Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 8, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):
- Along with retirement planning assistance, PHSA employees can plan securely for the future with a defined benefit pension plan and phased-in work options to help ease the transition to retirement
- Employees at PHSA's main location can take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities, including a cafeteria (with healthy and special-diet menus), a nap room and subsidized access to an onsite fitness facility (with instructor-led classes such as yoga and belly dancing)
- PHSA makes getting to work easier (and cleaner) with secure bicycle parking and shower facilities (offering one of the most scenic bike rides to work in the country) and supports the annual 3-week long "Clean Commuter Challenge" -- additionally, PHSA partners with "TravelSmart" to help reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicle commutes to work and installed a number of electric vehicle charging stations (as part of a provincial initiative)
PHSA's specialty careers focus on best care delivery
The Vancouver-based Provincial Health Services Authority has a unique mandate: to provide specialty health services throughout British Columbia. Doing so requires an organization that is large enough and complex enough to handle all its varying responsibilities. For those looking for a workplace where they can make a difference, PHSA offers many diverse opportunities across the province.
Working with the province's five regional health authorities, the First Nations Health Authority and the BC Ministry of Health, PHSA plans and coordinates the delivery of specialized healthcare. It does this through a network of agencies, services and programs, such as the BC Cancer Agency, BC Emergency Health Services, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services, the BC Centre for Disease Control, the BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre, and the BC Children's Hospital.
"Regardless of your profession, there is a wide range of career pathways you can follow," says Christy Hay, Emergency Department Program Manager of BC Children's Hospital. An oncologist, for example, could work at the BC Children's Hospital or the BC Cancer Agency's Centre for the Southern Interior outpatient facility. "You could move to the Okanagan Valley to experience an alternative lifestyle to that in metro Vancouver, and still be part of the PHSA," Hay adds.
While the goal is always patient-centred care, not all staff deal directly with patients. PHSA plays a significant role in health research, developing world-class treatments and technologies for patients, and providing the best evidence for decision-making and effective health care spending. Front-line teams rely on behind-the-scenes support from corporate services professions, which are as diverse as project management, finance and human resources.
In her job as Talent Acquisition Advisor for Physician Recruitment, Akosua Tomash partners with physician-hiring leaders to recruit the best global talent to PHSA specialty agencies, programs and services. "I really feel I'm having a huge impact on patient care," she says.
Tomash landed her current position after three different positions with PHSA over the course of 19 years and a year away. Her trajectory has ultimately led her to a job she loves. Says Tomash, "I'm not going anywhere soon."
Now a new generation of workers is looking to PHSA for new types of opportunities. "What is most important to this changing workforce is work-life balance, and they're more interested in part-time work," says Hay. "PHSA honours a flexible work-life balance while investing in its employees to reach their highest potential."
Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 20, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):
- In 2009, PHSA launched the Green+Leaders program to promote environmentally conscious workplace behaviour such as sustainable transportation, expanded recycling programs and a number of paper use, energy and waste reduction initiatives -- over 120 leaders have been trained since the program's inception
- Over 160 PHSA employees participated in the 3-week Clean Commuter Challenge last year, comprising over 50 teams who showed their support for sustainable commuting -- the organization also encourages alternative commuting through support for Bike to Work Week (with bike repair workshops at major sites) and dedicated parking for car-sharing services as well as the installation of new onsite electric vehicle charging stations
- PHSA established a number of organic collection programs ahead of the City of Vancouver's organics program, which was introduced in 2015 -- programs are operating at number of its acute care sites