The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) is governed by a board of directors and led by an executive team. There are two main organizational structures through which VIHA operates and delivers its services:
Under the leadership of the executive team, many physicians, VIHA staff, and senior leaders are working together toward the goal of a fully integrated organization.
The objectives are to:
- facilitate the development of integrated authority-wide services;
- respond effectively to the needs of patients, residents and clients;
- provide consistent levels of access, quality, and safety across our system;
- increase the participation of staff, clinicians and other stakeholders in decision making; and
- improve communication across our system.
Success is measured by:
- improved quality and access to services;
- patient, client and resident satisfaction;
- improved clinical outcomes;
- improved health status of our population;
- more effective and efficient use of resources; and
- increased employee satisfaction.
The organization model:
- highlights quality and safety as the key drivers to our system;
- introduces authority-wide co-management of clinical portfolios;
- operationalizes a "plan regionally - deliver locally" philosophy;
- embraces unique community needs and moves away from three distinct geographic areas;
- contemplates a distributive management model;
- facilitates more devolved decision making, close to the front line;
- empowers clinicians to be involved in decision making;
- simplifies decision making;
- clarifies roles, responsibilities and accountabilities;
- fosters a closer link between primary and secondary care; and
- provides an effective foundation for clinical teaching and research.