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Health information management: Lower Mainland consolidation Q&A

February 10, 2011
The Health Sciences Association has developed a Q&A of frequently-asked questions regarding Health Information Management Lower Mainland consolidation. Please see the Q&A here: Q&A on Lower Mainland Health Information Management consolidation HSAs committee members on Health Information Management consolidation are as follows:

Government's refusal to address shortages of health science professionals leads to supply crisis for Interior Health Authority

February 7, 2011
BCs Interior Health Authority is paying thousands of dollars in additional costs to recruit ultrasound technologists from private, for-profit clinics to work in IHA hospitals because the government has refused to address a critical shortage of ultrasound technologists in BC, Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC said today. -The governments failure to have an effective recruitment and retention strategy has resulted in a crisis that IHA is now scrambling to find a fix for."

Reminder: February 28, 2011 deadline for HSA Scholarships and Bursaries

February 3, 2011
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies, four bursaries for part-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms.  To obtain a copy please see the HSA website:  http://www.hsabc.org/content.php?id=10&sid=5

VIHA fails to protect health care staff; WorkSafeBC to issue fines

February 3, 2011
WorkSafeBC has issued nine separate orders at two Victoria-area mental health facilities criticizing the failure of Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) to protect the safety of staff. -This is a staggering number of WorkSafeBC orders issued against one employer," said HSA President Reid Johnson. Johnson, who has worked on psychiatric wards as a social worker, said unstable psychiatric patients are often unable to restrain their violent behavior. Hospital management, he said, has to take responsibility for patient as well as staff safety.

Election to be held for Region 5 Director

February 1, 2011
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 5 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSAs Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed on January 27th with two members declaring their candidacy: â€¢ Ramzan Anjum, a Medical Laboratory Technologist at BC Childrens Hospital in Vancouver; and • Kimball Finigan, a Radiation Therapist at the Vancouver Cancer Centre (BCCA).

Election to be held for Region 7 Director

February 1, 2011
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 7 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSAs Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed on January 27th with two members declaring their candidacy: â€¢ Marg Beddis, a Dietitian at Surrey Memorial  Hospital; and • Brent Jeklin, a Medical Radiation Technologist at Langley Memorial Hospital.

Election to be held for Region 9 Director

February 1, 2011
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 9 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSAs Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed on January 27th with two members declaring their candidacy: â€¢ Janice Morrison, a Physiotherapist at Kootenay Lake  Hospital in Nelson; and • Jackie Spain, a Medical Laboratory Technologist at Golden & District General Hospital.

Anne Davis acclaimed as new Region 1 Director

February 1, 2011
HSA members in Region 1 have elected Anne Davis as their new representative to the HSA Board of Directors.  Anne was acclaimed after the January 27th deadline passed with no further nominations.  Former Region 1 Director, Suzanne Bennett, did not seek re-election.

Bruce MacDonald acclaimed as Region 3 Director

February 1, 2011
HSA members in Region 3 have once again elected Bruce MacDonald as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. He was acclaimed after the January 27th deadline passed with no further nominations.  Bruce is a social worker at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. He has been a member of HSA since 2000.