Award categories

The BC Health Care Awards honour the best in BC’s publicly funded health care community. Awards are handed out at a luncheon each June in the following categories:

Projects
Top Innovation: Affiliate
Top Innovation: Health Authority
Workplace Health Innovation
Collaborative Solutions
Health Care Hero (Individual award)
Affiliate
Fraser Health
Interior Health
Island Health
Northern Health
Provincial Health Services
Vancouver Coastal Health

Of these, one is recognized as the Provincial Health Care Hero – a health care superhero!

Prizes

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  • Hand-crafted glass Gold Apple sculpture and framed certificate for Gold Apple recipients;
  • Framed certificate for Award of Merit recipients;
  • Public recognition at the BC Health Care Awards luncheon;
  • Two tickets to the BC Health Care Awards luncheon;
  • For Gold Apple recipients residing outside Metro Vancouver, travel expenses and one night’s hotel accommodation to attend the awards luncheon;
  • Profile and recognition in HEABC and BC Health Care Awards websites and publications.

The awards are judged by a panel of community, academic and business leaders.

For information on how to nominate, visit the Nominate page. To learn about past award recipients, visit the Winners section.




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Two awards are offered, one to an HEABC affiliate member and the other to a BC health authority for a project or best practice that has brought fresh ideas, ingenuity or superior problem-solving skills to the health field, and has resulted in positive and lasting change, making the top innovation a model for others to follow.

The innovation must have:

  • changed practices or uncovered the best methods to approach a task
  • demonstrated tangible results
  • continually sought to improve work being done in the health sector

HEABC’s affiliate members deliver a wide array of publicly funded, community-based health services, including drug and alcohol treatment, long-term care and mental health.

Health authorities are responsible for acute, public health and complex/long-term care.

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For a project or best practice that makes use of leading practices to improve workplace and worker health and safety.

Winning projects demonstrate:

  • leadership, vision and measurable results in improving the health and safety of health care employees
  • leadership, project management, vision and system-wide thinking

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For a project or best practice that harnesses the collective efforts of a collaborative team that has yielded positive outcomes. This collaboration could be within one site or across multiple sites and with non-health partners, interregional projects or team collaborations. The project should demonstrate how an integrated approach yielded better outcomes for staff and/or patients. Communication, problem-solving and inclusiveness make the award recipient(s) stand out.

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A Health Care Hero goes above and beyond to make a difference in health care. Their passion and dedication is evident in everything they do. 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.