Fraser Health and VCH work together on
VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s two
largest health authorities, Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health,
will partner in a $75-million Lower Mainland Innovation and Integration
Fund to encourage new patient-focused funding models that will support
patient access – a government initiative announced in the 2008 throne
The health authorities announced they are soliciting creative and
entrepreneurial proposals from physicians, staff and others that will
improve efficiency and effectiveness; implement innovative ways of
delivering quality care; improve access in Vancouver Coastal Health and
Fraser Health; and promote integration between the two health
“Our government is committed to providing the very best healthcare
possible, and that means ensuring that our system is efficient and
sustainable,” said Health Minister George Abbott. “This Lower Mainland
Innovation and Integration Fund will encourage new approaches and closer
ties between B.C.’s two largest health authorities that will support
patient care needs and access, while making the best use of every
Abbott said the fund will encourage process improvements that will focus
on activity levels by using existing people and resources more
effectively to improve outcomes.
“This initiative will build on the creativity and innovation already
underway in Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health, such as the
Emergency Decongestion Pilot and iCare, that have shown progress in
improving patient access,” said Ida Goodreau, president and CEO of
Vancouver Coastal Health. “The innovation and integration fund is a
commitment to finding new ways to make our system sustainable, and to
improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve.”
The two health authorities co-operate in many ways on a daily basis and
are working to further integrate programs to operate more effectively.
For example, they recently announced that some managers would have
responsibilities for programs across both health authorities.
“This collaborative initiative offers additional opportunities to
enhance integration between our two health authorities,” said Dr. Nigel
Murray, president and CEO of Fraser Health. “Fraser Health and Vancouver
Coastal Health are engaging staff to identify innovations that will
improve the efficiency of the health care system and maintain our focus
Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health have received $50 million for
use in 2008/09 to fund proposals from within the two health authorities,
with the remaining $25 million to become available in 2009/10.
The initial call for proposals was unveiled within the two health
authorities in early May, with the first round of successful proposals
expected to be announced in June 2008.
As British Columbia’s two largest health authorities, Vancouver Coastal
Health and Fraser Health provide community, hospital and residential
care services to more than 60 percent of the province’s population, as
well as many specialized services to the entire province.