Dr. Curt Smecher is an Anesthesiologist at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, but his students also know him as “Papa QI.” He is the founder and driving force behind Fraser Health’s Physician Quality Improvement Program, which has had a huge impact on the quality of care across Fraser Health.
In collaboration with Doctors of BC, the Ministry of Health, physician groups, nurses and allied health professionals, Dr. Smecher developed a world-class quality education program for quality improvement initiatives that has become the standard for all such programs across the province. Students have been coached on how to take ideas for improving patient care and turn them into practical and workable initiatives. Quality improvement team members say the program has left them reinvigorated, reminding them of why they chose health care as a profession!
Dr. Smecher has been a pioneer in involving patient partners in the quality improvement process, including patient advisors within the Quality Improvement Program itself, and encouraging students and others to include them as integral parts of every Quality Improvement team. He continues to push the quality improvement agenda at the local, regional and provincial levels, and is building collaborative networks with internationally renowned organizations such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Mayo Clinic.
For his work as a tenacious advocate for high-quality patient care and a leader in Physician Quality Improvement, Dr. Curt Smecher has been named this year’s Health Care Hero for Fraser Health.