VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is Vancouver Coastal Health’s primary philanthropic partner, raising funds for specialized adult health services and research for all British Columbians. We partner with donors to drive innovation and sustainable health care at VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and Vancouver Community Health Services.

And the simple truth is, if you are seriously ill or injured, our hospitals are your best chance. There are few illnesses or injuries our medical teams cannot treat, no matter how complex or rare.

VGH is one of two accredited Level 1 Trauma Centres in BC and, together with UBC Hospital and GF Strong, are the province’s main referral centres.

Doctors at the forefront of their specialties care for patients, discover new treatments through internationally acclaimed research, and educate the next generation of health care superstars. With donor support, the Foundation works hard to ensure that excellent care is here when you need it.

Learn more about how our funding is used to transform health care in BC.


Inspiring donors. Transforming health care. Saving and improving lives.


Harnessing the power of philanthropy to drive health care innovation for all British Columbians.


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Thanks to donor support, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation has been transforming health care in BC for 40 years with $1 billion in philanthropic funding. Here are some of the vital projects donations have supported.

Historic look back


The first open heart surgery in BC takes place at VGH.

The surgery was performed on an eight-year-old boy to great success.


Surgeons at VGH perform BC’s first ever organ transplant.

Today, more than 50 per cent of all life-saving organ transplants in the province happen here, saving more than 500 lives every year.


VGH becomes BC’s first hospital capable of assessing heart ventricle anatomy and function,

as well as performing cardiac biopsies with the arrival of Dr. Donald Ricci.

View the full timeline here.

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