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Royal Columbian Hospital is a fully modern 450 bed acute care hospital serving the communities of New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Port Coquitlam. It is the tertiary referral centre for the Lower Mainland east of the Vancouver city border. Because of its close proximity to the freeway and industrial area, this hospital has one of the busiest emergency departments in the Lower Mainland and sees approximately 60,000 emergency patients per year.



Eagle Ridge Hospital is a 90-bed hospital located in Port Moody B.C. It is part of the Fraser Health Authority and serves the rapidly growing TriCities area. Eagle Ridge Hospital has a busy emergency department with over 40,000 patient visits per year and is staffed with ~36 specialty trained emergency physicians. The same group of doctors work at the Royal Columbian Hospital about 2/3 of the time, and at Eagle Ridge 1/3 of the time.


CEPA Mission Statement & Values

Clinical excellence
To provide exceptional and comprehensive emergency care for all patients

To be accountable to each other and our patients

To encourage an environment that supports all facets of emergency medicine including, but not limited to, research, education, and teaching while promoting unity within the group.

To promote the evolution of emergency medicine as a specialty within all areas of the healthcare system and the community

To foster well-being in our patients, our colleagues and ourselves



CaRMS 2016

A big thank you to all of the wonderful candidates that took the time to interview with us this year for a spot in the Fraser Emergency Medicine Program!

We are very proud of our residency program and this video created by our current residents highlights just a few of the reasons why the Royal Columbian Hospital is an amazing place to work and train.




A letter to the public from the Royal Columbian Hospital Emergency physicians.

 The Problem, Consequences and Solution

The Problem

The Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) Emergency Department (ED) has over 50 patient stretchers. However most of the ED stretchers are filled with admitted patients who deserve to be in hospital beds outside of the ED – this is hospital overcrowding. Because of this there few properly equipped areas available for incoming emergency patients. As a result, Emergency Physicians and Nurses have been forced to examine and provide care in inadequate and unsafe areas such as the waiting room, lobby, hallways. Examinations are delayed and incomplete. Medications are often delayed or not given due to lack of monitoring. There is no privacy for patients in the hallway. All of these problems are not because of a problem in the ED, but because the hospital is overcrowded, something that is not under the control of ED Staff. ....please click on the link to read the entire letter.



Hospital Overcrowding

Emergency department overcrowding, mortality and the 4-hour rule in Western Australia


Introduction of the 4-hour rule in Australia led to a reversal of overcrowding in three tertiary hospital EDs that coincided with a significant fall in the overall mortality rate in tertiary hospital data combined and in two of the three individual hospitals. ED overcrowding (as measured by 8-hour access block) at the tertiary hospitals improved dramatically, falling from above 40% in July 2009 to around 10% by early 2011, and presentations increased by 10%, while the mortality rate fell significantly (by 13%; 95% CI, 7%–18%; P < 0.001) from 1.12% to 0.98% between 2009–10 and 2010–11. Monthly mortality rates decreased significantly in two of the three tertiary hospitals concurrently with decreased access block and an increased proportion of patients admitted in under 4 hours.



Editors Wanted!

We are looking for nurses and other ED Team members who would like to help us to contribute to the web site. We would like this site to be our own best resource for news, accessible from anywhere with Internet access (as opposed to the Intranet!). Contact Cimi and Adam at


RCH Grand Rounds - April 27, 2016

Mar 21, 2016

Online Evaluations

We would appreciate it if you would take time to follow each of the links below and complete an evaluation for each of the speakers.  Attendance will also be taken through the online evaluation form.

Welcome - New Fraser Residents

Mar 3, 2016

March 3rd...CaRMS Matching Day!!

We are very happy & excited to announce that Shayla Behrens and Adrianna Rowe both matched to our residency program!

We look forward to having you join our Fraser family.


ACLS Guidelines

Jan 28, 2016

In November 2015, the American Heart Association put out the new AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC.

Here are some quick links you can follow to see the new recommendations:


Excellence in Teaching Award - 2014

Jul 3, 2015

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Joe Haegert for his outstanding excellence in teaching!

Recipient of the:
Dr. Patricia Clugston Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

Three awards are give out each year by the Resident Doctors of BC to outstanding individuals in the field of medicine.  Congratulations also goes to:

7th Annual UBC DEM Research Day - April 8, 2015

Apr 9, 2015

The 7th Annual Emergency Medicine Research Day took place today at the CFRI Chan Centre Auditorium at the BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver.  There were seven different tracks of research that kept the auditorium nearly full all day.  Even the breaks were extended this year which allowed for more time to catch the speakers to learn more about their research.

Dr. Neil Barclay presented early in the morning with his project on the Effect of a DTU on ED Length of Stay and Admissions at Two Hospitals.  We are also very proud of our resident, Dr. Anthony Bryson, who was at the podium speaking on Wireless Transmission of ECGs from ED Triage - A Cohort Study.  Both studies generated some great discussions from the audience.



Donation to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation

Dec 20, 2014






On November 26, 2014, our RCH/ERH physicians presented a cheque for $5,500 to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation which Charlene and Karen graciously accepted.


BC Emergency Departments Crisis!

Jun 12, 2013

Many emergency departments are understaffed because the government is not hiring enough emergency room physicians. Many are chronically severely overcrowded with patients that belong on hospital wards!

Please look at the BC ER Doctors website for ways you can help keep our patients safe!