RCCbc publishes a monthly eNewsletter, BC Rural Update, that features interviews with BC rural physicians, administrators, and allied healthcare professionals.
We accept submitted articles for the eNewsletter (subject to editing for length and clarity). To contribute an article, contact Sharon Mah, Communications Manager.
May 17, 2017
BC Rural Health Awards recognize physician innovation, collaboration to save Fort St John healthcare
VANCOUVER – Two British Columbia rural physicians and three organizations in the community of Fort St. John were recognized and feted for their accomplishments and contributions to rural medical practice at the Rural Coordination Centre of BC’s (RCCbc) BC Rural Health Conference held in Prince George, BC on Saturday, May 13th, 2017.
Two physicians were honoured for contributions that greatly elevated the health and well-being of their respective communities. Dr. Leta Burechailo received the Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Innovation for her preventative and primary care work with at-risk youth in Powell River. Dr. Nicole Ebert received the Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Lifetime Achievement for her contributions to primary and obstetrical care in Vanderhoof, along with her work as clinical faculty for UBC’s Department of Family Practice rural residency program, and her numerous leadership and administrative roles, including a recent tenure as the Medical Lead of the Northern Health Elder Services Program.
The North Peace Division of Family Practice/Northern Health/City of Fort St. John were joint recipients of the Rural BC Community Award for their collaborative work in handling the 2013 primary care crisis in Fort St. John. This diverse group of physicians, local government officials, and health authority representatives developed strategies to recruit and retain new physicians and implement new models of service delivery to provide appropriate health care for their community.
2017 marks the fourth year that RCCbc has recognized BC physicians and communities for their contribution and dedication to rural medical practice with the BC Rural Health Awards (formerly the Awards of Excellence in Rural Medicine). Each year, RCCbc recognizes rural physicians within a themed category (e.g., Rural Opinion Leaders in 2015, Outstanding Mentors in 2014) as well as acknowledging long-term practitioners who have shaped and served their communities for more than 15 years. In 2016, RCCbc began to honour the valuable work of interprofessional health care teams in sustaining and/or retaining rural community health services in British Columbia.
A call for nominations was issued in February 2017 through BC Rural Update, the eNewsletter of the RCCbc for the 2017 BC Rural Health Awards. Recipients were selected by a committee consisting of representatives from RCCbc and the University of British Columbia. All honourees received a physical plaque/award, along with a $2,500 grant to be used for hosting a community celebration.
The BC Rural Health Awards are made possible through the generous funding provided by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC). The JSC is a joint collaboration between the BC government and the Doctors of BC that provides policy oversight as well as funding for rural physician programs to increase recruitment and retention of doctors in British Columbia.
April 3, 2017
Kim Williams seconded to RCCbc to support rural surgical and obstetric networks program development
VANCOUVER – The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) is pleased to announce that Ms. Kim Williams will be joining its team effective Friday, April 14, 2017. Ms. Williams is being seconded to RCCbc from Perinatal Services BC (PSBC) for two years, and will spend the majority of her time working on rural network development projects. She will continue to work with PSBC one day a week during this period.
Ms. Williams has been a valuable contributor to RCCbc’s rural surgical and obstetric network (RSON) development process, and will be leading RCCbc’s work in this area in her new role. Says Williams, “this is a great opportunity to take this project forward and builds on all the work PSBC has partnered on over the last three years.” The RSON program aims to stabilize robust, sustainable local surgery programs in select areas of BC with small surgical programs served by general practitioners with enhanced surgical skills or by a solo general surgeon. It is anticipated that these rural surgical and obstetrical programs will increase the health services capacity of rural communities by supporting enhanced critical care, emergency and trauma care, and maternity programs, including obstetrical delivery and cesarean section.
During her secondment, Ms. Williams will be stepping away from her role as Provincial Executive Director of Perinatal Services BC. Ms. Lily Lee will be the Acting Executive Director for PSBC during this period. Ms Lee has more than 30 years of experience in perinatal care and has held many leadership roles in advanced practice, education, management, and policy and program development. Lily is active in provincial and national perinatal organizations and is a member of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System Committee.
Ms. Williams received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia. She also has certificates in both leadership and engagement. Her passion for perinatal nursing began as a frontline nurse over 25 years ago at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. She moved to Fraser Health in 2001 where her career progressed across many leadership roles, including clinical educator, unit manager, health service administrator, project manager, and system planner. Kim returned to PHSA in 2008 and became the Provincial Executive Director of Perinatal Services BC (PSBC) in 2010. Under her leadership, PSBC has achieved several milestones, including the development of: the first North American resource for managing pregnancies with Downs Syndrome; innovative Canadian patient and clinical resources such as the Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain program, Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing, and Biliary Atresia Home Screening program; and supports designed specifically for Aboriginal women and babies including the Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport, the Aboriginal Safe Sleep Toolkit and the tripartite Aboriginal Doula Initiative. PSBC became the first provincial facility in Canada to publish hospital level maternal and neo-natal indicators, empowering women to make informed decisions with health care providers regarding birthing options. Ms. Williams commitment to interdisciplinary collaborative care and equitable access to safe maternity care as close to home as possible have become the underpinnings for many other provincial initiatives.
November 15, 2016
New UBC chair to advocate for rural health care in B.C.
PRINCE GEORGE – Health Minister Terry Lake announced a $5-million endowment to establish a new chair at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to help enhance the delivery of rural health-care services across the province.
Dr. Dave Snadden has been appointed as the founding rural doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health. Dr. Snadden was also the first leader of UBC’s Northern Medical Program in Prince George.
The $5-million endowment is funded through the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC that advises the Province on matters related to rural medical practice.
In addition, operational funding of $350,000 per year will be provided over the next five years to support the development of a distributed provincial network of rural health researchers and the establishment of a Dean’s Advisory Committee on Rural and Remote Health. These components will form an integrated and innovative world-leading strategy to improve health outcomes for rural citizens.
Based out of Prince George, Dr. Snadden will provide academic leadership in rural affairs, establish relevant research, and address rural physician recruitment and retention.
The chair was created following a proposal by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, which works on behalf of the Joint Standing Committee, and seeks to improve rural health education and advocates for rural health in British Columbia.
While the position falls under the UBC department of family practice, it is intended to be a resource to the university’s faculty of medicine as a whole, including specialty departments and other professional education schools.
Prior to his role as founding chair, Dr. Snadden was the executive associate dean of education with the UBC faculty of medicine. Before that, he spent eight years overseeing the expansion of UBC’s medical education and training programs to northern B.C, including the Northern Medical Program, a partnership between UBC and the University of Northern British Columbia. He trained and worked in Scotland as a rural practitioner for a number of years before furthering his training at the University of Western Ontario. Upon his return to Scotland, Dr. Snadden developed a collaborative master’s program in primary care and helped create the first integrated undergraduate and postgraduate department of general practice in the United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. His three-year term is effective Nov. 1, 2016.
The Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health is one of many solutions to address health-care access challenges in rural communities. The ministry is committed to improving rural health care in B.C. by: understanding population and patient health; developing quality and sustainable care models; recruiting and retaining engaged, skilled health-care providers; and providing strong tools and processes that allow flexibility in responding to the diversity of geographies in British Columbia.
Watch all of the UBC Chair in Rural Health announcements on YouTube or click on an individual video below:
Hon. Minister Terry Lake
Dr. Alan Ruddiman, President, Doctors of BC
Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Granger Avery, President, Canadian Medical Association and Chair, Rural Issues Committee, Doctors of BC
Dr. Dave Snadden, Rural Doctors Founding UBC Chair in Rural Health
June 16, 2016
Awards of Excellence in Rural Medicine recognizes interprofessional teams, physicians
Three British Columbia rural physicians and two rural community interprofessional health care teams were recognized and feted for their accomplishments and contributions to rural medical practice at the Rural Coordination Centre of BC’s (RCCbc) Rural Emergency Continuum of Care (RECC) medical conference held in Prince George, BC on Thursday, June 9, 2016.
Three physicians – Drs. Jel Coward (Pemberton), Norm Lea (Nakusp), and David May (Powell River) – were honoured for contributions that greatly elevated the health and well-being of their respective communities.
For the first time in the history of the Awards of Excellence in Rural Medicine, two interprofessional health care teams were nominated for recognition. The integrated physician-nurse practitioner team at Waneta Primary Care Clinic in Trail, BC was given the “Sustained Community” award for its work in sustaining the health and well-being of the community over many years. The “Resilient Community” award recognized the work of 21 physicians, nurses, allied healthcare professionals and administrators at the Cascade Medical Centre and Princeton General Hospital. This group worked hard in the face of several challenging situations to substantively improve the health and well-being of the community of Princeton.
October 6, 2015
RCCbc accepting applications for Executive Director vacancy
The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) is seeking a BC rural physician to step into the role of Executive Director. The complete job description may be downloaded here (PDF).
All applications must be received no later than Friday, November 6, at 11:59 pm. Please forward all applications in confidence to:
Dr. Alan Ruddiman
c/o Leslie Carty at the Rural Co-ordination Centre of BC
620 – 1665 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 1X1
(or via firstname.lastname@example.org)
June 4, 2015
Winners of Awards of Excellence in Rural Medicine at 2015 rural medical conference
VANCOUVER – Eight British Columbia rural physicians were recognized and feted for their accomplishments and contributions to rural medical practice at the Rural Emergency Continuum of Care (RECC) medical conference held in Penticton, BC on Friday, May 23.
Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues introduces Rural Interest Award for medical students
The Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC are strengthening their efforts to attract more doctors to rural and remote communities with a new shared $100,000 financial award for medical students who demonstrate an interest in practising medicine in those communities and to support rural students entering medical school.
Read the full Rural Interest Award news release
December 19, 2014
Draft proposal for provincial Emergency Medicine Network now available for commenting
A message from Dr. Granger Avery, Executive Director, RCCbc
Dr. Jim Christenson – Professor and Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, UBC – has led a substantial process to develop a proposal for a provincial Emergency Medicine Network. Following several discussions with RCCbc members, a draft document was recently presented to a variety of physicians and others interested in supporting EM across the province.
The draft document can be accessed on RCCbc’s eNews site. Please read the document when you have a moment and provide your comments online at the eNews site.