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Member, Provincial Patient Transfer Committee – BC Emergency Health Services

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners from remote & rural communities across the province

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A major focus right now in BC Emergency Health Services is on improving access to hospital transfers from remote/rural communities to bigger centres. The Provincial Patient Transfer Committee are seeking two patient partners to join them as they work to streamline hospital to hospital transfers.

Open to: Patient partners from remote & rural communities across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC Emergency Health Services - Patient Care Communications & Planning


• To improve and standardize the way patients are transferred across the province • Patient partners will provide their perspective into the transfer process as a core member of the committee

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


• Experience with the patient transfer system, either as a patient or family member of someone who has experienced inter-facility transfers • Reside in a remote/rural community • Comfort sharing experience of patient transfers in a group setting • Able to review materials/meeting minutes to keep updated with what is happening within the committee 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 Cassy Mitchell.


Number of vacancies: 2Date and Time: Attendance at monthly committee meetings is requiredLocation: via teleconference and in person when safe to do so/as neededCommitment: 12 months


All travel costs will be reimbursed as per BC Emergency Health Services reimbursement policy for in person meetings.


Created in 2018, the Provincial Patient Transfer Committee is a way for every Health Authority to have input on how we use ambulance and air ambulance resources for patient transfers. Our core members are Directors responsible for the transport portfolio across all Health Authority’s, including representation form the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) and the Ministry of Health (MoH). The committee has worked on revamping the provincial repatriation process and creating the Provincial Patient Transfer Services Dashboard which allows hospital staff across the province to track their patient transfers in real time. The Terms of Reference is currently a work in progress as the committee is evolving.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement

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Nancy J. Wood

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Nancy J. Wood

I was thrilled to discover the Patient Voices Network, where the array of places to be the voice of a patient is vast and incredibly interesting. Besides my ongoing “gig” with the BC Emergency Medicine Network, I have enjoyed being involved in several one-off initiatives. I love working with professionals who genuinely value the perspectives of their patient partners.