Meet the Team

Jillian Boerstler, MPA, MA, DBe, HEC-C
Clinical Ethicist 

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Jillian Boerstler recently relocated to Vancouver from the Chicago area. She brings nearly twenty years of progressive health care leadership experience to her position. She has held positions including Corporate Director of Ethics Programming; Administrative Director of Imaging; and Manager of Clinical Operations. Jillian also completed a year-long fellowship in hospital administration.

Jillian earned her Doctorate in Bioethics at Loyola University Chicago while also becoming certified as a healthcare ethics consultant (HEC-C) from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). She holds a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma, which is a set of tools and strategies for process improvement. She is skilled in teambuilding, patient-centric program development, and conflict resolution. In addition to presenting her work at several conferences, Jillian has published her writing in journals such as the American Journal of Bioethics and the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. Her research includes areas such as preventative ethics and Catholic ethical considerations in substance use and addiction.

Reach Jillian by email: jboerstler@providencehealth.bc.ca

 


Dr. Jocelyn Chase, BSc, MD, FRCPC
Physician Ethicist

Jocelyn Chase is a staff Geriatrician at St. Paul's Hospital, and a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia. She completed medical school at the University of Alberta and her residency and fellowship at the University of British Columbia. Jocelyn is currently completing a Masters in Science in Bioethics from Columbia University in New York. Her academic interests include promoting improved substituted decision making for those with dementia.

Jocelyn holds medical resident and student teaching roles with in Geriatrics and Internal Medicine on the Clinical Teaching Unit at St. Paul's Hospital. Jocelyn also leads the coordination and delivery of medical ethics education to medical trainees and Staff Physicians at PHC.

Reach Jocelyn by email: jchase@providencehealth.bc.ca
 


Jennifer A. Gibson, RN, MSN, PhD, CCN(C)
Clinical Ethicist

Jennifer Gibson has been with PHC since 2004. Prior to joining Ethics Services as a Clinical Ethicist in 2018, she held a variety of nursing leadership, education, and administrative roles in the Heart Centre at St. Paul's Hospital. The focus of her clinical practice was cardiac and critical care.

Skilled in the engagement and mediation of multidisciplinary teams and stakeholders, Jennifer brings skills of conflict resolution, and an incredible passion for values-based care, planning and decision-making. As an educator and a researcher, she has presented at numerous local and national conferences, and has authored and collaborated on a several peer-reviewed published works.

Jennifer earned a PhD from the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Her doctoral dissertation examined health care professionals' experiences supporting patients with heart failure and their family members in end-of-life planning and care. Her research focus included a particular sensitivity to ethical issues in hospital cultures and contexts.

Reach Jennifer by email: jgibson@providencehealth.bc.ca 
 


Carrie Smith, MSW, RSW
Medical Assistance in Dying Response Lead +
Ethics Service Engagement 
 Leader

Carrie Smith has been with PHC since 2011. She has practiced as a Social Worker in various roles and has supported teams at Alder Neuropsychiatry Tertiary Care Unit, Violence Prevention and Foundry Central Office.

Carrie has extensive qualifications and expertise in program and curriculum development, education and training, and leadership and group facilitation. She is also a skilled communicator and effectively helps teams navigate conflict and complex and difficult conversations. Carrie lives and leads the Providence Mission through a strength-based approach to leadership and collaboration which promotes constructive partnerships, effective and productive interprofessional team dynamics, and successful engagement. 

Reach Carrie by email: cjsmith@providencehealth.bc.ca