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Specialty Emergency Medicine

Subspecialty Department Head

Role and Facility Information

Local Department Head - Regional Department of Emergency

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (ARHCC)

Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services to over 1.9 million people in 20 diverse communities from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon within the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish and Nlaka’pamux Nations, which is home to six Métis Chartered Communities.

Reporting and accountable to the Regional Department Head (RDH) and as a member of the medical staff in each facility or community program where the regional department operates, is responsible for coordinating functions and the activities of members of the regional department in that facility and participating in the Multidisciplinary Healthcare Coordinating Committee (MHCC).

Facility - Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre:

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Stó:lō people, particularly the Semá:th (Sumas) and Matsqui First Nations. It is a 302 bed, University of British Columbia affiliated hospital offering medical, surgical, obstetrics, inpatient pediatrics, renal, cardiology, tertiary palliative care, helipad, as well as 24/7 emergency services with 77,032 visits annually.

Emergency Department Renovation and Redesign Project:

The hospital recently underwent a renovation and redesign of its Emergency Department that now includes a dedicated area for mental health and substance use care, a new nursing substation, and a relocated ambulance bay, among other features, to help improve patient flow and experience.

Key Areas of Involvement :

In addition to those responsibilities defined in the Bylaws, the Local Department Head shall be responsible for (but not limited to):

Effective Delivery of Clinical Services

• Ensures that services of members of the department, within the designated clinical areas in the facility, are delivered effectively within the parameters of the regional and site service delivery plans.

• Liaises with the RDH and department medical staff in the facility to establish, monitor, and ensure compliance with budget, volume and quality targets.

Quality and Utilization Monitoring/Improvement

• Ensures members of the department at the facility are engaged in multidisciplinary quality improvement and utilization management activities of the programs operating within the facility.

• Ensures members of the department at the facility are engaged in reviews of and activities regarding standards of medical practice mandated by the regional department.

• Investigates complaints regarding care provided by medical staff within the Facility, under the direction of the appropriate RDHs.

Local Medical Administration

• Attends meetings of the Multidisciplinary Healthcare Coordinating Committee for the facility.

• Functions as the channel of communication to and from the regional department, to keep members practicing within the facility informed, regarding Fraser Health, HAMAC departmental and divisional objectives, policies, and general activities, and to ensure regional departments are aware of issues specific to the facility.

• Recommends policies and guidelines, relating to medical/clinical matters, are consistent with Medical Staff bylaws and rules.

• Promotes health and wellness amongst department members.

• Encourages a healthy, respectful workplace.

Local Physician Resource Planning

• Reviews with the RDH the physician resource requirements of the regional department at the facility.

• Contributes to the selection of new staff members joining the Regional Department.

Dispute Resolution

• Mediates disputes involving Department members at site.

Medical Legal Issues

• Identifies potential liability issues and legal problems within the facility and provides advice for specific cases/files to the RDHs, PMD, and/or legal Counsel, as required.


• ARHCC as your Primary Site

Term of Appointment:

• Two years


• Annual stipend will be based on 0.3 FTE presence in the role



Compensation Type
Alternative Payment Arrangement

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