Elder Roberta Price.
Aboriginal patients and families benefit from cultural support of Elders

Aboriginal patients and their families benefit from traditional medicine and cultural support from Indigenous Elders while in hospital.

Registration is open for Quality Forum 2017!

The 6th annual Quality Forum is happening in Vancouver on March 1 to 3, 2017!

Green technologies
We’re number one in energy savings!

Thanks to the focus and hard work of staff, VCH has had the highest energy savings of all of the health authorities over the past three years.

Join the rest of Canada in celebrating National Non-Smoking Week

This year, National Non-Smoking Week runs from January 15 to 21 with Weedless Wednesday (Jan. 18) highlighting the week.

Dear EFAP: Frustrated by my living situation

“On New Year’s Day my new roommate threw up all over everything and then didn’t clean-up after herself.”

Facilities to be built, rebuilt or expanded will include clockwise from top left: German Canadian Care Home (Vancouver); Silverstone Care Centre (Sechelt); Creekstone Care Centre (North Shore); Fraserview (Richmond); Hamilton Village Care Centre (Richmond).
943 beds. 8 facilities. 6 years.

VCH has completed the procurement phase of Residential Care Rejuvenation. Zoning and development work is underway.

washing hands
Dear EFAP: How effective are those antibacterial soaps?

“I don’t want to get sick; I want a happy, healthy New Year. Will those antibacterial soaps help?”

Influenza Virus H1N1
Influenza: How to protect patients, clients and colleagues

VCH is experiencing increased numbers of influenza-like (ILI) and influenza A in our facilities and communities.

Attention point-of-care nursing & allied health staff!

Consider a practice area that might be improved and create a research project to discover how best to improve it.

And no, it's not the planet Mars.
MARS upgrade across VCH is complete!

The GE MARS Holter Reporting Solution (MARS) has been upgraded across VCH.

15 Years of Care survey: Win some VCH schwag

If you saw the 15 Years of Care photos online or in the exhibit, we’d like to know what you think in this very short survey.

Did you see us?

If you saw the 15 Years of Care photos online or in the exhibit, we’d like to know what you think in this very short survey.

IT outage communications get a facelift

IMITS has changed the way we communicate system outages— less jargon, a focus on who/what is impacted, and  a new central Outage Register.

Top VCH News stories from 2016

See which topics got the most clicks from readers in 2016.

Dr. Maria Chung with alcohol based hand rub (ABHR).
Myth busting: Alcohol-based hand rub

Some common myths and facts about alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR).

Disclaimer: Not an actual MSP form
Effective January 1, 2017, Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium rates will be changing

Effective January 1, 2017, Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium rates will be changing for those employees

Willie Dalagan, husband and father, is one of 39 double-lung recipients who gained a new lease on life at VGH in 2016.
Savings lives in record numbers

In 2016, more people received a life-saving organ transplant in BC than ever before — and most of those transplants took place at VGH.

You’re invited: Foundation New Year Open House

Join us February 2 for the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation’s Open House to celebrate the new year with food, fun and prizes!

Shout out - Asian woman
A shout out to our heroes

When water leaked into the VGH Burns, Trauma and High Acuity Unit, our first priority was patient safety. Thankfully, our friends and colleagues came to the rescue.

“Going to any hospital regularly is tough…”

… but thanks to the team at UBC Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre, one patient’s monthly treatments were made more comfortable.

Converting acute medical and subacute units into mixed acuity units will enable seniors to complete their hospital stays on one unit for a better patient experience and outcomes.
Care for seniors just got better

VGH staff and physicians of four hospitalist units are enhancing the quality and continuity of care for seniors — with a little help from their friends.

Dr. Peter Centre
Stabilization care for complex clients now open at the Dr. Peter Residence

Care is provided for up to three months, with goal of returning to the community with support.

Members of the MMU collaboration (l to r): Sarah ‎Fenwick, RN, Lions Gate Hospital Emergency Department; Krista Golden, RN, Head Nurse, MMU; Dr. Meite Moser, emergency physician, VGH Emergency Department; Clive Derbyshire, BC Ambulance Service; Dr. Ben Trepanier, St. Paul's Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Clinical Fellow; and Jesse Hilburt, outreach worker, STOP HIV/AIDS team.
MMU team makes national headlines

The Globe and Mail reports on the compassion of Vancouver staff and physicians providing care in the Downtown Eastside — ground zero of BC’s overdose crisis.

A recent study shows that smartphone hearing aid applications may be an interim solution for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss.
Hard of hearing? There’s an app for that!

A recent study shows that smartphone hearing aid applications may be an interim solution for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss.

“I was at a loss for words”

When a son’s collapsed lung resulted in his admission to VGH, his mother travelled from Ontario to be at his side. What she found left her speechless.

Erika Weikle, VCH Peer
Gaining perspective about stigma in health care: learning from patient and physician experience

New “Me and My Doc Talks” series starts January 19 at VGH and through webinar.

Overdose crisis: easier access to Suboxone

Physicians no longer need an exemption to prescribe Suboxone

Vancouver Chinese Diabetes Education Centre – Chinese resources for diabetes in the community

Meeting the demand for more language-appropriate and culturally-adapted educational tools in Chinese.

Jeff West, Monika Stein, Jacey Larochelle - Downtown Community Health Centre
Interim Opioid Replacement Therapy now available for rapid starts

The Downtown CHC recently expanded services to include temporary Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT).

Fundraising goal surpassed for Giving Tuesday

Thanks to all VCH employee and donors in helping the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation surpass their #GivingTuesday fundraising goal of $30K!

BC Health Minister Terry Lake (far right) thanking staff who will be working at the BC Mobile Medical Unit.
Health Minister to VCH staff: “We’re leading the world and you’re part of that”

BC Health Minister Terry Lake has high praise for the team working at BC’s Mobile Medical Unit to prevent overdose deaths.

Banfield resident Kenneth Kennedy grins ear to ear when Santa (Robert O’Neill, resident services manager) delivers his present, courtesy of the VGH Thrift Store.
VGH Thrift Store gives the gift of joy

Thanks to donations from the VGH Thrift Store, Banfield residents and VGH Health Centre patients receive the gift of Christmas cheer.

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.

Kind, compassionate and high quality care made the difference to two Richmond families in November. Thank you for all your hard work!
“I just cannot keep my gratitude in my heart”

Care provided at Rosewood Manor and by Richmond Public Health Nurses is lauded this week by two Richmond families.

Richmond Hospital's first unit-based mock Code Blue (pictured above) ran November 3 on 3 South at Richmond Hospital. ED Nurse Educators Fiona Francis and Catherine Marshall, and Dr. Kate Hudson ran the session that had previously been offered as a classroom-based learning. The goal for the coming year is to run one unit-based mock Code Blue per month at Richmond Hospital.
Unit-based mock Code Blues keep patients in-the-pink

New in-unit mock Code Blues at Richmond Hospital simulate life-or-death emergency scenarios.

VCH Richmond celebrates 15 years of care

See all photos and stories in the online gallery and post a comment to celebrate!

Austin Harris Residence, owned and operated by SUCCESS in Steveston, will open 25 new Adult Day Program beds in May. The partnership between VCH Richmond and SUCCESS will result in 37,650 new service hours annually.
New ADP spaces coming on-stream for Richmond seniors

More Adult Day Program spaces will help meet demand for seniors’ and respite care in Richmond.

Vancouver Coastal Health is partnering to provide a community forum on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Richmond Secondary School. It will consist of a 30-minute presentation, followed by a question-and-answer period with panelists representing  various community agencies.
Richmond Fentanyl Forum for parents, care providers

Need more information about the fentanyl crisis? Please attend this community education forum on Nov. 16 at Richmond Secondary School.

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.

January 26-Sinclair-Rogers
Webinar examines racism, reconciliation & indigenous cultural safety

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

A dad praises staff at the Whistler Health Care Centre for the care they showed his five-year-old son who hit a tree while skiing.
Stressed parents of 5-year-old grateful for caring team at Whistler Health Care Centre

‘I wish I could remember names, but the next RN we had contact with was fantastic as well.’

The mental health documentary series Living in HOpe, now being filmed at the HOpe Centre, was partially inspired by the experience of a family friend of the filmmaker's daughter.
Filming in progress at HOpe Centre for documentary on mental health

Living in HOpe to capture a year in the life of mental health services at HOpe Centre.

Capilano House residents and friends enjoy their Christmas Turkey dinner on December 6, 2016 in their building’s activity room.
North Shore seniors munch and mingle at the “Diners’ Club” Christmas turkey dinners

The Congregate Meals Program (“The Diners’ Club”) served many Christmas Turkey dinners to seniors and their friends and neighbours.

Last year's recipients of the 9th annual North Shore Health Care Awards were (L-R)  Andra Grigore (Workplace Inspiration), Cindy Hartley (Leadership), Christie Manlolo (Philanthropy) and Gill Walker (Clinical Practice). On the far left is LGH Foundation mascot Seymour the Lion.
Mark your calendars: North Shore Health Care Awards are Jan. 19th in LGH gym

Ever-popular staff awards are at noon in the LGH gym on January 19th.

A smoke-free sign is now in place in front of Cypress Creek Lodge at Cypress Mountain.
Fresher air for all North Shore powder hounds

VCH Tobacco Reduction Program helps North Shore mountains go smoke free.

Sechelt Hospital RNs  Môde Guy (l-r), Sarah Hargrave and Hope Keats with naloxone kits.
Take-home naloxone kits now available in Sechelt and Central Coast hospitals

All of VCH’s 14 EDs and urgent care centres now equipped with naloxone.

LGH Foundation Board chair Pierre Lebel (l) and Dr. Jordan Cohen, Medical Manager Youth Mental Health, flank Kristy Gill, Executive Director of Variety—The Children’s Charity, which donated $250,000 to the project.
More than 1,600 donors help make Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorder Centre a reality

The majority of donations came from North Shore residents.

Nostalgic Christmas Tree With Thank You, Snowflakes
“From the minute we got there, we were treated with kindness and professionalism”

LGH pediatric staff help make Christmas better for young boy and his family.

These ongoing CST workshops give front-line health professionals an opportunity to validate design work and provide input into fine-tuning the new shared clinical information system.
Whistler physicians and care staff get a first look at CST

Watch a quick video recap of a recent workshop held at the Whistler Health Care Centre

Foundry North Shore will centralize VCH North Shore youth mental health and addiction services into one location at 215 West 1st St. in North Vancouver.
One-stop shop for youth gets official name: Foundry North Shore

When it opens in spring 2017, Foundry North Shore will offer five core services (primary care, mental health services, substance use services and youth and family peer support and social supports) under one roof.

Volunteers Joan Whitbread and Angie Goh hold one of the more popular items at this time of year at the LGH gift shop - a picture that lights up.
Are you in a panic and need last-minute Christmas gifts? Try your hospital gift shop

From silly to fancy and everything in between, hospital gift shops have what you seek.

Dr. Jatina Lai, who works in the Emergency Department at LGH, spoke at a North Shore high school last week on the dangers of cliff jumping.
LGH Emergency Department doc joins anti-cliff jumping forces on the North Shore

Dr. Jatina Lai spoke at an Argyle Secondary event last week.

Rosemary Gong, a grade 7 student at Dorothy Lynas elementary, was this year's winner of the LGH Foundation's Christmas Card Contest.
LGH Foundation Christmas Card Contest takes on added significance after winning entry is chosen

Proceeds from the Christmas cards to benefit North Shore Hospice Expansion Campaign.

Two nurses made a big impact on a patient at Powell River General Hospital recently.
‘They made a very difficult day manageable and I am so thankful they were there.’

‘They really did go above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable.’