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Dr. Lakshmi Yatham included in prestigious list

The director has been mentioned as one of “the world’s most influential scientific minds.”

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Please use the Absence Call Line: it’s in your best interest!

We all know it’s essential to use the Absence Call Line to report absences from work but did you know it is in your best interest to do so?

Help us build an online resource for depression and anxiety

The survey asks about the information and support people are looking for online. Plus, you could win a $50 Visa gift card!

Try walking once a week to give it a try.
Try walking to work

It is free, fun and easy for all ages and can be done at almost anywhere, anytime.

What is the Clinical Information System that CST will Implement?

A description of what CST is creating and how, plus some examples of what it will mean for you.

Got something to say?

Post your thoughts, ideas and kudos on the Up For Discussion site.


In this week’s Dear EFAP: Rocker wild child and dog biting.

Richmond Hospital - 48/6 Pilot
Get the inside scoop on 48/6

Learn what staff on 2S at Richmond Hospital discovered about their patients during the 48/6 pilot.

New service provider recommended for housekeeping services

A multidisciplinary evaluation committee recommended Compass Group Canada to enter the next phase of the procurement process.

Dr. John Boyd with the VScan handheld ultrasound
VCH Innovation Fund brings new technology to the ED

A grant from the VCH Innovation Fund has enabled use of handheld ultrasounds in ED.

Healthy Plate picnic collage
What’s on your Healthy Plate?

For a healthy, balanced meal fill half your plate or bowl with vegetables, a quarter with whole grains, a quarter with meats & alternatives.

Out with the old, in with the new… workstation, that is

Say goodbye to your existing workstation; we’re bringing you new and improved technology through the Desktop Transformation Project.

Upcoming workshop to help you stress less

How are you? “Busy”? “Crazy-busy?”

Were you part of the health-authority consolidation?

A UBC research project to determine the organizational identification of staff affected by the Lower Mainland Consolidation.

It’s not too late to register!

The 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care is being held August 6–8 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.

A Canadian e-Health success story

North York General Hospital implemented eCare in October 2010. The Clinical & Systems Transformation project aims to emulate its success.

When a patient’s broken wrist put her treasured jade bracelet at risk, one VGH nurse came to the rescue.
A nurse named Sharon

When a patient’s broken wrist put her treasured jade bracelet at risk, one VGH nurse came to the rescue and ensured the patient’s spirits weren’t broken, too.

Banfield’s summer silent auction is open!

How does a round trip for two on VIA Rail sound? Dinner out at the Blue Water Cafe? There are many excellent items to bid on, so don’t delay! Auction closes August 15.

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Vancouver’s own among “world’s most influential scientific minds”

Congratulations to Drs. Ian Mackenzie and Howard Feldman! Thomson Reuters has included them in their latest list of the world’s best and brightest scientific minds of our time.

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VGH Thrift Store needs you

The VGH Thrift Store has donated over $125,000 to VGH and UBC Hospital since 2010.

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Crews working to deal with tunnel flood

Concerning the VGH Tunnel Flood on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Breathing a little easier

Acute and community care join forces to help trach patients.

Help us talk about S-E-X, baby

Our teen sexual health and wellness program needs a new name. If you’ve got the winning entry, we’ve got a $25 Starbucks card for you.

VCH-Vancouver’s chief operating officers Laura Case (left) and Vivian Eliopoulos invite all Vancouver staff, physicians and our onsite partners in care to join the conversation at Vancouver’s All-Staff Forum.
Less than a week until the next Vancouver All-Staff Forum

Bring your thoughts and ideas to Vancouver’s next All-Staff Forum on Wednesday, July 16. Register today at CCRS.

David Park arrives at GF Strong after riding more than 1,700 kilometres.
Rolling past the odds

A paralyzed North Vancouver man cycles more than 1,700 kilometres.

HEABC awards recognize excellence in Vancouver Acute and Community

Achieving excellence in health care is all about our teams and our people. We could not be more proud! Congratulations to all on your HEABC awards.

Dirty little freaks

Those dirty little freaks (c difficile and MRSA) are having a tough time finding a place to hang out at VGH these days.

Vivian and Laura invite you to join them at Vancouver’s next All-Staff Forum on July 16.
Vancouver All-Staff Forum on July 16

Join us and special guest Glen Copping, Chief Financial Officer and VP of Systems Development & Performance, for a dollars and sense discussion on delivering quality care within budget.

Did you know that Food Services has eliminated  styrofoam use?
Food Services: more local, less waste

Find out what’s cookin’ at Food Services. (Hint: think fresh, local and sustainable.)

(L to R) Dr. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS, DABU, Director of Development and Supportive Care, the Vancouver Prostate Centre and Professor & Head, Department of Urologic Sciences, VGH;  Don Konantz, Prostate Cancer Advocate; Stuart Suls, President and CEO, Mr. Lube Canada; Barbara Grantham, President and CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation; Dr. Martin Gleave, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Executive Director, Vancouver Prostate Centre and BC Leadership Chair in Prostate Cancer Research and Distinguished Professor, Department of Urologic Sciences, UBC; Rod Senft , Honorary Chair, Mr. Lube Tournament for Life
Mr. Lube Tournament for Life raises record-breaking funds for prostate cancer

Thanks to generous donors and sponsors, the 18th annual Mr. Lube Tournament for Life raised more than $460,000 to fund research and more.

A good use of your time

More people than ever are saying that Vancouver’s All-Staff Forum is a good use of their time. This and other staff feedback will shape our July 16 forum, when we’ll talk dollars and sense.

More than a bike garage

There’s still room at the VGH Cycling Centre

Shapedown Program comes to Richmond

Services are being offered in Cantonese and Mandarin and they have been customized for the Chinese culture.

Bike to Work
Happy cycling!

Minoru Residence now has a new 8-capacity bike floor rack by the main entrance.

Retirement Celebration
Frank Cheng is retiring

Join us on July 30th for his retirement celebration.

Diabetes Education
Kudos for Diabetes Education Program

“The program makes my life so much better.”

Jas wins big

Jas Dhillon, of the Emergency Department, won $403 in the July 11th Staff Payroll Payoff.

Pam and Elan display key ICOUGH equipment - a toothbrush and toothpaste.
New ICOUGH Strategy reduces pneumonia by 39 %

The strategy includes 6 simple steps from holding your breath to brushing your teeth.

After the makeover
Minoru Beauty Salon Gets a Makeover

“This place is so beautiful I could live in it.”

Canada Day Parade II
Celebrating Canada Day

Residents and staff from Richmond Lions Manor – Bridgeport and Minoru Residence as well as members of the Richmond Hospital & Healthcare Auxiliary celebrated Canada Day by participating in Steveston’s Canada Day Parade.

Heart in stethescope
On the receiving end of care

Quality and care are not simply words at Richmond Hospital . . . I actually “felt” it in action!

T'ai Chi II
Free t’ai chi class

The class will be held on Tuesday, July 8th from 4:15-5:15pm on the grassy area just outside the Rotunda at Richmond Hospital.

Harold Goodwyn at RCG Group
RCG Group focuses on contributing

They recently became a three-year volunteer sponsor for the Richmond Hospital Foundation’s main events.

Shannon models her librarian tshirt at the Open House.
Staff celebrate Library Open House

Feedback from the event indicates that staff would like to know more about our research services, databases, and online journals.

Jeff wins Payroll Payoff

Jeff Pangilinan, of the Palliative Care Unit, won $397.50 in the June 27th draw.

Madeleine Csillag-Wong and Natalie McCarthy served hot dogs to staff members at the barbeque earlier this month.
Sizzling staff BBQ kicked off fundraiser

Hospital leaders put on chefs’ hats and aprons to serve up sizzling hot dogs to staff at the Scotiabank Run Kick-Off and Staff Appreciation BBQ, organized by Richmond Hospital Foundation.

16 of the 26 members of the Resiliency Riders from Richmond.
Resiliency Riders raise $1000 for women’s mental health

20 Richmond employees, as well as friends and family, rode in the Ride Don’t Hide event, supporting women’s mental health

Greys-Anatomy II
I felt like I was in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy

Dr. Wong is the epitome of what a doctor should be.

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St. Mary’s staff and physicians lauded for great work

Staff and physicians at St. Mary’s Hospital received gratitude from a recent patient.

Patient thanks Exercise 4 Brain and Neuro Health team

I was very fortunate to have a program of such high calibre.

CST Lunch and Learn with Demo

Join us for a CST lunch and learn in Vancouver, with a video link from St. Mary’s Hospital, Sechelt.

VCH News -- Accred Cda article July 2014 -- photo #1
Coastal Accreditation: Your feedback has got us through Step One

Congratulations and thank you to those who contributed to completing the first step in preparing for our June 2015 accreditation site visit! In June, we sent self-assessment surveys to teams across Coastal asking them to rate how our services meet Accreditation Canada’s standards.
Your feedback is …

Residents of the recently launched UBC-Coastal Family Practice Residency Program gathered in the LGH Cafeteria yesterday to mark the occasion along with VCH operational leaders. On hand were (l to r): Mike Nader, Chief Operating Officer, Coastal; Dr Payman Nabai; Dr. Jessica Palmer; Dr. Mitra Motamedi; Dr. Jeanette Evans; Dr Krista McKee; Dr Katilin Graham; Dr Charlotte Philippson; Dr Phillip Simpson; and, Dr. Dean Brown, LGH Site Director for the UBC Family Practice Residency Program.
New Coastal residency program launches

Yesterday brought another occasion worthy of celebration here in Coastal, marking the introduction of the first eight residents to be enrolled in the new UBC-Coastal Family Practice Residency Program.

Lions Gate Hospital Physiotherapists were the winners of the Most Physically Active Site portion of national Physiotherapy Month activities.
Everyone’s a winner after national Physiotherapy month Physical Activity Challenge

LGH Physiotherapists won the Most Physically Active Site as part of a contest in celebration of national Physiotherapy Month

LGH Found -- June 2014 Golf tourney -- photo #26
Annual Foundation golf tourney puts CT scanner campaign over the top

Fun, food and golf earlier this week helped the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation raise more than $540,000 towards a new CT scanner for LGH.

VCH News -- Squamish Nurses Pyramid (RS)
Determined infection control efforts by Squamish staff bring “bugs” to their knees

Recent reports show that staff and physicians are committed to Infection Control best practices.

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Sunshine Coast residents offer feedback on potential St. Mary’s name change

VCH has released a short summary of resident and stakeholder feedback on a possible name change for Sechelt’s St. Mary’s Hospital.

Construction continues at the HOpe Centre site as North Shore Mental Health & Addictions staff and physicians prepare for the building to be completed and move in early this fall.
HOpe Centre update goes to North Shore staff

The most recent edition of the HOpe Centre Project Update newsletter has been distributed to staff across the North Shore.

North Shore campaign urges adults to “Think before you let them drink”

This year’s anti-bootlegging campaign reminds parents about the consequences of youth drinking in time for grad ceremonies.

The first helicopter at the recently reopened St. Mary's Hospital heliport made its appearance shortly after it reopened earlier this week.
St. Mary’s Hospital heliport re-opens

St. Mary’s heliport opened earlier this week after upgrades in order to help meet new Transport Canada regulations.

Coveted NSERC research award earned by Coastal Director

One of Coastal’s own is the recent recipient of a coveted NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) research award, designed to encourage research skills in graduate students across the country. The award was granted by the selection committee at Royal Roads University.
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VCH News -- Whistler sick thank you photo #1
Whistler resident grateful to local staff and physicians for excellent treatment

Dear Sirs/Madams,
Feeling dreadful on Thursday, May 8 with “fluey” cold/cough and gummed up eyes, I went to the Whistler clinic (Emergency) as my excellent GP, Dr. Kristin Johnston was away.
I was met with the usual friendly cheerfulness at Reception (just like it always is upstairs), …

VCH News -- Pink Glove video photo #1
Sunshine Coast staff and supporters strut their stuff in Youtube video

Check out the inspirational Pink Glove video recently created by Sunshine Coast health care workers and supporters that is now on Youtube.

We want to hear from you – Accreditation Self-Assessments now open

Keep an eye out in your inbox for the Self-Assessment survey, an important first step in Accreditation.