The 2020 BC Health Care Awards recipients have been announced and Royal Inland Hospital and one Interior health care worker are being acknowledged.
Presented by the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC), the BC Health Care Awards recognize individuals and teams who work to ensure that the province's health care system remains among the best in the world.
Awards are given in six categories to projects to projects improving health care delivery through innovative and collaborative approaches and to people making a positive impact and inspiring those around them.
Those acknowledged have been recognized as providers of outstanding care or contributing to improved practices.
Of the seven Award of Merit recipients being honoured, two are from Interior Health.
This year's Health Care Hero is Suzanne Lehbauer, executive director, at Castlegar Hospice Society. Lehbauer was chosen for this award because she goes above and beyond to make a difference in health care.
"Whether it is a long-time employee being nominated for a lifetime of achievement or a fresh face who has made a difference in a short time with their dedication and enthusiasm, a Health Care Hero is someone who colleagues can look to for inspiration," the BC Health Care Awards award description states.
The Dianna Mah-Jones Award of Excellence in Person-Centred Care was given to the Intensive Care Unit Patient & Family Advisory Council, at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.
This award goes to the team that makes use of leading practices to improve care for patients, residents or clients by focusing on the needs of the person rather than the needs of the system or service.
To watch the full award ceremony, click here.