Written by Catherine Oversby, Coordinator, Recognition, People and Organization Development

Congratulations to Misty Stephens, recipient of the Fraser Health - Health Care Hero Award and to the Ceiling Lift Program Team for an Award of Merit.

Fraser Health team members have been recognized with two 2017 BC Health Care Awards.

Presented by the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) on Monday, June 26, the awards recognize the efforts of health care employees who provide quality care and acknowledge excellence and innovation in publicly funded health care.

Our congratulations go to…

Health Care Hero: Misty Stephens, Enterostomal Therapist at Peace Arch Hospital

Adjusting to life with an ostomy following bowel surgery isn`t easy, but if Misty Stephens is your nurse, you can be sure that you are receiving the best possible care.

Misty is a Registered Nurse at Peace Arch and Burnaby hospitals who specializes in wound, ostomy and continence care. Ostomy patients have both physical and emotional care needs as they adjust to life post-surgery, and Misty is committed to caring for the entire patient, ensuring that their wounds are properly cared for to prevent infections, and connecting her patients with support programs so they have access to the emotional or even financial support they may need.

Misty launched an outpatient ostomy clinic to ensure that her patients have the support and care they need after they are discharged. Colleagues report that patients often come to the clinic crying, overcome by stress, but leave laughing as Misty helps them to see that life does not end with an ostomy, it just changes.

Thank you, Misty for raising the standards of care for ostomy patients, and supporting patients throughout their entire journey.

Top Innovation - Award of Merit: Ceiling Lift Program Team at Royal Columbian Hospital

Project Leaders: Alan Kelly and Les Cleveland

Project Team: Tim Kelly, Mitch Weimer, Michael Mankwald, Mark Spanjers, Lionel Haricombe, Dan Hunchuk

Ceiling Lift Team

Imagine you are a nurse who must lift a patient to provide care. In an effort to help, he puts his arms around your neck and his body weight results in an injury, causing you chronic pain and disability for the rest of your life. To avoid this type of scenario, ceiling lifts were introduced in BC health facilities 15 years ago as a safer alternative to manually lifting.

Naturally, these lifts need to be repaired over time. In 2015, Fraser Health was faced with a significant increase in the cost of a third-party maintenance package. Fraser Health’s Ceiling Lift Program Team responded by organizing their own shop that now provides ceiling lift maintenance to health authorities across the province. To date, they have repaired 571 lifts, realizing significant savings in parts and labour.

Thank you, Ceiling Lift Program Team for your dedication to maintaining patient and staff safety in an efficient and fiscally responsible manner. 

About BC Health Care Awards

Learn more about this year's award recipients.


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