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

Restoring Shakila

Shakila Zareen was just 17 years old the day she was shot in the face by her husband, a man she was forced to marry. Yet nothing could stop Shakila from rising again.

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Day in the Life:

Providing excellence in health care takes a village. Lily Bucahan shares the vital importance of housekeeping for patient and staff safety and comfort.

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Defying Death

CTV’s Mike McCardell nearly lost his life after his heart stopped. He was saved thanks to specialist care and equipment at UBC Hospital and VGH.

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Health check: Creating a Sustainable World

How can you create a sustainable world? And how are hospitals changing to help, too? Planetary Health Director Dr. Andrea MacNeill tells us how!

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Reimagining Spinal Cord Care and Recovery

Dr. Brian Kwon and his team believe they have the answer to vastly improving spinal cord injury recovery.

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