What Matters To You?

Tomorrow is “What Matters to You?” Day in the VGH ED.

“What Matters to You?” Day started in Norway in 2014, with the simple goal of encouraging meaningful conversations between patients, caregivers, and families, and their health care providers.

On June 19, 2017, health care providers in the VGH ED are being challenged to add one simple question to every patient interaction, in order to improve care. That question is, “What matters to you?” Anyone who works with patients in health, social, or community care is invited to participate.


Find out more about this initiative here. 

VGH EPs win inaugural Health Professional-Investigator Awards

Congratulations to DEM faculty members Dr. Jeff Brubacher and Dr. Kendall Ho for each being granted one of the 11 inaugural 2017 Health Professional-Investigator Awards from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). This success is a major achievement, both for Drs. Brubacher and Ho, and for the DEM as a whole. The MSFHR Professional-Investigator Award provides funding to support exceptional health professionals focused on answering questions derived from their practical experience and clinical expertise.

Dr. Brubacher was recognized for his study titled: “Health related quality of life following road trauma: An emergency department inception cohort study”.

Dr. Kendall Ho was recognized for his study titled: “TEC4Home: Telehealth for emergency-community continuity of care connectivity via home monitoring”.

The recipients of this award represent health professions ranging from emergency physicians to midwives and psychologists across BC. More information on this award, and well as a full list of the 11 recipients, is available on the MSFHR website.

VGH Fitness Centre Open House

Did you know VGH has its own fitness centre? It’s located in the Heather Annex and open 5am to 11pm every day. It costs $150 for a 6 month membership ($25/mo).

Feel free to check it out at the VGH Fitness and Wellness Centre Open House on Wednesday, May 24th from 11:00-2:00 PM.   

A few key highlights of the Open House this year:

  • Free demo group fitness classes, including NIA, which is a delicious movement practice, combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness.  
  • Enjoy some complimentary refreshments
  • A chance to win door prizes including $75.00 gift card from Rackets and Runners, 3 month, 2 weeks or 1 week membership at the VGH Fitness Wellness Center
  • Most of all this is a great opportunity for you and your friend to check out the VGH Fitness and Wellness Center and the services we offer!

New ED Sepsis Guidelines Released

The BC Sepsis Network has updated its Emergency Department Sepsis Guidelines to align with the new Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines.

Highlights include:

  • Removal of CTAS guidelines
  • Integration of qSOFA

Visit the BC Sepsis Network website to access the new ED guidelines, new ED algorithm and a helpful table comparing the 2012 and 2017 BCSN ED Guidelines.