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Interior Health Emergency Services Network Core Council



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region


The goal is to form a partnership with patient partners who can assist us in driving patient centered care in the Emergency Departments. The hope is that patients can direct us using their lived experience to drive change which improves patient experience in the emergency departments.

The Emergency Services Network (ESN) Core Council meets every second month for two hours. The council membership consists of Interior Health (IH) leadership, frontline staff, external stakeholders and patient partners.

The ESN Core Council provides recommendations to the ESN and IH leadership on service delivery and program design for region-wide emergency services.

IH ESN Core Council Terms of Reference

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Involve on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Willing & comfortable to share health care experiences in a group setting
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Specific health care experiences [details below]
  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • An interest in improving health care services
  • The time to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Experience visiting an emergency department as a patient, family or caregiver.

Patient Partners ARE NOT required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Lisa Hobenshield
Director, Emergency Services Network | Interior Health
(250) 212-8972

From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.