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Steering Committee

Committee Chair: Dr. Brian Sinclair, Cardiologist – Victoria Hospital, Victoria BC

Comprised of representatives from the departments of health and participating Health Authorities, the Steering Committee acts as an advisory body to the WCCHN partners and to the Deputy Health Ministers. The committee meets biannually and ensures the intent of the Interprovincial Agreement is fulfilled and makes recommendations relating to funding of the WCCHN.


Clinical Operations Committee

Committee Chair: Dr. Frank Dicke, Pediatric Cardiologist – Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary

This committee is comprised of pediatric cardiologists and nurses from each of the five WCCHN centres and surgeons from the two WCCHN surgical programs. The Clinical Operations Committee is accountable for the five centres and its services, definition and achievement of the WCCHN’s goals and initiatives, quality assurance monitoring, and the implementation of any corrective measures required. The clinical representatives provide recommendations to the Steering Committee on clinical practice, training, research, operational issues, and new initiatives for WCCHN.

Nursing Coordinators Committee

Committee Chair: Jan Frew, Nurse Clinician – BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver

Nursing representatives from each WCCHN centre work collaboratively to participate in joint research opportunities, quality assurance monitoring, and quality improvement initiatives. The nurse coordinators continuously share/develop patient and family education tools to ensure optimal pediatric cardiac care in Western Canada.

Family Advisory Committee

Committee Chair: Dayna Kliachik, WCCHN Coordinator

The members of the Family Advisory Committee are all parents of children with a congenital cardiac defect. The committee meets on a quarterly basis to collaborate and advise the WCCHN on how to maintain a high functioning, cohesive, collaborative Western Network for Pediatric Cardiology. The committee provides valuable input on ways to improve the experience of cardiac care for patients and families. Recommendations from this committee are reported to the Clinical Operations Chair and WCCHN Steering Committee.

Database Steering Committee

Committee Chair: Dayna Kliachik, WCCHN Coordinator

Representatives from each of the WCCHN centres, the WCCHN office and Information Technology meet on a quarterly basis to discuss ways to promote optimal functioning of the WCCHN Interprovincial Database. The committee works to develop and support consistent data collection policies and makes recommendations to the WCCHN Clinical Operations and Steering Committee as needed to ensure high data quality.

Working Groups

Coding Specialist Working Group

The Coding Specialist Working Group includes Coding Specialists from across all WCCHN centres as well as representation from the WCCHN office. This group meets monthly in an informal “open forum” format to discuss current processes and potential areas of improvement to increase efficiency across the network to ensure data quality and data integrity, and to meet WCCHN minimum data collection requirements.

Fetal Working Group

Committee Chair: Dr. Lisa Hornberger, Pediatric Cardiologist – Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton

The Fetal Working Group was created in 2010 to bring together care providers of antenatal, perinatal, and neonatal patients from the WCCHN centres. This committee collaborates to improve the care of fetal patients including streamlining processes such as prenatal screening and listing, and organizing educational opportunities and research initiatives.

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