On June 27 the 10th annual BC Health Care Awards ceremony honoured health care professionals across the province. Among award recipients were several BC Children’s Hospital health care professionals honoured for innovation and success within their field.
Accepting the Provincial Health Care Hero & Health Care Hero award was BC Children’s Dr. E. Jane Garland, child and adolescent psychiatrist. As founder of BC Children’s Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Dr. Garland works tirelessly to establish the clinic as a centre of excellence where patients and families receive world-class treatment. Dr. Garland is also a clinical professor at UBC and has spent decades engaged in research and consultation on psychopharmacological and cognitive behavioural treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. Her research in the area is so well recognized that her position papers have become benchmarks to guide physicians in safe prescribing practices.
BC Children’s Dr. Quyhn Doan, emergency physician and clinician scientist with the Child and Family Research Institute and Dr. Tyler Black, psychiatrist and medical director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency Inpatient Unit were awarded the Top Innovation – Health Authority award for their collaboration on HEARTSSMAP, a mental health evaluation tool.
HEARTSSMAP is used by Emergency Department (ED) clinicians to conduct a comprehensive and efficient assessment for patients who have a mental health concern. The tool facilitates clinicians’ decision making on urgency for psychiatric consult in the ED or within 72 hours after the assessment and discharge. An evaluation of the tool showed an improvement in waiting times for patients with mental health concerns and the overall length of stay in the ED.
The BC Health Care Awards are presented by the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) to recognize the efforts of health care employees who provide quality care and support to the people of British Columbia and acknowledge excellence and innovation in publicly funded health care.