Stories

Providence Health Care named one of BC’s Top Employers for 2016

Vancouver, February 6, 2016 – With a proud tradition of compassionate care for society’s most vulnerable, Providence Health Care continues to lead the way as an exceptional place to work. The health organization has been chosen as one of BC’s Top Employers for 2016, selected from hundreds of companies.

FRAUDULENT RECRUITMENT SCAM

IMPORTANT MESSAGE - BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT RECRUITMENT SCAMS POSING AS PROVIDENCE HEALTH CARE

Nurse Jasmine McEachern helps Ebola patients in Sierra Leone

In January 2015, Jasmine McEachern volunteered to join the emergency response efforts in Sierra Leone following the outbreak of Ebola in that country. McEachern, a primary care nurse at the John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic and clinical research associate at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital, spoke to Promise upon her return from six weeks in Lunsar, a town in the northern province of Sierra Leone.

How did your work at St. Paul’s influence your decision to go to Sierra Leone?

ALYSHA RASMUSSEN – HUMAN RESOURCES CO-OP STUDENT

A first time for Human Resources, the department had a summer Co-op student join the team. Alysha Rasmussen immersed herself into each subdivision of the HR department, shadowing various members to understand the in’s and out’s of a multifaceted HR department in healthcare. I sat down with Alysha to learn about her experience and how she hopes it influences future co-op students.

CHANTEL, LAURA AND AMBER ON THEIR EXPERIENCE AS EMPLOYED STUDENT NURSES (ESN'S)

In follow up to last week’s story, I sat down with 3 of St. Paul’s Employee Student Nurses (ESN's) and chatted about their experience here at St. Paul’s. Chantel Rasmussen is in her 4th year at Douglas College and was hired to work on Medicine 7C. Laura Li, also of Douglas College, goes in to her final preceptorship in September. Laura was hired to work on 10C which deals mostly with infectious diseases.

CINDY ELLIOTT & NALA MURRAY ON THE PHC’S EMPLOYED STUDENT NURSE (ESN) PROGRAM

Current ESN's: Carlin Patterson, Louis Raquel, Chantel Rasmussen (from left to right)

Sara-Grey Charlton - Practice Consultant, Patient and Family-Centred Care

Here at Providence Health Care, we are on a journey towards Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC) being at the core of all Providence sites and programs. The PFCC model plays a role in the planning, delivery and evaluation of health care services. Together, in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, the people we serve and their families, we continue to provide an exceptional care experience to our patients and their families.

As Practice Consultant, Sara-Grey Charlton has the unique role of championing PHC’s this journey towards.

JULIE KILLE, OPERATIONS LEADER OF URBAN HEALTH & HIV

Julie Kille has been a part of the Providence Health Care team for over 10 years, starting as a staff nurse and working her way up to operations leader of Urban Health & HIV.  Recently, Julie was seconded to work as the clinical practice lead for HIV for the Regional HIV Program, encompassing both Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care.

Julie, what is it about the culture at St. Paul’s that made you want to make it your home?

DR. JONATHAN LEIPSIC - DIVISION OF RADIOLOGY, HEAD, ICVHEALTH CLINICAL LEAD, CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR IN ADVANCED CARDIAC IMAGING

Your research is mainly focused on cardiac imaging and its role in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. What do you enjoy most about your career in radiology?

“I really have a passion about trying to innovate using advanced cardiac imaging to improve outcomes in structural heart disease interventions—particularly Transcatheter aortic and now Transcatheter mitral valve procedures.”

Shelly Heneghan - Physiotherapist, Pulmonary Rehab Program

Shelly finished 2nd overall (1st in her age category) at the Fresh Air Cherry Blossom triathlon in Kelowna in May and 2nd in her age group again at the June Shawnigan Lake triathlon. More recently she was delighted to finish the Victoria Half Ironman in less than 5 hours, securing a podium spot in her age group. With results like this we figured she’d be a good person to speak with ahead of a sunny summer in Vancouver!

Get to know our Aboriginal Health Team

Scott Harrison, who has been with PHC since 2008, officially formed the Aboriginal Health Team in 2011.

As Director of HIV/AIDS, Urban Health & Addiction Services, Scott recognized that a leader with some ability to remove barriers and support system level changes needed to hold the space for Aboriginal health; a role which he subsequently took on for a number of reasons.

Maureen Murphy — Medical Device Reprocessing

How did you end up where you are now?
I grew up in Kamloops and was trained as a nurse in Victoria, but most of my ~40 year career was spent as an OR nurse at other hospitals across Canada. I tried to get into the OR here at St. Paul’s but at that time they were over staffed. A friend recommended taking the Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) course (we used to do a lot of the MDR work in the OR before it became an entity unto itself) and I was hired on at SPH eight years ago now.

Rick Luscombe — Vascular Access

In celebration of our Recognition theme on Bloom this month, we'd like to congratulate Rick Luscombe on his Excellence in Nursing Administration Award from the Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists!

How did you end up where you are now?
I attended George Brown College in Ontario for nursing. I first started in renal work at Toronto Western back in 1985 where I was working in peritoneal dialysis and transplants. After a few years I became a hemodialysis nurse and I fell in love with my work.

Nicole Keay - Coordinator Recruitment & HR Social Media

Recruitment sounds like a multi-faceted role — what all is involved in your day-to-day? 

LINDA RANKIN — HEALTH PROMOTIONS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY

This week PHC is celebrating National Mental Health Week. We chatted with Linda Rankin, coordinator of Health Promotions and Psychological Safety, on her new role created specifically to provide information and resources to staff with regards to their physical and psychological health, and to assist with the implementation of the Canadian Standards Association National Standard on Psychological Safety.

Karen Ann Boodle — Quality Improvement & Information Management

How did you get to where you are now?

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