About RCH150

Welcome to the RCH150 blog. Since March 2012, our aim has been to give you an insider’s view of how Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) has grown and changed over the last 150 years. During the year we posted stories and images that you’re not likely to find in a history book.

 Many of those stories came from newspapers of the day, some from people’s scrapbooks and diaries, and a few from more traditional sources like archives. There have been stories about what it was like to be in the hospital – as a patient, doctor, nurse, or visitor – in the 1800s and how hard the community struggled to get a hospital to serve their needs. There were dramatic stories like a doctor operating on a patient being badly injured when the ether he was using exploded; heart-warming stories like a group of young people taking on the remodelling and refurnishing of the Babies’ Ward in the 1930’s; and mind-boggling stories like how many thousand trauma patients are treated, and how people who would have died if they had been that badly injured almost anywhere else in the world are saved, almost as a matter of course at RCH.

 While we will no longer be posting regularly to the blog, if you have stories or pictures about RCH that you are willing to share, we’d be thrilled to hear and see them. You can email us at RCH150@Senseofhistory.com and if they add to the hospital’s history, we’ll post them.

 We have enjoyed finding and telling the stories of RCH and reading your comments and questions. We thank the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation for the opportunity to tell the fascinating history of RCH. Check back here regularly to see if there are new posts. In the meantime, we’ll soon be publishing a new blog at Senseofhistory.wordpress.com. That blog will have similar stories, but will not be focussed on RCH alone, but on the New Westminster area more generally.

Remember, to donate to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and the next 150 years of medical excellence and compassionate patient care, visit http://www.rchcares.com or call 604 520 4438.

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