Dr. Carmen Larsen brought a new Facility Engagement idea to the VJH Physician Society back in the spring of 2019. Her proposal and funding request was accepted unanimously. Working diligently with Camille Roney they have completed the first phrase of the activity.
Background and Purpose of Study
Surgical assist services at Vernon Jubilee Hospital are currently provided by a dedicated and varied group of physicians for elective, on-call and obstetrical surgeries. While the group operates collegially with each other and surgical colleagues, there is no formal structure or voice that represents their group interests nor offers a communication pathway to the Department of Surgery or hospital administration/Interior Health Authority (IHA). For example, there is no official OR assist representative that is responsible to attend Department of Surgery meetings and report back to assist colleagues.
Additionally, there is no consistent approach for scheduling to some assists, no clear process for including new physicians who want to assist and no orientation for new assists. The hope is that by gathering feedback from current assists, we can better understand the strengths and opportunities for improvement for assist services and ultimately surgical patient care.
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