Reminder: Upcoming Events

Friday, November 17 – Change Day
Have you made your Change Day pledge yet? If not, click here to make your pledge?

Thursday, November 30 – Patient Engagement Speaker Series
Helle Tees & Nicole Olivier will be presenting on patient engagement. If you are unable to attend this event in person, you can join the webinar. Click here for more information and to register.

Patient & Family Centred Care Week Begins


Alberta Health Services’ Patient & Family Centred Care Week goes from November 6-10, 2017. A number of events are being held across the province to honour this week. Check out the program to see what is happening over the next five days. Here is hoping you will be able to participate in some of the activities.

A Day in the Life

As part of Patient & Family Centred Care Week, which goes from November 6th-10th, 2017 and Change Day, which occurs on November 17th, 2017, the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services has initiated a “Lived Experience” activity. For one day, healthcare professionals will walk in the shoes of a patient as a way of gaining greater insight, understanding, and compassion for what it is their patients live each and every day.

Click on the image below to see what shoes Paul and some other healthcare professionals will be walking in.

And So It Begins

After months of hard work and planning, the 2017 Quality & Safety Summit is underway. If you are unable to attend the event in person, you can catch the livestream beginning October 31st at 8:30 a.m. http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/Page13765.aspx
Here is to a great summit!

Alberta Health Services – An Exciting Initiative

On Thursday, September 28th, Dr. Verna Yiu, Alberta Health Service (AHS) president and CEO, announced that the AHS board had approved a deal that will see the implementation of an advanced clinical information system throughout Alberta. This information system will serve as an information hub for all of AHS’s clinical care areas, which include hospitals, ambulatory clinics and continuing care centres. Currently, there are approximately, 1,300 information systems being used, all of which will be consolidated by this one system. Click here to read more about this initiative and what it will mean to patients, providers and healthcare as a whole.

Transfer of Care Experience?

Are you a patient or family member who has experienced what it is like to go from the adult Intensive Care Unit to the Ward of a hospital? If so, the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Calgary is inviting you to join in a facilitated session to discuss the transfer of care process. This session will be held on November 2, 2017; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room TRW2D39; Teaching, Research and Wellness Building, Foothills Campus, University of Calgary; Calgary, Alberta. Click here to read more.

Are You Dancing With Your Healthcare Provider?

In this video, Sarah Krüg uses the analogy of the continuous give and take in the “Tango” to illustrate the foundation of balanced partnership and connection that can exist between patient and physician. Unfortunately, this dance may not be occurring for some patients. As one member of the Patients 4 Change community stated, “To date, there are multiple songs playing at the same time, with each one having a different beat. Suffice it to say, my feet are very sore from being stepped on.” What kind of dance do you share with your healthcare providers?

Feedback Requested

Your insights and suggestions are being sought as a means of improving Alberta’s Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PEOLC) website. By perusing the website and completing a short survey, you will be helping to ensure that the information provided is applicable, accessible and easy to understand. Please see below for additional details.

The provincial Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PEOLC) website has been available to all Albertans since May 2015. This provincial online resource allows Albertans and health care providers convenient access to trusted, evidence-based palliative and end-of-life care information that supports and enhances quality of life and quality of care. Creation of this website was one of the recommendations that came out of the PEOLC Alberta Provincial Framework (2014) and was supported by the Provincial Palliative and End-of-Life Care Innovations Steering Committee (PPAL/ EOL ISC). Implementing an evaluation plan for this website is a deliverable on the provincial PEOLC timelines and planning document for the 2017/18 fiscal year. We have developed an online feedback survey as part of the provincial PEOLC website evaluation plan.

We want to hear, for example, did you find information you were looking for, is the website easy to navigate, did you notice any gaps in the content? Actions requested:

  1. Please visit our provincial PEOLC website: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/palliative-care
  2. Please complete the brief online feedback survey by Oct. 5 by clicking on the following link: https://survey.albertahealthservices.ca/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=PEOLC_website

We will use this information to continue to enhance the website for all Albertans.