Announcing the 2014 Excellence in BC Health Care Awards Winners

The Excellence in BC Health Care Awards honoured 12 Gold Apple winners and eight Award of Merit recipients from across the province at a gala luncheon in Vancouver on June 23. Recipients are remarkable health employees who are making a positive impact on B.C.’s health system.

Presented by the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC), the Awards recognize outstanding health care employees and reward innovation and best practices within BC’s publicly funded health care providers.

“This year’s winners are an inspiring group, each dedicated to providing excellent care to British Columbians,” says HEABC President & CEO Michael Marchbank. “I’m proud to have this opportunity to share their successes and accomplishments, and thank them for being outstanding health care employees.”

Please watch the videos below to learn more about each Gold Apple Winner. To download the 2014 Luncheon Program, click here .

The 2014 Gold Apple winners are: 

Provincial Health Care Hero & Health Care Hero – Interior Health
Pearl Broswick – Diagnostic Imaging Technician (Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital, Clearwater)

Health Care Hero – Affiliate
Jill Blacklock – Registered Nurse, Cancer Care (St. Joseph’s General Hospital, Comox)


Health Care Hero – Fraser Health
Sheila Finamore – Director, Site Operations (Burnaby Hospital)

Health Care Hero – Island Health

Marguerite Rowe – Executive Director, Continuing Health Services

Health Care Hero – Northern Health
Dr. Marius Pienaar – Physician Specialist: Obstetrician/Gynecologist (Prince Rupert)

Health Care Hero – Provincial Health Services Authority
Lori Roxborough – Therapy Leader & Evidence Centre Coordinator (Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children) 

Health Care Hero – Vancouver Coastal Health
Anne McNabb – Director, Inner City Mental Health & Addiction Services

Collaborative Solutions
2014 Gold Apple Winner
Interior Health – Medication Management: Acute Care Audit



Workplace Health Innovation

2014 Gold Apple Winner

Island Health - WorkSafeBC Duration Reduction Project


Top Innovation - Health Authority
2014 Gold Apple Winner
BC Cancer Agency (PHSA) – Centre for Clinical Genomics


Top Innovation - Affiliate
2014 Gold Apple Winner 
Providence Health Care – Inner City Youth Program


Awards of Merit

Awards of Merit were also presented in each of the four project-oriented award categories. This year’s Awards of Merit recipients are:

Top Innovation – Affiliate
• Beacon Community Services – Licensed Dementia Housing
• Cerwydden Care Centre (Park Place Seniors Living) – Ethical Framework Development: A Successful Journey

Top Innovation – Health Authority
• BC Centre for Disease Control (Provincial Health Services Authority) – Mobile Interferon Gamma Release Assay Testing Program
• Vancouver General Hospital (Vancouver Coastal Health) – Clostridium Difficile Infection Working Group

Workplace Health Innovation
• Island Health – Online Ergonomics Assessment Project
• Vancouver General Hospital (Vancouver Coastal Health) – Smoke-free Campaign

Collaborative Solutions
• Fraser Health – Community REDi program
• Northern Health & Interior Health – BC Rural Collaborative Partnership: Workplace Health and Safety