Support Our COVID-19 Response

We appreciate the passion and commitment of everyone wanting to help healthcare providers and patients. This page contains information on ways you can support our COVID-19 response.

Donate products or services

Personal protective equipment (PPE) or medical supplies

Island Health is currently focused on caring for COVID-19 patients in our region. Providing the best and safest care requires proper, medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) for our healthcare workers including gloves, masks, gowns, and sanitizer. If you have any PPE available to donate to support care in our community, please complete this form

Non-medical products or services

If you have non-medical products or services that you would like to offer to our healthcare teams complete this form

Provincial Procurement

If you are a business who can supply products and services in large scale for the province of BC, please visit the Provincial Support for COVID-19 supply hub

Offer discounts and services to support healthcare workers 

Our Employee Preferred Purchasing (EPP) program connects Island Health staff and medical staff, volunteers and auxiliary members to discounts and special offers provided by businesses serving the Island Health region.

Learn more: EPP information for vendors or EPP information for Island Health staff

Join our team

Visit our Careers web page to find current job opportunities and apply.

Employees

We are actively hiring for many positions including Critical Care, Emergency and General Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Care Aides, Community Health Workers, Food Service Workers, Cooks as well as many others. Please contact us at: TalentAcquisition@viha.ca and tell us a little bit about yourself: work experience, type of work and location you are looking for, as well as professional registration.

Medical Staff

Island Health is seeking medical staff to maximize our capacity to provide care for patients and communities as part of our local COVID-19 response. Please contact: MedStaffEngagement@viha.ca.

Clinical Volunteers

We are in need of clinical volunteers who complement the care provided by professional staff, such as current or retired RNs, physicians, Health Care Aides, Social Workers, or other individuals with experience working in a health care or community environment. Please contact us at: TemporaryVolunteer@viha.ca

Make a donation to your local hospital foundation

If you are able, make a donation to your local hospital foundation. Our healthcare foundations continue to support vital capital projects and medical equipment to improve patient care,  research, staff and medical staff education and training and other special projects. Our community healthcare foundations also support health and wellness programs in local communities. 

Other ways you can support our staff:

  • Make some noise! Join in the 7pm daily cheer from your balcony, porch or window. Communities across the Island are joining the chorus for their local healthcare teams at 7pm every day.
  • Mention @vanislandhealth on social media and we’ll do our best to share your post on our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram feeds.
  • Send your notes and photos of support to covid19support@viha.ca to be shared with our staff and on our social media channels. Sometimes a word of encouragement is all it takes to make someone's day. 

Support a senior in need

You can call 2-1-1 or visit bc211.ca if you are a senior in need, or would like to volunteer with a senior in your community to help pick-up groceries, prescriptions or have a friendly phone call or virtual visit. The helpline takes calls 7 days/week to help keep seniors safe.

Updated April 24, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

News & Events

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Supporting safe health-care at hospitals and clinics during COVID-19

As Island Health increases services levels at all of our health-care facilities, we are asking for the public’s help to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Island Health simulation team supports healthcare providers around the world during COVID crisis

Simulation is a technique used frequently in healthcare training, particularly during high risk situations like COVID-19 that clinicians don’t encounter often. It allows healthcare teams to practice how they can respond to a patient in different situations.

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Bev Groenewold is by nature a friendly person, but the pediatric nurse at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital typically doesn’t greet people at the front doors of the facility.

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