Groundbreaking six-part series premieres on British Columbia's Knowledge
Network Jan 21, 2014.
VANCOUVER, Jan. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH, a groundbreaking new six-part documentary series set in Vancouver
General Hospital's emergency room, is set to premiere Tuesday, January
21st at 9 pm PT on British Columbia's Knowledge Network. Episodes will be simulcast on broadcast and the series' interactive
companion website at www.knowledge.ca/er.
With unprecedented access to Vancouver's busiest emergency department
and the only Level 1 trauma centre in BC, Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH is the first Canadian documentary series to take viewers
behind-the-scenes of the emergency room to examine the key role it
plays in our community.
"Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH continues Knowledge Network's commitment to tell the stories that
inspire conversation around important issues facing British
Columbians," says Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge
Network. "This television series is designed to challenge viewers with
some of the most pressing healthcare issues of our time; to foster an
informed debate on our interactive website of what kind of system we
want, need and are willing to pay for."
Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH brings us the stories British Columbians face every day - from end of
life issues to serious illnesses and preventable accidents, as well as
intriguing insight into the women and men who are so intimately
involved in these moments of life and death. The interactive companion
website at www.knowledge.ca/er provokes further engagement with challenging issues examined in the
Knowledge Network teamed up with Vancouver Coastal Health and BC-based
Lark Productions in bringing this thought-provoking series to life.
Shining the spotlight on the best-in-class emergency department staff
at Vancouver General Hospital, Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH shares the stories of the physicians, nurses, social workers, care
aides and paramedics who work around the clock providing world-leading
"VGH emergency is often called BC's emergency department because we
treat the most seriously ill and critically injured from around the
province," says Mary Ackenhusen, Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver
General Hospital. "We hope this documentary series promotes a greater
understanding of the complex and difficult care our physicians, staff,
and allied health professionals provide on a daily basis."
In the emergency department, pressing health and social issues become
even more critical in the face of life or death situations. Whether
it's the pain endured after a bone breaking fall, or the life-saving
surgery after a cardiac arrest, for every heartbreaking moment, there's
a story of perseverance and triumph.
"With Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH, our talented team captured
authentic and intimate life and death moments, giving viewers a
dramatic inside look at what goes on in the ER," says Louise Clark,
founder and president, Lark Productions. "We are indebted to the
courageous patients, families and friends who were willing to share
their stories with the public and to the Knowledge Network for this
unique documentary opportunity."
About Knowledge Network
A viewer-supported public broadcaster, British Columbia's Knowledge
Network offers commercial-free creative documentaries, arts and
culture, drama and children's programs from British Columbia, Canada
and around the world. Knowledge Network plays a vital role in
supporting the independent production community in BC through the
commissioning of broadcast and digital interactive content.
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
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