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Member, Royal Columbian/Eagle Ridge Hospital Engagement Working Group

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in New Westminster and Tri-Cities

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Five times a year, specialists and family doctors come together to identify projects that focus on improving patient care at Eagle Ridge and Royal Columbian Hospitals. They are seeking two patient partners to work with them on ensuring that these projects align with what matters to patients and reflect the lived experience of those who access health care.

Open to: Patient partners in New Westminster and Tri-Cities

Lead Organization or Department

Royal Columbian/Eagle Ridge Medical Staff Society


  • Specialists and family doctors meet regularly to discuss how to better their work environment and improve patient care across Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge Hospitals
  • Patient partners will contribute their views on potential quality improvement projects and other hospital care-related issues to ensure that priorities are aligned with what matters to patients and families

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.


  • Have direct experience as a patient or family member/friend of a patient at Royal Columbian and/or Eagle Ridge hospitals
  • Are comfortable speaking about their experience and views with specialists and family doctors
  • Have experience working in large groups
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.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date/time: 6:30-8:30 pm. A schedule is set in advance, which will be shared once confirmed
  • Location: Coquitlam
  • Commitment: Up to five meetings per year, one-year placement


Preapproved expenses related to travel to in person meetings will be reimbursed according to our travel policy (including mileage, parking and/or public transit). Dinner is provided. Other reimbursements may be discussed.


Specialist and family doctors on the working group are very dedicated and patient-focused, as are the doctors who apply for Facility Engagement funds. However, we recognize that involving patients and families as a working group member provides a unique and vital perspective, one that can help us understand and address patient care issues more clearly and effectively. The Facility Engagement initiative focuses on the Acute Care setting. Terms of Reference for the Royal Columbian-Eagle Ridge Facility Engagement Working Group are being revised, but information on the overall FE Initiative can be found at

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Jami Brown
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley


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