Next week: saddle up for Bike to Work Week!

Did you participate in 2016 Spring Bike to Work Week? Read here why we’re wheelie proud of you!

Yoel Robens-Paradise: a healthcare executive, a healthy commuter

Meet Yoel Robens-Paradise, Providence Health Care’s VP of Clinical and Systems Transformation & Lower Mainland Health Information Management

Dear EFAP: I’m afraid to fall in love

In this week’s Dear EFAP: terrified to trust again.

Welcome back, Facilities Maintenance and Operations team

Facilities Maintenance and Operations teams are being transferred from Fraser Health back under the VCH umbrella.

Great patient care starts with one simple question

Learn how you can encourage meaningful conversations with patients.

Recycling Questions? Ask Sonja and Helen. Edition #12

Where do I dispose of my batteries at Lower Mainland hospitals and residential care sites?

Nominate people and projects that make health care better!

Nominations are open for the 2018 Quality Awards. Submit by June 30.

Meet this year’s People First Award winners

Congratulations to our inspirational colleagues and friends!

VCH’s best dressed

These are the winners of VCH work clothing from our #YesThisIsNursing prize draws during Nursing Week.

Coming soon: Bike to Work Week and sunshine!

From May 29 – June 4, bike to work and receive free prizes and coffee.

Ask an expert: how will legalizing marijuana affect road safety?

Dr. Jeff Brubacher, a VCHRI researcher specializing in drug-impaired driving, answers questions about marijuana use and road safety.

New alert for hospital shuttle service

Check this webpage before you use the Vancouver, New Westminster, or Surrey shuttles.

Save on PNE amusement park tickets!

The purchase of your tickets will help support Banfield Pavilion at VGH.

Stressed-out kids? Breathr can help with that

New app from BC Children’s Hospital helps youth practice mindfulness.

New program supports physicians leading quality improvements

Physicians, submit your QI ideas by May 29th to receive support including technical resources, data analysis, and funding.

VIDEO: Celebrating Nursing Week with Mary Ackenhusen

During a time of rapid transformation across VCH, we look to nurse educators to lead change and support nursing staff through learning.

“I couldn’t have chosen a better profession”

(VIDEO) Meet three nurse practitioners (and one dog) who find caring for residents both rewarding and life-affirming.

Giving ‘the gift of life’

In appreciation of his generosity and $18.4-million donation to our VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, the VGH Centennial Pavilion has been renamed the Leon Judah Blackmore Pavilion.

“GF Strong was a lifesaver for me”

Seven GF Strong clients were recently honoured with a 2017 Gert Vorsteher Memorial Award for their remarkable rehabilitation achievements.

“A brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction”

A group of mentors is leading by example to bring teamwork and health care to a new level at the VGH Emergency Department.

Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) Update

After being temporarily assigned to help with the overdose crisis the Mobile Medical Unit’s (MMU) deployment on the Downtown Eastside (DTES) is ending.

New Women’s only Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) opens in DTES

Staff/volunteers will provide harm reduction information, advise on safety, provide naloxone training, and will administer Naloxone if needed.

You oughta be in pictures!

Check out our photo gallery from the Vancouver All-Staff Forum on the rise of nurse practitioners. Missed the forum? You can still watch the webcast!

Honouring our nurses

Congratulations to all recipients of the 2017 Nursing Bursary Awards recently honoured by our VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, donors, leaders and colleagues.

Calling all friendly nurses!

It’s fun, heartwarming and dinner’s on us! We’re seeking volunteers for our VGH & UBC Hospital’s annual Thank-a-thon on May 30.

It’s all about the orange … Code Orange!

After a successful education day, we’re looking forward to our next Code Orange and disaster-planning day later this year — stay tuned!

10th Avenue near VGH to be redesigned

New street plan will reduce congestion and improve pedestrian access to VGH.

VGH Wellness Centre Open House gets fresh!

Our fresh and exciting Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 24, from 11 am to 2 pm – come for free refreshments, classes and the chance to win a prize!

Biomedical engineer Graham Wickham receives prestigious award

For more than 35 years Graham has been highly sought after by VGH staff and management for his in-depth knowledge and skill.

DTES Peer Reference Group brings a lot to the table

DTES Peer Reference Group brings the diverse voices of clients with lived experience in the community who have used VCH services.

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

Please note: if you signed up last year, it doesn’t roll over. You need to sign up every fiscal year. So, as of October 2016, if you haven’t reapplied, you don’t have a ticket or a chance to win up to $12,500!

Changes for pedestrians and cyclists at VGH

As the opening of the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre draws near, travel patterns around our new mental health facility and across the VGH campus are changing.

New Research Facilitator for Richmond

Richmond’s new Research Facilitator Cynthia Thomson will build clinician research capacity, develop and promote research teams, and support the health services research evaluation within the CoC.

Richmond to open its first CHC

Richmond may have its first operational Community Health Centre by late 2018.

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.

Patients & staff can vote, May 9, at Richmond Hospital

Yes, patients and staff can vote at Richmond Hospital on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, BC’s general election day.

Richmond nurses celebrate compassion & caring

May 8 to 14 is National Nurses Week. Take a minute to “Nominate a Nurse” and recognize them for their hard work and dedication to their profession. Your nomination qualifies your nominee and yourself to be entered into a draw for some great prizes. The nomination period runs until May 14. Winners of the prize draw will be announced in VCH News on May 18.

Sleeping on the street to support homeless youth

Richmond surgeon Dr. Robyn Watts is sleeping on the street for the second time in two years to support homeless youth.

From newbie to webbie: Minoru seniors take to technology

The new Wise Webbie program at Minoru Residence highlights community partnerships, inter-generational learning, and connecting seniors to new technology.

Long Service Awards: Order your favourite photos now

Richmond 2016 Long Service Awards photos are available for ordering.

A heartfelt thank you to all volunteers

When you see a volunteer this week, please take a moment to thank them for all they do.

RT2C Team Sessions piloted in Richmond

The first-ever RT2C team session received a 96% favourable response rate from attendees.

RH takes top spot for facility-based hand hygiene compliance

Richmond Hospital and 6 North end the year on hand hygiene high notes. Congrats to all!

Staff tours of RH lab available next week

All staff are invited to to hospital lab next week to meet the people and processes behind the tests. Lab tours will run four-times daily, next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. See you there!

Progress made on planning for new acute-care tower

The provincial government is supporting planning for a new patient-care tower at Richmond Hospital and the ministry expects that work on the business plan could begin in fall 2017. The business planning process for Richmond Hospital will ensure health-care services will be provided in a culturally sensitive manner, and recognize the importance of traditional Chinese medicine in Richmond.

Strengthening relationships with clients key for Bella Bella Nurse Practitioner Melissa Housty

“Although it is clients who decide whether they are provided with culturally safe care, it is a highlight of my practice when clients feel empowered and engaged by their healthcare encounter.”

PolicyNet goes regional June 1

The Coastal PolicyNet site will no longer be accessible on June 1, 2017. Documents will be migrated to the Regional PolicyNet site.

Help make cycling count in Coastal

Participate in LGH’s 2017 bike census because #itmakescensus.

Integrating North Shore Youth Eating Disorders into Foundry North Shore “a positive for clients and their families”

Program serves youth on the North Shore, Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast, Powell River and along the Sea to Sky corridor.

ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s LGH All Staff Forum

Four Coastal staffers recipients of 2017 People First Awards.

Coastal 2017 Nursing Week Grants – Congratulations to all recipients!

LGH Foundation Nursing Grant bursaries now available to all nurses across Coastal.

Speak Up for Health in Squamish

The Official Community Plan shapes Squamish’s future growth in a way that is sustainable and provides a high quality of life for residents.

Local paper highlights work of North Shore nurses in feature on National Nursing Week

Nurses Christie Warren and Wendy Lea featured in North Shore News nursing story.

Long-time LGH volunteer recipient of 2017 Courage to Come Back Award

Esther Matsubuchi grew up in an internment camp, survived cancer twice and rallied against a priest who had abused her brothers.

Raise your Bike IQ with a road safety course

Do you commute by bike or wish you could? Raise your Bike IQ.

May the froth be with you, say HOpe Centre psychiatrists turned baristas

Barista challenge on anti-stigma day draws a crowd at HOpe Centre.

Nursing Week events at LGH include Staff Forum with Karin Olson, pizza lunch & more

LGH All Staff Forum is May 11 from noon to 1 pm in the ED conference room.

Election Day in BC is coming to Coastal sites

Elections BC Officials to provide bedside voting for inpatients at most acute sites in Coastal.

Powell River nurse practitioner Erin Berukoff is helping to empower patients

I love seeing the pumped reaction of patients when they’ve made small changes and can see the positive results.