Thinking of past awards ceremonies #TBT: Who will we celebrate in 2018?

On Throwback Thursday, we’re reminiscing about past People First Awards ceremonies. Who are we going to celebrate in 2018?

Meet the new face of lab analysis at VCH

Dr. Sophia Wong has recently been appointed as medical lead, pre- and post-analysis at VCH laboratories.

Online tools: What they are and how to use them

Choose from 2 Lunch & Learns in April: Social Media or Online Engagement . . . or sign up for both!

Premier honours VCH staff during hip and knee announcement

Premier John Horgan made a major announcement at VGH this week.

Meet Dr. Titus Wong, VCH’s new regional medical director

“He’s got an extensive knowledge of bugs and drugs.”

New app from Aboriginal Health

The Aboriginal Cultural Practices App for health care professionals is now available to download from Google Play or iTunes.

Dear EFAP: troubled by taxes

“I got my T4 in the mail recently and it literally scared me. I have no idea what to do or what it all means.”

SHOP policy portal goes live March 29

A new way to find policies and clinical documents is just ahead.

The My VCH intranet: 10 reasons to get excited

In April, we’ll be launching phase one. Get a sneak peek at the features that will help you connect, collaborate and give high-fives.

Recognition survey update and winners announced!

Thank you to 1,700 staff and physicians who shared their voice! Here’s a sneak preview of next steps and new opportunities to provide input.

Angus takes a road trip

Angus, a three-year-old English springer spaniel, and his trainer, Teresa Zurberg, visited Kelowna General Hospital on March 12.

Early conversations with patients leads to better care

The iPACE annual report highlights progress on having better and earlier conversations about advance care plans with patients and families.

Sort it right: mixed paper recycling

Mixed paper recycling is easier than you think, even in hospitals and residential care facilities.

Reminder: submit your third party invoicing requests by March 26

Find out how to create an invoice request, and who to contact if you have questions.

Reminder: March 22 is Accounts Payable deadline

Properly coded and approved invoices and cheque requisitions must be received in BCCSS Accounts Payable no later than March 22, 2018.

Dear EFAP: desiring forbidden fruit

I’m falling for my best friend’s hubby who I work with. I know he’s forbidden fruit, but I can’t help myself. What should I do?

Seeing the hospital through new eyes

Every person has a story; VCH CEAN members are using theirs to enhance the hospital experience for VGH surgery patients and families.

Meet Aboriginal Health team at VGH

Monday, March 26 – Friday, April 6, 10 am – 2 pm, stop by the Aboriginal Health team information table in the main concourse of VGH.

Banfield Pavilion makes good use of Virtual Reality goggles

Technology that transports house-bound residents to a place that brings them joy. That’s a beautiful thing.

Dr. Sedlak nominated a woman of distinction

Dr. Tara Sedlak, cardiologist, has been nominated for a YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award.

Patient, public input shaping VGH OR renewal

Representing patients and families, VCH CEAN members are helping to design the future of surgery at VGH.

Life underground: spotlight on Patient Transport

VGH porters make more than 430 trips — many with patients — through the VGH underground tunnel every week.

Fresh take on meals benefits UBCH patients

Through a fruitful partnership with Sodexo, UBC Hospital has dramatically improved patient satisfaction with hospital meals while reducing food waste.

VCH is focusing on our Dementia Family Caregivers

With a vision to improve the wellbeing and increase the resilience of dementia caregivers, the VCH Older Adult Mental Health & Substance Use (OAMHSU) Program has piloted the CARERS program, in collaboration with Providence Health Care.

“Michelle was an angel for us”

A patient and his partner share their profound gratitude for a VGH nurse in the Burns, Trauma and High Acuity Unit who comforted them during a trying time.

When it comes to making a difference for patients, Les is more

An intense passion for patient care behind a calm, unassuming manner.

“I never thought I’d play music again”

Former GF Strong patient Kristina Shelden makes the news and headlines concert celebrating International Women’s Day and artists with disabilities.

Out of sight, not out of mind

Work is currently underway to refresh and renew the corridors running underneath VGH.

Dedication spanning four decades

VCH-Vancouver recently held recognition events celebrating staff for their years of service.

The future is here

More than 400 staff and physicians gathered for Innovations in Health Care, Vancouver’s All-Staff Forum on how we’re using technology to transform patient care.

[VIDEO] Innovation Fair a crowdpleaser

It was standing room only at Vancouver’s Innovation Fair on February 28.

Life underground: Spotlight on Respiratory Therapy REAs

Meet the respiratory equipment assistants at VGH who ensure patients and respiratory therapists breathe easy.

“I wouldn’t be here today without you!”

The kind, compassionate and skillful care provided at Richmond Hospital does not go unnoticed.

Keeping seniors well in Richmond

The feedback gleaned from Keeping Seniors Well will be used to inform Richmond’s Seniors Strategy.

Richmond’s Birth Centre celebrates its evidence-based success

Richmond Hospital’s Birth Centre celebrated its track record of providing high quality maternal and neonatal care in a morning-long celebration, Tuesday.

Thank yous aplenty for your compassionate, high quality care

An elated daughter and recovering patient share their words of thanks for the care they received at Richmond Hospital.

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.

This team has safety and efficiency in the bag

This team’s Safety Bag project improved infection control and patient safety, saved time and costs, and increased staff satisfaction.

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.

ICYMI: North Shore Long Service Awards in photos and quotes

Coastal COO Karin Olson celebrates North Shore staff celebrating major milestones at the VCH Coastal Recognition Event.

Furry robo pets providing joy and comfort to patients at Lions Gate Hospital

Companion pets making a difference to patients’ quality of life at LGH.

LGH Foundation’s Community Cares Gala raises more than $200,000

Gala hosted and organized by LGH Foundation’s Asian Advisory Committee.

‘Magical’ inaugural hospital gala in Bella Bella raises more than $40,000

R.W. Large Memorial Hospital’s Night of 1000 Lights Gala surpasses $25,000 target

Volunteer celebrates 55 years of giving back to Lions Gate Hospital

Juanita Valentine will be celebrated along with many others at the North Shore Long Service Awards today at 4:30pm in HOpe Centre.

How to WOW: Introducing workstations on wheels

Video demonstrates how to use a workstation on wheels (WOW).

North Shore Quick Response Team (QRT) puts ‘Home is Best’ philosophy into action

Teamwork between LGH’s ED iCare team and QRT ensures patients get the right care, in the right place by the right provider.

You’re invited! To the LGH pharmacy department Open House

March is Pharmacy Awareness Month, and the pharmacy team at Lions Gate Hospital wants you to get to know them better.

Save the date: Staff forums at LGH (March 9) and SGH (March 12)

Get details on what’s ahead with CST as Group 1 prepares to go-live.

Population Health: Public Health Dietitian works to promote healthy eating and improve student learning

For Helen Yeung, food is more than nutrients and health is more than what you eat.

‘Thank you for making me feel safe, cared for and supported’ at Lions Gate Hospital

“In the maternity ward I once again had excellent nurses.”

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.