Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre

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Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre
Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre (VHHSC) is a medical facility located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The VHHSC is the second largest hospital in Canada, with 1,900 beds and nearly 116,000 patients each year. VHHSC employs 9500 staff and utilizes 1000 volunteers. As of 2005, the hospital's annual budget is $463 million.

History
The Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre was formed in 1993 when Vancouver General Hospital merged with UBC Hospital. In 1995, the GF Strong Rehab Centre and George Pearson Centre merged with the VHHSC. In the spring of 1997, the VHHSC merged with the BC Rehab Society and the clinical component of the Arthritis Society of BC & Yukon.

Facilities
The primary referral, teaching & research hospital in the province and has strong ties with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre is composed of five sites: Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, and George Pearson Centre. VHHSC has neither obstetrics nor pediatrics specialties. These are handled at the nearby BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre and BC Children's Hospital, respectively.

Vancouver General Hospital

UBC Hospital
The UBC Hospital, located on the University Endowment Lands adjacent to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, opened in 1968. Units include; the Acute Care Unit, Surgical Observation Unit and Urgent Care Centre in Koerner Pavilion , the Extended Care Unit and Transitional Care Unit in Purdy Pavilion , and the Psychiatric Unit in Detwiller Pavilion. Specialty areas at UBC Hospital include: acute medicine, general surgery, reconstructive orthopedic surgery, psychiatry and gerontology. UBC Hospital has eight operating rooms (including two for the Centre for Surgical Innovation) and 800 staff including 270 physicians and 450 nurses. Patients make approximately 28,000 clinic visits to the hospital, to clinics such as the Bladder Care Centre, Movement Disorders/Parkinson’s Clinic, Sleep Disorders Program, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, the Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Cognitive Disorders, Breast Reconstruction Program, Mood Disorders Centre and the Operational Stress Injury (OSI) clinic. The Centre for Surgical Innovation at UBC Hospital, a provincial specialty centre featuring two new operating rooms and 38 inpatient beds, opened in April 2006. Approximately 1600 hip and knee replacement surgeries surgeries are performed each year. The UBC Hospital Urgent Care Centre offers specialized treatment for non-life threatening emergencies by emergency trained physicians and nurses. UBC Hospital Urgent Care Centre can treat things such as; allergies, asthma, broken bones, cuts that need stitches, eye problems, fevers, flus, IV therapy, minor burns, nosebleeds, skin infections and sprains. The Urgent Care Centre also offers a range of diagnostic services and testing including X-rays, blood tests, Ultrasound, CT scans and ECGs. The Urgent Care Centre is open daily from 8 am to 10 pm. Appointments are not necessary. The centre handles approximately 17,000 visits every year. Also located at UBC Hospital is the Brain Research Centre , a partnership of the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute . The Brain Research Centre comprises more than 200 investigators with multidisciplinary expertise in neuroscience research ranging from the test tube, to the bedside, to industrial spin-offs. The National Core for Neuroethics, a research-based facility with mandate to tackle the ethical, legal, policy and social implications of frontier neuroscience through high impact research, education and outreach to ensure the close alignment of innovation and human values, is also based at UBC Hospital.

GF Strong Rehab Centre
Located in Vancouver's Fairview neighbourhood, British Columbia's largest rehabilitation centre provides services in four main areas: acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, arthritis and neuromusculoskeletal. It also has specialized programs for adolescents and young adults. The centre opened in 1949 and was named after Dr. George Frederick Strong. It has about 800 employees.

George Pearson Centre
The George Pearson Centre, located in the Marpole neighbourhood in the south of Vancouver, is a home for 197 adults with severe disabilities. The centre opened in 1952 as a long-term care facility for tuberculosis patients and joined the VHHSC in 1995. The Marpole Women's Auxiliary, established in 1938 to support the Marpole Infirmary which later moved to George Pearson Centre in 1965, continues to support the patients of the Centre.