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Our Mission:
To provide excellence and leadership in patient care, research and teaching


Our Vision:
Through the activities of our members, all patients at Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences Centre (VHHSC) will receive pharmaceutical care exceeding the standards established by the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the B.C. College of Pharmacists.

The academic role of the CSU will continue to expand to facilitate the training of future members.

Research activities will continue to increase and these efforts will complement the provision of patient care services.

In general, our members will establish themselves as an authority on the majority of pharmacotherapeutic decisions that occur at VHHSC.



More About Us:
CSU - Pharmaceutical Sciences at VHHSC is the largest hospital pharmacy department in the province of British Columbia and provides distributional and clinical services to the following hospital sites: Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. A large staff of dedicated pharmacists and pharmacy technicians provide pharmaceutical care to patients in the institution.

The department employs approximately 160 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees which include pharmacists who perform distributional and clinical duties as well as pharmacists with advanced clinical and supervisory roles. Pharmacists work in specialized areas such as Bone Marrow Transplantation, Solid Organ Transplantation, Clinical Drug Research, Ambulatory care, Neurology, Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, Trauma, and Renal Dialysis.

The main pharmacy at the Vancouver General Hospital is open from 0630 to 2400 hours to provide distributional and clinical services. There are 3 additional satellite dispensaries that provide services to the following areas:


bullet1 Bone marrow transplant unit
bullet1 Solid organ transplant outpatients
bullet1 Critical care

The pharmacy at the UBC Hospital has a unit-dose distribution system and provides clinical services to all its patients while the pharmacy at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre has a traditional distribution system. Our CSU is actively involved in the training of undergraduate and post-graduate pharmacy students through its affiliation with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Doctor of Pharmacy students spend a significant portion of their practical training time at our institution. The Department, as part of the British Columbia Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program, also trains five Hospital Pharmacy Residents each year. Members of the CSU are also involved in research projects which have resulted in both the publication of many original research articles in peer-reviewed medical and pharmacy journals as well as presentations at local, national, and international conferences.

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