Tried to take some pics on my way home from work during Friday rush hour and I was not very successful.  Plus, the beautiful day turned gray.  But here are some pics anyway of my hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, where I have been working since 1998.  I am just about to embark on a new career but more about that in the New Year. 😉

Heading into the free parking cage we have at work

Parking Cage

Reflective Tape

Pretty dark where we park but it is locked

Christmas light display we have at St. Paul’s Hospital every year for our annual fund raiser.

0615 hr

newly renovated ER

St Paul’s Hospital timeline (source, if not otherwise stated, is VancouverHistory.ca)

  • 1892 – The Sisters of Providence arrived from Portland upon recommendation by Bishop Paul Durieu as Vancouver’s population was growing and in need of health care. They bought seven lots on the outskirts of Vancouver for $9,000 and a 25-bed hospital was completed in 1894.

    November 22, 1894 – Bishop Paul Durieu blessed it the building (side note: the hospital is not named after St. Paul, but actually for Bishop Paul Durieu himself.

  • 1904 – 50 more beds added.
  • September 1, 1907 – Official opening of a School of Nursing at St. Paul’s Hospital.
  • 1912 – Construction began to expand St. Paul’s into a 120-bed hospital.
  • 1921 – The staff at St. Paul’s Hospital devised a machine that controlled ether administration in the operating room.
  • September 1, 1922 – Margaret Yvonne Middleton (Yvonne De Carlo) was born at St. Paul’s.
  • 1959 – Dr Harold Rice at St Paul’s Hospital built Canada’s first heart-lung machine.
  • 1960 – St. Paul’s Hospital opened BC’s first biomedical engineering department.
  • 1966 – St Paul’s Hospital opened its intensive-care unit.
  • 1983 – AIDS Vancouver was founded, the same year that St. Paul’s admitted its first AIDS patient.
  • 1983 – Tower completed.
  • 1991 – Additional 10-story tower completed.
Historic Burrard Building

Looking down Burrard St one of the main drags in Vancouver towards the North Shore Mountains.  The local mountains hosted some of the snowboard and other winter sport events during the 2010 Winter Olympics.  The mountains are only about 30 mins or less away from the downtown.  Cheryl & I live about an hour or a little more East of Vancouver.

Heading Home

This is why I could barely take pics…stop and go as usual.

We are getting a brand new highway, major bridge and over passes as part of the lower mainland infrastructure improvements.  Population growth!

New Port Mann Bridge over the Fraser River

Was trying to get a shot of my Alpinestars Scout Boot…these a great boots by the way!

Mount Baker in Washington State is straight ahead

Temperature controller on

My bike turned 47500 KM today…got the bike March 2010.

Temperature seems to always drop 2 degrees by my house

That’s it.  A bit lame but I guess not a good idea no matter the weather to take pictures in rush hour.  Soon I will get some better ones of Vancouver. I am also doing this as a way to sort of document my departure from St. Paul’s.  Sad to leave such a great place but my new job will be a welcome challenge and whole new experience for me.  Stay tuned!

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7 thoughts on “HARDER THAN I THOUGHT!”

  1. I spent some time at St. Paul’s last month having a couple of cardiac stints installed by Dr. John Webb and his team. Excellent care, fabulous professional staff.


    1. you had stints put in…well Dr. Webb is one of the best….we have a great hospital and I hope Royal Columbian in New Westminster turns out to be just as good. That is where my new job will be stationed out of….working for BC Transplant in the New Year. Bug career change!

  2. Congratulations on your move. Less downtown traffic and closer to home, Would have liked to have visited when I was down but was kind of busy at the time. ; )

    ps Snow on the ground, bike in the basement shop until April/May.

  3. So you like the A* Scout boots, hmmm? Warm and dry, with good protection and comfort? Been looking at them and the Gaerne G-Adventure boots. Experiencing decision-making deficit.

    Good luck in your new career!

    1. The Scouts have a more solid and thicker sole…feel more like a true DS boot. Warm and dry, cool too when need…they breathe…for the price the Alpinestars rock..we both feel protected but have not tested them except when I almost dumped my bike and had to hold it up…my ankle and shin were protected and I did not turn my ankle and could have in shorter less substantial boots.

      Thanks…new career is coming up soon!

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