The BC Health Care Awards honour the best in BC’s publicly funded health care community. Awards are handed out at a luncheon each June in the following categories:

Top Innovation
Dianna Mah-Jones Award of Excellence
in Person-Centred Care

Workplace Health Innovation
Collaborative Solutions

Health Care Hero (Individual award)
Fraser Health
Interior Health
Island Health
Northern Health
Provincial Health Services
Vancouver Coastal Health
New Outstanding Health Care Volunteer

Of the Health Care Hero awards, one is recognized as the Provincial Health Care Hero – a health care superhero!


  • Hand-crafted glass Gold Apple ornament and framed certificate for Gold Apple recipients;
  • Framed certificate for Award of Merit recipients;
  • Public recognition at the BC Health Care Awards luncheon;
  • Two tickets to the BC Health Care Awards luncheon;
  • For Gold Apple recipients residing outside Metro Vancouver, travel expenses and one night’s hotel accommodation to attend the awards luncheon;
  • Profile and recognition in HEABC and BC Health Care Awards websites and publications.

The awards are judged by a panel of community, academic and business leaders.

For information on how to nominate, visit the nominate page. To learn about past award recipients, visit the recipients section.

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For a project or best practice that has brought fresh ideas, ingenuity or superior problem-solving skills to the health field, and has resulted in positive and lasting change, making the top innovation a model for others to follow.

The innovation must have:

  • changed practices or uncovered the best methods to approach a task
  • demonstrated tangible results
  • continually sought to improve work being done in the health sector


Named in honour of Dianna Mah-Jones, a former Provincial Health Care Hero, this award is for a team or project that makes use of leading practices to improve care for patients, residents or clients by focusing on the needs of the person rather than the needs of the system or service.

Successful nominations will demonstrate leadership in person-centred care that has the potential for widespread impact, showing how the team or project partners with patients, clients or residents to co-design and deliver health care that is respectful of the needs, values and preferences of individuals. Teams/projects may focus on workplace practices, care environment, care practices, patient/client/resident safety, comfort and/or physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, and/or family and community engagement.

Projects nominated in this category must demonstrate:
  • excellence and innovation
  • leadership
  • best practices
  • measurable results

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For a project or best practice that makes use of leading practices to improve workplace and worker health and safety.

Winning projects demonstrate:

  • leadership, vision and measurable results in improving the health and safety of health care work places
  • leadership, project management, vision and system-wide thinking

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For a project or best practice that harnesses the collective efforts of a collaborative team that has yielded positive outcomes. This collaboration could be within one site or across multiple sites and with non-health partners, interregional projects or team collaborations. The project should demonstrate how an integrated approach yielded better outcomes for staff and/or patients. Communication, problem-solving and inclusiveness make the award recipient(s) stand out.

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A Health Care Hero goes above and beyond to make a difference in health care. Their passion and dedication is evident in everything they do. Whether it is a long-time employee being nominated for a lifetime of achievement or a fresh face who has made a difference in a short time with their dedication and enthusiasm, a Health Care Hero is someone who colleagues can look to for inspiration.

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This NEW award recognizes and honours an outstanding individual who is volunteering their time and talent in support of BC’s public health care system and making a significant contribution to health care in their community. The award recipient is a role model for dedication, compassion and community service and has demonstrated a commitment to supporting either one public or non-profit health care organization or has undertaken a variety of volunteer activities in one year. The volunteer activities or services listed cannot be part of the nominee’s job description or duties, and the individual cannot receive any compensation for their volunteer activities.