WELCOME FROM OUR PILLAR TEAM! Our physician leaders and advisors are representing medical staff in key areas of our strategic plan.
Dr. Adrienne Melck
Endocrine and General Surgeon, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery – 9 Years at SPH: “My elective practice focuses on the surgical treatment of thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disease.”
I am passionate about joint decision-making with my patients: I spend a great deal of time explaining things to them with pictures to ensure they fully understand their disease process and their options for treatment. I strive to provide compassionate care and I serve on a number of committees aiming to improve the quality of the surgical care that we provide. I love the multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of my work.
This role is a conduit for clear communication between the medical staff and the leadership. I want to make sure I bring what matters to the medical staff to the forefront when high level decisions are being made about providing exceptional quality, safety and value.
I also want to help promote a just culture of safety that encourages error reporting for the purpose of shared learning. I’m excited to create more forums to share quality improvement projects being done by frontline staff across the organization so we can all learn from what others are doing to improve care for our own patients.
Dr. Ron Carere
Vice President, Medical Affairs
Dr. Carere joined the Division of Cardiology at St. Paul’s in 1991. His continuing clinical practice focuses on Interventional Cardiology with a special interest in interventions in congenital heart disease and CCU medicine. He served as the Associate Head of the Division of Cardiology from 1998 to 2001.
In 2001 he took on the role of Physician Director of the Heart Centre Program and in 2004 he also assumed responsibilities as the Regional Director of the Cardiac Program for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
He became Chair of the Providence Health Care Medical Advisory Committee from the fall of 2006 until May of 2010 when he took on the role of Acting Vice President of Medicine.
Dr. Kristine Chapman
Neurologist at SPH, and Medical Director of the Neuromuscular Disease Program (VH). Associate Clinical Professor at UBC.
I enjoy problem solving, and working with patients with neuromuscular disorders and their families to improve their health and quality of life. Finding better ways of delivering care is a passion as well.
I am excited about working together with (and learning from) passionate and committed colleagues to improve how we deliver healthcare at Providence.
Working to make our “Mission Forward” strategic plan a reality, and looking toward the new SPH is also exciting.
Dr. Trina Montemurro
Anesthesiologist, St. Paul’s Hospital
I am passionate about improving the overall experience for surgical patients at PHC. I am also passionate about improving team work and communication in the operating room.
What I am most looking forward to in this role is inspiring and educating other physicians at Providence Health Care about Patient Safety and Quality.
Dr. Janet Simons
Medical Biochemist & Internist, Pathology and Laboratory
As a laboratory physician, a lot of my job is being a resource for other physicians and providing a reliable service that staff and patients can depend on.
I want to ensure that the care we provide our patients represents the best possible use of our resources, including the energy and talents of our staff, and that all team members feel empowered to speak up and make suggestions about how we can improve.
In this role and work I am looking forward to helpng to develop a culture of reporting, learning, and constant improvement.
Dr. Eileen Wong
Family Medicine, Laboratory
I am most passionate about making a difference in the lives of the frail elderly that I encounter in my work and hope to encourage and inspire others to improve patient care through quality improvement initiatives.
This means choosing to improve the system for outcomes that are important to the patient not just the system.
Foundational Set of Standards introduced to Measure and Improve COVID-19 Health Globally
The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (iCHOM) has released an international COVID-19 Standard Set (C19-SS) of health outcomes. This was developed at a record setting pace, with our own Dr. Evan Kwong on the international working group panel! This an important step towards international harmony on collection of outcomes that matter to patients and Value Based Health Care. Get the information, standard set and reference guide here >
Doing Better by Our Patients: Chart Club Moves Quality Forward
Providence has been working in a collaborative with the Mayo Clinic on a multidisciplinary, multi-specialty mortality review process. It uses a standardized method for case review to “diagnose” process and system failures (versus provider failures) occurring during episodes of patient care. Over 15 months, a team of approximately 30 physician and nurse reviewers, social work and two patient partners, met at monthly meetings dubbed the “Chart Club.” They completed reviews of more than 100 cases and agreed on a total of 263 Opportunities for Improvement. Read more here >