Our Beginnings

In 2015, a forum was held to engage Albertans around the idea that our healthcare system needed to fundamentally transform to be more patient-centred.

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.

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

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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Thank you to our early supporters

hqca-logoAt the HQCA, our mission and values focus on improving the quality and safety of health services for Albertans. This work involves engaging Albertans and listening to their experiences and voices, and we do this through a variety of means, including patient satisfaction and experience surveys, supportive living family and residents survey, and our Patient/Family Safety Advisory Panel. The HQCA is proud to support the IMAGINE Project because of its grass-roots, citizen led focus on patient-first healthcare culture. This adds to the understanding of patient needs, experiences, and will enhance how we connect with Albertans.
O'Brien Institute for Public HealthAlthough the aim of The IMAGINE Project was to change the culture of the health professions and health system as they relate to the patient, it was always intended to be a grassroots initiative. Following the launch of the project on January 22, 2015, the O’Brien Institute handed over the project reins to a new citizen-led committee, IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health. As part of this evolution, the O’Brien Institute continues to support IMAGINE through funding, by functioning as the initiative’s secretariat and by providing logistical and technical support to the citizens’ efforts. Many of the IMAGINE citizens, such as Dr. Ward Flemons and Adjunct Professor Gail McKean PhD, are also O’Brien Institute members.
AIHSAlberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) provides leadership for Alberta’s health research and innovation enterprise and aims to work with partners in the health system to ensure innovation in care, policy and practice and that the needs of patients and clinicians influence research in the province. AIHS’s vision is to transform the health, health system and wellbeing of Albertans through research and innovation. Patient centred care and citizen engagement are important drivers of research and innovation and are supported by AIHS through Alberta SPOR (Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research) SUPPORT Unit’s Patient Engagement Platform and other initiatives. AIHS is pleased to support the work of IMAGINE to effectively engage individual Albertans and citizen groups from around the province, and through that bring the patient perspective toward improving health care.