Parents: worried about your kids getting high?

Help share the top 5 evidence-based trampoline safety tips & you could win a Fitbit!

Get IT services from the new IMITS InfoCentre site

The IMITS InfoCentre is a central source of IT services, info and activities. It’s easily accessible by everyone with a VCH network account.

Automated Shift Call-out (ASC) goes live!

ASC goes live in Coastal and Richmond on July 21; Vancouver, July 27. For support call 1-877-239-4133

Dear EFAP: And poof, he was gone.

In this week’s edition: This guy I was dating said he could not handle conflict and he checked out. It has left me reeling.

Cancer screening: self-care that can save your life!

Cancer screening plays a vital role in your self-care and it can save your life. Visit for more information.

Regional emergency and trauma focus on rural engagement

The Regional Emergency Services Program and Regional Trauma Program held their first ever rural-focused meeting at Squamish General Hospital

VCH News on hiatus on August 3 & 10

We’re taking a break, but we’ll be back on Aug 17!

Put VCH’s new overdose alert system on your RADAR

VCH Harm Reduction launches the Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) system to help prevent overdoses.

Call for abstracts: BC Quality Forum 2018

Want to share your work with over 1200 people from every area of BC health care? Submit an abstract by September 8!

LearningHUB launches July 24!

July 22-23 is a “freeze” period for CCRS. We also have a video tutorial for LHUB.

NEW: Employee discount website launches!

The new website provides easy access from work or home. All your employee discount offers in one place!

Dear EFAP: playing hooky

In this week’s edition: I hate my job, and I don’t want to be at work, especially when the weather is nice.

Intellectual property—who really owns it?

Ensure your research contributions are recognized by following VCH’s Intellectual Property policy.

REMINDER: Find out how to get emails, texts, and calls for short notice relief shifts

Choose your Automated Shift Call-Out contact settings by July 14 for the chance to win a prize!

Contest winners for Be Cyber Aware: Connect with Care

Congratulations to the Privacy and Security Awareness Week 2017 winners!

Photo hacks: Take better pictures!

Learn how to take bright, sharp and well composed shots for newsletter articles, retirement memory books and even your summer vacation!

Caring for a small town in a big city

Sarah Mahon, nurse practitioner, builds trust day by day to provide the full scope of primary care on Vancouver’s Musqueam Reserve.

Residents weigh in on redevelopment plans for George Pearson Centre

Learn how VCH staff are ensuring that residents with complex care needs are involved in the process.

A major milestone for Willie

Thanks to the novel use of a life-support machine, Willie Dalagan survived to obtain a double-lung transplant. One year later, he celebrates with his VGH care team.

VCH receives $2 million donation from Hollyburn Properties

The generous donation will go towards upgrading the MRI machine at UBC Hospital and purchasing the next generation of “Jack the Robot”, a surgical robot at VGH.

It’s hip to be square

The design of our new operating rooms at VGH is taking shape and that shape is decidedly square.

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

There is nothing better than getting a winning message from “the Won Vancouver 50/50 Staff Lottery. Recent winners in the 50/50 Lottery got their good news phone call, and each won more than $4000 each.

Healing through Indigenous art

Indigenous artists Paul Windsor (Heiltsuk/Haisla) and Dana Claxton (Lakota Sioux) discuss health and healing through art at a recent event held at VGH.

Great energy at Vancouver Leaders Forum

Over 120 frontline leaders came together on June 21 to explore their role in quality improvement.

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

What would YOU do with an extra few thousand dollars?

Thank you VCH staff!

Money raised will help fund a three-year scent-detection pilot and allow for training of a second scent-detection dog.

Award-winning study a boost for road safety

The Canadian Paediatric Society has honoured VGH emergency physician Dr. Jeff Brubacher and team for a recent study on child booster seats and injury prevention.

Community Nutrition Screening – Are you at nutritional risk?

To lower nutritional risk in the community, the Healthy Living Program is offering free Nutritional Screening events in Vancouver.

One Country, One Film Festival raises more than $130,000 for Sheway!

The One Country, One Film Festival raised more than $130,000 in support of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, with funds going to Sheway.

HEABC awards VGH team for innovation

The VGH Cardiac Surgery Quality Improvement Working Group has earned a Top Innovation Award at the 2017 BC Health Care Awards for halving the rate of surgical site infections.

Maintenance worker by day, baker by night

A fixture at VGH since 1979, Colin Dugan quietly plies his skills as a maintenance worker — and occasionally surprises his customers with cookies.

G.F. Strong occupational therapist honoured as BC’s Health Care Hero

For her innovative abilities, creative flair and boundless energy across all facets of her practice, Dianna Mah-Jones has been named this year’s Provincial Health Care Hero.

“Bravo Richmond Hospital. What an amazing TEAM!”

From the minute we arrived at the ER until the time he was discharged, the care my son received at Richmond Hospital was exemplary.

All-Staff Forums highlight service growth in Richmond

Richmond’s growing and aging population has resulted in service improvements across the CoC as moves are made to shift the balance of care from Acute to Community.

Richmond improves substance-use care

VCH Richmond has opened new beds, eliminated wait lists and expanded treatment options…all over the past year.

Lions Manor resident recalls journey to becoming Canadian

Michael Biro, 85, arrived in Canada from Hungary 60 years ago. The Richmond Lions Manor resident is a proud Canadian who has written a poem in celebration of Canada’s 150th.

Final forums run at Richmond Hospital & 8100 Granville

Richmond All Staff Forums continue on Monday, at Richmond Hospital, and on Thursday at 8100 Granville Avenue.

Kind words from our patients and their families

Letters of thanks for high quality care received in both Richmond Acute and Community.

How are you celebrating Canada’s 150th?

You’re invited to join Richmond Hospital Foundation staff and supporters for a walk in the Steveston Salmon Festival parade on July 1 in celebration of Canada Day.

Richmond Milk Bank depot busiest in region

Richmond breast milk collection depot is the busiest in the Lower Mainland

Social Workers raise awareness of elder abuse

Richmond Social Workers stand united in their support for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, 2017.

New MHSU team site speaks to “respect and importance”

The new Richmond Mental Health & Substance Use team site opened to clients last week. The new facility, located at #210-7671 Alderbridge Way, was planned with input from clients and families, and speaks to the benefits of taking a patient-centred approach to all aspects of healthcare planning and delivery.

Staff, physicians and partners-in-care are welcome to attend!

Forum participants will learn about Richmond’s strategic direction and where the CoC is headed through 2017. We’ll leave time at the end for a Q&A.

Two-wheeling with knowledge and safety

HUB’s safety cycling course provides both classroom and on-the-road training aimed to increase your comfort and safety.

Richmond physician studies cannabis dispensaries

Richmond physician Dr. Amrish Joshi’s upcoming research project will highlight the attitudes and beliefs of medicinal cannabis dispensaries within Metro Vancouver and Victoria, and how they cannot be seen in isolation from the care given by other health care providers.

New home for Richmond Mental Health & Substance Use

After nearly two years of planning and hard work, Richmond Mental Health and Substance Use services and the Richmond Consumer and Friends Society (RCFC) are moving into their new home this weekend at #210-7671 Alderbridge Way.

New Research Facilitator for Richmond

Richmond’s new Research Facilitator, Cynthia Thomson, is ready to help build research capacity across the community of care.

Richmond to open its first CHC

VCH Richmond’s first Community Health Centre could be operational by late 2018. The city centre site on Alderbridge Way will increase VCH Richmond’s ability to bring complimentary programs and services together under one roof.

E-bike show and tell at Lions Gate Hospital draws staff and visitors

Considering an e-bike? It pays to do your homework.

LGH Foundation now accepting applications for North Shore Women’s Giving Circle grants

Up to $50,000 is available for capital items & unique program opportunities.

Timmy whinnies his way into the hearts of residents at Kiwanis Care Centre

Miniature pony already booked to visit KCC again.

Get your staff discount on North Van’s popular Slide the City event

LGH Foundation chosen charity for popular summer event on Lonsdale Avenue.

Looking for an e-bike to help get you to work? Come check out the e-bike demo at LGH

Electric gets you further and higher with less fatigue.

CST peer mentors, educators ready to WOW their units with device show ‘n’ tells at LGH

Workstation on Wheels (WOWs) making their way round the campus for staff to see, touch and play.

Have a patient who’s hard of hearing? A new hospital kit can help improve communication

Kit comes with sign that can be placed at the foot of the bed.

Bella Coola lab team jetpacks out of Flintstone’s age into the Jetson’s era with launch of LIS

Bella Coola lab one of last VCH sites to switch to an electronic lab system.

Innovative palliative approach in residential care making an impact at Coastal and contracted sites

Dignity Quilt project is a symbolic tribute to dignify a resident’s final passage through the halls of a residential care site.

LGH first B.C. hospital to own Star Trek-like device that instantly detects bacteria in wounds

Purchase was made possible thanks to donation from LGH Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle.

Calling all two-foot commuters who work on the Lions Gate Hospital campus

LGH leads the HA network as the site with the most employees walking to work; how can we help you choose to walk to work?

Planning moves ahead for new acute care facility at Lions Gate Hospital

Consultation now underway to ensure facility size and design align with current and future health care needs of the community.

Results are in for LGH’s inaugural bike census

Active transportation to shift focus to staff who walk to work.

Mother expresses thanks to staff who cared for her son with donation to PRGH

‘I am glad he lived here and had access to your hospital.’

Powell River General Hospital home to its own smiling super Nova

“Nova is an exceptional role model for us all to follow, not only as a nurse but as a person. We are very fortunate to have her on our team.”

Flexibility brings community outreach into bloom on the Sunshine Coast

Meet VCH nurse practitioner Annaliese Hasler.