Mark your calendar: Wear pink on February 28!

Wear pink on Feb 28 to show your support for ‘Respect Every Day’ Drop by a pink table for pink treats and pens!

It takes 5 minutes to enter our contest for a $20 Starbucks gift card

Simply submit to People in Profile by March 9.

March 22: Accounts Payable deadline for 2017/18 budget

Find out how to send your properly coded and approved invoices and cheque requisitions to BCCSS Accounts Payable.

REMINDER: Recognition survey deadline is Feb. 28

Answer a few quick questions for the chance to win a Fitbit or an iTunes gift card!

Announcing a free, online course on gender-based violence

Available for VCH staff and anyone who works in the health sector.

Is your email being “spoofed” by a cyber thief?

In this story, Cyber Thief Sam is going to teach us how he “spoofs” your email, hoping to steal your password for his own fraudulent gain.

Dear EFAP: forgot Valentine’s Day

OMG I forgot Valentine’s Day and I am big time in the dog house. What can I do? Any suggestions?

Submit your third party invoicing requests by March 26

Find out how to create an invoice request, and who to contact if you have questions.

Taming the Email Monster

We’re taking our Lunch & Learns on the road! Join us to learn 10 tips you can begin using today.

Sign up for P’ѐsk’a Stories

This week, Aboriginal Health launched a new newsletter. Sign up and stay current with Indigenous news as well as Indigenous Cultural Safety movers and shakers.

Ask an Expert: how can I protect my family from burns at home?

Burn specialist Dr. Anthony Papp outlines common burn risks in the home and how to prevent injuries.

Dear EFAP: feeling the rainy day blues

I do not think I am seriously depressed, but all of this rain has for sure sent me into the blues.

The right tools to get the job done

Thinking about engaging with patients and families? The Community Engagement team has the right tools to help you get started.

Workshop: learn how to work with patient and family member advisors

Thinking about working with patients or family members as advisors on your project or initiative? This workshop can help!

I Made a Difference winners from 2017!

Stay tuned for more stories from our finalists in the coming weeks!

“His win is our win,” says VGH ICU nurse

Two-time Olympic medallist Mark McMorris owes his latest win to tenacity and VGH.

Life underground: spotlight on Biomed

In the second in our series of profiles on the people working in the VGH campus tunnel, we meet the Biomedical Engineering Department and learn how this team contributes to quality patient care.

Staff ideas drive change with WOW results

Learn how staff on the VGH Neurosciences Unit are driving meaningful change and increasing time for patient care.

Mega simulation provides valuable lessons

VGH teams completed our most dramatic and complex simulation yet to learn collaboratively how we can enhance patient care when lives are hanging in the balance.

Next draw for the Won Vancouver 50/50 Staff Lottery is on February 23.

How would you like to win a few thousand dollars?

Physician innovators share ideas, experiences

First-ever eFIT Technology Innovation Engagement Forum creates a community of innovation.

Video: Three new youth homes open in Vancouver

Three new youth homes – including a low-barrier house – are now open for young people experiencing homelessness, mental health and substance use problems.

“She supported me; she just wouldn’t let me use the staple gun!”

GF Strong employee, Alecia Brooks, shares her idea for upcycling chairs with her manager and saves VCH more than $1,200.

“I was … scared that I might die”

Having been both care provider and patient, VCH nurse Rhonda Orobko thanks her VGH care team for inspiring her to strive for the best in herself.

The first must-see forum of 2018

Join us on February 28 for Innovations in Health Care, an interactive forum on how we’re using technology to transform patient care. (Tech proficiency not required!)

Take your inner geek to the Innovation Fair!

Learn about some of the latest and greatest tech innovations in use or coming soon to Vancouver at the Innovation Fair on February 28.

Beyond Stigma: Conversations about mental health, courage and hope

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Vancouver Coastal Health will present “Beyond Stigma: Conversations about mental health, courage and hope.”

DTES Women’s ICMT celebrate one year anniversary

The Women’s ICMT fits the model of a traditional Intensive Case Management team, but with a women’s specific lens. They provide trauma-informed, culturally safe, women-centred care.

Life underground: VGH tunnel and Medical Device Reprocessing Department

Ever wonder who works inside the VGH tunnel? Meet the people working there and their impact on patient care.

Oscar winner grateful for new lungs

Alison Snowden is one of a record-breaking 52 people last year who received a life-saving lung transplant at VGH.

The January 26th draw winners are…

There is nothing better than getting a winning message from the Won Vancouver 50/50 Staff Lottery. Winners from the January draw both won over $4000!

Open VCH Board Forum comes to Richmond next Thursday

Please join us next Thursday, Feb. 22 at Richmond Hospital for an opportunity to connect with the VCH Board and Senior Leadership. Everyone is welcome.

“Everybody heals in their own way”

The Kronier Family Education Fund is now offering scholarships/bursaries for post-secondary Certification/Diploma, Bachelor, Master or Doctorate degree for Leaders, Care Aides, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and Physicians within the Richmond Community of Care. Application deadline is March 31st.

Audra’s dance moves are music to the ears of acute care patients

“When someone with severe dementia smiles and starts to dance when they see me, I know I have a difference in their lives.”

Thank you for making my Monday morning special

It goes without saying that the desire to improve people’s lives through better health is the reason we choose to work in healthcare.

Richmond walk-abouts will clear the air of smoke and vapour

Smoke-Free Campus Committee members will begin regular walk-abouts in mid-February to advise visitors and staff about free resources to help them remain smoke-free while working at or visiting Richmond Hospital.

Richmond business community united in call for new acute care tower

More than 100 local employers, collectively representing nearly 12,000 employees, are included in the effort to urge the province to fund construction of a new acute care tower sooner rather than later.

CHAC life-sized mock up opens for staff, physician tours this week

After months of behind-the-scenes work, a life-sized mock-up of the new Alderbridge CHAC was opened for staff and physician tours. All feedback will be considered for inclusion into the final layout and design.

Alderbridge CHAC: A hub for adult/older adult services

The new Alderbridge CHAC will simplify access to care, by creating a single, central location from which VCH Richmond operates a range of health care services aimed at adults and older adults.

Our patients say “thank you” for your care and compassion

Our patients say thank you for the care provided over the Christmas holiday.

Spreading Christmas cheer and chocolate across VCH Richmond

Senior leaders say thank you to staff, physicians and volunteers across Richmond this week for a year of exemplary care and commitment to patients.

Birth Centre Santas stuff stockings with cheer

Richmond Hospital Birth Center/NICU donates to Richmond Christmas Fund’s Annual Toy Drive.

Seating solutions training helps OT stand-up for clients’ needs

The Kronier Family Education Fund supports staff learning and education to strengthen clinical practice and improve patient, client and resident care.

Vij family donates $100,000 to improve medical imaging at RH

Local family inspires community giving.

Connecting with patients most rewarding for nurse practitioner Sherry Katz

I enjoy working with people, I like autonomous work and I am a life-long learner.

“If your staff is happy, everything works better”

Staff and physicians joined CEO Mary Ackenhusen and chief operating officer Jennifer MacKenzie to learn about the My VCH survey results this morning.

YOU…Made a Difference in VCH Richmond

Congratulations to this week’s winner. More examples of these great submissions are to come next week, followed by an announcement for the three winnersof the Quality Forum prize!

Population Health: Food security and the North Shore

Read the third installment in our five-part series on the North Shore Population Health team.

CST: Coastal peer mentors help with system testing milestone in preparation for go live

The third phase of testing marks the last time that patient-centric journeys will officially be run before the system is given the final go-ahead.

KCC staff thanked for “compassionate care, concern and abundant kindness”

“I would like to commend them for the exceptional work that they do in providing care to the residents and the support they provide to the loved ones…”

Population Health: Active Living Coordinator gets people walking, running, cycling & more

Program helps improve access to active living choices for marginalized or vulnerable communities.

‘I will always remember the extra special effort you extended during my stay’

Lions Gate Hospital ED staff praised for kindness and dedicated care.

Population Health: Congregate Meals Program provides nutrition and social connection

Program serves 650 meals a month to 400 clients on the North Shore.

The Reverend and CST: Having faith in people

LGH Spiritual Health Practitioner is also a CST Peer Mentor.

Bella Coola, Bella Bella staff rise to the occasion following tsunami alert

Evacuation alert showcased teamwork and community collaboration.

Opening of new Ambulatory Care Unit marks completion of Sechelt Hospital expansion

Sechelt Hospital’s decade-long transformation into a state-of-the-art hospital for people living on the Sunshine Coast is now finished with the completion of its new Ambulatory Care Unit.

Population Health: What is it? Find out in this five-part series

Welcome to a five-part series highlighting Population Health programs for North Shore residents.

Sechelt-based TIDES program gets a reboot

TIDES now taking referrals from all VCH & PHC hospital and rehabilitation centres.

And the recipients for the 11th annual North Shore Health Care Awards are….

Staff and physicians from across the North Shore gathered in the gym at Lions Gate Hospital today for the 11th Annual LGH Foundation’s North Shore Health Care Awards for Outstanding Achievement.

‘I’m in absolute awe of the care provided (at the North Shore Hospice)’

‘We felt privileged to have Mary care for our dad.’

Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of construction on North Shore Hospice expansion

‘Palliative campus of care’ will be first of its kind in British Columbia.

New map helps North Shore residents find nearest food bank, free meals and more

Community map will help people find places to grow, prepare, share, buy, receive or learn about food on the North Shore.