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