2017 Nursing Leadership Award presented to PHSA Director

Baxter Canada Celebrates Nurse Leader through Sponsorship of Annual Award

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Baxter Canada congratulates Fiona Karmali, Executive Director for Professional Practice with B.C.'s Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and this year's winner of the Canadian College of Health Leaders' (CCHL) Nursing Leadership Award.

"As a partner in health care in Canada, and a sponsor of this award for 12 years, we are pleased to once again work with CCHL to celebrate and recognize the vital contribution of nursing leaders," said Stephen Thompson, general manager Baxter Canada. "Baxter is very proud to honour Fiona Karmali, a forward-thinking leader driving positive change in our health care system, elevating standards of care and making lives better for patients, every day."

Fiona has been with B.C.'s Provincial Health Services Authority for over 17 years, working in the areas of operations, quality, safety and infection control. Prior to the PHSA Fiona worked with the BC Cancer Agency, serving as their first Chief Nursing Officer and first Senior Director, Cancer Care.

A strong advocate for the nursing profession throughout her distinguished career, Fiona currently sits on the board of the Registered Nurses' Foundation of British Columbia which awarded over $130,000 in nursing scholarships to BC residents over the last year. She has worked tirelessly to expand the role of nurse practitioners in British Columbia, and is currently leading the creation of a PHSA Policy Office that will standardize processes across the health authority.

About the Nursing Leadership Award
Since 2005, Baxter has been the proud sponsor of The Nursing Leadership Award, an initiative of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). The Nursing Leadership Award builds on the themes of patient-centred care and leadership and honours those who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence in these areas. Recipients seek to advance nursing at every level, to remove barriers between providers and to build systems of quality care for patients. They have displayed their leadership qualities both within, and outside, their organization.

The programs that they have delivered have resulted in a measurable improvement to their organization's excellence. The award is presented annually at the CCHL Honouring Health Leadership event.

About Baxter Canada
For 80 years, Baxter has been making a meaningful difference for healthcare providers and patients in Canada. Baxter Corporation and its nearly 1,000 employees are located primarily in Ontario at the Head Office, CIVA Admixing and Technical Services Centres in Mississauga, and in Alliston – where Baxter operates Canada's only large scale manufacturing plant producing life-sustaining intravenous and dialysis solutions. These and other essential Baxter products, including anesthesia, surgery, dialysis and ICU equipment, infusion pumps, parenteral nutrition, and ready-to-administer intravenous admixtures play a vital role in the care of patients across Canada.

SOURCE Baxter Corporation

For further information: Media inquiries: Baxter Canada, media_canada@baxter.com, 1-844-838-8305; Canadian College of Health Leaders, Julie Bruyère, 613-235-7218 ext. 236, jbruyere@cchl-ccls.ca


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