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Cardiac Services of British Columbia (CSBC) is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

Cardiac Services BC is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). 

PHSA, one of six health authorities in BC, is mandated to ensure the planning, coordination, accessibility, quality, efficiency and effectiveness of selected province-wide health care programs and services. PHSA is the overall governing body of Cardiac Services BC.

Cardiac Services BC was established following the transfer of the adult tertiary cardiac provincial mandate and funding from the Ministry of Health Services in 2002. 

Executive team
Nicholas Schnee

Executive Director, Cardiac Services BC, Stroke Service BC and Provincial Specialized Programs & Clinical Policy

Ryan Davis

Senior Director, Business Operations & Finance

Jaimini Thakore

Senior Director, Cardiac Information Services and Cardiac Data Solutions, CSBC Registry

Amber Appleby 

Senior Director, Provincial System Planning and Access

Kelly Mackay

Senior Director, Provincial Quality, Research and Integrated Care

Expert guidance

Two external expert groups support the work of Cardiac Services BC. 

Provincial Advisory Committee on Cardiac Health

The Provincial Advisory Committee on Cardiac Health (PACCH) is a standing expert medical advisory committee comprising leaders and stakeholders in cardiovascular medicine in BC. It is accountable, through the Cardiac Services BC Executive Director, to PHSA's Board of Directors and to each of the other regional health authority boards. 

The PACCH's role is the evaluation and control of the quality of patient care, providing medically and scientifically expert advice and recommendations to Cardiac Services BC on the full continuum of cardiac health.

Cardiac Services Steering Committee

The Cardiac Services Steering Committee (CSSC) is responsible for providing direction on, among other things:

  • the cost accounting, funding methodology and funding policy for cardiac services
  • service capacity
  • new technology and drugs
  • quality assurance
  • quality improvement
  • provincial capital equipment planning and funding under a joint provincial strategy.

The committee is also generally responsible for providing more transparency between the funder and the provider and ensuring equity across all five health authorities. 

Membership includes senior administrative and clinical representation from the provider centres, the Ministry of Health and PACCH.

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