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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in Vancouver

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Take part in an innovative partnership between Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health! They need your help to develop a brand new service that will help address the needs of patients in the comfort of their own homes rather than in the hospital.

Open to: Patient partners in Vancouver

Lead Organization or Department

Providence Health Care - St. Paul’s Hospital, Medicine


We are working on an innovative partnership between Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health to create specialized services that provide support and stabilization to patients who could be looked after at home rather than in the hospital. We envision that this new service would be able to address the needs of patients requiring care such as IV therapy, functional rehab and general home care services in a new way. We want to include patient partners in this journey to ensure we understand what might come up for patients who are offered the opportunity to be cared for at home rather than in the hospital, and to provide us with information and ideas about what patients would need to be successful at home when they are not fully independent.

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


  • Experience with hospital care and home care in the community would be an asset
  • Ideally someone who has experienced transitions in their care
  • Living in the West End or downtown Vancouver  and familiar with community resources would be an asset, but open to patient partners from across the city of Vancouver
  • Comfortable speaking in group meetings


Number of vacancies: 2 Time, Date: Meetings are held weekly on Fridays from 1300 - 1400 (subject to change). Participation can be in-person or via teleconference Commitment: We anticipate that the work on the initiative will be completed by March 2019


Pre-approved expenses related to travel (e.g. transit, parking up to $18/day, and approved mileage) will be reimbursed by the health care partner. Please note: that it may take 4-6 weeks to process expenses.


This is a unique opportunity to be involved in delivering health care in a new way. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and St. Paul’s Hospital are working together to find new ways of stabilizing patients after a hospital stay or potentially prior so that a stay is not necessary. The goal is to support patients through transitions that will allow them to become as independent as possible again in the community. We believe that there are some health care services that could be delivered more effectively in the home, and that the home environment is the best place to heal while recovering from an illness. This is in alignment with the VCH Home First policy, as well as The Ministry of Health in BC’s goal of providing increased supports in the community.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Karen Estrin
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Lower Mainland & Sunshine Coast

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