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Show your true colours! Win a Fitbit!

Buy an item of VCH work clothing by March 31 for a chance to win one of four Fitbits!

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VCH.ca is improving and it’s happening soon

We’re working behind the scenes to move our content to a new VCH.ca site in March.

L-R: Dr. Stacy Sprague, Angela Gray, Kate O'Connor, Sara Arwin, Melissa Lasaleta (EFAP) and Kathleen Daluz (Employee Relations).
Celebrating courage on Pink Shirt Day!

Over 4000 staff made a personal commitment to respect. Five lucky winners get a pink gift basket.

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Showcasing your great work for the public

Newspaper inserts start circulating next week in Coastal, Richmond and Vancouver communities of care.

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Make a carpool connection

Your carpool BFF could be standing right next to you in line for coffee!

Educator Network Day, February 15, 2017 - presenters and attendees
Inspiring innovation through collaboration and education

“To engage learners you have to really listen and to take the time to get to know your staff.”

Dear EFAP: Feeling bullied for having boundaries

“If I work overtime, and I keep working overtime, I know that I’m going to crash!”

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Ensure your cyber safety this tax season

Tips to help you avoid tax-season scams.

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Winners of BC Home & Garden Show tickets

These were the first seven to submit their profiles to VCH News and receive a pair of tickets.

Respect is courage, empathy, kindness and inclusion.
Join the pink bracelet campaign on Feb 22!

Wear your pink shirt and bracelet on Feb 22 and drop by our pink tables for a treat!

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Are you my neighbour? Chances are that some VCH colleagues live near you

Carpooling can be as flexible as you want; once a week, twice a week, every day or only the occasional ride when your car is in the shop.

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It’s Christmas in February for the VGH ED

Two additional Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH episodes air this month.

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Fiscal year-end preparation – Accounts Payable

With respect to our March 31, 2017 fiscal year end processing, properly coded and approved invoices & cheque requisitions must be received.

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$102 million for 16 new operating rooms and other surgical upgrades at VGH

Vancouver Coastal Health is embarking on one of the most complex hospital expansions in B.C. history.

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Dear EFAP: Inadvertently not included, or purposefully excluded?

“I feel like an outsider at work – no one includes me or invites me anywhere.”

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It’s Fit Test February!

Learn if you require an N95 Fit Test and where to get one.

“I love that I have the autonomy I have to find new ways to help patients,” says Barb Eddy, family nurse practitioner at the Downtown CHC.
Barb sees gaps in care when others can’t

In the second instalment of our series on Vancouver nurse practitioners, we meet Barb Eddy, a family NP who’s leading research to close gaps in care for patients in the Downtown Eastside.

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How to clean salt and sand off your bike

Learn how to remove salt and sand the right way at a VGH Cycling Centre workshop on March 2 – it’s free for members!

Neurosurgeon Dr. Chris Honey (left) and patient Ray Warner on the day Ray’s deep brain stimulator was activated for the first time.
Life-altering neurosurgery a first at UBCH

(VIDEO) Ray can now turn off his tremors with a click of a button. Watch the video and the see the difference for yourself.

On the Frontlines of the Overdose Crisis: An Update

Come to the March 8 Vancouver All-Staff Forum at VGH or by webcast – please register through CCRS

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RSVP for “Me Too Conversations” on Feb 23

Join us on February 23 as sports broadcaster Michael Landsberg helps us shatter the stigma around mental illness.

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More than $2.88 million raised towards the Future of Surgery

The 2017 Viva Pharmaceutical Time to Shine Gala raised close to $3 million in support of our VGH OR and UBC Hospital Renewal Projects.

Dr. Jeff Brubacher, Emergency Medicine Research Director, says the VGH ED expects 2017 to be its most productive research year yet.
Quality research in the ED? Yes, really.

VGH physicians and staff are conducting high-quality original research in one of BC’s busiest Emergency Departments — and changing health care for the better.

A wooftastic party (l to r): Karin Alzner, Maggie Shankar, Michelle Moreau and, of course, Higgins.
A doggone good time at GF Strong

Among the many staff celebrating a service anniversary at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, one very special teammate of the four-legged variety was honoured too.

Whether you’re looking on or up from a surgical table, the VGH OR expansion is good news.
VGH OR expansion: our legacy to build

One of the most complex hospital expansions in BC, the VGH OR Renewal Project will be our legacy for generations to come.

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More than $610,000 raised in honour of our angels

Thanks to donors – including VCH employees – more than $610,000 was raised during our VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation’s 2016 Angel Campaign.

Women's ICMT: Marjory Ditmars, RN; Meriah Main, RN; Avneet Khela, RN;  Jordan Simonson, Health Care Worker; Kelly Ball, Social Worker; CeeJai Julian, Peer Specialist;  Smadar Levinson, Team Leader
Women’s Intensive Case Management Team launched on the Downtown Eastside

DTES women’s-only services provide safety and support to clients with complex needs

l-r: Jennifer Breakspear, Executive Director, PHS; frontline overdose responder Sue Ouelette; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Dr. Christy Sutherland; and PHS programs manager Coco Culbertson.
Prime Minister visits OD crisis frontlines

Prime Minister Trudeau visits the frontlines of the overdose crisis in Vancouver.

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

Buy your own ticket today: one ticket keeps you in every draw for the rest of the 2016/17 lottery year.

Sodexo dietary aides will visit patients to take their meal orders using iPads.
Bedside Spoken Menu serves up a better food service experience for VGH patients

A more friendly and patient-centred food service launches at VGH on February 14, thanks to an innovative collaboration with Sodexo Food Services.

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More services for women with substance use issues

Atira’s Rice Block building will house 38 new beds for women in the DTES

Ernie Tanguay - December 50/50 Winner!
Congratulations for our December ‘Won’ Vancouver 50/50 Staff Lottery winners!

Will you be next? Can’t win if you don’t have a ticket!

Wednesday night's Open Board Forum in Richmond saw health care updates provided by Chief Operating Officer Jennifer MacKenzie (pictured above) and Richmond's Medical Health Officer, Dr. Meena Dawar.
VCH Open Board Forum rolls into Richmond

Health care updates provided by Chief Operating Officer Jennifer MacKenzie and Medical Health Officer, Dr. Meena Dawar.

All VCH Richmond staff and clinicians are encouraged to visit the IMITS Support Kiosk until Friday, February 24 at 4 p.m., especially if you have any outstanding IT issues that weren’t resolved  by previously calling the Help Desk.
Access IT help immediately @ RH

All VCH Richmond staff and clinicians — with either new or outstanding issues — are encouraged to visit the IT Support Kiosk until Friday, February 24 at 4 p.m.

Despite a busy winter surge, patients coming into Richmond Hospital had nothing but praise for the high quality care they received while in the ED. Thank you for your continued commitment to patient care, not only in the Richmond Hospital ED, but also across VCH Richmond.
Richmond’s ED is never too busy to provide exemplary patient care

Despite high patient volumes over the previous two months, Richmond Hospital’s ED team never failed to provide safe, high quality patient care. The following thank-you letters from patients illustrate this fact all-too-clearly. Thank you for all you do, each and every day.

Richmond Hospital Music Therapists are embarking on a Canadian first - a patient satisfaction survey. According to Angie Ji, pictured above, results will guide programming decisions and resource allocation and help music therapists improve their work.
First-ever survey measures satisfaction with music therapy

Satisfaction in relation to music therapy to be measured in first-ever psychiatric inpatient survey at Richmond Hospital.

Dr. Tony Yurkovich and Nancy Yurkovich joined with more than 10 families and organizations to pledge a combined total of $25 million toward a new acute care building at Richmond Hospital. The Yurkovich's individual donation, amount not disclosed, is the single largest gift in the history of Richmond Hospital Foundation.
Retired Richmond GP and family set a new future course for Richmond Hospital

Yurkovich family galvanize community support with record donation to help build a new acute care tower at Richmond Hospital.

Patients from Richmond and beyond are grateful for the high quality care received in VCH Richmond.
Kudos for Richmond Hospital’s acute-care team

“I would like to acknowledge the excellent care I received from the staff on 3M.”

More than 90 per cent of Richmond's kindergarten-aged children receive publicly funded immunizations against communicable diseases.
Richmond’s kinder kids are well protected

High vaccine coverage rate in Richmond is due to the excellent partnership between public health, community physicians, the school district, and engaged and committed Richmond families.

Be a pal...help someone kick-the-habit during National Non-Smoking Week, January 15 to 21, 2017.
National Non-Smoking Week proclaimed by City of Richmond

Let’s show our support to promote a smoke-free Richmond.

The Richmond Hospital Emergency Department  has made hand hygiene a priority.
Richmond Hospital Emergency Department wins the hand hygiene trophy!

The Emergency Department for winning the coveted hand hygiene trophy for having the highest hand hygiene compliance at Richmond Hospital at 88 per cent.

Approximately 40 Richmond Home and Community Care staff attended one of the two engagement sessions held to gather feedback about the new Primary Care Home initiative coming soon to Richmond. Pictured above, Jan Gazely (standing) listens to suggestions about how Home and Community Care staff and the new Primary Care Home team can work effectively together.
A new model of primary & community care coming to Richmond for seniors

Primary Care Homes (PCHs) in Richmond have been developed in partnership with the Richmond Division of Family Practice to provide the wrap-around care that seniors need through a combination of community-based support and VCH Richmond services.

Three acute care patients give their thumbs up to the care received at Richmond Hospital in December.
“What you do each day is amazing!”

Even during times of high patient volumes, VCH Richmond’s committed staff provide high quality care across the continuum.

Garratt Wellness Centre will be closed temporarily from Dec. 28, 2016 to March 31, 2017 to allow for upgrades and renovations.
Temporary closure of Garratt Wellness Centre begins Dec. 28

A renovated Garratt Wellness Centre will re-open to the public in March 2017. Until then, all Garratt-based programs will operate from 8100 Granville Ave.

The 16 new elevator display cases are used to promote VCH programs and services, and those programs and services of our primary partners in a way that’s organized, equitable and easily accessible.
Get your word out: Using the new elevator display cases

New glass display cases in each of Richmond Hospital’s eight elevators are now ready for use.

Sally Naas has fewer than two weeks of work in front of her before she leaves Richmond Hospital for the last time. Her final shift ends of the morning of Christmas Day, just a few months shy of the date 30 years ago, April 13, 1987, when she first set foot in Richmond Hospital.
Goodbye, Sally Naas. You’ll be missed!

Colleagues gather to say good-bye to Sally Naas, who leaves Richmond Hospital for the last time on Christmas Day.

Thanks to support from the Richmond Hospital/Health Care Auxiliary, Music Therapy is now available to patients on 3 North and 3 South at Richmond Hospital. Pictured above: Margaret Mander (middle) with Music Therapist Annie Yip (right) and Ursula van Duin, the auxiliary's Thrift Shop co-ordinator.
Music as medicine on Richmond Hospital’s 3 North

Music Therapy on Richmond Hospital’s 3 North is good for the health, heart and soul.

Steve Schierbeck, supervisor, Facilities Maintenance & Operations, Richmond Hospital, has placed Food Bank donation boxes across 19 hospital units. Schierbeck will collect donations regularly and deliver directly to the Richmond Food Bank during the Christmas season.
Food Bank donation boxes at Richmond Hospital

Donate to the Richmond Food Bank right in your unit.

Time is running out . . .

Have you completed the CST survey? It closes tomorrow.

Is this professional business man a member of the LGH dodgeball team Ballternative Facts? Find out next Wednesday at the annual dodgeball tournament.
Hey North Shore staff, have you signed up for the LGH dodgeball tournament yet?

Ballternative Facts ready to rule the LGH dodgeball tournament.

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New Lions Gate Hospital acute care facility one step closer to reality

New medical/surgical building will include eight new operating rooms.

We love feedback, which is why we're asking Coastal staff to take our short survey on how we can best deliver information about the upcoming changes CST will bring to your role.
Are you ready for the change? Do you have the news and info you need? Take our survey

Survey for Coastal staff seeks input on change and communications activities for CST.

Sophie Mack, Community Health Nurse for FNHA, takes part in Family Fit Fest Day events hosted by the Bella Coola PHLAG group (Promoting Healthy Living Action Group).
Family Fit Fest Day brings out the community in Bella Coola

Family-centred event focuses on activities and fitness.

Tanis Evans, VCH Coastal Interim Operations Director, speaks at the official launch of Foundry North Shore. Joining her are (l-r) MLA Jordan Sturdy, parent Deb Maguire, Dr. Steve Matthias,  MLAs Jane Thornthwaite and Naomi Yamamoto, youth representative Zohrah Kahlili and MLA Ralph Sultan.
MLAs, VCH, community members celebrate launch of Foundry North Shore

One-stop shop for youth scheduled to open in late spring.

North Van resident Steve Vanderhoek opted to travel to Squamish General Hospital last week for surgery instead of waiting to have it done at LGH. He's seen here recovering at home.
Increased OR capacity at Squamish General Hospital delights North Van patient

Previously dormant OR now in use five days a week.

Liina McNeil is the newly appointed coordinator for the Every Day Counts Program, which operates out of the North Shore Hospice.
New coordinator has high hopes for Every Day Counts Program at North Shore Hospice

‘We are putting into practice what most communities only talk or read about.’

Welcome to the CST Audio Network, where we feature insightful interviews with health care professionals who've gone through - and survived - a clinical and systems transformation implementation.
‘I really feel it’s the right thing to do for patients and I actually believe that.”

Dr. Eric Grafstein interviews Ontario ICU doctor about his hospital’s implementation of a Cerner clinical information system in 2012.

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It’s time to get your game face on for annual LGH dodgeball tournament

Don’t miss one of LGH’s most popular events March 1st in the gym.

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Squamish hospital staff ‘make a great team,’ says surgical patient

‘I felt very well taken care of which made me feel like the surgery was a success and a positive experience.’

Medical Health Officer Dr. Mark Lysyshyn is campaigning for slower speeds on neighbourhood streets on the North Shore.
Slow down, you drive too fast, you’ve got to make your lifetime last, says MHO

Dr. Mark Lysyshyn speaks January 26 at District of North Vancouver council to get speed limits reduced to 30km/h on residential streets.

Concurrent disorders clinician Mark Choi is looking forward to the soon-to-start training and orientation for the April opening of the Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre.
Staff orientation and training for Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorder Centre starts soon

The Carlile Centre development team will also partner with Douglas College to develop a certificate program specific to youth concurrent disorders.

The recipients of the 10th annual North Shore Health Care Awards are (l-r) Dr. David Critchley, Corinne Beck, RN Nelson Tung and Leanne Appleton. Pictured in the middle is Karin Olson, COO-Coastal.
And the winners of the 10th annual North Shore Health Care Awards are …

Annual awards celebrate VCH staff from across the North Shore.

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Webinar examines racism, reconciliation & indigenous cultural safety

Veteran broadcaster Shelagh Rogers interviews Senator Murray Sinclair in Jan. 26 webinar.