Record Audiences Drive Second Season of Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH

BURNABY, B.C. - British Columbia’s Knowledge Network has commissioned a second season of the popular documentary series Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH. The ambitious and gripping series brought in record breaking audiences for the public broadcaster when it debuted in January 2014.

“Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH was incredibly successful on-air and online – beyond our wildest expectations - and generated a loyal fan base in the process, “said Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation. “Health care remains an important issue for most British Columbians. This documentary series dramatically showcases the vital role that emergency health care plays in our lives. We’re thrilled to be collaborating once again with Vancouver Coastal Health and Lark Productions – both best in class organizations.”
Vancouver General Hospital is the second-largest hospital in Canada and the busiest emergency department in Vancouver. It is also the only accredited Level 1 Trauma Centre in the province, meaning the hospital treats BC’s most seriously ill and critically injured. In 2014/15, VGH had 90,578 emergency department visits and has seen a 10.4 per cent increase in hospital admissions since 2009/10.
“Our hope in season one was to give the public an inside look at the complex and difficult care our staff provide on a daily basis, “ said Vivian Eliopoulos, Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver General. “We received positive feedback from across the province and it was incredibly meaningful to all medical staff who work tirelessly providing care. VGH is really looking forward to working with Lark to once again to share these stories.”
B.C.-based Lark Productions will once again produce the documentary series, bringing back many of the same creative team that worked on the first season. “It’s a privilege to return to VGH,” said Louise Clark, founder and President, Lark Productions, “and we’re excited to be back with our partners at Knowledge Network on such an impactful project. This documentary series resonated with its audience in hugely satisfying ways and is a real testament to the work of the dedicated staff at the hospital, as well as to the participation of the courageous patients, families and friends who find themselves there.”
Through the compelling stories of the emergency staff, season two of Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH will inform and engage audiences on the challenges of health care delivery.
“As health minister, I have seen first-hand the high-quality care that dedicated health care professionals provide to those in need at VGH and this series gives British Columbians a glimpse into this fast-paced world,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.
“This unique partnership between B.C.’s public broadcaster, Vancouver Coastal Health and B.C.’s Lark Productions will create a better understanding of emergency healthcare, and inspire a new generation of first responders and healthcare workers,” said Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.
The world premiere is planned for broadcast on Knowledge Network and in spring 2016.
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.
About VCH
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
Lark Productions is a Canadian TV production company established to give exceptional talent a voice by developing and producing quality programming that has the potential to partner and travel internationally. Lark was established in 2010 in Vancouver, BC. Among its many productions are MOTIVE (CTV, ABC), THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF VANCOUVER (Slice), MOM’S A MEDIUM (CMT), EMERGENCY ROOM: LIFE + DEATH AT VGH (Knowledge Network), and HIGH MOON (SYFY). Lark enjoys an excellent relationship and distribution deal with shareholder NBC Universal International.


Glenna Pollon
Director of Government Relations and Communications
Knowledge Network
Phone: 604.431.3184
Tiffany Akins
Communications & Public Affairs
Vancouver Coastal Health
Phone: 604.708.5281
Cell: 604.319.7530
Greg Thorpe
Production Executive Lark Productions
Phone: 604.646.4100

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Fight the flu! Flu shot clinics now underway

Environmental Health partially re-opens Foody World

Public safety advisory for customers of Foody World

Vancouver Coastal Health expands women’s services in the Downtown Eastside

B.C. study finds young Canadian athletes at minimal risk for sudden cardiac death

Sheway clients to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

A new era in mental health takes shape at the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre

86% of drugs checked at Insite contain fentanyl

Paralympic medalists inspire people with newly acquired disabilities to “Have a Go” at wheelchair sports

Insite expands hours in response to overdose crisis

New at-home detox for substance use clients in Vancouver

Hey moms: got milk?

Naloxone kits now available in emergency departments to help address overdose crisis

Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood to gain up to 74 residential care beds in new and expanded facility

World class skier first to benefit from new brain treatment at Vancouver General Hospital

Whooping cough in Squamish

Canada’s first C. diff dog ready to make a difference at VGH

Lions Gate Hospital unveils state-of-the-art MRI Technology

Mumps outbreak worsens

Concept planning begins for Richmond Hospital patient care tower project

Richmond to gain 210 residential care beds with new facilities

North Shore gains 43 residential care beds in a new facility

Residential care improved in Vancouver

Vancouver Coastal Health signs agreement for a new residential care centre in Sechelt

VCH signs agreements for six new and expanded residential care facilities

Warm weather ahead brings window safety warning from doctors & paramedics

Doctors warn mountain bike riders: don’t let an injury cut your season short

New Community Care Clinic opens in Richmond

Don’t wait – vaccinate!

Mumps in Whistler

Binge drinking puts young women at risk

Participants “Walk-A-Mile” to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness

New centre at VGH streamlines care for mental health and substance use clients

Forensic Sexual Assault Services Planned for UBC Hospital

Regional Trauma Program is nation’s first to receive ‘Distinction’ award by Accreditation Canada

B.C. gives $5 million to expand efforts to curb hepatitis C infection

British Columbia develops cutting-edge system to detect HIV outbreaks

VCH announces new drop-in centre, expanded services for Downtown Eastside clients

VCH seeks to increase Vancouver hospice beds

Spend time on the beach—not in the bathroom—during spring break

Insite receives new, four-year Health Canada exemption

Record-breaking documentary series ER: Life + Death at VGH returns to B.C.’s Knowledge Network with second season

Passengers on March 3rd flight from Beijing at risk of measles

VGH seeking stroke survivors for North America’s first of its kind hyperbaric oxygen study

Syphilis rates in gay men continue to climb in Vancouver

Youth lift the veil of stigma around mental health at ‘Talk at the Top’

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation granted exemption for integrated supervised injection service

Largest ever functional brain imaging study recognized by Discover Magazine

Ten tips for a safe Christmas season

People in Metro Vancouver’s most ‘walkable’ areas are one third less likely to be overweight or obese than those in the least walkable areas

Forensic testing for sexual assault victims soon available in Sea-to-Sky region

New guidelines set to revolutionize treatment of opioid addiction

VCH says don’t get sick, get the shot

North Shore resident gifts record $25 million to Lions Gate Hospital

BC raw oysters back on the menu – restaurant order lifted

Downtown Eastside to receive new programs and services as part of Second Generation Strategy

VCH seeks person in contact with bat

Arm your children against vaccine-preventable diseases

Public service announcement for consumers of BC oysters

New pediatric unit opens at Richmond Hospital

Sea to Sky air quality concerns continue

Peer Navigator Program to change how Vancouver’s health care system is navigated

Alleged serial hospital thief caught thanks to vigilant staff

VCH urges men to give health the finger

Hot weather starting tomorrow calls for caution

My Health My Community survey results released

North Vancouver mother urges parents to help protect her son

Public Safety Advisory for customers of Killarney Market brand ground beef and ground pork

Mental health community gathers to “Walk-A-Mile”

Campaign urges adults to “Think before you let them drink”

Collaboration key to a healthier Sunshine Coast

Collaboration and partnership at the heart of a healthy community

Passengers on April 4 flight from Beijing at risk of measles

Insite receives annual Health Canada exemption

Measles cases reported in VCH region

St. Mary’s to be renamed Sechelt Hospital

New partnership strives for better health for residents of West Vancouver

VCH stamping out bullying in the workplace

VCH moves to further improve care in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VCH partners with Onni Group for Pearson Dogwood lands redevelopment

Powell River to gain 21 residential care beds

G.F. Strong becomes first in BC to use bionic exoskeleton in daily rehabilitation

Zoom accounts for students

Preparing for your stay, labour and birth at LGH

E-substances regulation

Medical care for babies and young children

HIV/AIDS surveillance

Report adult abuse & neglect

Tobacco & vapour products protection

Adjusting as new parents

Guidelines for opioid addiction & treatment

Immunization coverage

Durable Medical Equipment Retailers

Information about opioids

New baby basics

Orientation Information

Notifications of infectious diseases

Sheway programs and services

Benzodiazepines (Benzos)

Recovery after birth

Network and systems access

Overdose surveillance

VCH North Shore community partners & external resources for families

Immunization after care for children

Keeping baby & you healthy

Discipline-specific requirements

Research databases & online journals

What are voice problems?

Immunization records

Eating & nutrition for preschoolers

Administration students

PPE test menu

School-age immunization

Growth & development - Preschoolers

Allied Health students

Preparing for your overnight sleep study

Community health profiles

Parenting resources

Health Unit Coordinator students

COVID-19 information for long-term care & assisted living

Community wellness reports

Eating & nutrition for toddlers

Nurse Practitioner students

Your initial visit to the Sleep Disorders Clinic

Apply for a VCH Health Promotion Grant

Toddler growth & development

Nursing students

Breast reconstruction surgery information

Information for current grant holders

Insite user statistics

Medical undergraduate students

Admission to the Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Residential care resources

Post-surgery information

Parking, transit & cycling information for students

BC Legislation related to adult protection

Active travel to school

Child care

Preparing for metabolic and bariatric surgery

Room bookings for student practice

Equipment Replacement

Body image & eating disorders info for North Shore Schools

Eating & nutrition for infants to 18 months

Richmond metabolic and bariatric surgery team

Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO)

Family support

Sexual health youth clinics for North Shore schools

Growth & development - Infants to 18 months

Vancouver Vaisakhi Festival

Transcript requests and training verification

First Nations ReAct

Supporting healthy eating at school

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) referrals for pregnant people and parents

Bed bugs