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New bedside devices will feed real time data into patient records

What you need to know about Bedside Medical Device Integration, part of the Clinical and Systems Transformation project.

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Educational session on Campus Emergency Response Codes

Code Café: Educational session on Campus Emergency Response Codes

Left to right: Marni Abbott-Peter, (Former Paralympian-Basketball), Kim Gorrell, RT GFS; Trevor Hirschfield, former GFS patient and co-captain, Team Canada; Lisa Myers (BCWSA);  Lesley Head, GFS inpatient.
Paralympians inspire people to “Have a Go” at wheelchair sports

The athletes teamed up with GFS clients to help them “have a go” at modified versions of rugby, tennis and basketball.

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Do you like coffee? Take our survey to win!

We want to hear from you: what do you know about accreditation?

Harm Reduction staff wear silver ribbons for International Overdose Awareness Day.
Staff mark International Overdose Awareness Day

Staff mark International Overdose Awareness Day August 31.

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Dear EFAP: Stumped by the symptom

“I’m usually a pretty tough guy and not one to complain, but I don’t really have anyone to talk to about this.”

L to R: Joyce Paul (rehab assistant), Sybille Gossland (Administrative/Reception), Linda Froedyma (Occupational Therapist), Christine Morrison (Physiotherapist), and Airan Felzien (Physiotherapist).
Tag You’re It! One week left to enter

Send your photo by Sept. 2. You could win coffee and treats for up to 25 people!

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Do you have clinical questions about CST? We have answers.

Answers to some of the questions the CST team recently received from hospital nursing units.

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Look who’s in the ‘Tag You’re It’ contest so far!

You could win a Visa gift card or coffee and treats for your team!

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Only one month to go!

The Accreditation Canada site visit begins September 18.

Email us with the subject line “I made a difference.”
How do you provide client and family centred care? Tell us and win!

Tell us your patient centred care story and you could win a free registration to the Quality Forum or a pizza lunch for your team.

Left to right: Leila, registered nurse; Fabio, physiotherapist; Spela, rehab assistant; Cathy, occupational therapist.
Tag… you’re it! Enter to win

Show us your new VCH name tag and enter to win!

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Late delivery of system name

Online vote to name new clinical information system coming soon.

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Reminder: Don’t stream the Olympics at work

VCH would like to remind you to refrain from streaming Olympic feeds at work. Instead, make plans to watch the Games outside of work hours.

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Dear EFAP: Deceitful over the debt

“My husband has trouble with debt.”

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Congrats to the winner of the VCH policy quiz!

Those who answered all of the questions to the policy quiz correctly were entered to win a $25 gift card.

Left to right: Karen Mahoney, Renal Service Manager, VGH; Vivian Eliopoulos, Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver Acute; Dr Jacek Jastrzebski, Head, VGH Renal Program; Josephine Nadel, Board Member, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation; Ka Yee Wong, Independent Dialysis Unit Patient; Jim O’Hara, VP, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation; Barbara Grantham, CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation; Leslie Diamond; Gordon Diamond; Dr Michael Copland, Medical Director, Kidney Services, VCH/PHSA.
Philanthropy powers Renal Program expansion

VGH’s Renal Program capacity has nearly doubled, thanks to a $1-million gift from philanthropists Gordon and Leslie Diamond.

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VGH Bike-apalooza 2016

Dozens of exhibitors focused on cycling and healthy living will be on Heather Pavilion’s lawn September 8 – come check it out!

For a six-month pilot starting August 24, Vancouver’s Insite will remain open round-the-clock for three days of every week social assistance cheques are distributed.
The latest on our battle against overdose deaths

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day and our response to BC’s overdose crisis is “attacking the issue from several angles”.

All for a good cause: Dr. George Isac works as an ICU registered nurse for a day with the guidance and support of Lynette Brandsma, RN.
“It’s been a humbling experience”

Physicians accept the challenge of working as an ICU registered nurse for a day in support of a good cause benefitting patients and families.

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Intensive Case Management Team (ICMT) now in the DTES community

Team delivers wrap-around outreach services to clients with moderate to severe substance use needs.

Inside the bike cage on the ground floor of VGH Jim Pattison Pavilion.
What’s your bike’s home away from home?

Bike rack, cage or Cycling Centre: When working at VGH, you have several options for securely parking your bike.

Left to right: Leanna Ritchie, Clinical Nurse Educator; John Cobb, Occupational Therapist; Ann Pham-Lung, Registered Nurse; Joselyn Kennedy, Registered Dietitian; Sandra Henry, Patient Care Coordinator.
Spine team puts pressure on ulcer care

Study shows more disciplines better for ulcer prevention.

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Double congratulations for our July ‘Won’ Vancouver 50/50 Staff Lottery winners!

What would you do with your winnings? To date, $116,000 has been donated to the VGH Foundation thanks to our staff!

Members of START provide Vancouver residents 19 years and older a two-week at-home detox service.
A new START at home for substance use clients

The START program is a new two-week, in-home detox program for Vancouver residents age 19+.

Occupational Therapist Denise Kendrick with OT student Sarah Walker at the MS Clinic.
Pilot a win/win for MS clients and OT students

Multiple sclerosis clients learn how to manage the impact of symptoms on their daily lives thanks to a student-led occupational therapy clinic at UBC Hospital.

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Vancouver moms, got milk?

VCH opens its first breast milk donation drop-off locations including Raven Song CHC in Vancouver.

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Sharon Stapleton Memorial Leadership Education Fund welcomes nominations

Nominate a Vancouver Acute health care professional with high leadership potential by September 23.

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Pedestrians and drivers at VGH take note!

Landscaping and sidewalk upgrades will mean temporary changes to pedestrian and traffic access on Laurel Street between W. 10th and 12th Avenues starting August 30.

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Mountain biker “treated with such care”

When a mountain biking accident landed a vacationing couple at VGH, the pair was nothing short of impressed.

Members of the hybrid OR clinical design team: Top (l to r) Mandy Thandi, Senior Anesthesia Assistant; Dr. Naisan Garraway, Trauma Services; and Michelle Kent, Head Nurse-Team 1, Operating Rooms. Bottom (l to r) Dr. Stephen Ho, Head, Radiology; and Dr. Keith Baxter, Vascular Surgery.
Meet the architects of our future

Construction of the first hybrid OR at VGH has begun. We ask members of the clinical design team what we can look forward to.

Willow research team: Patience Lee, Andy Au-Yeung and Lillian Hung
Putting the P.I.E.C.E.S. together for older adult mental health

“There is no “I” in “team”. And I think that the P.I.E.C.E.S. huddle really demonstrates that.” Chris Flynn

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Upcoming Colour Code Cafes

Are you foggy on Code Grey? Feeling Code Blue? Drop by a Colour Code Café for a quick refresher on emergency codes while enjoying a coffee and snack.

(Pictured left to right)) Richmond Hospital's Dr. Richard Chan, Emergency Department clinical department head, Rich Dillon, director, Clinical Planning Richmond Hospital Redevelopment, Patient Flow and Care Transitions, and Jane de Lemos, clinical pharmacy specialist, are investigating preventable adverse drug events that result in hospital admissions.
Richmond dives deep to find root causes of ADEs

Richmond-based research project aims to boost Adverse Drug Event (ADE) prevention through better understanding of causes and improved communication.

At 82 per cent, Richmond Hospital has the highest vaginal delivery rate for first-time mothers for facilities of similar size in BC.Pictured above, Clinical Resources Nurse Lyn Jones with a happy new family.
Richmond Hospital is best in BC for vaginal births

Richmond Hospital’s Birth Centre has the highest vaginal delivery rate for first-time mothers for facilities of similar size in BC. Women who deliver vaginally recover more quickly after birth than those who have caesarean deliveries, and newborns are less likely to be admitted to neonatal intensive care units than those born by caesarean.

Richmond's Birth Centre team. Left to right: Dr. Sarah Monahan, Joy O'Neil, Lyn Jones, Stephanie Tinson, Gina Chung and Kara Thompson (CRN).
Keeping patients on track

With Accreditation 2016 coming this fall, there are groups across VCH who are making sure medication reconciliation, or MedRec, is taking place.

Left to right: The Sandhu family, Natalie Meixner, President and CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation and Natalie McCarthy, Director, Richmond Mental Health & Addiction.
Participate in Grind® for the Mind to help support & improve mental health services!

Join us now by registering or making a donation through www.grindforthemind.com! Registration deadline is Sunday Aug 21, 2016.

Alexandra Allen and daughter Malena deliver a batch of pumped breast milk to Public Health Nurse Maureen Lister (pictured left) at the newly opened breast milk donation depot, located at 8100 Granville Avenue in Richmond.
Richmond moms: got milk?

On August 2, VCH opened four new breast milk donation depots across the region. One is now located in RIchmond; at 8100 Granville Avenue. The milk, once screened and pasteurized, will be distributed to babies most in need at neonatal intensive care units.

The positive gains Mike Tibbles, pictured above, has made with the help of the clinical and community supports led him to jump at the opportunity to take part in the Richmond Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC) Initiative as a patient representative when he was invited. The entire Richmond Mental Health & Substance Use team was honoured with an Award of Merit in the category of Teamwork and Collaboration in the 2016 VCH People First Awards for its ongoing IPCC work.
PFCC is personal for Mike Tibbles

The Richmond Mental Health & Substance Use Team received an Award of Merit in the category of Teamwork and Collaboration in the 2016 VCH People First Awards for its Person and Family Centred Care (PFCC) Initiative.

More than 150 staff attended one of the four Richmond All Staff Forums that took place between June 29 and July 13. The sessions provided staff with a strategic update on programs and services within VCH Richmond as well as provided a primer for the upcoming Accreditation process that will take place in September across the CoC.
A vision for the future in VCH Richmond

Thank you to all who made it out to one of the four recent All Staff Forums in Richmond. If scheduling and care demands sidetracked your attendance, the short story below outlines VCH Richmond’s strategic direction for the coming years.

VCH Richmond sites are scheduled for WiFi upgrades in 2017. Imprementation will roll out from Richmond Hospital and into surrounding sites and services.
Expanded WiFi coming to Richmond in 2017

All VCH Richmond sites are scheduled for implementation in 2017, starting with business engagement at Richmond Hospital in January/February.

At last year's All Staff Forums, staff and physicians from across the CoC gave their input into Richmond's new strategic priorities. A new round of All Staff Forums began June 29 in Richmond. Be sure to attend one of the final three sessions to learn what your input helped to create.
All-Staff Forums continue this week and next

The second in a series of Richmond All Staff Forums rolls out tomorrow, Friday, July 8 at 8100 Granville Avenue, with two more sessions scheduled for next week.

VCH Richmond Community Health Nurse Mariko Sakamoto, pictured above, won the 2015 MA dissertation award from the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology for her master’s thesis, entitled "Perceptions of personhood and the early onset dementia experience: I’m still here." Sakamoto begins working toward her PhD (nursing) at UBC in the fall.
Dementia…not just a seniors’ disease

Richmond Community Health Nurse Mariko Sakamoto …….

A new month is upon us. Here are your Market Place vendors for July.
Market Place for July

Your July Market Place vendors

Happy 1st birthday to our Short Stay Pediatric (SSP) unit! Pictured above, nurse educators Catherine Marshall and Fiona Francis serve cake at the birthday party held on June 16.
Happy 1st birthday, SSP!

On Thursday June 16, staff gathered to mark the Short Stay Pediatric unit’s first birthday and celebrate its many successes.

Letters from grateful patients are testament to the high quality care provided across the Richmond Community of Care. Thank you for all you do!
Grateful patients express their thanks

Thank you for providing high quality and empathetic care to our patients every day!

Share your ideas about pharmacy care with the College of Pharmacists of BC

The College of Pharmacists of BC is asking for your input on the future of pharmacist prescribing in BC.

At last year's All Staff Forums, staff and physicians from across the CoC gave their input into Richmond's new strategic priorities. A new round of All Staff Forums began June 29 in Richmond. Be sure to attend one of the final three sessions to learn what your input helped to create.
Richmond All-Staff Forums begin next week

All Staff Forums begin rolling out across the CoC on Wednesday, June 29. Please attend one in the location most convenient for you.

A group of teens with Type 1 diabetes spent a wet morning learning to paddle in Deep Cove as part of a week-long diabetes management camp organized by VCH's North Shore Diabetes Education Centre.
Unique North Shore camp teaches youth with Type 1 diabetes how to have fun while managing complex condition

Week-long camp combined outdoor activities with insulin pump strategies and peer support.

Cindy Sellers, manager for the Sea to Sky Corridor, is looking forward to the changes that will be brought about by the Clinical & Systems Transformation (CST) project.
Dedicated to Sea to Sky

Cindy Sellers has given nearly 40 years to VCH as a nurse and manager of the Sea to Sky sites.

At LGH for an infected burn wound, a recent patient observed  knowledgeable and empathetic staff treating all patients with courtesy and professionalism.
‘The care of the medical staff at LGH was nothing short of inspiring’

Patient expresses gratitude to Lions Gate Hospital staff after five treatments for a leg burn.

Madalena Bohomol, an LPN at the Kiwanis Care Centre on the North Shore, spent her summer vacation volunteering as an International Relations Team Member at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Dispatches from Rio: North Shore LPN uses vacation to volunteer at 2016 Olympics

Madalena Bohomol , an LPN at Kiwanis Care Centre in North Vancouver, has experience of a lifetime at Rio 2016.

Dr. Bruce Robinson, seen here cozying up to  Neenah (of three Siberian huskies he owns with his wife), is the new local medical director for Sechelt/Gibsons.
Meet Bruce, the new local medical director for Sechelt/Gibsons

” I work with the best group of docs and medical professionals you could ask for.”

PEWS was launched across B.C. last year to promote early identification and mitigation of deterioration in hospitalized pediatric patients in order to prevent serious adverse consequences including morbidity and death.
VCH sites launch Phase 2 of the first provincial Pediatric Early Warning System

Phase 2 VCH sites have now expanded to include Bella Bella, Powell River and Sechelt hospitals. Squamish General Hospital is next.

Preliminary plans propose a new building on the site currently occupied by the decommissioned Activation Building.  It will be approximately 200,000 square feet, over six floors and will align with other buildings on the LGH Campus.
New Lions Gate Hospital acute care facility achieves planning milestone

Concept Plan submitted to Ministry of Health a month ahead of schedule.

The Kiwanis Care Centre is a 192-bed residential care faciility on the North Shore.
‘You should be so proud of your accomplishments…’

KCC family room helps make family reunion a success at residential care site.

A letter writer to the local paper praised staff at Squamish General Hospital for the care they provided a friend during her final days.
‘Thank you for making our friend’s final journey one of dignity and love’

Squamish General Hospital staff ‘worth their weight in gold.’

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Coastal moms: Got milk?

Now new moms can drop off their extra breast milk in Squamish and West Vancouver.

VCH mental health team members Kendra Hartney and Mark Choi outside the HOpe Centre, site of the Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre, which is scheduled to open in April 2017.
North Shore’s Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre takes shape

State-of-the-art centre with leading-edge program first of its kind in B.C.

Heidi Ryan and Victor Li, RNs on 7 East at Lions Gate Hospital, were among the many nurses singled out by a patient grateful for the "exceptional" care she received after brain surgery.
‘Their compassion and empathy was evident in everything they did’

Lions Gate Hospital brain surgery patient praises staff for

Enthusiastic participants dressed for the occasion at last year's En Blanc NipTuck Classic, a fundraiser for the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.  Early-bird deadline this year is July 29 for the September neon-themed event.
Get your NEON at annual NipTuck Classic Lawn Bowling fundraiser for LGH

Early bird ticket deadline is July 29 for popular LGH Foundation event.

Whooping cough in Squamish

Public Health is warning Squamish residents to ensure they’re protected against whooping cough (pertussis) as the number of people getting the infection is increasing.

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Progress surging forth for Carlile Regional Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre

Get the latest on the fundraising, program development and facilities that will house VCH’s youth concurrent disorders centre when it opens next Spring.

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Prepping for problems — big and small

Coastal’s Acute Emergency Management Coordinator Samantha Wilbur is helping our acute care sites get prepared in case of an emergency