PHC Physicians and Surgeons Society

Facility Engagement: Voice for Physicians

Providence Health Care is participating in the BC-wide Facility Engagement Initiative. Increasingly, it is strengthening physician communication and collaboration with PHC and connections among physicians across our sites.

We are promoting meaningful physician engagement to make Providence Health Care an organization of clinical, research and teaching excellence to best serve our patients and families and transform health care. 

All physicians with privileges at PHC sites, and who are members of the PHC medical staff are invited to:

  • Influence the delivery of the best patient care.
  • Work with physician colleagues to bring great ideas to life.
  • Have a say in decisions and the future of our sites and services.

The PHC Physicians and Surgeons Society (PHC PASS) oversees Facility Engagement at Providence with funding provided by the Specialist Services Committee.

How physicians can participate:

PASS Executive 2019/20.  Dr. Victor Leung, Vice President, Dr. Karen Dallas, President, Dr. Lik Hang Lee, Treasurer. Read more about them here >

Read about PASS and physician engagement at PHC
Facility Engagement across BC
Facility Engagement is an opportunity for physicians, site administrators, and health authorities to strengthen relationships and increase teamwork and collaboration.

Read about Facility Engagement across BC here >

Each Health Authority across BC including PHC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and has agreed on key areas for physicians consultation in Facility Engagement.

Gathering physician input

  • Raising issues of importance to the medical staff.
  • Improving the working environment for physicians.
  • Enhancing professional and collegial communications.
  • Fostering physician advocacy regarding patient care and the broader health care system.

Inclusion in decision making

  • Decisions about planning, budgeting, and resource allocation directly affecting the medical staff.
  • Significant decisions affecting physicians and the delivery of physician services.
  • Matters referred by the board of directors, CEO, or Medical Advisory Committee.
  • Medical staff bylaws and rules.

Partnership for quality and cost-improvement opportunities

  • Physician access to processes and resources that provide timely feedback on variations and the level of quality of clinical care in a way that will help to optimize patient outcomes.
  • Quality and cost-improvement opportunities and projects, including quality assurance projects.
PHC Physicians and Surgeons Association (PASS)
At PHC, oversight and funds for Facility Engagement are managed by the Providence Health Care Physicians and Surgeons Association (PHC PASS) a non-profit association that operates under executive direction of our Medical Staff Association.
As the medical staff of PHC, we are ready and able to respond to this exciting opportunity for consultation and collaborative leadership. An Engagement Working Group was formed in April 2016 to facilitate engagement for PHC medical staff.

This group is tasked to solicit your ideas, thoughts on issues, and proposals for projects, and using a fair selection process, choosing those that align with and address top priorities.

Its 13 members are representative of the physician staff and include:

  • Dr. Karen Dallas  (President)
  • Dr. Victor Leung  (Vice President)
  • Dr. Lik Hang Lee (Treasurer)
  • Dr.Tracy Scott
  • Dr. Bobby Lee
  • Dr. Moira Stilwell
  • Dr. Jeff Pike
  • Dr. Darra Murphy
  • Dr. Robert Boone
  • Dr. Simone Cowan
  • Dr. Jani Laramée
  • Dr. Todd Raine
  • Astrid Levelt, Director of PHC Medical Affairs, is an active participant on the Working Group.

The Working Group meets the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30-6:00 pm.

Physician Strategic Priorities and Sub-Committees
PASS is advancing key strategic priorities that were established by medical staff to guide the work of Facility Engagement at PHC, and has established sub-committees for each.

  • Build a strong physician community and well-being to improve patient care and our day-to-day work environment.
  • Improve Information technology (IT) by supporting a modernized and responsive IT infrastructure to improve productivity, communication and patient care.
  • Promote physician input into governance of PHC to ensure organizational integrity and support competent, accountable and transparent management.
  • Foster an environment of innovation and ideas exchange.
  • Maximize physician input into SPH redevelopment plans and health system transformation by positioning ourselves strategically to make real decisions and change.
  • Create a front door for big ideas around Redevelopment and Transformation, Innovation and IT through PIVOT

Medical staff may join these sub-committees and/or apply for funding to lead activities in these priority areas.

Physician Engagement: What is changing?
We’ve come a long way since we formed PASS  in August 2016 with priorities set out my the medical staff. Since, we have been working to increase our voice and influence by:

  • Developing a respectful and inclusive culture, with collaborative leadership.
  • Recognizing and valuing expertise and contributions of all team members.
  • Engaging in effective problem-solving.
  • Championing the development and adoption of processes, practices, and policies that drive excellence and efficiency.
  • Contributing to creating a sustainable health care system.

Some of our activities include:

Collaboration with Providence Health Care

  • Senior medical staff representatives now are involved with PHC senior executive and board.
  • Senior administrators contribute to the PASS Working Group.
  • There have been many opportunities for physicians to meet in non-clinical environments at special events to get to know each other and build a more collegial community.
  • PHC has committed to a process that includes physicians in a meaningful way in PHC’s 7-year strategic planning process.

Physician-to-physician relationships

  • Increased opportunities for physicians to meet in non-clinical environments at at special events to get to know each other and build a collegial community.
  • Increased opportunities for physicians to join colleagues in wellness, fitness, social activities.


  • Funded 31 physician-led projects.
  • Facilitated ‘Unifying the Physician Voice’ – a first!
  • Co-hosted ‘An Evening with the CEO’ and breakfasts with the CEO.
  • Served together at Providence in the Park.
  • Hosted & funded 4 physician leadership events.
Stay informed about our work to build a strong, unified physician voice and community

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