It’s time to act differently

We heard loud and clear that we need to go back to basics, and that you want to be involved in decisions that impact you.

Dr. MacNeill publishes ground-breaking study on the carbon footprint of surgical suites

VGH surgeon’s article is published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal.

Dear EFAP: grumbling about the grinch

I swear my neighbor is the Grinch who stole Christmas.

Complimentary meal for staff on Christmas Day

As a small token of our appreciation for working on December 25, VCH invites you to have dinner on us.

A new intranet for all of us

Let’s create an intranet that is useful for all of us, where we spend less time fruitlessly searching and more time connecting with each other.

New name and new 24/7 services: EFAP is now Employee Wellness!

Now providing 24/7/365 confidential and free employee wellness services to employees and their immediate family.

New funded training opportunities for nurses: regional perioperative education program launches

Have you considered a specialty in nursing? A fully funded OR education program is available to acute nurses.

Calling all Champions of Change

Register now for the annual pre-Quality Forum event on February 21st.


Your most frequently asked questions about the flu.

Send a holiday e-card and save a tree

Spread some holiday cheer using VCH’s environmentally-friendly, electronic greeting card.

VCH News holiday hiatus on Dec. 28 and Jan. 4

The first issue of 2018 will be on January 11!

Public Health takes centre stage in the fight against climate change

Learn what VCH is doing as an organization and what you can do as someone working in health care to help address the public health impacts of climate change.

Health Information Management transitions to a new team site

Change your bookmarks to the new HIM teamsite to access great new features!

Accounts Payable holiday cheque run

The last complete Accounts Payable cheque run for the 2017 calendar year will take place on Wednesday December 20, 2017.

Community Engagement annual report 2016-2017

Check out the 2016-2017 annual report and companion video for a look at the work Community Engagement did last year.

Dear EFAP: clueless Christmas dinner host

I’m on a tight budget. I just started working and I don’t have Christmas off. Is it OK as a host to ask guests to contribute to the dinner?

VGH’s “Father of Orthopedics” retires 50 years after revolutionary surgery

Dr. Robert McGraw closes the book on awe-inspiring career 50 years after VGH’s first hip replacement surgery.

Angels fly higher with help from familiar face

Health care has a new partner this holiday season – and it’s one many of you will recognize.

Warm up for the holidays at VGH

If you can handle the heat, get your 2018 Hall of Flame Calendar signed on December 14th in the Jim Pattison Pavilion.

Need a little extra cash?

Every pay period you and the Foundation have a chance to win over $12,000 each. Tickets are only $5 each.

Watch your step: changes to construction zone near UBC Hospital

This month: changes to access outside Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health due to construction.

VIDEO: Tupper Nova – A partnership that works

In partnership with the Vancouver School Board, the Tupper Nova program means that 24 students struggling with mental health issues that impact their ability to participate in a typical school day now have access to both mental health and educational supports.

We heard you

Almost 600 staff joined the My VCH all-staff forum yesterday to talk about our survey results and next steps. Watch the highlights if you missed it.

The Vancouver Community Holiday Season Schedule is here!

Aside from December 25, most CHCs and care services will be open, and some have even ramped up hours to accommodate clients’ needs during the holidays to hopefully avoid a surge in the ED at this time of year.

Making spirits bright for clients and caregivers

GF Strong friends and colleagues of Dianna Mah-Jones kept a tradition alive with the staging of the 7th annual Holly Jolly Christmas Concert on December 6.

December 9 festivities supporting our hospitals

Here are two free family-friendly holiday events taking place on December 9th supporting the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation.

Overdose Emergency Response Centre opens at VGH

VGH is home to BC’s first Emergency Overdose Response Centre.

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

Results of the November 24th draw (the first draw of the 2017/2018 50/50 Staff Lottery).

Say hello to the new Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Surgical Centre

The VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is the grateful recipient of a $25 million donation from the Gaglardi family.

Best Christmas ever

In January, Richard Currant was planning his funeral. Today he’s preparing for Christmas, thanks in part to a Canadian first at VGH.

Iron-on some visibility at VGH

Help yourself be seen during winter’s dark days. Get a free reflective strip for your coat.

VIDEO: UBCH reno begins with a bang!

Meet the dynamic duo who won the honour to strike the first demolition blows for the renewal of UBC Hospital’s Koerner Pavilion inpatient units.

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!

Iron-on some visibility at Richmond Hospital

In a season of reduced daylight, there’s no reason to fade into the night…

CEO Mary Ackenhusen and COO Jennifer MacKenzie will share My VCH survey results Nov. 30 in Richmond

Attend the all-staff forum, and hear about the My VCH survey results.

Planning progresses for new residential care facility

The planning process to redevelop the former Richmond Lions Manor site in Steveston is now underway. The Fentiman Site Redevelopment Project — as it is now known — is well positioned to bring a new and innovative aging-in-place community to South Richmond.

VCH staff present at healthy living event in Richmond

Approximately 800 attendees from the Lower Mainland attended the event.

Partnership spells success for school-aged kids in Richmond

Richmond Community and Family Health delivers a three-day learning module for the Richmond School District that focuses on assisting children with special needs with OT, PT and nursing supports.

Media descend onto Minoru Residence

Camera people and reporters from stations including CTV and Global TV met with VCH Medical Health Officer Dr. Meena Dawar to find out about the flu season.

RH surgical program earns prestigious quality designation

Sixty-six of 680 participating hospitals across North America achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2016. Richmond Hospital was one of them.

Richmond Adult Day Program expansion is complete

ADP expansion now complete in Richmond.

Allyship: What is it?

Join us Nov. 2 @ 12 noon, Richmond Hospital, for a discussion about allyship.

Community unites at annual gala to champion local healthcare

Donors at the sold-out event were thanked for their leadership and urged to continue to press for a provincial funding commitment for a new Acute Care Tower at Richmond Hospital.

Coastal COO keeps My VCH commitment

Karin Olson, Chief Operating Officer for VCH Coastal, pledged to focus more attention on community care, during the recent My VCH forum at Lions Gate Hospital.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it. INSIDE CST Coastal inaugural edition now available

Find copies at the CST Hub, through a peer mentor or on a unit near you.

LGH’s Mehri’s cafe temporarily moving… to the cafeteria

Cafe renovations are part of the LGH Atrium Renewal Project.

North Shore – Squamish: Any interest in Carpooling?

What is your interest in carpooling to work along the Sea to Sky Corridor?

Winter is coming! Are you prepared for the land of ice and snow?

Walk like a penguin and other tips to avoid slips, trips and falls this winter.

Retinal scanner ‘exciting new addition’ to Bella Bella clinic and hospital

Click of a button gives communities access to an ophthalmologist in Vancouver.

Iron-On some visibility at Lions Gate Hospital

In a season of reduced daylight, there’s no reason to fade into the night…

ICYMI: Recap of LGH/Coastal staff forum on results from My VCH survey

VCH President & CEO Mary Ackenhusen and Coastal COO Karin Olson share the ‘good, bad and ugly.’

Mother’s hospitalization in Calgary brings new level of appreciation for CST’s electronic patient record

Corrie Irwin was able to get up-to-the minute information on her mother’s condition from a nurse in Alberta thanks to an EMR.

Annual non-denominational Honour a Life event scheduled for Dec. 7th

Event is a celebration to honour the life of a loved one who has passed.

Save the date: Christmas Craft Fair returns to Lions Gate Hospital Friday, Nov. 24th

Access the LGH gym via the exterior doors off 15th St. parking lot to minimize disruptions at Registration Services.

All staff forum on November 22

Attend the all staff forum in person or by webcast, and hear about the My VCH survey results.

Digital Health Week: Bella Bella’s connection to BC Children’s Hospital tele-PICU a life saver

R.W. Large Memorial Hospital staff share tele-PICU story to highlight Digital Health Week.

Staff kudos: ‘Many thanks to all’ at Bella Coola General Hospital

Patient commends all staff at Central Coast hospital.