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Celebrating the best at this year's North Shore Health Care Awards


Congratulations to the outstanding nominees who were honoured at the 13th Annual Health Care Awards ceremony hosted by Lions Gate Hospital Foundation last week.

A packed house turned out to celebrate more than 40 members of staff and physicians from across the North Shore who were nominated by their peers for their outstanding achievements in the categories of Workplace Inspiration, Clinical Practice, and Leadership.

Natalie Wilhelm, RN Ambulatory Clinic, Home & Community Care, West and Central Community Health Centre, who received the award for Workplace Inspiration was nominated by eight different colleagues.

Natalie has been the driving force behind the West Vancouver Ambulatory Clinic for the past 15 years. She's an influential presence in the community, not just providing nursing care but meeting with families, sourcing appropriate services, providing help and advice with housing and supplying food and clothes for homeless clients.

During her 25 years on the North Shore, Natalie has been an amazing source of knowledge to other health care practitioners in the community.

The award for Clinical Excellence went to Marieve Legrand, Stroke and TIA Coordinator in Neurosciences at LGH.

Marieve has been instrumental in transforming stroke care at LGH through her role as the LGH lead on the province-wide hyper-acute stroke collaborative. Her passion and commitment to ensure all stroke patients receive timely, evidence-based care inspired those around her, resulting in a successful, interdisciplinary, interdepartmental collaboration that positively impacted patient care, access, staff satisfaction and engagement.

Michelle Connell, Simulation Educator for the Coastal Simulation Program is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award.

During her 17 years at LGH, Michelle has been nominated for a North Shore Health Care Award six times. Described as a “natural leader and creative genius" by her colleagues, she has used her legendary interpersonal skills to transform simulation training and education. Not only did the number of simulation exercises more than double in a 10-month period, she also extended the rural outreach program and inspired eight new user groups to join the simulation program.

Working with teams in Emergency, Marieve Legrand and neuro-physicians, she devised a set of simulation events that tested and improved the Code 77 algorithm. Thanks to the sim-based training, Emergency staff were subsequently able to reduce the critical medication administration time from 60 minutes to 17 minutes in real, live emergencies.

The Spirit of Philanthropy Award which is presented by LGH Foundation to exceptional individuals who exemplify a giving spirit and who frequently go above and beyond in their support of the Foundation's fundraising endeavours was presented to two of the Foundation's most active supporters.

For close to 18 years, anesthesiologist, Dr. Shafik Thobani has been a champion of the Foundation. Over the past three years, his work behind-the-scenes helped to raise millions of dollars for the Medical & Surgical campaign.

The second recipient, Egidio Pasin, Site Co-Ordinator, Diagnostic Imaging, has been an active volunteer at numerous Foundation events including emcee at the annual LGH staff BBQ. He has led out-of-hours donor events and most famously, he has taken on mascot duties for the Foundation and donned and danced in the Seymour the lion costume.

As well as receiving the admiration and respect of their colleagues, each of the 2019 recipients took home $1,000 and a keepsake trophy.

“The Health Care Awards provide an opportunity for the Foundation to say a great big THANK YOU to all of the staff for the work they do, day in and day out," says Judie Savage President & CEO of LGH Foundation. “We'd also like to thank everyone who took time to nominate a peer and we encourage everyone working on the North Shore to think about who they would like to nominate next year." 

LGH Foundation would like to thank event emcee Braden Davie, Director Professional Practice, Nursing & Allied Health and all of the staff who participated in the celebration video and shook it out with Taylor Swift!


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