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Lower Mainland Health Organizations Named Among Top BC Employers

British Columbia’s four Lower Mainland health organizations – Fraser Health (FH), Providence Health Care (PHC), the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) – have once again been named among the province’s Top 55 Employers for 2011.

Awarded by Mediacorp Canada Inc (the organizers of the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition), this is the third year in a row that PHC and PHSA have made the prestigious list and the second for FH and VCH. The Top 55 Employers lead their industries in recruitment and retention and offer exceptional places to work. The selection of employers is based on high employment standards and performance in several areas, including physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

“The recognition as being one of British Columbia’s top employer’s is testimony to the outstanding work of Lower Mainland health authorities and employers,” said Health Services Minister Colin Hansen. “Our world-class health system that delivers care to thousands of people every day is the result of the commitment and work of health professionals who deliver care and support services.”

The four health organizations employ more than 65,000 staff in highly specialized clinical and non-clinical roles. They were recognized as offering employees progressive work policies, opportunities for growth, competitive compensation and excellent benefits.

“Our leaders, working with their teams, are committed to creating great workplaces where people want to contribute because we support their well-being and engage the employees, physicians and volunteers who provide the care to our patients, residents and clients,” said Dr. Nigel Murray, President and CEO of Fraser Health. “I am delighted that Fraser Health has been acknowledged for the second straight year as a Top Employer in BC as this honour confirms, once again, that there are great workplaces across our organization.”

"It is truly an honour for Providence Health Care to be chosen three years in a row as a leading employer in this province," said Dianne Doyle, President and CEO of Providence. "This is a testament to our unique culture here at PHC, and because of that we have been able to attract and retain some of the best health care professionals from BC, Canada and around the world." “We are very pleased to have been recognized again this year. As the provider of specialized services throughout the province, PHSA and its agencies employ a group of diverse and highly-skilled employees,” said Lynda Cranston, President and CEO of PHSA. “A key part of our organizational strategy is engaging our employees and harnessing their experience to continuously improve the care we provide.”

“We are proud of the accomplishments which have earned us this designation,” said Dr. David Ostrow, President and CEO of Vancouver Coastal Health. “It exemplifies what we hear from our patients and their families about the quality of our services, and that comes down to the people who provide those services. We are proud to be a top employer of a skilled and engaged workforce.”

Fraser Health is the largest and fastest growing health authority serving 1.6 million people from Burnaby to Hope. With 26,000 employees, 2,500 physicians and 5,000 volunteers, we provide care in 12 hospitals, community services and residential care facilities. Our clinical services deliver a consistent, standard of care no matter where you receive it across the region. We have a population health approach for Aboriginals; women, youth, children and infants; older adults; and South Asian cardiovascular health.

Providence Health Care is one of Canada's largest faith-based health care organizations, operating 15 health care facilities in Greater Vancouver. Guided by the principle "How you want to be treated," PHC's 1,200 physicians, 6,000 staff and 1,500 volunteers deliver compassionate care to patients and residents in British Columbia. PHC operates one of two adult academic health science centres in the province, performs cutting-edge research in more than 30 clinical specialties, and focuses its services on six “populations of emphasis”: cardio-pulmonary risks and illnesses, HIV/AIDS, mental health, renal risks and illness, specialized needs in aging and urban health.

With more than 12,300 employees, PHSA and its agencies serve the five geographic areas of B.C. Its agencies include the BC Cancer Agency, BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, BC Provincial Renal Agency, BC Transplant, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, and Cardiac Services, along with numerous other programs and services.

VCH is responsible for the delivery of $2.9 billion in community, hospital and residential care to more than one million people in communities, including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.