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VCH wins award for championing Canadian innovation in health care

27/10/2022

Vancouver Coastal Health has won the 2022 Edge of the Year Award for championing Canadian innovation in health care.

“On behalf of VCH, I am honoured to accept CAN Health's 2022 Edge of the Year Award," said Vivian Eliopoulos, President and Chief Executive Officer at VCH.

“We are pleased to be a part of the CAN Health network as we continue to build a culture of innovation at VCH to transform the future of health care for patients across British Columbia."

The 2022 Edge of the Year Award is presented annually to a health care organization that exemplifies what it means to be an “Edge": consistently engaging and participating in the CAN Health Network initiatives at all levels of the organization.

VCH joined the CAN Health Network in 2020 as the founding partner in British Columbia. The CAN Health Network is a national partnership comprised of leading Canadian health organizations and companies across Canada. The goal of the Network is to work together to introduce new solutions into the health care system, and pave the way for Canadian businesses to scale both across Canada and internationally.  

“Vancouver Coastal Health has truly embraced what it means to champion Canadian innovation by helping companies overcome structural barriers," CAN Health wrote in the award nomination. “Vancouver Coastal Health's commitment to the CAN Health Network is inspiring."

Darcia Pope, Chief Transformation Officer & Vice President, Innovation & Planetary Health at VCH, says partnering with the CAN Health Network makes it easier for the organization to work with companies with interesting technologies, supporting VCH's innovation priority of partnerships to access new capacity, expertise and resources.

“Like many other health care sectors, we are facing a sustainability challenge. There is an increasing demand for services in the face of declining capacity. Issues like climate change, pandemics, and human resources challenges are also straining our system," she said.

“We have been working hard to build a culture of innovation at VCH to help combat these challenges, and find creative solutions to the problems we face. Winning CAN Health's 2022 Edge of the Year Award means so much to us. It's so inspiring to partner with a like-minded organization as we work to transform VCH's culture, bringing innovation to the forefront of everything we do."

Want to learn more about innovation at VCH? Email Director of Innovation Rachael Ritchie at innovation@vch.ca

View the CAN Health news release.


Watch VCH's award acceptance video

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