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Member, Cowichan District Hospital Quality & Operations Council

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners in the Cowichan Valley

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Island Health is looking for someone to attend monthly meetings at the Cowichan District Hospital and provide the patient perspective on our quality initiatives and standards of care. If you are keen to see meaningful improvements made to our health care system, we want to hear from you!

Open to: Patient partners in the Cowichan Valley

Lead Organization or Department

Island Health, Cowichan District Hospital


The Cowichan Quality and Operations Council meets on a monthly basis to set and meet standards of care and to maintain a continuous commitment to quality improvement within the region. Patient partners will be invited to draw upon their experiences of care and community knowledge to provide feedback on items discussed at these meetings. This will assist the Council to better understand and consider the perspectives of patients and families, and to ensure that decisions and priorities reflect the needs and goals of patients we serve.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.


  • Open to patient partners who live in the Cowichan Valley
  • Experience (personal or family) receiving care from Island Health
  • Comfortable participating in a meeting and sharing experiences to assist the group to understand the impact of decisions on patients, families and the public
  • Able to attend meetings on a monthly basis at Cowichan District Hospital
If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and volunteer agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact the engagement leader directly.


Number of vacancies: 1 (seeking 1 new patient partner to join an existing patient parter on the committee) Date/Time: 3rd Wednesday of each month from 1000 – 1600 Location: Cowichan District Hospital Commitment: One year term, with the option of extending as mutually agreed to by the patient partner and co-chairs


Pre-approved transportation, parking & meal expenses to attend meetings will be reimbursed by Island Health.


Island Health recognizes that people are better served when planning and decisions are made with the needs of the local community in mind. Health services have been organized around four broad geographic areas based on where people live, where Island Health provides care, and distances between care locations. Geography 3 is broken up into two areas: Saanich Peninsula/Gulf Islands, and the Cowichan Valley. The Cowichan Valley portfolio addresses the needs of the people, sites, and services that span between Oyster Bay and Mill Bay. Our Quality Council monitors service delivery, identifies improvement priorities and sets standards to ensure quality of care across the hospital and community-based services. The Council is co-chaired by the Area Director and the Medical Director and membership includes managers, leaders and representation from areas within Island Health.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Kira Tozer
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island

From Our Community

Laura Klein

Clinical Practice Consultant in Fraser Health

Laura Klein

Seeking the patient perspective doesn’t have to be complicated; it simply entails a commitment to ask and listen. Patient advisors not only bring a valuable perspective but also share original ideas and unique skills. Including the patient and family perspective changes the conversation and aligns the team’s focus towards common goals.