Projects Underway

Physician-led Engagement Projects

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

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Physician Community and Wellness
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.

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.

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.

Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 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.

Facilitating Cross-Discipline Dialogue at MSJ – Dr. Nora Cummins
A series of engagement events where groups of physicians can interact socially and better understand each others’ needs and skills, which will improve day-to-day working relationships.

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.

New Physician ‘Welcome Wagon’ – Dr. Janet Simons
Welcomes 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Who Are You and What Do You Want From Me? A Podcast – Dr. Todd Raine
A podcast and blog to help physicians get to know each other, find out who’s who, and learn about how colleagues are supporting each other.

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.

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.

Physician Input into Governance
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.

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.

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 & Transformation
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.

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.

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.

Exploring Ophthalmology Outpatient Clinic Efficiencies #2 – Dr. Heather O’Donnell
Assesses the efficiency of the SPH eye clinic by engaging in conversations with Ophthalmologists, and comparing with patients seen in a private office – to provide a platform for discussions about optimizing and transforming care in the Ophthalmology Outpatient clinic.

Improving Perioperative Evaluation and Management Through Physician Engagement – Dr. Ken Kaila
Stakeholder input into the creation and implementation of patient-centered, institutional-wide practice guidelines and clinical care pathways for perioperative cardiac risk evaluation and perioperative management.

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.

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.

Exploring Ophthalmology Outpatient Clinic Efficiencies #1 – Dr. Heather O’Donnell
Aims to gain a clear understanding of how departments and clinics within PHC have utilized technology (specifically Plexia EMR) to improve efficiency and optimize patient care, to support the transition of the eye clinic at SPH to the new system.

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. Physicians will be able to easily analyze and visualize data to support research, quality improvement, and requests for support or resources.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Resource for Complex Nerve Injuries – Dr. Sean Bristol
Populate an accurate, concise, and accessible website as a readily digestible resource for physician and patient education and guidance in the proactive management of complex nerve injuries.

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.

Modernizing IT

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.

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