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Memoranda and report on information

  • GR-0749
  • Series
  • 1934

This series consists of a memoranda and report on information collected in reference to certain phases of hospital work in British Columbia from the Provincial Secretary, 1934.

British Columbia. Provincial Secretary. State Health Insurance Research

Hospital photographs

  • GR-3423
  • Series
  • 1920-1974

The series consists of photograph files created by the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service between 1949 and 1974 and including photographs back to 1920. The photographs, mostly black and white prints, are arranged in files alphabetically by community and consist of photographs of interior and exterior shots of hospitals and hospital construction, In addition to the files, there is a scrapbook of hospital photographs, also arranged alphabetically by community. The accompanying negatives are arranged by number.

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

Hospital Insurance Service correspondence and other material

  • GR-0679
  • Series
  • 1948-1971

This series consists of correspondence, memoranda and reports regarding hospitals and hospital insurance, 1948-1971. Boxes 3 to 5 consists of policy files.

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

Administrative records

  • GR-2569
  • Series
  • 1890-1947

The Provincial Secretary was responsible for the administration of grants to public hospitals, and later regulation of the the hospitals, until the Hospital Insurance Service was established as the third branch of the Department of Health and Welfare in 1948. At that time the regulation of hospitals became the responsibility of the Hospital Insurance Service Branch. This collection is comprised of 6 series of records relating to the administration of the public hospitals of B.C.: files for individual public hospitals relating to special grants (1915-1947), annual reports of the public hospitals (1921-1933), correspondence of the Provincial Secretary and the Deputy Provincial Secretary with the public hospitals (1921-1933), a card series detailing monthly grants to the individual hospitals (1923-1941), a card series entitled "Liquor profits to hospitals" (1922-1929) and a card series detailing grants to orphanages and other charitable institutions and organizations (1890-1934). The series are not all complete. While there are annual reports of the hospitals for the years 1921-1937, the only complete sets are for 1921, 1923-1925, 1934 and 1936. Boxes 1-11 : Files re: special grants to individual hospitals (may contain blueprints, photos, reports, correspondence, etc.) 1915-1947 Boxes 12-15 : Annual reports of hospitals 1921-1937 Boxes 16-19 : Correspondence of the Provincial Secretary and Deputy Provincial Secretary re: hospital funding 1921-1933 Boxes 20-22 : 3 card sets detailing funding to hospitals and other charitable institutions 1890-1941

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Hospital Consultation and Inspection Division files

  • GR-2665
  • Series
  • 1955-1980

Subject files of the Hospital Consultation and Inspection Division and records relating to the Provincial Adult Care Licensing Board, the Hospital Rate Board, the Radiological Advisory Committee and the Planning Group. The contents of Box 23, file 3-13 were housed in separate labelled binders.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Hospital Consultation and Inspection Division records

  • GR-2589
  • Series
  • 1970-1979

These records are from the office of the Director of Hospital Construction and Inspection Division. They include minutes of the Planning Group (1974-1975), the BCHIS Management Group (1971-1974), Functional Program Review Committee (1970-1971), and the Radiological Advisory Council and Committee (1976-1979). The indexes to the Equipment Committee and the Rate Board minutes are included although the minutes are not.

Earlier minutes of the Planning Group (1965-1974) are catalogued under GR-2651.

Also included is outward correspondence of H.R. McGann, the Director of the Construction and Inspection Division (1976-1977) and the Minister of Health (1976-1978).

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Hospital Consultation Division records

  • GR-2653
  • Series
  • 1950-1978

Files of the Hospital Consultation Division including subject files of the Hospital Consultation Division, day files (outgoing correspondence 1977-1978), correspondence with hospitals, files regarding private hospitals (1966-1976), and complaints files (1950-1970).

A scrapbook containing photographs of hospitals and apparently compiled by the Inspector of Hospitals was transferred to the Visual Records accession 199306-016.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance

Records regarding private hospitals

  • GR-2577
  • Series
  • 1949-1976

Records regarding private hospitals. These files consist mostly of the copies of the annual return forms filed by private hospitals with the Province of B.C. (1952-1958) and later, with Health and Welfare Canada (1959-1976). There are also correspondence, audit and finance files in relation to some of the hospitals.

British Columbia. Hospital Programs

Health Association of British Columbia fonds

  • PR-1111
  • Fonds
  • 1918-2002

The fonds consists of the records of the Health Association of British Columbia and its predecessor organization the British Columbia Hospitals' Association. The records date from 1918 to 2002.

Health Association of British Columbia

Hospital Consultation and Inspection Division files

  • GR-0380
  • Series
  • 1948-1970

This series consists of files of the Hospital Consultation and Inspection Division of the BC Hospital Insurance Service. Records have been divided into a subseries relating to individual public and private hospitals, and a subseries of various subject files.

In 1948 an "Act to provide for the Establishment of Hospital Insurance and Financial Aid to Hospitals" was passed. Accordingly, the B.C. Hospital Insurance Service was established as a third branch of the Department of Health and Welfare to administer the premium payment plan. The plan provided hospital care benefits for acute illness at the standard ward level to residents of the province. At that time the Inspector of Hospitals was transferred from the Department of the Provincial Secretary to the Hospital Services Division of the new BCHIS. The name of the Division was changed in 1951 to the Hospital Consultation and Inspection Division. The division had both a Vancouver and a Victoria office. These appear to be records of the Victoria office.

The files relating to individual hospitals contain inspection reports, notes regarding communications with hospital personnel, correspondence with hospital managers or representatives, and internal memoranda regarding the hospital. They sometimes also include floor plans of the facilities and other types of reports. The subject files include a wide variety of materials, including correspondence.

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

Returned Soldier's Aid Commission records

  • GR-0126
  • Series
  • 1916-1920

The series consists of records created by the Provincial Secretary between 1916 and 1920, in his capacity as chairman of the British Columbia Returned Soldiers' Aid Commission.

The records include daily orders issued by Col. J.S. Harvey, Commander of Unit "J", Military Hospitals, No. XI District Depot Casualty Company and Hospital Section (Victoria, B.C. and Hastings Park, Vancouver, B.C.). The series also includes lists of B.C. men who served in the armed forces of Canada and Great Britain during the First World War. The lists are arranged by servicemen's former civilian occupation.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Health Services and Hospital Insurance records

  • GR-0116
  • Series
  • 1959-1965

The series consists of files created by the Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance, Office of the Minister relating to the Hospital Insurance Service Branch. The records were created between 1959 and 1965 and while the bulk of the files relate to specific hospital construction projects, there are also files relating to provincial infirmaries, legislation and other subjects.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance

Private hospital establishment and inspection records

  • GR-3652
  • Series
  • 1941-1982

The series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, financial statements, lists and inventories and sale agreements relating to private hospitals across the province. The records were created between 1941 and 1982 by the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service and its successor body, the Hospital programs branch of the Ministry of Health. The records provide evidence of the licensing function of the branch, and provide information about the administrative structure of private hospitals in the province. Under the Hospital Act (RSBC 1960, c. 178, s. 10) no private hospital could be licensed without first receiving approval from the Chief Inspector. The series also provides evidence of the closure of private hospitals and the transferal of patients to other facilities. The series also includes a number of inspection reports for private facilities, although these are by no means complete and GR-2565 and GR-2567 provide additional inspection reports.

The series is arranged alphabetically by property name.

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

Records of the Assistant Deputy Minister, Institutional Services

  • GR-3975
  • Series
  • 1982-1990

This series consists of the records of the Assistant Deputy Minister, Institutional Services of the Ministry of Health from 1982-1990. This Assistant Deputy Minister position existed from 1976-1991, and was succeeded by the Assistant Deputy Minister, Care Services from 1991-1993. The Assistant Deputy Minister, Institutional Services provided direction and leadership to the programs that administered hospital care and continuing care. These programs included the Office for Seniors, BC Ambulance Service, Continuing Care Division, Facilities Planning and Construction Division, Hospital Programs Division, Institutional Management Resources Division, and Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch.

The series includes administrative records showing the day to day operations of the office and depicts changes and directives to related programs.

Records include the ADM’s daily correspondence; files on relevant acts and legislation; correspondence and other material from related health associations and societies; government committee and commission files, including the management committee and Assistant Deputy Minister Management Job Evaluation Committee; cooperation and liaison with other BC government bodies, other provincial governments and the federal government; subject files; files on related plans and programs; budgets; reports and statistics; treasury board submissions; and other administrative records.

Records are arranged roughly by date, then by file code number, except for some records from 1982 which are arranged alphabetically by file title.

Records in this series are scheduled under the Executive Records schedule (number 102906).

Some files have been removed for tobacco litigation. These files are identified in the file list as [removed].

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Hospital Programs records

  • GR-3994
  • Series
  • 1959 - 1987

The series consists of records documenting the operations and administration of hospitals in BC from 1959-1987. The records cover programs within individual hospitals, finance and construction, personnel, medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, equipment and other topics. They also include accreditation surveys and results, hospital reviews, and reports by Ministry of Health staff on topics such as medical records. The records include policy precedents, lists of staff and administrators, and information on financial proceedings and grants. The records were created under the Hospital Act (RSBC 1979, c.176), the Hospital District Act (RSBC 1979, c.178), and the Hospital Insurance Act (RSBC, 1979, c. 180). They were created by the BC Hospital Programs Division and its predecessor, BC Hospital Insurance Service, both under the Ministry of Health.

The series is arranged by hospital or topic, then by date. The records include correspondence, reports, financial records, bylaws, project files, strategic plans, and policy documents. The records are classified under the one-time Hospital Programs operational files (schedule 880238).

British Columbia. Hospital Programs

Hospital Programs executive records

  • GR-3998
  • Series
  • 1974 - 1989

The series consists of correspondence and other records of the executive director’s office, Hospital Programs, Ministry of Health. The correspondence is between members of the Health Programs executive team (executive director, regional directors, Assistant Deputy Minister, Deputy Minister, and Minister of Health) and regional hospitals or health care facilities in British Columbia. The correspondence documents routine business activities relating to hospital reviews, hospital programs, staffing levels, hospital expansion, hospital expenditures, operating budgets and other financial/funding issues, hospital complaint files, hospital annual reports, and regional hospital district matters. The records were created by the Ministry of Health’s Hospital Programs division and Hospital Insurance Service between 1974-1989. These records were created under the Hospital Act (RSBC 1996, c. 200), Health Act (RSBC 1979, c. 161), and Health District Act (RSBC 1996, c. 202).

The records are arranged alphabetically by hospital or facility name and by ministry file code. They consist of incoming and outgoing executive correspondence, accompanying reports, hospital publications, data and statistics, memoranda, briefing notes, agendas and minutes, and annual reports. The records are covered by the Executive Records schedule (schedule 102906).

British Columbia. Hospital Programs

Department of Health executive records

  • GR-0678
  • Series
  • 1946-1976

This series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports and minutes of meetings of the Deputy Minister of Health relating to all fields administered by the Department of Health and its predecessors, particularly in the period 1955 to 1976.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health. Minister of Medical and Hospital Programs

Publications relating to regulation of hospitals

  • GR-2650
  • Series
  • 1937-1971

Records of the Finance Division of the B.C. Hospital Insurance Service, hospital manuals issued by the BCHIS and publications relating to hospitals and hospital management.

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

Hospital Insurance Service research files

  • GR-2585
  • Series
  • 1953-1977

These are files of the Research Division of the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service. In 1948 an "Act to provide for the Establishment of Hospital Insurance and Financial Aid to Hospitals" was passed. Accordingly, the B.C. Hospital Insurance Service was established as a third branch of the Department of Health and Welfare and tasked with administering the premium payment plan which provided hospital care benefits for acute illness at the standard ward level to residents of the province. The role of the B.C.H.I.S. quickly grew to include hospital financing, inspection, and advisory services related to hospital construction. The name of the branch changed from British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service to Hospital Programs in 1975, as part of a reorganization within the Ministry of Health. In the early years the B.C.H.I.S. was also responsible for the administration of the Welfare Institutions Licensing Act (transferred to the Dept. of Social Welfare in 1950) and the Provincial Infirmaries (transferred to the Health Branch in 1964). The Research Division was created in the second year of operation of the B.C.H.I.S. In the annual report of BCHIS for 1950 the responsibilities of the Research Division are listed as "this branch of the Service supplied all statistics necessary to the Service, which included compilation of progress and annual reports, surveys, and other information". In the 1951 annual report this description is broadened slightly, "maintained monthly progress reports, compiled statistics concerning hospitalization experience, and conducted special studies on matters related to the Service". There are two series of files, one series containing correspondence with individual hospitals and one series containing subject files. The first series in this unit, the bulk of these files, relate to individual hospitals and contain correspondence of the division with the hospitals, news releases of the ministry relating to the hospital, reports of the division relating to the individual hospitals and other research material relating to individual hospitals. The bulk of this series is from 1953-1965, with some material as late as 1975. The second series of files are subject files of the Research Division on such topics as rehabilitation, mental health, indian affairs, morbidity, social welfare, and pediatrics. The bulk of this series is from 1953-1962, with some material as late as 1977. Individual Hospital Series (Boxes 1-12) Subject Files (Boxes 12-15)

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

Annual reports of public hospitals in British Columbia

  • GR-2666
  • Series
  • 1969

These records comprise annual reports of public hospitals in British Columbia for 1969. The information contained in these reports was normally published by the British Columbia Government as the Report on Hospital Statistics and the Administration of the Hospital Act. The report was not published for 1969 so these records have been retained as the only source of the information.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance

Correspondence and reports from Department of Provincial Secretary

  • GR-1665
  • Series
  • 1887-1953

This series contains miscellaneous correspondence and reports. These records were originally a part of the Provincial Secretary's central registry but, for reasons unknown, became separated from the department's main files. A wide variety of subjects are addressed in these records.

Many of the records in this unit concern investigations carried out under the authority of the Departmental Inquiries Act and the Public Inquiries Act. Many relate to conditions in public institutions and activities of government employees. Many inquiries relate to hospitals and schools in the province, including Vernon Mental Hospital, Tranquille Sanatorium, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Provincial Mental Hospital at Essondale. Other inquiries and Commissions include bribery of the Liquor Control Board, the Beban Mine disaster, Royal Commission on Dominion Provincial Relations, Inquiry into the death of John Meredith Sweeney and the state and management of the Quartermaster Stores of the Provincial Police Force.

The records also relate to child welfare programs, including the general management of the Provincial Industrial School for Boys and to the Girls' Industrial School, ca. 1930-1945. Additional documents in this collection relate to subjects such as squatters' claims at the Granville Townsite [Vancouver (1887)], to the Fraser River Flood Relief programme (1894), applications for seed, the Victoria Consolidated Hydraulic Mining Co., government perquisites, legislation, estates, and to proposed sites for the University of British Columbia (1910). "Anti-Oriental" petitions and voting returns of the 1924 beer-by-the-glass plebiscite also included.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Minister of Health records

  • GR-0118
  • Series
  • 1953-1965

The series consists of records created by the Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance between 1953 and 1965.
They contain the executive files of the Minister, Eric Martin and include files relating to Woodlands, the Provincial Mental Hospital, Valleyview, Dellview, Skeenaview, Tranquille, the Crease Clinic, various mental health centres, and legislation relating to mental health. The files also include monthly reports on the activities of the various branches of the Mental Health Services for the years 1960-1964.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance

Public Works specifications and other material

  • GR-0070
  • Series
  • 1872-1924

The series consists of specifications for Public Works buildings, including occasional plans and contract forms, created between 1872 and 1924 by the Dept. of Public Works.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Frederick Bell fonds

  • PR-1175
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1973

The fonds consists of diaries, correspondence and miscellaneous papers. Fonds includes photographs of Garibaldi Park and of the Bell Family, as well as copies of prints from the National Archives of Canada and approximately 37 published maps. The fonds also includes files on hospital accreditation created by F.C. Bell between 1955 and 1959.

Bell, Frederick, 1883-1971

Minister of Health executive records

  • GR-3950
  • Series
  • 1976 - 2001

The series consists of the executive records of Peter Albert Dueck (Minister of Health 1986-1989). The records document a broad range of administrative and operational activities of the Minister of Health’s office in 1989. Some of the subjects covered include the province of BC’s responses to abortion and AIDS; the Medical Services Commission issuance of the new CareCard; services for seniors; public/community and family health; regulation of health professions; health care administration; board and committee appointments; health related accolades and complaints; and monitoring of, and requests for infrastructure development funding from regional health care facilities in BC.

This record series is arranged alphabetically by subject. Most of the subject files are either health-related topics or the names of health organizations and regional health care facilities in the province. Records include incoming and outgoing correspondence between the Minister of Health and other government executive members, the public, health colleges, boards and commissions, health professionals, and regional health care facilities. The series also includes memoranda and reports; policy papers; briefing notes, speaking notes, and meeting materials; treasury board submissions; and other internal records on branch activities. The records are covered by the Executive Records schedule (schedule 102906.)

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Hospital land titles and authorization records

  • GR-3653
  • Series
  • 1942-1986

The series consists of correspondence, memoranda, news releases, notes, financial statements, leases, land deeds and certificates for hospital land across British Columbia. The records were created between 1942 and 1986, with the majority of the files dating to the 1960s and 1970s. The series was created by the Hospital Programs branch of the Ministry of Health and documents the Division’s property management functions. The series consists of case files relating to the acquisition and disposal of hospital property, as well as responses to surveys sent by the Ministry of Health, and correspondence with various Land Registry Offices across the province. The surveys sent by the Ministry of Health requested that hospitals send details of their property in order to verify the existing property information held on record by the Ministry. Many of the records appear to have been generated in response to section 41 of the Hospital Act (RSBC 1960 c. 178), which states that, if a hospital is leased or transferred to another body, this action requires the written approval of the Minister.

Records in this series are covered by a variety of BC government ARCS numbers. Files are generally arranged alphabetically by the name of the hospital, although correspondence, survey, and disposition files are sometimes interfiled out of alphabetical order.

British Columbia. Hospital Programs

Hospital constitutions and bylaws

  • GR-3724
  • Series
  • 1911-1987

The series consists of correspondence, memos, annual reports, draft bylaws, procedures, short reports, constitutions, certificates created under the Societies Act, and small booklets, usually pertaining to a hospital society’s constitution and bylaws. The records provide evidence of the process of developing and amending constitutions and bylaws for hospital societies across British Columbia. Hospital societies appear to have been governed under both the Hospitals Act and the Societies Act, and the Revised Statutes of British Columbia has noted that “notwithstanding the Society Act, a society that owns or operates a hospital shall not exercise any of the borrowing powers conferred by the Society Act without the prior approval of the minister.” (RSBC 1979, c. 176) Under later iterations of the Hospitals Act, a society could not change its constitution or bylaws without ministerial approval. In many cases, however, amendments appear to have been made to the consitutions and bylaws in this series in order to comply with changes made to the Societies Act.

Records in this series are arranged alphabetically by institution name. The BC Cancer Foundation has been filed under “c” for “Cancer Foundation,” and the Mount Waddington Hospital Society was filed under “P” for Port McNeill.

Some of the files originally had records on both the left and right side of the file folder. The metal clips holding these records in place have been removed for preservation purposes. Records that were originally on the left side of the file can be found on the top of the records and are face down. Records that were originally on the right side of the file are on the bottom of the pile, and are face up.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Deputy Minister of Health executive records

  • GR-4039
  • Series
  • 1987 - 1989

The series consists of executive records documenting the activities of the Deputy Minister of Health’s office from 1987-1989 (mainly Deputy Minister, John Noble). These records provide evidence of the deputy minister office’s role: advising the minister and supporting the following ministry operations and programs: institutional services, community care/family health, and preventative health. They also document the ministry’s mandated/legislated relationship with health-related commissions (Medical Services, Emergency Health Services) and various associations. Deputy minister correspondence and subject files demonstrate the office’s advisory/supporting role in delivering effective health services across the province. Ministry of Health executive committee meeting materials provide evidence of the management of programs, policies, and people in the ministry. These records were created under legislation administered by the Ministry of Health such as: Ministry of Health Act (RSBC 1996, c. 301), the Hospital Act (RSBC 1996, c. 200), and Medical Service Plan Act, 1981 (RSBC 1979, c. 18).

This record series is generally arranged alphabetically by subject. Most of the subject files are either health-related topics or the names of health organizations and regional health care facilities in the province. The files also contain an internal file code. Records include incoming and outgoing correspondence between the Deputy Minister of Health, Minister of Health, and other government executive members, the public, and regional health care facilities and organizations. The series also includes memoranda and reports, briefing notes, meeting materials, and other records documenting ministerial activities. The records are covered by the Executive Records schedule (schedule 102906). Routine administrative records were destroyed.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Hospital Consultation Division records

  • GR-2670
  • Series
  • 1955-1978

These records document the activities of the Hospital Consultation Division, including its liaison with and supervision of public hospitals throughout the province. The records are arranged alphabetically by the geographic location of each institution, from Abbotsford to Williams Lake. Records relating to each hospital are separated into files for general correspondence (1964-1978), reports (1955-1976), functional program (1971-1978) and equipment (1974-1978). Some hospital records include additional files relating to special subjects such as disaster plans or controversial issues.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

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