Our Beginnings

IMAGINE Launch

imagine project_SMA forum on January 22, 2015 brought together ideas around a common purpose – Alberta’s health care system needs to be more patient centred and that fundamental transformation is needed. The forum was designed to create initial engagement in this idea and vision.

Focusing on a healthcare culture where people come first, the forum was a catalyst for Albertans to imagine a different kind of healthcare system for our province.

Since this forum, IMAGINE has taken significant strides, and we are proud to present highlights of our accomplishments.

We are grateful for the support and participation of the many Albertans who have been involved along the way.

There was a common emotion – “We can do better in Alberta in improving the experience of health care, and the quality, safety and outcomes of our care”.

It established momentum – a call to move to action where collaboration was seen as the only way that we can all bring about these changes. We need to create a health care system. We need to create or recreate a culture of caring that is centred on the patient across the whole continuum of care in Alberta. The patient is why the health care system exists. There are fixable solutions that can improve the experiences of care for patients/citizens but also ones that improve the safety, quality and outcomes of care.

We can create this kind of system and culture if we work together – collaborate – patients/families/citizens of Alberta working in partnership with health providers, leaders, policy makers, planners.

Patient Stories

Sharing healthcare experiences, both the good and the bad, can help us learn and better understand what works and what needs to improve. The IMAGINE Forum included a series of patient stories.

Speakers & Panelists

The forum featured guest speakers Brian Goldman – a well-known CBC radio show host, author and physician, Dave Price – a concerned Alberta citizen who is an advocate for patient and family centred care, Art Frank – Professor Emeritus of Sociology with a long-time interest in patient experience, and Jim Conway – former COO of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, who helped to lead the transformation of a healthcare system’s culture to be centred around the patient and family experience.

Jim Conway

Jim Conway is an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and Senior Consultant, Safe and Reliable Healthcare, in Evergreen, Colorado.

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Art Frank

Art Frank, PhD, is professor emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary, where he has taught since 1975. He is currently a professor at Betanien College, Bergen, Norway.

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Steven Lewis

Steven Lewis is a health policy and research consultant based in Saskatoon, member of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at Simon Fraser University.

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Dave Price

Dave Price

Dave is the father of Greg Price, someone terribly missed by his family and friends, and who died prematurely due to multiple failures of Alberta’s medical treatment system.

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Ward Flemons

Ward Flemons

Ward Flemons, MD, is a Respirologist at the Foothills Medical Centre and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine.

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William Ghali

Dr. William Ghali is Scientific Director of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health (as of July 1, 2010). He is also Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.

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Tony Fields

Tony Fields

Dr. Fields is Professor Emeritus, Oncology, at the University of Alberta. His career includes work at Alberta Health Services, where he was responsible for Alberta’s tertiary and associate cancer centres.

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Charlie Fischer

Charlie Fischer

Mr. Fischer is the Chair of the Hull Child and Family Foundation, Chair of the Honorary Patrons’ Council for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Chair of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Vice Chair of the Canada West Foundation .

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Brian Goldman

Dr. Brian Goldman is one of Canada’s most trusted voices in medicine — a doctor who thinks like a patient. He makes complex medical issues digestible for audiences on radio, television and on the speaking circuit. He personalizes medicine and the human frailties of his profession.

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Deborah Prowse

Deborah Prowse

Deborah has a professional background and training in Social Work and Law. As a private consultant, she has worked in the areas of respectful workplace, human rights and conflict management offering mediation, investigation, and training.

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Jon Meddings

Jon Meddings

Dr. Jon Meddings, MD, FRCPC, began his first term as Dean of the Cumming School of Medicine in July 2012 having served as Vice Dean since 2009, and previously as Interim Vice-President (Research) of the University of Calgary (2010), head of the Division of Gastroenterology.

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Rick Ward

Rick Ward

Dr. Ward is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is passionate about the evolution of primary care, interdisciplinary care and quality improvement.

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