WHAT IS FACILITY ENGAGEMENT?
Facility Engagement is a provincial initiative that aims to strengthen relationships, engagement, and communication between health authorities and facility-based physicians, to improve their work environment and the delivery of patient care with:
- Improved opportunities for physicians and health authority leaders to work together to share knowledge and make informed decisions that can improve patient care, the physician experience, and the cost-effectiveness of the health care system.
- Opportunities and support for physicians who work at facilities and are members of the medical staff to develop a meaningful voice, and increase involvement in local activities that affect their work and patient care.
- Funding to support activities that involve physicians in decision-making, and
- Pay for physicians’ time in activities
- Hire expertise to support the physician activities (e.g. a coordinator for administrative support; an analyst to track issues, develop business cases and manage projects; a physician lead to support engagement activities).
FACILITY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE OUTCOMES 2019/20 – 2022/23
In June 2019, the SSC FE Working Group agreed on the following outcomes to measure the success of the FE initiative over the next three years to ensure alignment with the MoU objectives.
Outcome 1: Improved engagement within and amongst MSAs
Outcome 2: Improved MSA and health authority engagement
Outcome 3: Enhanced MSA collective voice in health system planning & decision making
- FE expenditures must align with at least one of the following goals of the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding on Regional and Local Engagement: ·
- To improve communication and relationships among the medical staff
- To prioritize issues that significantly affect physicians and patient care. ·
- To support medical staff contributions to the development and achievement of health authority plans and initiatives that directly affect physicians. ·
- To have meaningful interactions between the medical staff and health authority leaders, including physicians in formal HA medical leadership roles.
- FE funds are primarily intended to compensate physicians for their time spent participating in internal meetings and meetings with health authority partners in relation to the FE initiative.
- FE supports the role that community-based partners in consulting and collaborating with MSAs and health authorities in improving physicians’ work environment and patient care in facilities.
Facility Engagement Initiative is part of the Physician Master Agreement and each Health Authority has committed to through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support great engagement and collaboration with physicians. Financial resources for encouraging greater physician participation in activities at their site are in place. This initiative is overseen by the Specialist Service Committee and is also responsible for fund distribution to the sites.
The Langley Memorial Hospital Physician Association (LMHPA) is a non-profit Society incorporated on September 19, 2016 and duly registered with the British Columbia Registry Services with a listed Constitution and Bylaws. The Society has clearly stated purposes and exists to receive, hold, and distribute gated funding from the Specialist Services Committee of the Doctors of BC for the Facility Engagement Initiative. All members of Langley Memorial Hospital’s MSA are automatic members of the society.
The LMHPA has identified the following Strategic Priorities for the Facility Engagement Initiative in 2021/22:
- Support and Enhance Medical Staff Experience
- Improve Quality of Healthcare and Service Delivery
- Strengthen Relationships between Fraser Health Authority and Medical Staff
- Strengthen and Clarify MSA/Facility Engagement Structure
Directors of LMHPA:
- Dr. Erika Mehl – President
- Dr. Patricia Lyle – Vice President
- Dr. Zuheir Abrahams – Secretary/Treasurer
- Dr. Johnny Lee – Member at Large
- Dr. Navreen Gill – Member at Large
Governance and operations of a non-profit society are the primary responsibilities of the appointed Directors. All members of Langley Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Association are automatic members of
The executive board is supported by various committees that ensure all Facility Engagement activities align with the strategic priorities agreed upon. The committees are:
Working Group: The working group members are representative of all clinical departments and health authority. They make recommendations to the board on the various project initiatives proposed, engage with the broader MSA group, engagement with the HA at local and regional level, engage with the project evaluation team and on other matters as laid down in the Terms of Reference.
Chair: Dr. Peter Chee
- Dr. Peter Chee (Hospitalist, Chair)
- Dr. James Liu (Emergency Medicine)
- Dr. Kevin McDermid (Internal Medicine)
- Dr. Subramanya Ponnachanna (Psychiatry)
- Dr. Prabhjot Gill (Family Practice)
- Dr. Xing Wong (Radiology)
- Dr. Jason Archambault (Surgery)
- Dr. Dima Dmitreiv (Anesthesia)
- Dr. Erica Chhoa (Obsterics & Gynecology)
- Dr. Jatinder Grewal (Pediatrics)
- Dr. Mitra Maharaj (Site Medical Director, HA partner)
- Mr. Jason Cook (Executive Director, HA Partner)
Quality Improvement Committee: The committee is responsible for generating ideas focusing on quality improvement of clinical practices and patient care by engaging with the broader MSA and with other sites. The group meets on a monthly basis and submits a quarterly report at the MSA meetings.
- Dr. Navneet Sidhu (Chair)
- Dr. Erica Phelps (Regional QI representative and Site QI lead)
- Dr. Daniel Negash
- Dr. Zuheir Abrahams (Executive Representative)
- Ms. Kimberly Doering (Clinical Director)
Project Staff Support: Annapurna Chavali
Wellness Committee: The primary mandate of this group is to identify, develop and implement initiatives that lead to Physician Wellness. The activities could include support mechanisms for physicians during crises, educational talks, team building events and such. The group meets on a monthly basis and submits a quarterly report at the MSA meetings.
- Dr. Elaine Mah (Chair/Committee Lead)
- Dr. Sarah Lord (Regional Representative, Wellness)
- Dr. David Chapman
- Dr. Anna Chlebak (Executive Representative)
Project Staff Support: Dayna Francis
The Facility Engagement Initiative’s activities are supported by 2 Project Managers at LMH.
- Ms. Dayna Francis
- Ms. Annapurna Chaval
Langley Memorial Hospital Physician Association is seeking innovative ideas to engage with the Physician. As a consequence of these ideas, a physician should have a sense of fulfillment that their contribution mattered and helped the facility achieve its overall objectives. The ideas should contribute to improved patient care and work environment.
All members of MSA are encouraged to submit their ideas in less than 500 words, by completing the Letter of Intent form and email it to the project staff. The member would be contacted by the project staff within a week for further discussion of the idea. The intent form ensures all the criteria are met and if approved, the physician is able to access sessional fees towards the development of the proposal.
Please send the completed Letter of intent form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click Letter of Intent to download
Project Proposal Development
If approved, a detailed Project Intake would need to be completed. For completion of the application, you may have to need to have discussions/approvals from the administration and/or department heads. The project staff will help in coordinating these meetings, helping you fill the application, and arriving at a budget. The completed application will then be submitted to the working group which will recommend it to the Board.
Project Intake Application
Every approved project will be evaluated periodically to ensure the objectives are met, and the activity is within budget. The physician lead is requested to comply with this criteria. The evaluation results will be shared with all the relevant stakeholders.