Dr. Budlovsky

Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH

Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH is back with a second season, premiering on BC’s public broadcaster, Knowledge Network, April 12, 2016 at 9 p.m. PT.

After a two-year wait, your colleagues in emergency medicine return at the centre of this unique documentary series featuring the clinicians and staff who support, manage, and work in one of Canada’s busiest emergency departments. Season two of the six part series was again conceived and commissioned by Knowledge Network and produced by Lark Productions. Shot over several months, with unrestricted and unparalleled access to all areas of the Vancouver General Hospital emergency department (ED), the series picks up with returning familiar faces as well as introducing new staff and care providers, and patient stories.

“We originally planned Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH as a single stand-alone documentary series, but soon after broadcasting the first episodes, our viewers let us know they wanted to see more,” says Rudy Buttignol, president and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation. “This told us just how deeply British Columbians care about the state of health care in our province. Through its privileged access to behind-the-scenes in the emergency room, we hope this second series will continue to be popular with viewers and help create meaningful conversation about the hot button health-care issues of our time.”

The emergency department at VGH is staffed with a talented team of 245 doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, and administrative staff who work together to provide dedicated care for more than 93,000 patient visits every year. This is where patients are often the sickest and at their most vulnerable. Granting unlimited access to film in the ED is not a typical situation, even for the second time around.

“We at VGH were amazed by the show’s popularity and are very proud of our teams and the care we provide. We believe the show plays an important educational role in creating a better understanding about the type of care and operational processes and challenges that occur in emergency departments, so people can feel more at ease and be more understanding should they visit,” says Dr. Chad Kim Sing, head of VGH Emergency Department and UBC Hospital Urgent Care Centre. “Because of this, VGH made a commitment to do a second series, and we hope both the public and the health care community alike will continue to be engaged, work with us to further improve our health care system, and find meaning in the stories they see.”

The interest and support season one of Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH received helped make the premiere episode the most-watched program of its timeslot, topping major network shows. It was also the biggest documentary series premiere in Knowledge Network’s history, breaking audience records throughout its run.

Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH Season 2 is a project all health-care providers in this province will be proud to watch. Tune in again to watch your colleagues in action, and share your comments and stories at knowledge.ca/er.


Check out some of the short stories featuring residents here.

The One about.. The Lunch Room and the Hamburger

Think of the Danger

Partying Like a Rock Star

She Never Left his Side

Residency Roller Coaster

Avoid Getting Pimped

Tags for this post

author: Michelle Seymour