vital magazine

We are the philanthropic engine for health care innovation and transformation in British Columbia. Our hospitals and health care centres are able to deliver the best possible patient care because of your support. By recruiting world-class medical professionals and equipping them with the tools and technology to do their best work we are improving the health of our communities and saving lives across the province.

This magazine is a celebration of our values, to transform health care, inspire donors, and save lives.

Inside, you will find stories of honesty, hope, and humanity. Stories of our clinician-scientists and the steps they are taking to make the world a better place.

What's inside

Breaking barriers: Reshaping women's health

Women distinctly and continually face inequity when it comes to their health. Today in Canada women are more often misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and misrepresented than their male counterparts.

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Day in the Life: The Spiritual Health Practitioner

Brendan Kelly and his colleagues are prepared to support patients no matter their faith, or absence of one.

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Then & Now: Greg's Story

On August 24, 1960, two-year-old Greg Wallace sat in a waiting room at VGH with his mother, Doreen. At the time, the young boy couldn’t have known what was about to happen.

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Health Check: Identifying Heart Problems in Women

Dr. Tara Sedlak, cardiologist and Director of the Leslie Diamond Women’s Heart Health Clinic at VGH, shares her tips on identifying signs of heart disease in women.

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Young woman saved by experts at VGH

For nearly five years, 27-year-old Logan La Roue dealt with confusing hip and leg pain. This pain went on for years. Then something terrifying happened.

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