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Vivian Eliopoulos

"The experience of the people we care for is impacted by every interaction they have with us. Everyone plays a part in contributing to an improved experience and the positive ripple effect benefits us all."

Vivian Eliopoulos, President and CEO, Vancouver Coastal Health


Vivian has a long history of providing care and leadership at VCH. In 2021, she was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), leading the largest academic and tertiary health authority in the province. With an annual budget of $4.1 billion, VCH serves a population of 1.25 million people in Vancouver, Richmond, the North Shore and Coast Garibaldi, Sea-to-Sky, Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.  Vivian was also the executive lead for the VCH COVID-19 emergency operations response during the first several months of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Vivian was previously the Vice President of Vancouver-Richmond Acute Services, where she provided leadership to a diverse portfolio of secondary, tertiary and quaternary acute care and ambulatory services in VCH Vancouver and Richmond. This included Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre and Richmond Hospital. In addition, Vivian served as the Executive Sponsor of Lower Mainland Medical Imaging, providing senior oversight and administration for improved patient access. 

Recognized for her patient-centred focus and collaborative leadership, Vivian has nurtured staff and physician innovation for the delivery of more responsive, exceptional care. Her record of achievements includes significant improvements in emergency department wait times, and the successful implementation of an award-winning integrated care model. 

A registered nurse, Vivian has worked almost exclusively with Vancouver Coastal Health for more than 35 years. Earlier leadership roles spanned clinical and corporate portfolios, including critical care, emergency and trauma services, as well as clinical information systems. 

Vivian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership. In 2012, she was honoured with the Excellence in Nursing Administration Award by the then Canadian Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), and she is the recipient of the Royal Roads University Founders' Award, presented in recognition of exemplary work in the areas of leadership, sustainability and personal development.

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