and a good time was had by about a thousand on June 15th.
The managers flipped burgers and made salad and served drinks; vendors peddled their wares; we cut the cake celebrated the hospital's and the Auxiliary's 35th birthdays. The theme was the '80s and some competed for the farthest out 80's look. The music DJ played all the good old 80's music, too.
We presented Mary Le (Housekeeping) and Mandy Kershaw (Liaison) with $200 each from our 50/50 draw.
And we made the big announcement of free public guest WiFi, provided by the Auxiliary, coming soon to Vic General.
And look what Island Health wrote about us!
VGH Celebrates 35 Years at Staff BBQ
Victoria General Hospital kicked off BBQ season with its 4th annual Appreciation BBQ on Friday, June 15. Thanks to sponsor Quality Foods, more than 1000 burgers, salads, drinks and cupcakes were served at this fun event. To celebrate VGH’s 35 year anniversary, the leadership team dressed in their best 80’s wear, while throwback tunes filled the air on a warm day.
More than a dozen people can lay claim to having worked at VGH throughout its entire 35 year history, including Brenda Kirkpatrick who was a student finishing her medical imaging program with practicum experience at the hospital. After a few years on the job, Brenda was promoted to CT (computed tomography) supervisor at VGH, leading a team of 7. Brenda is now Leader of the CT and interventional radiology teams at both Victoria General and Royal Jubilee Hospitals with a staff of more than 80 medical professionals. After a long and rewarding career at VGH Brenda will be retiring within the year.
Blinding us with 35 years of medical science at VGH are Richard Thomas in the laboratory department and special chemistry technologist Gail Lyon.
Providing care to children at our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 35 years are registered nurses Lydia MacDonnell (who is 48 years into her Island Health career – she retired briefly but she’s back) and Stella Morris (who is 50 years into her career at Island Health.) Jan Calnan, an award-winning forensic nurse examiner, has also been with VGH since its inception.
It’s Jim Munro’s 35th year too at VGH but his Island Health career spans 45 years. Jim is the regional manager of South Island laundry services located at VGH. Jim and his team wash 35,000 pounds a day – that’s 13.1 million pounds of laundry per year at the hospital. (You thought your laundry days were tough!)
Along with the long service staff, there are four VGH Auxiliary members who have volunteered for 35 years.
Kay McQueen began with the baby seat program in 1983. Since then, Kay has volunteered in the gift shop, is the shop’s bookkeeper and in the knitting program. Kay served as President of the Auxiliary and has been voted a Lifetime Member for her contributions.
Joyce Calland was the leader of the baby seat program in 1983. Volunteers rented out baby car seats to parents as their children matured from birth to toddler. When the program ended, Joyce volunteered at the gift shop and continues in that role today.
Judy Gordon has been volunteering in the gift shop since it opened in 1983. When Judy isn’t greeting patients and their guests and helping them with snacks, gifts and flowers – she is tending to her passion – rhododendrons.
Anne Elm has been volunteering with the auxiliary knitting program since 1983 and is currently in charge of people who knit baby layettes. All babies who leave VGH are offered newborn caps to make their way home a little cozier – a thoughtful reminder of their arrival into the world.
The VGH Auxiliary also celebrated its 35th year of fundraising and supporting the hospital. To commemorate the anniversary, President Val Smith announced that the Auxiliary will fund Wi-Fi for public and staff at VGH. This much needed amenity will support patient comfort by providing easier access to email and the Internet. Thank you VGH Auxiliary – for this gift to patients, staff and volunteers and for all that you do!
Fun facts about Victoria General Hospital in 2017/18:
· Emergency department visits: 59,786
· Labour and Delivery: 3,031 moms and 3,068 newborns
· Stroke Rapid Assessment Clinic visits: 2,376
· Operating Rooms: 6,875 inpatients and 6,061 day surgeries
· Rehab visits: 5,513 occupational therapy and 4,338 physiotherapy
Site BBQs are arranged and coordinated by site leadership as a way to show appreciation for the ongoing work that staff do every day. There are no health-care dollars allotted to these events and all food items, tents, music and give-aways are donated by generous sponsors.