Chantal Kreviazuk visits patients and staff at VGH

Juno award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk made an impromptu, low-key visit to VGH on July 28th. Along with her super-star status, Chantal is a humanitarian who works with a number of international charities.

Learn why Farinah loves being an Experienced Resource Nurse

“Most people get the benefit of one work family, but I get 11.”

Join the Walk for Reconciliation: September 24

VCH Aboriginal Health invites you to join us and take part in the Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver.

Get bad dope alerts

New service system can help staff anticipate bad batches of drugs and side effects, and allow staff to warn their clients about the dangers of a specific drug.

Changes to VCH Senior Executive Team

We wish Oliver Grüter-Andrew and Paul Brownrigg well on their next adventures.

REMINDER: Call for abstracts for BC Quality Forum 2018

The deadline for presentation abstracts are due on September 8.

COPD – A major health challenge for the coming decades

The Breathe Well, Live Well Program is here to help.

Should I worry about breathing air-conditioned air all summer long?

Air quality expert and research scientist Dr. Karen Bartlett explains how air conditioning affects our health.

Dear EFAP: Fretting over FOMO

“I have trouble with missing out on anything.”

Specialty RN training opportunities are available now!

Opportunities to train at BCIT and work in one of 15 specialty nursing units across VCH will be available August 10th.

Following a surgery at age 13, Joan knew she wanted to be a nurse

Squamish RN shares her experience of nursing over the past 45 years.

e-Directory gets an upgrade!

A new Employee Directory application replaces the VCH e-Directory on VCH Connect.

Calling all ‘Champions of Change’

Save the date, submit an abstract for the JCCs pre-Forum event ‘Champions of Change’ February 21, 2018.

Prevention is the First Step

Healthy Living Program, First Steps to Prevention class information.

LearningHub has launched

We are working to resolve all LHUB stabilization issues. Please continue to use the system and report any issues you experience.

Ethical practices have come a long way since Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks had her cells taken without her knowledge. Today, patients are partners in tissue donation.

Research – where would we be without it?

Without research, we might very well still be subjected to bloodletting as a common form of treatment. I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief over that. But that is only one small area where research has made a massive difference in health care.

Immunization: Fact vs Fiction (Next All-Staff Forum)

At our September All-Staff Forum, we will explore some vaccine preventable diseases that have disappeared, why others are making a comeback, your questions about immunization (or questions your patients may have), and discuss whether we’ve become complacent when it comes to immunizations.

New HOPE Team in DTES is a First for B.C.

A new Health Outreach and Peer Empowerment (HOPE) team within Mental Health will work with Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) Supported Housing clients to determine their cleaning and laundry needs, as well as incorporate recovery oriented coaching and household life skills so they can become more independent.

Exciting news: MHSU Services (including AAC) moves to new Segal Family Health Centre

Starting next week, MHSU will start moving their services into the new Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre at 803 West 12th Avenue.

Paving the way for leading-edge palliative care

A $2 million dollar donation from the Robert H.N. Ho Enhancing Patient Care Fund invests in human capital vs the usual bricks and mortar.

Congratulations to our recent ‘Won’ Vancouver 50/50 Staff Lottery winners!

Here’s what our recent winners had to say: “This is such a wonderful surprise!” “It’s overwhelming! It is definitely a wonderful feeling. Thank you so much!”

Double your donation’s impact in August!

Donations in support of the VGH Emergency Department will be matched by Grovesnor Americas – but don’t delay! This generous offer closes August 31.

Support Banfield and save on tickets for the PNE!

Promo code for BC’s legendary Fair at the PNE, August 19 – September 4.

New Minister of Mental Health and Addictions opens Powell Street Getaway SIS

After only being in her role for four days, the new Minister of Mental Health and Addiction is already getting to know our VCH Vancouver MHSU programs and services.

Segal Centre Open House and Lawn Party!

Come celebrate at the Segal Centre Open House and Lawn Party!

Congratulations to our recent ‘Won’ Vancouver 50/50 Staff Lottery winner

Who will win on July 28? It could be you…if you have a ticket!

Caring for a small town in a big city

Sarah Mahon, nurse practitioner, builds trust day by day to provide the full scope of primary care on Vancouver’s Musqueam Reserve.

Residents weigh in on redevelopment plans for George Pearson Centre

Learn how VCH staff are ensuring that residents with complex care needs are involved in the process.

A major milestone for Willie

Thanks to the novel use of a life-support machine, Willie Dalagan survived to obtain a double-lung transplant. One year later, he celebrates with his VGH care team.

VCH receives $2 million donation from Hollyburn Properties

The generous donation will go towards upgrading the MRI machine at UBC Hospital and purchasing the next generation of “Jack the Robot”, a surgical robot at VGH.

It’s hip to be square

The design of our new operating rooms at VGH is taking shape and that shape is decidedly square.

“Great care in Admitting and Ambulatory Daycare”

Patient receives the “very best” care during day surgery procedure.

Clearing the air at Richmond Hospital

Richmond Hospital renews its commitment to helping patients and staff go smoke-free.

“Bravo Richmond Hospital. What an amazing TEAM!”

From the minute we arrived at the ER until the time he was discharged, the care my son received at Richmond Hospital was exemplary.

All-Staff Forums highlight service growth in Richmond

Richmond’s growing and aging population has resulted in service improvements across the CoC as moves are made to shift the balance of care from Acute to Community.

Richmond improves substance-use care

VCH Richmond has opened new beds, eliminated wait lists and expanded treatment options…all over the past year.

Lions Manor resident recalls journey to becoming Canadian

Michael Biro, 85, arrived in Canada from Hungary 60 years ago. The Richmond Lions Manor resident is a proud Canadian who has written a poem in celebration of Canada’s 150th.

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 to “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.

IHealth team visits Lions Gate Hospital to share lessons learned

Event kicks off a partnership between VCH Coastal and the IHealth team.

Hungry? Check out what’s on the menu next week at LGH’s Terrace Cafe

Watch this space for the weekly Terrace Cafe menu.

Foundry North Shore offers new approach to wellness for youth and young people

One-stop shop for youth 12 to 25 open and ready to welcome clients.

‘I have great comfort knowing she had the best care possible, that she was safe and secure, and that she mattered’

Kiwanis Care Centre staff praised for their professionalism and for “making a difference in the lives of our most fragile citizens.”

Dr. Tony Ho Chen bids farewell to his family practice

After a quarter century of caring in Pemberton, VCH wishes him well in retirement.

E-bike show and tell at Lions Gate Hospital draws staff and visitors

Considering an e-bike? It pays to do your homework.

LGH Foundation now accepting applications for North Shore Women’s Giving Circle grants

Up to $50,000 is available for capital items & unique program opportunities.

Timmy whinnies his way into the hearts of residents at Kiwanis Care Centre

Miniature pony already booked to visit KCC again.

Get your staff discount on North Van’s popular Slide the City event

LGH Foundation chosen charity for popular summer event on Lonsdale Avenue.

Looking for an e-bike to help get you to work? Come check out the e-bike demo at LGH

Electric gets you further and higher with less fatigue.

CST peer mentors, educators ready to WOW their units with device show ‘n’ tells at LGH

Workstation on Wheels (WOWs) making their way round the campus for staff to see, touch and play.

Have a patient who’s hard of hearing? A new hospital kit can help improve communication

Kit comes with sign that can be placed at the foot of the bed.

Bella Coola lab team jetpacks out of Flintstone’s age into the Jetson’s era with launch of LIS

Bella Coola lab one of last VCH sites to switch to an electronic lab system.

Innovative palliative approach in residential care making an impact at Coastal and contracted sites

Dignity Quilt project is a symbolic tribute to dignify a resident’s final passage through the halls of a residential care site.

LGH first B.C. hospital to own Star Trek-like device that instantly detects bacteria in wounds

Purchase was made possible thanks to donation from LGH Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle.