Five inspiring employees were honoured at the 12th annual North Shore Health Care Awards held at Lions Gate Hospital on January 17.
Hosted by the Lions Gate Hospital (LGH) Foundation, the awards celebrate the dedication and commitment to excellence shown by health care professionals working in VCH facilities on the North Shore, who go ‘above and beyond’ to inspire the people they serve and the people they work with.
This year, there were 54 nominees – 35 for the Workplace Inspiration award, eight for Clinical Practice and 11 for the Leadership award. The Spirit of Philanthropy award winners are selected by the Foundation.
On top of recognition at the event, each award winner receives $1,000 from the LGH Foundation. This year’s North Shore Health Care Awards winners are:
Home Care Nurse, Home & Community Care, West Community Health Centre
Jane is the primary community nurse for Bowen Island. She is the embodiment of the ‘Home is Best’ philosophy and goes above and beyond to explore all possible resources to facilitate this process for her clients and reduce hospital admissions. From advocating at municipal meetings to helping develop community circles of care, Jane’s enduring professionalism and can-do attitude make her an inspirational role model for her colleagues and the wider community care team.
Public Health Resource Nurse – Immunization and Communicable Disease, Public Health North Shore
Nicole has extensive vaccine and immunization expertise in our community. This, coupled with her outstanding ability to communicate clinical practice guidelines with precision and clarity, ensures the best possible immunization care is provided on the North Shore. Nicole’s desire to keep up-to-date with the latest immunization evidence and best practice makes her an essential resource for staff, physicians and pharmacists alike. Her endless enthusiasm and diligence to her practice is applauded by all who work with her.
Team Lead, Child and Youth/Public Health, North Van Central Office
Tara is an inspirational leader who sees an opportunity in every challenge that comes her way. Responding to her team’s concerns, she developed a policy and protocol for the immunization of kindergarten children. She was instrumental in the development of the Foundry and by sharing the North Shore Public Health team’s achievements in reaching higher immunization rates, contributed to a highly spirited and positive work environment. Employees on her five teams feel supported, recognized and valued thanks to Tara’s unconditional respect for each and every one of them.
In past years, only one Spirit of Philanthropy award has been given out, but this year the LGH Foundation selected two deserving people for this award:
Manager of the ICU, LGH
Not only was Karen Mayo born at LGH, she has also worked at the hospital for the past 33 years. She started out as a nurse and has had many roles at the hospital. She currently manages the Intensive Care Unit. Every year, Karen volunteers at the Foundation’s golf tournament – one of the biggest fundraisers of the year. She has also taken time out of her busy schedule to phone and thank donors on Philanthropy Day and she has given numerous presentations to donors to help them understand how important their support is for improving patient care. Karen is an enthusiastic champion of the Foundation and she is always ready to help in whatever way she can.
Head of Cardiology, LGH
Dr. John Vyselaar is a sports cardiologist; providing consultations and screening for the Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions, Vancouver Canucks, multiple Olympic teams, and other professional athletes. Dr. Vyselaar is a UBC clinical instructor, and an advocate and medical co-lead for the use of telehealth, serving patients in geographically remote areas. He is a site leader (principal investigator) for multiple clinical trials and leads a research nurse program. He is also works to improve physician engagement as part of the Lions Gate Physician Society.