Engage

We are dedicated to helping Vancouver Community of Care physicians build a better working environment at VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and Vancouver Community. We believe we can create the best place to work and provide the best patient care in the community and in the hospitals where we practice. We do this by engaging our members in a number of ways that help build collegial relationships. We help physicians to identify issues that matter most to them and we work with them to address priorities and support activities that foster a more connected, collaborative and caring community. (See our Playbook for more information.)

Vancouver Physician Staff Association (VPSA)

The Vancouver Medical Dental & Allied Staff’s engagement activities are currently coordinated by the Vancouver Physician Staff Association. This non-profit association was established in 2016 as part of the provincial Facility Engagement Initiative with the objectives of strengthening relationships, engagement and improving communication between Vancouver Coastal Health Authority/Vancouver Acute leaders and physicians who work or have privileges at VGH, UBC Hospital and GF Strong. The VPSA Facility Engagement Initiative’s ultimate goal is creating a collaborative culture where physicians and health care leaders 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.

Facility Engagement is funded through the 2014 Physician Master Agreement. Six of the seven British Columbia health authorities have committed to a Memorandum of Understanding to support greater engagement and collaboration with physicians.

The VPSA board of directors oversees the Facility Engagement Initiative and provides guidance as to the initiative’s strategy, its vision, mission and direction. The board holds a fiduciary, ethical and legal responsibility to ensure the VPSA is managed soundly and is accountable to its physician members.

VPSA Board of Directors

Dr. Simon Rabkin, President

Dr. Ryan Paterson, Vice President

Dr. Noa Mallek, Secretary-Treasurer

Dr. Marshall Dahl, Past-President

VPSA Team

Dr. Lyne Filiatrault, Co-Chair

Dr. Simon Rabkin, Co-Chair and VMDAS President

Belinda Chen, SSC Facility Engagement Liaison

Lina Abouzaid, Engagement Projects Manager

Johnathan Bryce, Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Laxamana, Administrative Assistant

Jill Lunde, Communications Lead

Andrew Pinfold, Initiative and Project Manager

Sarb Tatla-Low, Initiative Manager