The Facility Engagement Initiative is intended to strengthen the relationships and engagement between VJH medical staff and Interior Health Authority leadership.
To support this, the VJH Physician Society was created in 2016. Its Executive and VJHPS Working Group are tasked with finding ways to:
- Improve communication and relationships among the medical staff, so their views are more effectively represented.
- Prioritize issues that significantly affect physicians and patient care.
- Support medical staff contributions to the development and achievement of health authority plans and initiatives that directly affect physicians.
- Have meaningful interactions between the medical staff and health authority leaders, including physicians in formal HA medical leadership roles.
With these goals in mind, the following activities have been created and VJH medical staff are encouraged to participate where they have an interest or area of expertise.
Please contact the VJHPS Project Manager to discuss your interest in any of the activities listed below.
To view Facility Engagement activities happening across BC, click to access the searchable online SEAT (Site Engagement Activity Tracker) Database.
|Advancing Comprehensive Care of the Arthroplasty Patient||Many factors contribute to the care of arthroplasty patients, delivered by a variety of medical as well as paramedical professionals. Problems, however, are encountered when such efforts are not coordinated between these groups from the outset. This activity aims to develop comprehensive and consistent patient information documents that follows the patient from initial consultation through post-operative recovery and beyond, involving input from community and hospital clinical staff.|
|Allied Health Education||All Departments||To engage and reimburse medical staff (physicians, midwives) in teacher roles, to provide education for allied health professionals and physicians,where no funding for such activity currently exists.|
Maximum allowable hours per participant = 20. Completion of the Activity Report form is required.
|Centralized Booking for Endoscopy||Surgery||Pilot study to reduce wait times for colonoscopy procedures by reassigning patients AFTER consultation to the first available endoscopist. This is an alternative to “centralized referral” processes.|
|Centralized Booking for Hernia Surgery||Surgery||Pilot study to reduce wait times for inguinal and umbilical hernia surgery by booking patients on O.R. slate to first available surgeon AFTER consultation. This is an alternative to “centralized referral” processes.|
|Departmental/Interdepartmental Enrichment Meetings||All Departments|| Reimbursement for attending meetings that enhance communication, planning, reviewing, prioritizing, and improving patient and family-centered care and the physicians’ work environment.|
Click here for full guidelines and the DIEM online form (meeting organizer must complete the DIEM online form noting participants and summarizing outcome of meeting within one month of event.)
|Fine Wire Localization||Multiple Departments||Meetings of physicians from family medicine, diagnostic imaging, surgery and pathology departments to better understand breast lesion treatments.|
|Inter-Society Facility Engagement Sessional Reimbursement||All Departments||Reimbursing VJH physicians to attend other engagement Societies’ activities to build relationships, enhance learning, and improve patient care.|
|M & M Catering Reimbursement||All Departments||Reimbursement for catering during M&M Committee meetings. Max $30/person. Expense receipt must be submitted along with record of attendance. Physicians cannot be reimbursed for attendance as M&M rounds are a requirement to maintain hospital privileges.|
|Physician Lounge Refurbishment||All Departments||Financial support for improving physician areas within the VJH to improve the physicians’ working environment.|
|Physician Recruitment||All Departments||Reimbursement for recruitment activities that support engagement with prospective candidates, in the form of site visits, facility tours, community tours and social engagement. A maximum of 8 hours of physician sessional time per candidate visit is reimbursable. Expenses not already paid or reimbursed by IH may be claimed up to a maximum of $1000 per candidate site visit (receipts required).|
|Physician Surgical Assist Working Group||Surgery||Collaborating with physician assists, surgical colleagues and hospital administration to consider a more formal structure for the provision of surgical assist services at VJH to provide a safe, well-staffed, comprehensive and skilled surgical assist services and a collective voice for the physicians who staff this service.|
|Protecting the Rights of Involuntary Patients under the Mental Health Act||Involuntary admission of patients with mental health disorders presents inherent and profound curtailment of individual rights with significant risks to patients and medico-legal risk to physicians and the Health Authority. The successful outcome and implementation of this project will translate into a sustainable education and monitoring framework that will ensure the protection of individual patient rights, physician, staff and organizational risk to ensure compliance with newly implemented standards in BC.|
|Reducing Redundant Lab testing||All Departments||To investigate through data collection if there is evidence to suggester whether redundant laboratory testing is a significant problem.|
|Resuscitation & Simulations (SIMS)||All Departments||Reimburse physicians for conducting and attending simulations. Click here for full guidelines and SIMS online form which must be completed for reimbursement.|
|Uncharted / Missed Documents from VJH to Community MDs Review||All Departments||Research to determine the extent of VJH electronic and paper format documents (labs, X-rays, reports) being lost or sent in error to community MDs or in some cases to the wrong MDs, and/or wrong locations.|
|Uncompensated Committee Work||All Departments||Reimburse sessional time for physician attendance on IH quality committees. These committees are requested by IH but not part of the requirements to maintain hospital privileges. Click to read full guidelines.|
|VJH Surgery/Hospitalist Co-Management of Elderly Surgical Patients||Surgery, Hospitalists||Researching the options and mechanisms to institute automatic hospitalist consultation for the purposes of comanagement of specific surgical patient populations. This will include defining which patients will trigger automatic comanagement, determining a compensation model, development of a mechanism to inform hospitalist of the request for comanagement and outlining roles and responsibilities for surgeons and hospitalists in comanagement.|