Chilcotin-based nurse practitioner Patrice Gordon has been named Health Care Hero – Interior Health in the 2015 BC Health Awards.
At a recent gala luncheon held in Vancouver, Gordon along with 11 other Gold Apple Award recipients and seven award of merit winners were honoured for their work.
Presented by the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC), the BC Health Care Awards celebrate successes and achievements in B.C.’s health care system, and recognize people providing outstanding care and support.
Gordon said winning the award didn’t really sink in until she got to Vancouver to the award luncheon.
“It’s a huge, massive honour and I’m so incredibly grateful to Catherine Whitman (my former manager) for the nomination,” she told the Tribune. “It was so very special to be in the midst of amazing people who have contributed hugely to health care in B.C. So humbling to be included in the group of award winners.”
Awards are given in 11 categories to projects improving health care delivery, and to people making a positive impact and inspiring those around them.
“This year’s winners are outstanding examples of innovation, leadership and caring,” said HEABC President and CEO David Logan. “I am thrilled that through this awards program we have the opportunity to celebrate successes in BC health care, share best practices and reward health care heroes from around the province.”
Gordon is leaving Wednesday to work with the Canadian Red Cross in Nepal to an area hit by the devastating earthquake in April.
To see a video produced about Gordon for the Health Hero award go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJTD9QMTZ_s.