Celebrating VCH volunteers

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week 2017.


The Me and My Doc Talks series takes place on April 27, noon – 1pm (Paetzold Auditorium or via webinar).

Physicians “Choosing Wisely” with patients

Unnecessary imaging for low back pain is one of the CWC projects being rolled out in hospitals across VCH and PHC. Others include CT scans for minor head trauma and for uncomplicated headaches.

10 solutions to help you cycle to work

Not everyone sees bikes as a fun, invigorating and reduced-stress commuting option. But it can be; we can help.

Dear EFAP: Feeling Blue

In this week’s Dear EFAP: the resurfacing ex.

Congrats to Chris!

Chris and four others were winners in the Show Your True Colours prize draws! Watch for more prize draws during Nursing Week.

The Lower Mainland Integrated Protection Services program wins global security award

Corporate protection program responsible for all of VCH wins award for third straight year.

A sober anniversary: one year of the overdose crisis

April 14 marks the declaration of the public health emergency.

Election protocols and provisions for voting

What you need to know about Elections BC protocols and time off for voting.

Specialty RN training opportunities now available

Selected RNs will be fully funded to take specialty nursing programs at BCIT.

Outdoor workers need better sun protection on the job

Researchers aim to shield those who work outside from skin cancer.

Attention: policy developers. Find a sponsor!

Writing a policy or been asked to develop one? Start by filling out the SET Sponsorship Worksheet and obtaining a SET sponsor.

New plan for cardiac care

Single program will coordinate cardiac care in the Lower Mainland.

Winner of a Fitbit Flex 2

Mark Macasaet made a purchase on vchworkclothing.ca during the Show Your True Colours promotion and won a Fitbit Flex 2!

PHSA launches new intranet in May

How will the new POD affect Vancouver Coastal Health staff?

Show your true colours draw prize winners

Congratulations to our five winners who placed orders for VCH work clothing in the new online store.

OD 101 for Environmental Health Officers

Vancouver EHO’s learn how to recognize the signs of an overdose and how to appropriately respond, including how to administer naloxone.

Meet our Student Volunteer Award recipients

Congratulations to four exceptional Vancouver volunteers and the recipients of the 2017 Student Volunteer Awards.

5 myths about NPs you probably believe

Or do you? Watch our video debunking five common myths about nurse practitioners to find out.

Join us and thank a volunteer next week

During National Volunteer Week, April 23 to 29, Vancouver’s chief operating officers invite you to join them in thanking our 1,300 volunteers for their generosity.

“She’s like a daughter to me”

In the West End, seniors are living better, longer, in their own homes with the help of Jo Birdsall, nurse practitioner and honorary daughter to grateful patients.

Congrats to Drs. Ghahary and Butskiy for slaying dragons to win research grant!

Four VCH researchers competed for a $25,000 research grant from Lumira Capital in a Dragon’s Den-style competition. Two emerged victorious.

Volunteers give voice to their experiences

We asked five Vancouver volunteers about their experiences and what they value most.

Volunteer Josephine still going strong at 93

If you think your nineties are a time to slow down, you haven’t met Vancouver volunteer Josephine Macdonald.

VGH School of Nursing Alumnae Luncheon May 7, 2017

The Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Luncheon will be held on May 7, 2017 at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Centre, 3150 Ash Street, Vancouver. Registration must be in by April 21st.

$29-million gift means British Columbians will breathe easier

An anonymous donor has given $29 million as a legacy gift for research and treatment of COPD and asthma to our VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

Decoding Code Blue at VGH

On March 29, nurses from medicine units attended a four-hour Mock Code Blue training session developed by VGH medicine education leaders.

Congrats to our Foundation prize winners!

Thank you to all VCH staff who attended our VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation Annual Open House in February.

The rise of nurse practitioners

Act now to reserve your spot on May 3 for our Vancouver All-Staff Forum on the evolving role of nurse practitioners.

MMU services have moved

We are transitioning services provided at the BC Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) to more permanent programs and services in the community.

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

Sign up once and you are in every draw for the rest of the 2016/17 lottery year. But please note that 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 $6500!

But Injuries Happen

Cycling is fun, Affordable, Active and Energizing. But Injuries Happen.

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.

What’s pink and white and new all over?

The recently renovated Richmond Hospital mammography reception area – just off Richmond Hospital’s West Entrance – reopened one week ago. The Richmond Hospital-based screening mammography unit has been in place for more than 20+ years, and completes 13,000 screening mammograms yearly.

Indo-Canadian community opens its heart for hospital

India Cultural Centre of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas gives back to ensure patients have access to high quality care at Richmond Hospital.

A grateful family says thanks

A Richmond family is grateful for the care their father is receiving at Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport.

New Adult Day Program spaces in Richmond

Program will be co-located in S.U.C.C.E.S.S. assisted living facility, Austin Harris Residence in Steveston.

Monica tells the story of blood at RH

Reading the physical properties of blood using a manual microscopy was previously a laborious and time-consuming procedure. Not any more with the introduction of Cellavision into the laboratory at Richmond Hospital.

Richmond Lions Manor rebuild slated for Steveston

A project plan has been approved that paves the way for for a new care home at 11771 Fentiman Place, the former site of Richmond Lions Manor, in Steveston.

VCH work clothing: Get your hands on the goods!

Samples and sizes now on site. Purchase online by March 31 and get in the draw for a Fitbit!

New biodegradable soiled linen bags arrive at Richmond Hospital, Monday

The Recyclable Plastic Linen Blue Bag program begins Monday at Richmond Hospital.

Quality care by-the-numbers at Richmond Hospital

Staff on 3 North walked away, this week, with the coveted Hand Hygiene trophy for achieving a 93% compliance rate for Period 12.

VCH Open Board Forum rolls into Richmond

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

40-year volunteer started as ‘play lady’ on children’s ward making crafts with patients

Kaarina Moore planned to stop volunteer after 35 years but thankfully keeps coming back.

Giving thanks to the many volunteers across the Coastal Community of Care

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Powell River resident praises hospital staff & physicians for knowledge and dedication

‘During the some seven months of treatment, I found the hospital staff to be extremely efficient and helpful.’

Meet Arthur – VCH’s man on two wheels

Arthur Orsini will be at LGH once a week this spring and summer to help implement the TDM.

Public Health and Primary Care join forces at Foundry North Shore

‘There isn’t a place that envelopes everything like Foundry will.’

‘She was nothing short of amazing and LGH is lucky to her have her as a staff member!’

‘Meghan definitely helped get me through a very trying time…’

Never underestimate the power of a smile

With no Valentine to share the prize, grateful patient pays it forward and donates prizes to ED staff.

Smiles order of the day at the Carlile Centre grand opening celebration

Western Canada’s first inpatient unit for youth with concurrent disorders to welcome patients in early April.

Coastal CST survey results like a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream masterpiece

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey or participated in the focus group. Results will be reflected in activities moving forward.

Get your VCH on and enter to win a Fitbit – deadline tomorrow!

VCH work clothing samples now available at the LGH Gift Shop. Deadline for Fitbit draws March 31.

Ask Us Anything about Bipolar Disorder

March 30 is World Bipolar Day & Vincent van Gogh’s birthday.

You’re invited: Carlile Centre hosts Open House Thursday, March 30th

VCH-regional Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre to start accepting patients in 10-bed inpatient unit in April.

LGH nurses on 6 West get thumbs up from hip replacement patient

Patient grateful to day and night nurses who made hospital stay cheerful and comfortable.

Growing Up Squamish: Participants’ experience

Coastal staff spent the day at the longhouse at Squamish Nation to learn about and experience First people’s culture and traditions.

Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre now accepting community referrals

New inpatient unit for youth 13-18 across VCH scheduled to open in early April.

Lions Gate Hospital ED gets fan letter in local newspaper

“… our system is just as good and should be celebrated for the fine people who deliver every day.”