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Patient Speaker, Abbotsford Regional Hospital Surgical Education Day

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in Fraser Valley

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Telling your story with impact allows health care providers to imagine the care they provide from the perspective of the patient. It gives them insight that otherwise isn’t available to them and helps to improve care that best matches the needs of patients. The surgical team at Abbotsford Regional Hospital is excited about the possibilities of improving care through hearing your story to help inspire teams to improve the patient experience.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Valley

Lead Organization or Department

Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Surgery Program


  • Share a patient experience to help inform health care providers about the impact of their care on the patient
  • Improve communication and suggestions for improvements between patients and health care providers
  • Highlight how patient surgical experiences are fundamental to team practices in Fraser Health hospitals

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


  • Comfortable telling your story to a large group and using a microphone
  • Have had a surgical experience to share with some opportunities for improvement
  • Sharing your experience from another cultural view is encouraged if this applies to you
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:   1
  • Date/time: Thursday, February 1, 8:15 am – 3:15 pm
  • Commitment: One 45 minute talk, with the possibility of some questions
  • Location: Abbotsford Regional Hospital


Travel costs (mileage, transit, toll fares) and parking costs. (Please note: reimbursement is generally provided within 4 to 6 weeks) Refreshments and snacks will be provided.


The surgical/perioperative leadership team members have heard patient partner speakers at the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council annual conferences and the Fraser Health Patient Experience Summit. The patient partner speakers were excellent in sharing their personal experiences, and the sharing brought a rich storytelling experience that we think is invaluable to offer to our front line staff. The education day is focusing on the surgical experience, so there will be other speakers, surgeons, anaesthetists, patient education expert, etc. This education day relates to hospital surgical care.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

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