Burnaby, B.C. – British Columbia’s Knowledge Network has commissioned a six-part series and interactive web site to share the stories of women and men who support, manage and work in the emergency department at Vancouver General Hospital. The series will engage audiences through real life stories in emergency health care and the role it plays in our day to day lives.
“The sustainability of our health care system is one of the most pressing issues of our time,” said Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation. “We aspire to engage British Columbians through the documentary series and interactive website that follows the lives of those who work on the front lines of emergency health care delivery. This is an important collaboration between British Columbia’s public broadcaster, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Lark Productions.”
Vancouver General Hospital is the second-largest hospital in Canada and the busiest emergency department in Vancouver. Last year 82,000 patients came through the emergency room doors and that number is expected to jump in 2013. It is also the only Level 1 Trauma Centre in the province, which means that it sees more extreme injuries than any other hospital in the region.
“People are at their most vulnerable when they’re in an emergency department,” said Mary Ackenhusen, Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver General Hospital. “We’re hoping this series will help inform people about the type of care and processes that occur in our emergency departments, so that they have a better understanding of the system and can feel more at ease, should they visit.”
Patient care at Vancouver General Hospital’s emergency department will not be affected by this documentary. Anyone identified in the documentary will have consented prior to filming.
Knowledge Network has leveraged federal funding from the Canada Media Fund to help finance the project, and has commissioned B.C. based Lark Productions to produce the television series and interactive website. The solid reputation and talent of Lark Productions has attracted a top creative team to develop and produce content.
“Lark Productions is proud to partner with Knowledge Network and Vancouver Coastal Health on this extraordinary project,” said Louise Clark, President and Executive Producer at Lark Productions. “We are excited by the unique opportunity to provide viewers with an authentic look inside the unpredictable world of emergency medicine and look forward to inspiring conversation on the challenges of health care through the compelling stories of the emergency staff at VGH.”
The world premiere is planned for broadcast on Knowledge Network and Knowledge.ca in January 2014.
About Knowledge Network
British Columbia’s Knowledge Network is a viewer supported public broadcaster reaching 1.4 million viewers each week throughout the province. Through television and the Internet, Knowledge Network informs, educates and broadens awareness by exploring the world from provincial and global perspectives.
VCH is responsible for the delivery of $3 billion in community, hospital and residential care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.
About Lark Productions Based in Vancouver, Lark Productions is a Canadian company in business to give exceptional homegrown talent a voice by developing and producing quality programming that has the potential to partner and travel internationally.
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