Looking Back On a Whirlwind Year

With the start of August and another fiscal year now behind us, we at Iridia will be taking some time out to reflect on both what we’ve achieved and learned during the previous 12 months.

While we will be reflecting on the activities and achievements for each department, there are 2 company accolades that were awarded during the year of which we’re both proud and humbled – they are the acknowledgements we’ve received by both PROFIT Magazine and Business in Vancouver for the growth we’ve achieved over the past few years.

Business in vancouver Fastest Growing

Early in our fiscal year, we learned that we had made it onto Business in Vancouver’s list of Top 100 Fastest Growing companies for 2012, the second year running that we found ourselves on this list.  We were thrilled to not only have made it onto this list but to have also moved up the rankings.  We’re definitely moving the business in the right direction and achieving some of the targets we set for ourselves!

Then, in June of this year, we learned that PROFIT Magazine ranked Iridia No. 245 on the 25th annual PROFIT 500!  This is the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies and is determined by assessing businesses on their revenue growth over 5 years.  We share our place on this list with some of Canada’s most successful, entrepreneurial and innovative companies.  We value this honour and the recognition that has resulted from it but, more importantly, we value the opportunities we will have to connect with others who are on a similar journey and benefit from their collective experiences.

Fastest Growing Companies

We want to thank the Iridia team who has tirelessly supported each one of the initiatives we’ve undertaken over the years across each of our 4 service lines.  While it may sound like an over-used expression, our achievements would not have been possible without their dedicated efforts. As a result of these efforts, we can count the following accomplishments as some of our most notable in each of our service areas:

  • PARAMEDICS: Becoming one of B.C.’s largest private employers of paramedics and owner of B.C.’s first privately-owned Mobile Medical Unit, currently stationed in Northern B.C. 
  • AEDS: Installing over 1,700 AED programs across a broad spectrum of industries and becoming a key supplier for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. & Yukon’s Public Access to Defibrillation Program
  • EDUCATION: Providing certification and training of 30,000+ healthcare professionals (ACLS, PALS, CIW, etc.) and lay rescuers (BLS, AED) since 1998
  • CONSULTING: Gaining recognition as a provincial leader in physician engagement consulting services as well as providing advocacy & support for a majority of B.C.’s fire rescue departments

So, what’s in store for Iridia for the next fiscal year?  As with previous years, we have set some lofty goals for where we want to take the business and what we want to achieve.  The team is already making significant in-roads into accomplishing these goals and we are excited about the year ahead!  Stay tuned and enjoy the ride with us!

 

Iridia Supporting the Teaching of CPR and AED Skills to Terrace and Kitimat Youth

Furthering our partnership with the ACT Foundation, Iridia recently helped to bring CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training to Caledonia Senior Secondary School in Terrace and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School in Kitimat.  In total, seven teachers across the two schools attended the teacher-training workshop which was held in Terrace on 25 June, 2013.

The workshop was delivered by BCAS’ paramedic, Gil Kurtz, who was supported by the Deputy Chief of the Kitimat Fire Department, Pete Bizarro.  Both gentleman generously volunteered their time to teach the workshop.  Iridia’s support comprised the donation of equipment – including AED training units and AEDs – along with the provision of funding for the AED mannequins and program resources. 

As a result of this teacher-training, approximately 350 students will be trained annually by their teachers to use these life-saving skills.  Janine Dethlefs from Iridia was also in attendance to speak to the teachers about the work that Iridia does and the importance of having as many people as possible trained in CPR and AED use.

 

CPR Training

Click to watch the segment from CFTK TV

Not that this importance isn’t already understood by the teachers and students at Caledonia Senior Secondary School.  A few years ago, a life was saved by a student from Caledonia when a gentleman in Walmart suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.  With no other adult close by who was able to respond, the student acted quickly, engaging his CPR skills and knowledge. Fortunately, the outcome was a happy one and shows that these skills, once learned, can be invaluable.

This is just one example of how sudden cardiac arrest can occur anywhere, at any time.  With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

Check out the following link for more information about the ACT Foundation.

http://www.actfoundation.ca/index2.cfm

 

Fort Nelson Secondary now equipped to save lives!

Earlier this year, we highlighted a partnership we’d developed with the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation aimed at bringing CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training to the youth in our Province’s high schools – view here.

To recap, the ACT Foundation is a national charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in all Canadian high schools as a regular part of the school curriculum. The program is built on a model of establishing community-based partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners to donate equipment – such as training mannequins, AED training units and AED units – that schools need to set up the program. Training is also a key component. Teachers in secondary schools are trained in CPR and defibrillator use and they, in turn, will act as instructors for their students. The aim of the program is to ensure that all youth prior to graduation could effectively treat someone who is having a sudden cardiac arrest.

ACT Foundation Training

In continued support of this program, Iridia teamed up again with the ACT Foundation and with BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) earlier this month to help bring the program to Fort Nelson Secondary School, with two teachers from this school participating in the teacher-training workshop. The workshop was delivered by BCAS’ paramedic and CPR instructor, Sirita Hoenen, who generously volunteered her time to teach the workshop. Iridia’s support comprised the donation of equipment – including AED training units and an AED – along with the provision of funding for the AED mannequins and program resources. As a result of the teacher-training conducted, over 70 Grade 10 students from Fort Nelson Secondary School will be trained annually by their teachers to potentially save lives.

“Increasing community access to AEDs and CPR training within BC has always been an important focus for Iridia”, said Vern Biccum, President of Iridia Medical. “Our company started with pioneering AED programs in the workplace and we have been active in bringing AEDs and CPR training to the community ever since. Collaborating with the ACT Foundation to now bring life-saving skills and equipment to the youth of our communities is an opportunity on which we place great importance and with which we’re proud to be associated.”

As a result of the program and Iridia’s participation in it, Fort Nelson Secondary School will now have an AED available for their use, along with the associated skills and knowledge, should a student, staff or visitor to the school suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.

Iridia will continue to partner with the ACT Foundation, with another workshop scheduled for June to be provided to schools in Kitimat and Terrace.

Heart Month – Teaming Up to Teach Students to Save Lives!

February is Heart Month and what better way to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest than by helping to bring CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training to the youth in our communities!

In a new initiative supporting our value of corporate social responsibility, Iridia has partnered with the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation to bring such training into high schools in British Columbia.

The ACT Foundation is a national charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in all Canadian high schools as a regular part of the school curriculum. The program is built on a model of establishing community-based partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners to donate equipment – such as training mannequins, AED training units and AED units – that schools need to set up the program. Training is also a key component. Teachers in secondary schools are trained in CPR and defibrillator use and they, in turn, will act as instructors for their students. The aim of the program is to ensure that all youth prior to graduation could effectively treat someone who is having a sudden cardiac arrest.
Until recently, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 220 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia. Approximately 235,000 students have already been empowered to save lives using CPR skills.

These numbers were increased on 1 February, when eight teachers from Hudson’s Hope Elementary-Secondary School and North Peace Secondary School in Fort St. John participated in the teacher-training workshop. In addition to Iridia’s contribution of AED training units, and funding for the AED training mannequins and program resources, Iridia’s CPR Instructor-Trainer, Jeff Kain, flew to Fort St. John to conduct the teacher training. As a follow-up to the workshop, and as part of the program, each school also received from Iridia an AED so that potential life-saving equipment is on hand in the event of an in-school cardiac arrest emergency.

The training conducted on 1 February will result in 350 students trained annually by their teachers to use these lifesaving skills.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9ebDf7C3Ag&feature=youtu.be

“Since our inception, Iridia has been passionate about increasing community access to AEDs and CPR training within BC”, said Vern Biccum, President of Iridia Medical. “The work conducted by the ACT Foundation aligns with this passion, and we are very proud to be collaborating on such a meaningful opportunity that will equip the youth of Fort St. John with the skills and knowledge necessary to save lives.”

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

Check out the following links for more information about the ACT Foundation and the recent workshop conducted in Fort St. John.

Act Foundation
News Story – Training Teachers Save Lives
News Story – Learning to Save a Life

Breaking the Ice – Orienting Physicians to the Pattison Outpatient Centre

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The Final Chapter

In the final posting in this series outlining our accomplishments at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre in Surrey, we will highlight our work in organizing Education, Training and Orientation (ETO) for physicians to this new facility.

Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre

Prior to opening on June 1st 2011, there was a need for over 175 physicians to be educated on the various clinical services and features of the building, trained on existing and new Fraser Health processes and programs and, finally, oriented to the building.  This need resulted in the development of an orientation program designed by physicians for physicians.

Physician Orientation

Through collaborative efforts with a Physician Orientation team at Fraser Health, Iridia assisted in developing the program, communicating with physicians, and conducting both group and individual orientation sessions prior to the opening of the facility. 

The tour of the facility was led by Iridia employees acting as patients with different “appointments” to attend throughout the Centre. Not only did this provide physicians with a thorough induction to the different clinics within the Centre, it also served as a reminder of the “one-stop” function of the facility. Interspersed with the physical orientation of the building were training sessions on the new computer systems and health and safety policies applicable to the Centre, all conducted by Fraser Health staff.

Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre

The most rewarding part of this whole project?  The fact that all of the 175 physicians attended an orientation session and that over 80% of them rated the clarity of the presentations, usefulness of the site tour and the hands-on computer training as “Good” or “Excellent”.

Evidently, orientation and training doesn’t always have to be boring, even when the sessions are lengthy!  By being mindful of physicians’ time and interests, we were able to create a stimulating orientation program which was able to effectively inform and engage physicians. 

Setting a Standard for Collaborative Work at the JPOCSC

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JPOCSC Accomplishments

In the second posting in this series outlining our accomplishments at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (JPOCSC) in Surrey, we will highlight our work in establishing a framework for Fraser Health administration and physicians to work together in a way that embraces the Fraser Health vision of “Better health, best in health care”.

Many businesses and organizations, including our own, ask their employees and contractors to sign a document which outlines the standards and responsibilities of the stakeholders to ensure that all professional expectations are clearly understood by all concerned.

At the Pattison Outpatient Centre, there was an opportunity to port this concept to the healthcare world by creating a Statement of Expectations (SOE) between Fraser Health (FH) administration and physicians to ensure patient-centered care was at the forefront in this facility.

JPOCSC

Working with the Physician Engagement Team within Fraser Health, Iridia helped to develop an SOE outlining the vision of the facility, expectations between physicians and FH administration, and guidelines for the practice of evidence-based patient care.

When the JPOCSC project was first initiated, 175 physicians scheduled to work at the new facility required privileging (and credentialing if new). The privileging process was amended to include two SOEs – an overarching SOE and a program-specific version unique to the JPOCSC. By August 2011, following several months of collaborative communication and dedication, all 175 physicians representing 25 medical programs at the JPOCSC had signed and agreed to the SOE, thereby demonstrating their commitment to the overall vision of patient-centered care at the JPOCSC.

From Iridia’s perspective, the successful development and implementation of a Statement of Expectations at the Pattison Outpatient Centre was a significant achievement and an exciting contribution to the vision and culture of the facility.

Life And Limb at The Pattison Outpatient Centre

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Jim Pattison Outpatient Centre

This series, outlining our accomplishments at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care Centre, begins with looking at the work which Iridia conducted in developing Emergency Response Guidelines for the Centre and ensuring these guidelines properly addressed the outpatient nature of the facility.

(Announcement heard over the intercom): “Code Blue – Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, 3rd floor, room 310.”

Pattison Outpatient Centre

While it is always unfortunate when a Code Blue announcement is heard over the intercom, it is always best to be prepared for such an emergency situation.

The definition of a Code Blue and its response varies from facility to facility; however, it generally refers to a life or limb-threatening event requiring immediate medical attention. At the Pattison Outpatient Centre, the Code Blue response had to be modified to fit the outpatient nature of the facility. The Centre is not a hospital and, consequently, not all of the necessary life-saving equipment and medications are present in the facility. Additionally, as some clinics operate outside of normal business hours, a full complement of staff is not always available. For these reasons, it was clear that a specific Code Blue response was needed for the Centre to ensure that an immediate emergency response could be arranged regardless of time of day or availability of medical staff.

Pattison Outpatient Centre

Together with Fraser Health, Iridia developed such a response and provided Code Blue training for nearly 100 medical staff at the Centre using our instructors who tailored the course to accommodate on-site training. This ensured a transfer of skills in the actual work setting.

In addition to developing a Code Blue response guide for the Centre and training those involved, Iridia also organized a “mock” Code Blue situation that involved representatives from each of the responding teams. A Iridia team member acted in the role of a patient who had a (fake) allergic reaction and needed to be “treated” by the Emergency Response Team. This event was an excellent opportunity for the Emergency Response Team to practice their skills and knowledge of the response strategy for the Pattison Outpatient Centre.

Iridia is a firm believer in the power of teamwork and collaboration. Utilising these two qualities, Iridia was able to work with the Fraser Health team to develop a Code Blue response which is timely, efficient and specific to the Centre, train the medical staff and conduct a scenario in which the relevant staff were able to solidify their skills.

365 Days Later… The Jim Pattison Outpatient Care And Surgery Centre

On June 1st 2011, the new Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (“Pattison Outpatient Centre”) opened its doors and welcomed the first patients to the Fraser Health facility in Surrey, BC. This day celebrated the years of hard work it took to plan, organize and develop this facility to improve the outpatient experience and reduce pressure on nearby Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Jim Pattison Outpatient Care And Surgery Centre

Jim Pattison Outpatient Care And Surgery Centre

During the initial planning for the Pattison Outpatient Centre, Fraser Health quickly recognized the challenges in developing medical emergency response guidelines specific to the outpatient nature of the facility. In addition, the physician engagement component of the project required leadership to promote active physician participation in the system. Given our previous consulting work with Fraser Health on projects such as the implementation of the Emergency Department Information System and Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Triage Improvement Project, Iridia was contracted to develop and implement physician engagement and medical emergency response strategies at the facility.

Since September 2010, Iridia has been involved in planning and leading a number of initiatives at the Centre. With the one-year anniversary of its opening approaching, we are reflecting and are proud to have been a part of this project and to have contributed to improving healthcare delivery in the lower Mainland. 

The first blog in the series, to be shared with our readers next week, will highlight our work in developing Emergency Response Guidelines for the Centre, with a particular focus on the development and implementation of Code Blue protocols.