The 8th cohort in our EXTRA program for healthcare improvement brought together 27 fellows from across Canada. Fellows applied individually or as teams. Summaries of their improvement projects are available below in their language of preference. 


Organizational Changes to Patient Flow Using a Centralized Evidence Based Referral and Triage System for Hospice Palliative Care Services

Bruyère Continuing Care, Ottawa, ON

Kathy Greene, Director, Department of Decision Support, Bruyère Continuing Care

A Process to Improve Quality and Timeliness of Information Transfer Between Inpatient and Primary Care Physicians at Hospital Discharge – Implications for Continuity of Care

Capital District Health Authority, Halifax, NS

Stephanie Connidis, Service Chief, Community Health Unit (8.4 Halifax Infirmary), Capital District Health Authority

Sandra Janes, Director, Health Services, Medicine, Geriatrics and Emergency, Capital District Health Authority

Stavros Savvopoulos, Medical Director, Hospital Care and Chief of Family Practice, QE II Site, Capital District Health Authority

Developing and Implementing a Legal Affairs Counselor Position at the Montreal Rehabilitation Centre for Mentally Disabled Persons and Persons With Pervasive Developmental Disorders (CRDITED)

Centre de réadaptation Lisette-Dupras, Lachine, QC

Jocelin Lecomte, Local Deputy Commissioner, Service Quality and Complaints, Centre de réadaptation Lisette-Dupras

Service Integration for the Frail Elderly: Upgrading Measures Seeking to Avoid or Delay Institutionalization

Centre de santé et de services sociaux de La Matapédia, Amqui, QC

Michel Simard, Interim Director, Client Services, Centre de santé et de services sociaux de La Matapédia

Developing Measures to Support the Continuous Improvement of Service Quality

Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Québec-Nord, Québec, QC

Natalie Petitclerc, Assistant Executive Director, Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Québec-Nord

Mental Health Care Partnership

Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC

Sandra D'Auteuil, Head Nurse, Psychiatry, Mental Health and Addictions Program, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal

Laurentiu Fulicea, Psychiatrist, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal

David Gaulin, Cogestionnaire, Clinical and Administrative Co-Manager, Psychiatry and Mental Health Program, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal

Involvement of Medical Staff in the Improvement of CHUQ's (Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec) Surgical Performance

Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, Québec, QC

Martin Lamarre, Assistant Director, Professional services, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec

Educating for a Senior Friendly Hospital and Efficient ER

Eastern Health, St John's, NL

Lisa Adams, Project leader, Commission of Inquiry, Eastern Health

Cardiac Services and Diagnostic Cardiology Integration; From Complexity to Optimization

Fraser Health Authority, New Westminster, BC

Minnie Downey, Program Director, Cardiac Services, Fraser Health Authority

Transition to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Care Teams to Support an Integrated Chronic Disease Management Strategy in Rural Nova Scotia

Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority, Antigonish, NS

Jane Newlands, Manager, Primary Health Care and Seniors' Health, Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority

Supporting Rural Diagnostic Imaging: Remote GP-X-Ray Operators

Interior Health Authority, Kelowna, BC

Karen Omelchuk, Corporate Director, Health System Planning, Planning and Strategic Services, Interior Health Authority

Just in Time Delivery of Quality Results to Influence Decision Making

Marilyn R. El Bestawi, Senior Healthcare Executive (not affiliated with any organization), Toronto, Ontario

A Key Approach to Ensure Excellence in Cancer Care at the MUHC

McGill University Health Centre, Montréal, QC

Carolyn Freeman, Co-Director, Office of Quality, Patient Safety and Performance, Cancer Care Mission, McGill University Health Centre

Andréanne Saucier, Associate Director of Nursing and Co-Director, Cancer Care Mission and Respiratory Services, Office of Quality, Patient safety and Performance, Cancer Care Mission, McGill University Health Centre

Evidence-informed Changes to Funded Health Services and Products

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto, ON

Alison Paprica, Director (Acting), Health System Planning & Research Branch, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Strength in Numbers: A Workforce Development Approach to Making Data-Informed Decisions

Peel Public Health, Brampton, ON

Julie Stratton, Manager, Epidemiology, Peel Public Health

Monali Varia, Surveillance Advisor, Peel Public Health

Change Management Meets Political Reality: Lab Reform in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia

Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver, BC

John Andruschak, Vice President and Consolidation Lead, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Provincial Health Services Authority

Enhancing the Patient Voice at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, ON

Michelle Joyner, Manager, Medical Affairs, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Laura Wheatley, Senior Manager, Clinical Development, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Advancing Interprofessional Collaborative Care Teams in the Winnipeg Health Region

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Winnipeg, MN

Susan Bowman, Manager, Physiotherapy and Orthopedic Clinic and Interim Manager, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Kathleen Klassen, Manager, Nursing Initiatives, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Paul Komenda, Medical Director, Home Hemodialysis, Manitoba Renal Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority