A message from our CEO on National Aboriginal Day

In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, I’d like to acknowledge our commitment to improve the well-being of our Aboriginal peoples.

Celebrating our People First award winners

Yesterday’s ceremony recognized the inspiring work of staff and teams over the past year. See the highlights captured in videos and photos.

What do the Needle Exchange, Trans Supper Club and Cath Lab have in common?

They engaged with patients and clients to improve services. Find out how you can do the same!

VCH Community Engagement gets a toll free number

VCH Community Engagement is happy to make it easier to connect with folks from farther away. Call our toll free line 1-844-714-3779!

Stay cyber safe while travelling with your digital device this summer

Cyber-based security threats increase significantly when travelling. Are you cyber safe while you’re away from home?

Uncomplicating the language of pain

Education initiative supports recognition and management of resident pain in residential care

Dear EFAP: workplace gossip

In this week’s Dear EFAP: bothered by the office chatter.

Drug diversion affects everyone—Here’s what you need to know

How to report drug diversion and access confidential help and resources.

Substance use survey results & winner revealed

Congratulations to Andrea Sierralta, Suicide Intervention Counselor for VCH, who was randomly drawn as the winner of a new FitBit Charge HR.

Events to celebrate National Aboriginal Day

Wednesday, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day across Canada and there is a wide range of events to celebrate.

A Sacred Space for all

The opening of the UBC Hospital Sacred Space was marked by an interfaith dedication ceremony including Indigenous Elders on June 13.

Standardized emergency line and colour codes now in effect!

Staff and physicians at many sites can now call 7111 to report an emergency or to activate a code.

Using social media: What you should know

Like everything, social media comes with its benefits and risks.

RAI Data Forum 2017 for residential care – a success!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2017 Residential Assessment Instrument (RAI) Data Forum held last week.

June is Stroke Month!

In celebration of stroke month, learn about two new programs being launched this June.

Standardized emergency line and colour codes take effect June 15

Staff and physicians at many sites can now call 7111 to report an emergency or to activate a code.

Team approach makes VGH Canadian leader in traumatic brain treatment

“This is an example of what we do best at VGH,” says Dr. Marcel Dvorak.

Miracle patient from Africa reunites with VGH staff

“He looks so different. I couldn’t even recognize him. It’s a miracle,” says Esther Chongo, a nurse at VGH.

Honouring the best of our best

At the Vancouver Medical Staff Awards, we celebrated seven stand-out physicians for their inspiring special achievements.

Wheeling a mile in someone else’s shoes

Recovering from surgery taught Diane Ward that operating a wheelchair is much harder than it looks and inspired a fun-spirited event at GF Strong.

Help us fund Angus’ program!

Share a photo of your pet in support of Angus and our Canine Scent Detection Program.

VGH Medicine Units staff share what matters

A “randomized coffee trial” and selfie station facilitated convos between staff, and gentle questions to patients brought out emotional answers.

Be part of the planning for rapid transit on Broadway

The Broadway extension will impact staff at many locations, including VGH.

VGH ED staff ask & answer, “What matters to you?”

VGH emergency staff share what they’ve learned from “What Matters to You?” Day.

Celebrating our physicians’ career milestones

At the Vancouver Medical Staff Awards, we celebrated nearly 200 physicians for their years of service, dedication and commitment to our community of care.

Mapping the future of pre- and post-op care

VGH physicians, nurses and other perioperative staff are designing a new, consolidated pre- and post-op unit to reduce surgery delays and postponements.

Balmoral Hotel residents safely evacuated with VCH’s help

As of Tuesday night all ~150 residents have been moved out of the dilapidated Balmoral Hotel SRO and into new homes, with VCH staff’s help.

VCH Spiritual Empowerment Health Team takes to the streets

The DTES pilot project takes interns in to the streets and will give them experience-based education that can’t be found in the classroom.

Harry Rosen Tournament for Life raises more than $651,000 for prostate care and research

To date, the annual tournament has raised more than $4 million in support of world-class research, clinical trials and patient clinics.

New Sacred Space opens at UBC Hospital

In a moving multifaith ceremony, diverse faiths came together to dedicate the new spiritual care space now open for all on the UBC Hospital campus.

Playing house all in a day’s work for OR team

VGH physicians, nurses and other perioperative staff are participating in a series of dollhouse design sessions to create the future of surgery at VGH.

Change is the only constant in healthcare

Heraclitus – the original quotes author – was a 6th century philosopher, but he could just as easily have been a health care leader in the 21st century!

Final forums run at Richmond Hospital & 8100 Granville

Richmond All Staff Forums continue on Monday, at Richmond Hospital, and on Thursday at 8100 Granville Avenue.

Kind words from our patients and their families

Letters of thanks for high quality care received in both Richmond Acute and Community.

How are you celebrating Canada’s 150th?

You’re invited to join Richmond Hospital Foundation staff and supporters for a walk in the Steveston Salmon Festival parade on July 1 in celebration of Canada Day.

Richmond Milk Bank depot busiest in region

Richmond breast milk collection depot is the busiest in the Lower Mainland

Social Workers raise awareness of elder abuse

Richmond Social Workers stand united in their support for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, 2017.

New MHSU team site speaks “respect and importance”

The new Richmond Mental Health & Substance Use team site opened to clients last week. The new facility, located at #210-7671 Alderbridge Way, was planned with input from clients and families, and speaks to the benefits of taking a patient-centred approach to all aspects of healthcare planning and delivery.

Staff, physicians and partners-in-care are welcome to attend!

Forum participants will learn about Richmond’s strategic direction and where the CoC is headed through 2017. We’ll leave time at the end for a Q&A.

Two-wheeling with knowledge and safety

HUB’s safety cycling course provides both classroom and on-the-road training aimed to increase your comfort and safety.

Richmond physician studies cannabis dispensaries

Richmond physician Dr. Amrish Joshi’s upcoming research project will highlight the attitudes and beliefs of medicinal cannabis dispensaries within Metro Vancouver and Victoria, and how they cannot be seen in isolation from the care given by other health care providers.

New home for Richmond Mental Health & Substance Use

After nearly two years of planning and hard work, Richmond Mental Health and Substance Use services and the Richmond Consumer and Friends Society (RCFC) are moving into their new home this weekend at #210-7671 Alderbridge Way.

New Research Facilitator for Richmond

Richmond’s new Research Facilitator, Cynthia Thomson, is ready to help build research capacity across the community of care.

Richmond to open its first CHC

VCH Richmond’s first Community Health Centre could be operational by late 2018. The city centre site on Alderbridge Way will increase VCH Richmond’s ability to bring complimentary programs and services together under one roof.

And the “Recognize a Nurse” winners are…

More than 200 Richmond nurses were nominated by their colleagues for providing outstanding care across Richmond in the inaugural “Nominate a Nurse” campaign. Read the story to see who won the prize draw.

RH Auxiliary buys a piece of history

Richmond Hospital Healthcare Auxiliary buy the former Methodist Church in Steveston. It is now the permanent home of the group’s successful Thrift Store.

Free bike tune ups at Richmond Hospital

Get ready for Bike to Work Week by prepping your wheels with a free bike tune up at Richmond Hospital.

Influence of Partner Advisors grows in Richmond MHSU

VCH Richmond marks Mental Health Week, May 1 to 7, with a record number of Patient Advisors now embedded into Mental Health and Substance Use services and programs. The milestone underscores the Richmond MHSU core value that clients and families have a critical role to play in planning, evaluating and delivering services.

Planning moves ahead for new acute care facility at Lions Gate Hospital

Consultation now underway to ensure facility size and design align with current and future health care needs of the community.

Results are in for LGH’s inaugural bike census

Active transportation to shift focus to staff who walk to work.

Mother expresses thanks to staff who cared for her son with donation to PRGH

‘I am glad he lived here and had access to your hospital.’

Powell River General Hospital home to its own smiling super Nova

“Nova is an exceptional role model for us all to follow, not only as a nurse but as a person. We are very fortunate to have her on our team.”

Flexibility brings community outreach into bloom on the Sunshine Coast

Meet VCH nurse practitioner Annaliese Hasler.

‘It takes a very special sort of human being… to take care of patients suffering from dementia.’

Staff kudos: Husband commends Kiwanis Care Centre staff for their warmth and professionalism.

ICYMI: The memo on VCH’s Smoke-Free Premises Policy

Smoking or vaping of tobacco, marijuana, and other products (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited.

Newly deployed TELUS Wi-Fi service is already having a positive impact

New TELUS Wi-Fi, now live at HOpe, Whistler, Evergreen, Shorncliffe and LGH, is receiving high praise from patients and families.

More SeaBus Service

…now every 15 minutes during the day and evening.

Team of 200+ Coastal staff join network of peer mentors for clinical transformation

“Having a person in your corner who understands your workflow, and is on hand to troubleshoot and provide support will be invaluable.”

Meet Brent – an Unsung Hero making a difference on the Sunshine Coast

Brent Fitszimmons won an Award of Excellence in the Unsung Hero category of the 2017 People First Awards.

Save the date: Powell River All Staff Forum is Monday, June 12

Powell River staff: Mark June 12 in your calendar.

North Shore firefighters donate $15k to LGH’s Emergency Department

Funds will be used to purchase equipment for the resuscitation room.

Help make cycling count in Coastal

Participate in LGH’s 2017 bike survey because #itmakecensus.