Kim Williams seconded to RCCbc to support rural surgical and obstetric networks program development

Ms. Kim Williams, former Executive Director for Perinatal Services BC (PSBC), joined the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) team on Friday, April 14, 2017. Williams is being seconded to RCCbc as its Networks Director for two years, and will spend the majority of her time working on rural network development projects. She will continue to work with PSBC one day a week during this period.

Williams has been a valuable contributor to RCCbc’s rural surgical and obstetric network (RSON) development process, and will be leading RCCbc’s work in this area in her new role. Says Williams, “this is a great opportunity to take this project forward and builds on all the work PSBC has partnered on over the last three years. I am excited to join RCCbc and look forward to working even more closely with the rural and remote communities and teams across the province.”

The RSON program aims to stabilize robust, sustainable local surgery programs in select areas of BC with small surgical programs served by general practitioners with enhanced surgical skills or by a solo general surgeon. It is anticipated that these rural surgical and obstetrical programs will increase the health services capacity of rural communities by supporting enhanced critical care, emergency and trauma care, and maternity programs, including obstetrical delivery and cesarean section. “We are very pleased that Kim will be joining our team and lending her expertise to the Rural Surgical and Obstetrics Networks program,” said Dr. Ray Markham, Executive Director of RCCbc. “We anticipate that this program will lay the groundwork for successful retention of key health services in select communities, which will result in better health care ‘closer to home’ for many rural British Columbians.”

During her secondment, Williams will be stepping away from her role as Provincial Executive Director of Perinatal Services BC. Ms. Lily Lee will be the Acting Executive Director for PSBC during this period. Lee has more than 30 years of experience in perinatal care and has held many leadership roles in advanced practice, education, management, and policy and program development. Lee is active in provincial and national perinatal organizations and is a member of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System Committee.

About Kim Williams
Williams received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia. She also has certificates in both leadership and engagement. Her passion for perinatal nursing began as a frontline nurse over 25 years ago at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre. She moved to Fraser Health in 2001 where her career progressed across many leadership roles, including clinical educator, unit manager, health service administrator, project manager, and system planner. Kim returned to PHSA in 2008 and became the Provincial Executive Director of Perinatal Services BC (PSBC) in 2010. Under her leadership, PSBC has achieved several milestones, including the development of: the first North American resource for managing pregnancies with Downs Syndrome; innovative Canadian patient and clinical resources such as the Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain program, Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing, and Biliary Atresia Home Screening program; and supports designed specifically for Aboriginal women and babies including the Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport, the Aboriginal Safe Sleep Toolkit and the tripartite Aboriginal Doula Initiative. PSBC became the first provincial facility in Canada to publish hospital level maternal and neo-natal indicators, empowering women to make informed decisions with health care providers regarding birthing options. Williams commitment to interdisciplinary collaborative care and equitable access to safe maternity care as close to home as possible have become the underpinnings for many other provincial initiatives.

To contact Kim Williams, call 1-877-908-822 (toll-free) or email kwilliams@rccbc.ca.