The Dr. Masaru Yukawa Award for Innovation in Workplace Wellness

Do you have an idea or a proposal that will improve workplace wellness for doctors and their colleagues? Open to all BC doctors, the Dr Masaru Yukawa Award for Innovation in Workplace Wellness hopes to motivate the study and remediation of physical, psychological, organizational, and other factors that might cause or perpetuate mental illness in those who work in the ORs, and by extension hospital wards, and other similar workplaces. You and your colleagues are encouraged to submit as many ideas and concepts as possible – the submission process is streamlined, open-ended, and simple.

An amount of $5,000 will be awarded annually to support the best proposed project or initiative. Dr Masaru Yukawa tragically took his own life three years ago, partly due to his struggles with mental health and pressures experienced within the workplace. The award was created in hopes of developing initiatives that improve workplace culture. The award is in partnership with the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine at the University Hospital in Edmonton where Dr Yukawa worked for many years. Criteria and award information can be found on the University of Alberta Hospital website. For further information, please contact Mr Tak Yukawa at tak@freeagencycreative.com.

Grand Rounds Speaking opportunity (on hold until further notice)

If you would like to provide a presentation at LGH Grand Rounds, please contact Dr. Dana Haaf at drhaaf1@gmail.com.

LGH Physicians are eligible to be compensated through Facility Engagement Funding (FEMS) for their prep and presentation time. Contact lghengagement@outlook.com for more information.

Wellness Wednesday Sessions (on hold until further notice)

LGH has planned wellness sessions for staff and physicians.  The sessions will be held in the LGH Gym on the dates below.   Each session is 30 to 45 minutes starting at 12:30 and 3:15.   Physicians are welcome to attend one of the sessions on each date.

Victoria, Kelowna and level 4 CON sites, is set to roll out CST in December 2020/January 2021.

Physician Appreciation Lunches (on hold until further notice)

Watch for posters in the physician’s lounge advising dates and caterers. We will continue to bring in baked goods and fruit on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (unless it’s a lunch day).

The Every Day Counts Program, in the Palliative Outpatient Care Centre

The Every Day Counts Program provides free psycho-social care, complementary to medical care, to individuals living with a life-threatening illness and their families on the North Shore and Bowen Island. It is located in The Palliative Hub which is part of the new Palliative Outpatient Centre.  It is connected to the Hospice.   For more information, including an activity schedule, please contact the coordinator, Jane Jordan, at 604-363-0961 or e-mail Everydaycounts@vch.ca. Check out their new website: https://everydaycounts.ca/

Upcoming events: Family Group 2021 on line – monthly starting Tuesday, Feb 23 from 4:30 – 5:15; Grief Walking Group, weekly starting Wednesday, March 10 for 8 weeks; Grief Group, weekly starting Thursday, May 13 for 4 weeks. Register for events on their website or call 604-363-0961

During Covid they are continuing to offer Every Day Counts Program Sessions on the North Shore Hospice Facebook page.  Join in live, or enjoy whenever you wish. Make sure to Like their page and receive more updates. https://www.facebook.com/NSHospice.NorthVancouver

Coffee, Tea and Water

Coffee and Tea is available in the physicians lounge at all times.  Cups are available but you can help the environment by using your own mug.  There is a water dispenser with hot and cold water selection.   Feel free to fill up your water bottles. Baked goods will be provided on Monday/Wednesday/Friday (limited quantity).