Meet Dr. Titus Wong, VCH’s new regional medical director

“He’s got an extensive knowledge of bugs and drugs.”

New app from Aboriginal Health

The Aboriginal Cultural Practices App for health care professionals is now available to download from Google Play or iTunes.

SHOP policy portal goes live March 29

A new way to find policies and clinical documents is just ahead.

The My VCH intranet: 10 reasons to get excited

In April, we’ll be launching phase one. Get a sneak peek at the features that will help you connect, collaborate and give high-fives.

Recognition survey update and winners announced!

Thank you to 1,700 staff and physicians who shared their voice! Here’s a sneak preview of next steps and new opportunities to provide input.

Angus takes a road trip

Angus, a three-year-old English springer spaniel, and his trainer, Teresa Zurberg, visited Kelowna General Hospital on March 12.

Early conversations with patients leads to better care

The iPACE annual report highlights progress on having better and earlier conversations about advance care plans with patients and families.

Sort it right: mixed paper recycling

Mixed paper recycling is easier than you think, even in hospitals and residential care facilities.

Reminder: submit your third party invoicing requests by March 26

Find out how to create an invoice request, and who to contact if you have questions.

Reminder: March 22 is Accounts Payable deadline

Properly coded and approved invoices and cheque requisitions must be received in BCCSS Accounts Payable no later than March 22, 2018.

Dear EFAP: desiring forbidden fruit

I’m falling for my best friend’s hubby who I work with. I know he’s forbidden fruit, but I can’t help myself. What should I do?

Meet health information professionals at VCH

March 18–24 is Health Information Professionals week. Take the time to meet and celebrate health information professionals.

Last chance: HEABC nominations close March 16!

Take the time to nominate the exceptional people and teams who provide outstanding care and support.

Nominations open for 2018 People First Awards

It’s that time of the year to start thinking about a special co-worker who stands out. Nominate them for a People First Award by April 13!

Final week: vote for shared values that are meaningful to you!

By March 15, vote for shared values individually or as a team and you could win a Fitbit, gift cards or a team pop-up party!

Shout out for patient engagement at VCH

VCH is shout out loud worthy when it comes to having a culture and practice of patient and family engagement.

Dr. Sedlak nominated a woman of distinction

Dr. Tara Sedlak, cardiologist, has been nominated for a YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award.

Patient, public input shaping VGH OR renewal

Representing patients and families, VCH CEAN members are helping to design the future of surgery at VGH.

Life underground: spotlight on Patient Transport

VGH porters make more than 430 trips — many with patients — through the VGH underground tunnel every week.

Fresh take on meals benefits UBCH patients

Through a fruitful partnership with Sodexo, UBC Hospital has dramatically improved patient satisfaction with hospital meals while reducing food waste.

VCH is focusing on our Dementia Family Caregivers

With a vision to improve the wellbeing and increase the resilience of dementia caregivers, the VCH Older Adult Mental Health & Substance Use (OAMHSU) Program has piloted the CARERS program, in collaboration with Providence Health Care.

“Michelle was an angel for us”

A patient and his partner share their profound gratitude for a VGH nurse in the Burns, Trauma and High Acuity Unit who comforted them during a trying time.

When it comes to making a difference for patients, Les is more

An intense passion for patient care behind a calm, unassuming manner.

“I never thought I’d play music again”

Former GF Strong patient Kristina Shelden makes the news and headlines concert celebrating International Women’s Day and artists with disabilities.

Out of sight, not out of mind

Work is currently underway to refresh and renew the corridors running underneath VGH.

Dedication spanning four decades

VCH-Vancouver recently held recognition events celebrating staff for their years of service.

The future is here

More than 400 staff and physicians gathered for Innovations in Health Care, Vancouver’s All-Staff Forum on how we’re using technology to transform patient care.

[VIDEO] Innovation Fair a crowdpleaser

It was standing room only at Vancouver’s Innovation Fair on February 28.

Life underground: Spotlight on Respiratory Therapy REAs

Meet the respiratory equipment assistants at VGH who ensure patients and respiratory therapists breathe easy.

Shining an international spotlight on elder care

World-renowned VCH geriatrician Dr. Roger Wong speaks at 2018 TEDxStanleyPark conference about helping seniors live longer at home.

Peer Reference Group helped shaped new model of care in DTES

One of the main objectives of having a Peer Reference Group was to improve decision making and service design through the planning and implementation stage.

Next draw for the Won Vancouver 50/50 Staff Lottery is on March 30.

There is nothing better than getting a winning message from the Won Vancouver 50/50 Staff Lottery. 

Keeping seniors well in Richmond

The feedback gleaned from Keeping Seniors Well will be used to inform Richmond’s Seniors Strategy.

Richmond’s Birth Centre celebrates its evidence-based success

Richmond Hospital’s Birth Centre celebrated its track record of providing high quality maternal and neonatal care in a morning-long celebration, Tuesday.

Thank yous aplenty for your compassionate, high quality care

An elated daughter and recovering patient share their words of thanks for the care they received at Richmond Hospital.

Position yourself as a CST content leader & healthcare pioneer

CST roll-out team in Coastal needs a few more good hands. Can you help them out?

Open VCH Board Forum comes to Richmond next Thursday

Please join us next Thursday, Feb. 22 at Richmond Hospital for an opportunity to connect with the VCH Board and Senior Leadership. Everyone is welcome.

“Everybody heals in their own way”

The Kronier Family Education Fund is now offering scholarships/bursaries for post-secondary Certification/Diploma, Bachelor, Master or Doctorate degree for Leaders, Care Aides, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and Physicians within the Richmond Community of Care. Application deadline is March 31st.

Audra’s dance moves are music to the ears of acute care patients

“When someone with severe dementia smiles and starts to dance when they see me, I know I have a difference in their lives.”

Thank you for making my Monday morning special

It goes without saying that the desire to improve people’s lives through better health is the reason we choose to work in healthcare.

Richmond walk-abouts will clear the air of smoke and vapour

Smoke-Free Campus Committee members will begin regular walk-abouts in mid-February to advise visitors and staff about free resources to help them remain smoke-free while working at or visiting Richmond Hospital.

Richmond business community united in call for new acute care tower

More than 100 local employers, collectively representing nearly 12,000 employees, are included in the effort to urge the province to fund construction of a new acute care tower sooner rather than later.

This team has safety and efficiency in the bag

This team’s Safety Bag project improved infection control and patient safety, saved time and costs, and increased staff satisfaction.

CHAC life-sized mock up opens for staff, physician tours this week

After months of behind-the-scenes work, a life-sized mock-up of the new Alderbridge CHAC was opened for staff and physician tours. All feedback will be considered for inclusion into the final layout and design.

Alderbridge CHAC: A hub for adult/older adult services

The new Alderbridge CHAC will simplify access to care, by creating a single, central location from which VCH Richmond operates a range of health care services aimed at adults and older adults.

Our patients say “thank you” for your care and compassion

Our patients say thank you for the care provided over the Christmas holiday.

Spreading Christmas cheer and chocolate across VCH Richmond

Senior leaders say thank you to staff, physicians and volunteers across Richmond this week for a year of exemplary care and commitment to patients.

Birth Centre Santas stuff stockings with cheer

Richmond Hospital Birth Center/NICU donates to Richmond Christmas Fund’s Annual Toy Drive.

‘Magical’ inaugural hospital gala in Bella Bella raises more than $40,000

R.W. Large Memorial Hospital’s Night of 1000 Lights Gala surpasses $25,000 target

Volunteer celebrates 55 years of giving back to Lions Gate Hospital

Juanita Valentine will be celebrated along with many others at the North Shore Long Service Awards today at 4:30pm in HOpe Centre.

How to WOW: Introducing workstations on wheels

Video demonstrates how to use a workstation on wheels (WOW).

North Shore Quick Response Team (QRT) puts ‘Home is Best’ philosophy into action

Teamwork between LGH’s ED iCare team and QRT ensures patients get the right care, in the right place by the right provider.

You’re invited! To the LGH pharmacy department Open House

March is Pharmacy Awareness Month, and the pharmacy team at Lions Gate Hospital wants you to get to know them better.

Save the date: Staff forums at LGH (March 9) and SGH (March 12)

Get details on what’s ahead with CST as Group 1 prepares to go-live.

Population Health: Public Health Dietitian works to promote healthy eating and improve student learning

For Helen Yeung, food is more than nutrients and health is more than what you eat.

‘Thank you for making me feel safe, cared for and supported’ at Lions Gate Hospital

“In the maternity ward I once again had excellent nurses.”

Population Health: Helping create a dementia-friendly North Shore

An estimated 70,000 people in B.C. live with some form of dementia.

Ready to blow off some steam? Sign up for the annual LGH dodgeball tournament

Dodgeball tournament part of annual LGH Foundation’s Swing into Spring event March 7 – 9.

New glossary covers the A to Zs of the Clinical & Systems Transformation (CST)

Not sure what the difference is between activation and go live? Find the answer in the CST glossary.

Population Health: Food security and the North Shore

Read the third installment in our five-part series on the North Shore Population Health team.

CST: Coastal peer mentors help with system testing milestone in preparation for go live

The third phase of testing marks the last time that patient-centric journeys will officially be run before the system is given the final go-ahead.

KCC staff thanked for “compassionate care, concern and abundant kindness”

“I would like to commend them for the exceptional work that they do in providing care to the residents and the support they provide to the loved ones…”

Population Health: Active Living Coordinator gets people walking, running, cycling & more

Program helps improve access to active living choices for marginalized or vulnerable communities.