Written by Brenda Liggett, Vice President, Facilities Management and Chief Financial Officer

Facilities Maintenance Operations and its staff who work in VCH facilities will become part of the Lower Mainland Business Initiatives and Support Services.

Facilities Maintenance Operations and its staff and management who work in Vancouver Coastal Health facilities, will become part of the Lower Mainland Business Initiatives and Support Services. Over the coming weeks, they will manage the transition of the portfolio from Fraser Health to Vancouver Coastal Health. This process will lead to all facilities maintenance operations management at Vancouver Coastal Health owned and operated locations becoming Coastal Health employees.

This change only impacts facilities staff and management working at Vancouver Coastal Health owned and operated sites. Facilities staff and management working at Providence Health Care, Fraser Health and Provincial Health Services Authority sites will remain with Lower Mainland Facilities Management, under Fraser Health. As well, all facilities management staff overseeing Vancouver Coastal Health facilities management services other than Facilities Maintenance Operations will remain with Fraser Health. Vancouver Coastal Health Facilities Maintenance and Operations will work with Lower Mainland Facilities Management to develop performance standards for facilities maintenance operations throughout the Lower Mainland and report on these standards regularly.

The transition of Vancouver Coastal Health dedicated facilities management staff will be carefully and respectfully coordinated by Lower Mainland Business Initiatives and Support Services over the coming weeks, with support from Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health human resource departments. Lower Mainland Business Initiatives and Support Services will conduct comprehensive consultation with all impacted facilities maintenance operations management, staff and other stakeholders, with the aim of determining key challenges and opportunities and translating these into short and longer term strategies for the success of the team.

This change will not impact the following services, which will remain under Fraser Health leadership through Lower Mainland Facilities Management:

  • Energy and Environmental Stability
  • Real Estate, Leasing, Property and Asset Management
  • Facilities Master Concept, Project Planning and Development
  • Capital Project Implementation
  • Support for Public Private Partnerships
  • Facilities Business Affairs and Administration
  • Facilities Systems and Supports (includes performance management and the development of standards)

Until advised otherwise, it is business as usual. However, those issues that would once have gone to Paul Becker should now be directed to David Handley, vice president of Lower Mainland Business Initiatives and Support Services. Vancouver Coastal Health thanks our colleagues at Fraser Health for their leadership over the years in providing these management services at their sites.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Lower Mainland Business Initiatives and Support Services, it is a Lower Mainland consolidated department led by Vancouver Coastal Health that provides non-clinical support services through contracted service providers and in-house operations to some 63 sites spanning Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health, and Provincial Health Services. Lower Mainland Business Initiatives and Support Services provides strategic and operational planning, management and control of activities aimed at deriving best value from business partnerships and support services at the Lower Mainland health authorities. Lower Mainland Business Initiatives and Support Services, wishes to extend a warm welcome to the facilities maintenance operations team and looks forward to working with you.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Brenda Liggett, vice president, facilities management and chief financial officer at brenda.liggett@fraserhealth.ca.


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