Fraser Health president and chief executive officer Dr. Victoria Lee (left) and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry have received a show of support from FHA doctors. (Fraser Heath/B.C. government photos)

Fraser Health doctors thank Henry, Lee for steady hands, compassionate messages

Letter a ‘unanimous show of support’

Fraser Health doctors have penned a letter of support for provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Victoria Lee, president and chief executive officer of Fraser Health Authority.

The letter sent this month on behalf of Fraser Health Medical Staff Association Presidents’ Council – distributed to media Thursday (April 9) – and signed by the 12 hospital MSA presidents, states a desire to “express our confidence in your actions during a time of unprecedented volatility in at Covid-19 landscape.”

“As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, the growth of our knowledge base is accelerating. In order to be nimbly responsive in our ability to make changes to our models of care we must have two-way communication streams that transmit in both vertical and horizontal directions,” the letter states.

“We appreciate the efforts of the Emergency Operation Centre, your virtual town hall meetings and daily CEO and Provincial updates. Easy access to a central repository of information is important as we are bombarded by information from within and without the Authority.”

The FHA oversees hospitals from New Westminster to the Fraser Canyon.

Henry, along with Minister of Health Adrian Dix, has been providing regular updates to the public on the novel coronavirus and measures being implemented in an effort to stem the pandemic’s spread.

READ MORE: Two workers at seniors’ homes in Surrey, Langley diagnosed with COVID-19

Elaborating on reasoning for the doctors’ letter, Dr. Raymond Dong – chair of the presidents’ council and MSA president of Surrey Memorial Hospital – said the words are not intended to temper any negativity, as there has been no indication of such.

“This letter was a unanimous showing of support for Drs. Henry and Lee,” Dong told Peace Arch News.

“Their messaging has been calm, compassionate, and intelligent. Their hands were steady and recommendations were evidence-based.

“As respective physician leaders representing the medical staff at the hospitals in the Fraser Health Authority, we benefited greatly from the frequent and on-point two-way communication between us and the senior leadership.”

The letter states the MSAs will continue to serve as a conduit to bring future questions from “our healthcare colleagues” to the officials.

“The opportunity to work closely together further enhances the relationships between us. Although recent data from the Provincial Health Office has given us a hint of brighter days ahead, we are preparing for the burden of care to increase in the short and long term,” the letter states.

“We are making a commitment to stand with you in full support and look forward to sharing this burden with you as our leaders. Now more than ever, we must stand united and aligned in this battle.”



tholmes@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusFraser Health

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

More than 200 Surrey playgrounds re-opening

City announces eight skate parks to re-open as well

Musicians remember Gabby’s Country Cabaret in Langley

Nightclub showcased local talent, connected friends, and even hosted a wedding during its 34 years

Surrey to pay TransLink $30M in land, $9M in cash for work on cancelled LRT

Council considered staff report on city’s 2019 annual financial statements during Monday’s “virtual” council meeting

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond

MAY 28: ‘Meetup centres’ enable family visits, pandemic’s effect on B.C. budget to be examined

B.C. retirement home creates innovative ‘meet-up’ unit for elderly to see family face-to-face

Innovative ‘purpose-built’ unit keeps residents safe when seeing family for first time since COVID-19

Police stop Lower Mainland men with parachutes from jumping off Okanagan bridge

The men had parachutes in their backpacks, and indicated they were going to jump off a bridge

Asian giant “murder hornets” found in Langley, expanding range

This is the farthest east the invasive species has been found so far

Body of Maple Ridge man recovered near Harrison Lake

21-year-old last seen on May 16 when he fell into Silver Creek

Help the ‘Cloverdale Reporter’ continue its mission to provide trusted local news

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

B.C. girl left temporarily paralyzed by tick bite sparks warning from family

Mom says parents need to check their kids when they go camping

$24M lottery ticket bought in Aldergrove by soon-to-be millionaire

Wednesday night’s Lotto 6/49 draw revealed a ticket worth millions was purchased in Aldergrove

Feds delay national action plan for missing and murdered Indigenous women

Meanwhile, the pandemic has exacerbated the violence facing many Indigenous women and girls

Death toll rises in COVID-19 outbreak at Langley Lodge

Number has risen to 22, making it the worst to date in B.C.

Most Read