research using the R statistical programming language. Click here for final report.

Data Science for Doctors, February 1st – 2nd 2019, at Doctors of BC.

Decreasing departmental costs through price awareness – Dr. David Agulnik
Engages hospital administration to make the true cost of the disposable supplies/products on a per-use basis visible to hospital staff, to create less waste and/or find lower cost alternatives. Click here for final report.

Development of a high-fidelity mannequin for E-CPR (ECMO-facilitated CPR) simulations – Dr. David Agulnik
Modification of a CPR mannequin to enable high fidelity simulations for a cutting-edge complex procedure in which ER physicians and surgeons perform ultrasound guided cannulation of both femoral vessels while CPR is being done. Click here for final report.

Enhancing the Continuum of Stroke Patient Care – PHC – Dr. Evan Kwong
Facilitates interaction and engagement between front-line physicians who are involved in the care of stroke patients at PHC, and with PHC and VCH, around the efficiency, timeliness, and complexity of patient-centered stroke care, rehabilitation, and complex discharge needs. Click here for final report.

Cerner/CST – Conversations that Matter to Physicians – Dr. Victor Leung
Engages physicians from three Health Authorities (VCH, PHSA, and PHC) to understand how Cerner/CST will change the workplace. A coordinated list of priorities shared by all physicians to improve the system will be the main goal of this project. For full report, please contact pass@providencehealth.bc.ca

Physician Input into Governance

Current Projects:

Physician Governance in Action to Support Program Change – Dr. Julia Raudzus/Dr. Gil Kimmel 
Identifies the key elements to better support program change with physicians and Allied Health Professionals (AHP) in the Palliative Care team. Possible implementation of such learning will be shared with another team with a similar working model.

Nurturing Physician Leaders at PHC Through a Leadership Alumni – Dr. Shannon Jackson
Creating a PHC alumni group to help facilitate physicians’ success as leaders and understanding of the most effective leadership styles and skills for a situation.

Completed Projects:

2019

Enhancing Physician Input into Development and Review of Interdisciplinary and Nursing Practice Standards – Dr. Martin Trotter
An opportunity for physician experts and stakeholders have input into the development and review of interdisciplinary and nursing practice standards.

St. Paul's Redevelopment and Transformation

Current Projects:

Centralized Referral Intake for elbow, wrist, and hand problems   – Dr. Jeff Pike
Standardizes a centralized simpler referral process by decreasing waiting time to less than 3 months for patients with elbow, wrist and hand problems within 8 months of implementation at SPH.

Development of the multidisciplinary surgical skills laboratory – Dr. Kathryn Isaac
Establishes a working group of surgeons for the new surgical simulation center under an overarching SPH Simulation center.

Completed Projects:

2019

Redevelopment and Modernization of Acute Internal Medicine Service at SPH – Dr. Terence Yung
Develops a proposal on the structure and operation of a new acute medicine service at the current and new SPH with strong input from the physician community. Click here for final report. 

St. Paul’s Emergency Department Redevelopment Engagement Initiative – Dr. Mattias Berg, Dr. Julian Marsden
Increases emergency physician (EP) awareness and engagement into the planning for the new ED. Foundational to this is a a new vision of how we provide care for patients in the future.

2018

Learning from other Palliative Care Teams – Dr. Gil Kimel
Meaningful contributions to the design details (not overall structural layout) of the new Palliative Care Unit in the new SPH, by visiting and learning from other Palliative Care Units. Click here for final report. 

Learnings from Kaiser Permanente  – Dr. Jeff Pike
Proposes actionable items to advance the Facility Engagement (FE) mission from a 3-day visit to a successful health care organization.

Re-engaging Family Physicians with PHC – Dr. Fraser Norrie
Evening consultations to re-engage community family physicians who have or once held privileges at PHC, determine their priorities, get their input into redevelopment, and support them to move into leadership and governance roles. Click here for final report. 

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