Category: Award

SSC Enhanced Recovery Fund Recipients

The Specialist Services Committee (SSC) is a joint committee between Doctors of BC and the BC government, with regular representation from health authorities. SSC formed in 2006 under the Physician Master Agreement to help the Doctors of BC, BC government and health authorities collaborate on the delivery of specialist services and support improvement of the specialist care system in BC.

With the close of the SSC-sponsored BC Enhanced Recovery Collaborative in mid-January and Ministry of Health-led conversations about a potential provincial plan underway, the SSC has approved a short term Enhanced Recovery Bridge Fund of $221,000  to boost or supplement a BC site’s current resources and strategies during this transition phase.

The SSC Enhanced Recovery Bridge Fund, to be used by March 31, 2017, aims to help:

  1. Maintain the Enhanced Recovery infrastructures already in place;
  2. Support the launch of Enhanced Recovery in new sites and service lines; and
  3. Keep momentum going while conversations about a provincial approach to Enhanced Recovery take place.

The Enhanced Recovery Fund was met with an overwhelming response from interested sites. The SSC is pleased to announce that it has approved funding for 22 hospitals from across BC. Funds will support activities not only in elective colorectal surgery – where most sites start their Enhanced Recovery programs – but also emergency general surgery, hepatobiliary, gynecology, and urology procedures. New pathways and accompanying tools across all sites will be shared on this website as they become available.

Congratulations to the Fund Recipients:



Abbotsford Regional Hospital Campbell River Hospital
Burnaby Hospital Cowichan District Hospital
Chilliwack General Hospital Victoria General Hospital
Eagle Ridge Hospital Mills Memorial Hospital
Langley Memorial Hospital University Hospital of Northern BC
Ridge-Meadows Hospital St. Paul’s Hospital
Royal Columbian Hospital Lions Gate Hospital
INTERIOR HEALTH Richmond Hospital
Kelowna General Hospital Vancouver General Hospital
Penticton Regional Hospital
Royal Inland Hospital



Could you benefit from a summer student for your Enhanced Recovery program?

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is now accepting applications for the 2016 summer studentships in quality improvement.

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is offering funding to support summer students to work with teams across the province to improve care. Teams from any publicly-funded health organization are eligible to submit a project proposal. This program offers students an opportunity to conduct meaningful quality improvement projects while gaining valuable experience in the BC health care setting.

The project term will be 225 hours of work that can take place between June to August 2016. Deadline for applications is April 29, 2016.

Please see the BCPSQC website for details.

Award: Vancouver General Hospital ERAS Team Wins NSQIP 2015 SCR Abstract Competition Award!

Congratulations to Tracey Hong (Quality & Patient Safety Coordinator, primary author) and the VGH ERAS team for being awarded the 2015 SCR Abstract Competition Award by the American College of Surgeons – NSQIP. Tracey is the first Canadian to receive this prestigious award and will be presenting her abstract at the general session of the ACS-NSQIP National Conference, which takes place from July 25-28, in Chicago. Her winning abstract is titled, “How the Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) Protocol Can Improve Patient Outcomes.”

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