Building momentum toward a new culture at VCH

Here’s a look at what we’ve accomplished together, and the ways you can still get involved. Vote for new values to win prizes for you and your team!

Drowning in email?

Grab on to this life preserver.

Toddlers should tune out TVs and tablets

More than half of Vancouver parents surveyed reported allowing their children to use electronic devices like smartphones and tablets, despite health guidelines. 

An inside look at conflict resolution supports

As Pink Shirt day approaches, all staff are reminded that conflict resolution and mediation services are available. Hear from an HR expert!

Webinar explores building cultural supports for Indigenous youth

Join us for our newest webinar on March 7 and meet Emily Giguere, Clinical Planner for Youth Substance Use and Prevention Services.

Join the ERNT: be a clinical leader while providing direct care!

New Experienced Resource Nurse Team (ERNT) positions now posted! 5 years of recent, related mental health nursing experience is required.

Pill-in-the-pocket empowers patients to care for their heart

Vancouver study tests self-administered, cost-saving intervention for heart patients.

Dear EFAP: reignite relationship?

I want to reach out to my old college flame even though things did not end well the first time around. Am I playing with fire?

What are three things you always have in your fridge?

Answer in your People in Profile submission by March 9 and you could win a $20 Starbucks gift card.

Mark your calendar: Wear pink on February 28!

Wear pink on Feb 28 to show your support for ‘Respect Every Day’ Drop by a pink table for pink treats and pens!

It takes 5 minutes to enter our contest for a $20 Starbucks gift card

Simply submit to People in Profile by March 9.

March 22: Accounts Payable deadline for 2017/18 budget

Find out how to send your properly coded and approved invoices and cheque requisitions to BCCSS Accounts Payable.

REMINDER: Recognition survey deadline is Feb. 28

Answer a few quick questions for the chance to win a Fitbit or an iTunes gift card!

Announcing a free, online course on gender-based violence

Available for VCH staff and anyone who works in the health sector.

Is your email being “spoofed” by a cyber thief?

In this story, Cyber Thief Sam is going to teach us how he “spoofs” your email, hoping to steal your password for his own fraudulent gain.

Dear EFAP: forgot Valentine’s Day

OMG I forgot Valentine’s Day and I am big time in the dog house. What can I do? Any suggestions?

Vancouver Community to get a new withdrawal management centre

Future development on City-owned land will include a new purpose-built, state-of-the-art withdrawal management centre to replace our aging Vancouver Detox Centre.

Physicians honour their heroes

Vancouver’s Medical, Dental & Allied Staff Association celebrates the inaugural inductees into VGH’s new Physician Hall of Honour.

Get your geek on at the Innovation Fair

Whether you’re a technophile or a technophobe, you’ll enjoy the live demos and interactive displays at Vancouver’s Innovation Fair on February 28.

You don’t want to miss this

Join us on February 28 for Innovations in Health Care, an interactive forum on how Vancouver staff and physicians are using technology to transform patient care.

“His win is our win,” says VGH ICU nurse

Two-time Olympic medallist Mark McMorris owes his latest win to tenacity and VGH.

Life underground: spotlight on Biomed

In the second in our series of profiles on the people working in the VGH campus tunnel, we meet the Biomedical Engineering Department and learn how this team contributes to quality patient care.

Staff ideas drive change with WOW results

Learn how staff on the VGH Neurosciences Unit are driving meaningful change and increasing time for patient care.

Mega simulation provides valuable lessons

VGH teams completed our most dramatic and complex simulation yet to learn collaboratively how we can enhance patient care when lives are hanging in the balance.

Next draw for the Won Vancouver 50/50 Staff Lottery is on February 23.

How would you like to win a few thousand dollars?

Physician innovators share ideas, experiences

First-ever eFIT Technology Innovation Engagement Forum creates a community of innovation.

Video: Three new youth homes open in Vancouver

Three new youth homes – including a low-barrier house – are now open for young people experiencing homelessness, mental health and substance use problems.

“She supported me; she just wouldn’t let me use the staple gun!”

GF Strong employee, Alecia Brooks, shares her idea for upcycling chairs with her manager and saves VCH more than $1,200.

“I was … scared that I might die”

Having been both care provider and patient, VCH nurse Rhonda Orobko thanks her VGH care team for inspiring her to strive for the best in herself.

The first must-see forum of 2018

Join us on February 28 for Innovations in Health Care, an interactive forum on how we’re using technology to transform patient care. (Tech proficiency not required!)

Take your inner geek to the Innovation Fair!

Learn about some of the latest and greatest tech innovations in use or coming soon to Vancouver at the Innovation Fair on February 28.

Beyond Stigma: Conversations about mental health, courage and hope

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Vancouver Coastal Health will present “Beyond Stigma: Conversations about mental health, courage and hope.”

Position yourself as a CST content leader & healthcare pioneer

CST roll-out team in Coastal needs a few more good hands. Can you help them out?

Open VCH Board Forum comes to Richmond next Thursday

Please join us next Thursday, Feb. 22 at Richmond Hospital for an opportunity to connect with the VCH Board and Senior Leadership. Everyone is welcome.

“Everybody heals in their own way”

The Kronier Family Education Fund is now offering scholarships/bursaries for post-secondary Certification/Diploma, Bachelor, Master or Doctorate degree for Leaders, Care Aides, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and Physicians within the Richmond Community of Care. Application deadline is March 31st.

Audra’s dance moves are music to the ears of acute care patients

“When someone with severe dementia smiles and starts to dance when they see me, I know I have a difference in their lives.”

Thank you for making my Monday morning special

It goes without saying that the desire to improve people’s lives through better health is the reason we choose to work in healthcare.

Richmond walk-abouts will clear the air of smoke and vapour

Smoke-Free Campus Committee members will begin regular walk-abouts in mid-February to advise visitors and staff about free resources to help them remain smoke-free while working at or visiting Richmond Hospital.

Richmond business community united in call for new acute care tower

More than 100 local employers, collectively representing nearly 12,000 employees, are included in the effort to urge the province to fund construction of a new acute care tower sooner rather than later.

CHAC life-sized mock up opens for staff, physician tours this week

After months of behind-the-scenes work, a life-sized mock-up of the new Alderbridge CHAC was opened for staff and physician tours. All feedback will be considered for inclusion into the final layout and design.

Alderbridge CHAC: A hub for adult/older adult services

The new Alderbridge CHAC will simplify access to care, by creating a single, central location from which VCH Richmond operates a range of health care services aimed at adults and older adults.

Our patients say “thank you” for your care and compassion

Our patients say thank you for the care provided over the Christmas holiday.

Spreading Christmas cheer and chocolate across VCH Richmond

Senior leaders say thank you to staff, physicians and volunteers across Richmond this week for a year of exemplary care and commitment to patients.

Birth Centre Santas stuff stockings with cheer

Richmond Hospital Birth Center/NICU donates to Richmond Christmas Fund’s Annual Toy Drive.

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.

Population Health: Helping create a dementia-friendly North Shore

An estimated 70,000 people in B.C. live with some form of dementia.

Ready to blow off some steam? Sign up for the annual LGH dodgeball tournament

Dodgeball tournament part of annual LGH Foundation’s Swing into Spring event March 7 – 9.

New glossary covers the A to Zs of the Clinical & Systems Transformation (CST)

Not sure what the difference is between activation and go live? Find the answer in the CST glossary.

Population Health: Food security and the North Shore

Read the third installment in our five-part series on the North Shore Population Health team.

CST: Coastal peer mentors help with system testing milestone in preparation for go live

The third phase of testing marks the last time that patient-centric journeys will officially be run before the system is given the final go-ahead.

KCC staff thanked for “compassionate care, concern and abundant kindness”

“I would like to commend them for the exceptional work that they do in providing care to the residents and the support they provide to the loved ones…”

Population Health: Active Living Coordinator gets people walking, running, cycling & more

Program helps improve access to active living choices for marginalized or vulnerable communities.

‘I will always remember the extra special effort you extended during my stay’

Lions Gate Hospital ED staff praised for kindness and dedicated care.

Population Health: Congregate Meals Program provides nutrition and social connection

Program serves 650 meals a month to 400 clients on the North Shore.

The Reverend and CST: Having faith in people

LGH Spiritual Health Practitioner is also a CST Peer Mentor.

Bella Coola, Bella Bella staff rise to the occasion following tsunami alert

Evacuation alert showcased teamwork and community collaboration.

Opening of new Ambulatory Care Unit marks completion of Sechelt Hospital expansion

Sechelt Hospital’s decade-long transformation into a state-of-the-art hospital for people living on the Sunshine Coast is now finished with the completion of its new Ambulatory Care Unit.

Population Health: What is it? Find out in this five-part series

Welcome to a five-part series highlighting Population Health programs for North Shore residents.

Sechelt-based TIDES program gets a reboot

TIDES now taking referrals from all VCH & PHC hospital and rehabilitation centres.

And the recipients for the 11th annual North Shore Health Care Awards are….

Staff and physicians from across the North Shore gathered in the gym at Lions Gate Hospital today for the 11th Annual LGH Foundation’s North Shore Health Care Awards for Outstanding Achievement.