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Archive: Friday, April 8, 2016


Stacy Kozak, Manager with the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Surgery Strategic Clinical Network (SSCN) will provide insight on the province-wide approach that has taken compliance with the AHS Safe Surgery Checklist from 50 to better than 90 per cent in two years.

“Most often, the documentation of surgical checklist completion is filled out after the fact,” says Stacy Kozak. “It becomes an exercise of checking off yes or no in the appropriate boxes, rather than critically looking at the components and determining what has actually been done. AHS measures use of the checklist in two ways, using a chart audit and an observational audit. Observational audits give us a better view of the true state of affairs.”

Les Deuchar, a patient member of the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network will provide the patient perspective during the call. Find out first-hand how one patient says the Surgical Safety Checklist improved his surgical experience!


Leslie Deuchar

Leslie Deuchar is a retired cattle rancher living on the shore of Lesser Slave Lake in the small community of Joussard where he is active with the community association, Legion and Elks Club.  Les has been a patient advisor on the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network since 2012, where he offers his perspective and experience as a former surgical patient living in a rural setting.   Les has had surgery 24 times, so he's a bit of an expert and offers a unique and valuable perspective, which only a patient can.

In his time with the SSCN, Les he has seen many projects implemented that have positively influenced surgical care for all Albertans.  Les' personal vision for surgery in Alberta would see patients receiving seamless coordinated care throughout their surgical journey.

Stacy Kozak

Stacy Kozak is the manager of the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network at Alberta Health Services. 

From development to implementation, Stacy leads evidence-based projects and programs that will improve the quality and sustainability of surgical services in across Alberta.  Stacy believes that measuring outcomes and engaging with stakeholders are key to improving health care, and that ensuring patient perspectives and experience are taken into account are pivotal in the quality improvement journey.

Stacy's undergraduate degree was in Physical Education at the University of Calgary. She completed her MSc in Community Health Sciences, Health Systems Research in 2012.