New plan for cardiac care

Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Providence Health Care and Cardiac Services BC (an agency of PHSA) – with support from the Ministry of Health – have developed a plan for a single Lower Mainland Cardiac Program.

Why the change?

Many Lower Mainland patients cross health authority borders between their homes and work. A Lower Mainland approach to cardiac care is more responsive to the needs of our patients and their families. It provides an opportunity for health authorities to collaborate so that every patient in the Lower Mainland receives the same standard of excellent care.

How will this plan affect cardiac care services?

Each health authority will continue to deliver cardiac care services, including procedures at Vancouver General Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, and Royal Columbian Hospital. The Lower Mainland Cardiac program will oversee accessibility, quality, performance monitoring, and evaluation across the health authorities.

Who’s leading the program?

Senior leaders from each health authority have supported the development of the blueprint. A medical lead and an operational lead will be recruited to work with cardiac operational leadership to consult with stakeholders (including patients) and to implement the program.

For more information

You can download the Cardiac Program Q&A using a VCH computer. If you have any ideas or questions, you may also contact Dr. Patrick O’Connor (VP Medicine, VCH) or Vivian Eliopoulos (Chief Operating Officer, Acute Services, VCH).

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