Meet May 9 ASF Panel Member Kelly-Anne Karse

Kelly-Anne Karse, Head Nurse, Operations OR, VGH holding 3-D printed pieces used during an OR dollhouse design session.

3-D printed pieces – that’s cool! And just one example of how different things are now compared to how they were twenty years ago. VGH is undergoing an Operating Room facelift, and what better way to do that than a mock-up…dollhouse size using 3-D printed pieces.

The VGH OR Renewal Project is about much more than operating rooms. The project also encompasses pre- and post-op care areas, critical failing infrastructure, equipment and technology, administrative spaces, the staff lounge — even a new elevator.
While surgeons know what they need in an OR, the nurses are tasked with setting up the equipment and, unlike physicians, they manoeuvre through the room during surgery. “The nursing perspective is unique and essential for a safe and efficient OR layout,” says Kelly-Anne.
Scheduled to open in early 2021, the new OR suite at VGH will include 16 state-of-the-art univer​sal operating rooms (ORs), a 40-bed consolidated pre- and post-operative unit, upgraded infrastructure and much more. A new elevator between JPP 2 and 3 will be added to optimize patient flow. For more information, go to Playing house all in a day’s work for OR team.

​Register today to hear more from Kelly-Anne and other panelists

Panel Participants:
  • ​Raymond Li, Mental Health Nurse, Vancouver Community
  • George Scotton, Director, Safety & Prevention, VCH
  • Kelly-Anne Karse, Head Nurse, OR, VGH
  • Gillian Coates, Physiotherapist, Spinal Cord Program, G.F. Strong
  • Dr Noah Alexander, VGH ED physician

When and where

Wednesday, May 9 (2 to 3 p.m.), at the following locations:

Register today

All VCH-Vancouver staff, physicians, LMC colleagues and other partners in care working in Vancouver are welcome. Because seating and webcast connections are limited, reserving your spot early is recommended.
To register for the location (or webcast connection) most convenient to you, please visit the Learning Hub.

​But wait, there’s more!

Special video screening to follow from 3-3:30 p.m. (Registration not required)
You’re invited – Following the All-Staff Forum on May 9th, we will have a special viewing of a short film by a local filmmaker, David Fine. David is dedicating his latest work to the nurses, physicians and staff at VGH as a show of gratitude for saving his wife’s (Alison) life. Please join us at 3p.m. in the theatre for this very special screening. For more details on the story of David and Alison as they travelled from the Emergency Department to the ICU, and then the Transplant unit at VGH, please read the article in VCH News.