Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Health News

Engaging with People

Fraser Health adds new board member

Release by Tasleem Juma, FHA



raser Health is pleased to announce Barinder Rasode has been appointed to its Board of Directors, by the Province of British Columbia.


Ms. Rasode was previously a City of Surrey Councillor for six years. Prior to her elected position, Rasode was an Account Executive with Pattison Sign Group and Staff Officer with the Professional Employees Association.


Over the years, she has taken an active role in her community through her volunteer activities with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She studied Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and Political Science at Simon Fraser University.

“Barinder has been an active member of the Surrey community and her dedication to community issues and her wealth of professional and volunteer experience will be an asset as she transitions to her new role and supports the board in its focus of improving care for patients in this region,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome Barinder to Fraser Health,” said Karen Matty, Chair of the Board. “Her public service and philosophy of engaging with people in a meaningful way, aligns ideally with Fraser Health’s vision of putting patients first. We are confident that she will add valuable insight as we work to implement new strategies and initiatives that benefit patients and families.”

Fraser Health is aligned with the Ministry of Health’s vision of putting patients and families at the centre of care. The health authority is committed to ensuring that people are receiving the right health service in the right place, and improving experiences and outcomes for patients.

The Board of Directors provides the governance and vision for Fraser Health. It works with management to establish overall strategic direction, reviews long-term plans, and ensures appropriate community consultation.

View Fraser Health’s Strategic and Operational Plan and monthly Health Care Report Card.




SURREY -Fraser Health continues to make strides to improve the patient experience by reducing wait lists and improving timely access to services such as MRIs and surgeries.

Fraser Health estimates it will provide an additional 1,500 MRI scans and more than 650 extra surgeries by the end of March – increases of 4% and almost 7% respectively from the current volumes.

The health authority reports that a continued focus on falls and injury prevention has reduced falls-related injuries by 30% within local hospitals - and believes it can continue to build on this success. A number of initiatives are already in place such as impact resistance flooring, a slipper replacement program, increased hip protector use and non-slip socks for patients. It will continue to develop new strategies to prevent falls in its care facilities.

Further aligning with a focus on patients and families and ensuring it is working to offer the right health service in the right place, new peritoneal dialysis beds in The Residence in Mission residential care facility means seniors in Fraser East can now also benefit from dialysis services in their community, avoiding a trip to the hospital.
“Fraser Health has committed to a renewed focus, which will see the health authority working to put the patient at the centre of the care and emphasize initiatives that will improve the overall health of the population,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “These early results show that this direction is already helping to enhance the experience and outcomes for patients.”

“Health care is about people. Our job is to look at all aspects of how we run our programs and services to make sure we’re doing the best we can to improve the experience people have when they come to us,” says Michael Marchbank, president and CEO. “Our decisions need to be focussed on patients and their families and as an organization we will spend some time determining how to best ensure this always happens.”

At the centre of Fraser Health’s improvement efforts are patients and families, ensuring quality care is responsive to their individual needs and values, and in the most appropriate place.

View Fraser Health’s Strategic and Operational Plan and monthly Health Care Report Card.




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