Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a regional health authority providing direct and contracted health services including primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care, home and community care, mental health services, population and preventive health and addictions services in part of Greater Vancouver and the Coast Garibaldi area.

Vancouver Coastal Health
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VCH service area map
MottoPromoting wellness. Ensuring care.
Formation2001
TypeBritish Columbia Health Authority
interim president & CEO
Vivian Eliopoulos[1]
Key people
Laura Case, Charlene Chiang, Dr. Dean Chittock, Dr. Marshall Dahl, Dr. Patricia Daly, Vivian Eliopoulos, Barb Lawrie, Yasmin Jetha, Karin Olson, Darcia Pope, Ron Quirk
Budget
$3.2 billion (CDN) (approx)
Staff
20,000 (approx), 5,000 volunteers (approx), 2100 physicians
Websitewww.vch.ca

VCH is one of five publicly funded regional healthcare authorities[2] within the Canadian province of British Columbia. The government of British Columbia, through the British Columbia Ministry of Health, sets province-wide goals, standards and performance agreements for health service delivery by the seven health authorities.

Service areaEdit

VCH serves the 1.25 million (approximately one in four) of British Columbia's population of five million who live in a geographic area of 58,560 square kilometres (22,610 sq mi), including 12 municipalities, four regional districts and 14 Aboriginal communities. Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) is geographically divided into three health service delivery areas (HSDA), which in turn are divided into 14 local health areas (LHA):[3]

  • Richmond
    • 311 Richmond
  • Vancouver
    • 321 Vancouver-City Centre
    • 322 Vancouver-Centre North
    • 323 Vancouver-Northeast
    • 324 Vancouver-Westside
    • 325 Vancouver-Midtown
    • 326 Vancouver-South
  • North Shore – Coast Garibaldi
    • 331 North Vancouver
    • 332 West Vancouver-Bowen Island
    • 333 Sunshine Coast
    • 334 Powell River
    • 335 Howe Sound
    • 336 Bella Coola Valley
    • 337 Central Coast

The following regional districts are partially or entirely covered by VCHA.

Health services providedEdit

Public health Primary care Acute care Home & community services Mental health & addictions
  • Environmental health protection:
    • Food & water safety
  • Disease surveillance & control:
    • Immunization
    • HIV/AIDS Programs
  • Children & youth services
  • Primary care clinics
  • Aboriginal services:
    • Health & wellness
    • Addiction & Treatment
    • Community health
  • Hospital inpatient care
  • Surgery specialties & subspecialities
  • Complex medical surgery (tertiary & quaternary)
  • Acute and specialized rehab
  • Urgent care
  • Same-day care
  • Ambulatory care
  • Community services
    • Assisted living
    • Home care
    • Occupational therapy & physiotherapy
    • Adult day care
  • Residential services
    • Complex care
    • Hospice care
    • Transitional care
  • Community Development
  • Housing
  • Emergency & urgent services
  • Residential & community services
  • Addictions
    • Needle exchange
    • Supervised Injection Site
    • Free safer supplies[4]


AboutEdit

  • VCH provides 46% of all inpatient specialized care (tertiary/quaternary) for the over 5 million people in British Columbia and operates:
    • 1,384 acute beds
    • 95 rehab beds
    • 6,577 residential beds
    • 830 assisted living beds/units
    • 787 mental health supported housing units
    • 589 mental health beds
    • 1,366 addictions beds
  • On average, VCH annually provides:
    • 2.8 million patient days of care
    • 356,000+ annual Emergency Department visits (one person every two minutes)
    • 845,000+ annual clinic visits
    • 89,000+ annual same day surgical visits
    • 82,000+ inpatient discharges
    • 2.3 million+ residential care days
    • 3.5 million+ home support hours
    • 182,000+ home nursing visits[citation needed]
  • In October 2008, VCH was named by Mediacorp Canada Inc. as one of BC's Top Employers, according to coverage by The Vancouver Sun, The Province and the Victoria Times-Colonist.[5]

See alsoEdit

Other regional health authorities in British ColumbiaEdit

Province-wide health authorities in British ColumbiaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.vch.ca/about-us/leadership/senior-executive-team
  2. ^ "Regional Health Authorities". gov.bc.ca. Government of British Columbia. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  3. ^ https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/data/geographic-data-services/land-use/administrative-boundaries/health-boundaries
  4. ^ "Vancouver Coastal Health to hand out $50,000 worth of crack pipes.", Vancouver Sun
  5. ^ "Reasons for Selection, 2009 BC's Top Employers competition".