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

Message from the CEO

“World-leading health care starts with the people. It’s within the brilliant minds and caring hearts of our health care superstars at VGH and UBC Hospital that the best patient care is found.”

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Day in the Life:
The Nurse Educator

Get to know Nurse Educator Jemima Fitz-Gerald as she shares the complex and multi-layered work she does every day.

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Saved from the brink: Rescue in the ICU

After falling into river rapids in a remote area, Jesse’s heart stopped and the race to save his life began. And VGH was the only place that could help.

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Health check: Before and After a Stroke Strikes

Do you know the signs of a stroke? VGH neurologist Dr. Thalia Field shares some expert tips on how to identify and respond to this health care crisis.

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