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A world-class innovator in medical care, research, & teaching.

Vancouver Coastal Health delivers services to more than 1 million BC residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver's North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, Sunshine Coast, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, the Central Coast and surrounding areas.

The remarkable range of specialties places VCH at the forefront of career destinations for Nurses, Sonographers, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Mental Health professionals and many other health care and allied professionals.

Our amazing workforce and remarkable organizational culture ensure that VCH is always promoting better heath for our communities through innovation and exceptional care.



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About Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world-class innovator in medical care, research and teaching. VCH provides a full range of direct and contracted health services including primary, secondary, tertiary care, home and community care, mental health services, population and preventive health and addictions services. VCH is one of six publicly-funded – more... 

  • As the newly appointed Coordinator of the Every Day Counts Program, which is part of the Palliative and Supportive Care Program, Liina McNeil returns to one of her lifelong passions – providing a supportive environment for individuals experiencing challenging moments in life.
“Taking on the Program Coordinator position is a very big honour for me,” says Liina.
“As a Registered Clinical Counsellor I’ve been fighting for the inclusion and importance of psychosocial aspects of health and treatment all of my 15-year career. This position allows me to support VCH’s vision of innovation in putting into practice exactly that – supporting individuals at their most vulnerable from a holistic framework. This is an exciting time for the North Shore Palliative and Supportive Care Program and for VCH because we are the first to combine medical and psychosocial treatment under one umbrella, instead of separate services.”
The program currently provides services to over 150 active clients every month. Those numbers will likely increase thanks to the addition of a coordinator as well as when the new Palliative Outpatient Clinic and the designated space for the Every Day Counts Program  is completed in December 2017.
A joint $2 million fundraising project between the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation and the North Shore Hospice Society, this new palliative hub will be the permanent home for the program while also providing space for the palliative care team to better and more rapidly serve their patients outside of the acute setting.
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  • The much-anticipated news on the VGH OR Renewal Project was announced this week. We’re expanding. In fact, VGH is about to undertake one of the most complex hospital expansions in BC.
“Improvements to our operating rooms will continue to position us as world leaders in clinical teaching and research,” says Dr. Bas Masri, Vancouver's Surgeon-in-Chief. 
Providing patients more timely access to safe, high-quality surgical care, the expansion will benefit our physicians and staff in many ways too. The VGH OR Renewal Project will ensure our world-class talent has the work environment, equipment and technology to optimize care and remain at the forefront of their professions.
“Improvements to our operating rooms will continue to position us as world leaders in clinical teaching and research,” says Dr. Masri.
Shelly Fleck agrees. “This is a wonderful opportunity for all perioperative staff,” says the Operations Director of OR Slating & Booking. “This will be their work environment and when they walk into the finished space for the first time, my hope is that they’ll recognize their contributions in the design and they’ll be proud of the results.”
As part of a broader strategy to improve patient access to timely surgery at VGH and UBC Hospital, the VGH OR expansion will support an increase of more than 2,200 surgeries per year. Our goal is to open the new ORs in early 2021.
The image featured is of the newly transformed "VGH OR 1," now a hybrid operating room with sophisticated imaging and leading-edge surgical technology.
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  • "An exciting moment that happened to me recently was when a colleague and I had been working with a very vulnerable client who was homeless and residing in a respite bed. We had been working with multiple organizations to try and get this client into a facility where he could acquire skills for independent living. This was a huge task, as there were multiple hoops we had to jump through in a short amount of time. Being that it was in the middle of the month, he was going to be homeless very soon. Waitlists for this type of facility can sometimes take months. Needless to say, we worked together with the other community organizations and managed to successfully secure him a shelter bed. Within a week and after a lot of advocacy we were able to place him in a tertiary facility for rehabilitative purposes. Whats exciting and inspiring about this story is that by developing a trusting relationship with the client, working hard and relentlessly advocating, we were able to change the outcome of this client’s life. Achieving this goal felt amazing! Developing trust, fortifying relationships with community agencies, and working with a talented multidisciplinary team can allow you to achieve goals that at first may seem daunting." - Clara, Community Health Nurse in the Downtown Eastside.
  • HIRING! - Work in Bella Bella, or Bella Coola! A real eye-opener awaits for people who’ve never visited B.C.'s remote Central Coast. On your way to your destination, you will encounter pristine temperate rain forests and a beautiful rugged coastline that beckons the modern adventurer. Look forward to world-class fishing, beautiful hiking trails, rich culture, and endless outdoor activities. Visit our website to learn how you can start your adventure:
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