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Hospital seeks stories

Royal Columbian Hospital marking 150th anniversary

It's been 150 years since Royal Columbian Hospital first opened its doors, and the community is being called on to help mark the special anniversary.

As B.C.'s first hospital, the facility opened in 1862 with just 30 beds - all of them just for men.

The hospital is now the busiest air ambulance hospital in the province and serves one in three British Columbians of all ages.

It's a provincially designated trauma, heart and neurosciences centre for the region and a regional referral centre for orthopedics, high-risk maternity and advanced kidney care.

RCH is also a UBC teaching hospital.

Staff and supporters of the busy facility will be celebrating the 150th anniversary throughout the coming year.

As part of that, the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation has put out a call to the community.

A press release from the foundation says: "If you were born here, had lifesaving surgery, provided care or want to thank or mention one of our RCH staff who supported you during an illness or medical crisis - we invite you to share your story and send us your photographs. Share the laughter, tears, hopes, joy and even the sorrow. Your story is part of our legacy."

Submissions will be part of a 150th website, to be launched on March 8.

Entries, including written stories, videos or photos, can be sent to [email protected].

All submissions will be reviewed and edited by Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation in partnership with Fraser Health's communication and public affairs team.

Alternatively, videos can be uploaded to YouTube and the link sent in by email.

For videos, organizers suggest making them one to two minutes long; speaking loudly, clearly and slowly into the microphone; using proper lighting; getting close to the camera and filling the frame with images of you and your family; and, finally, planning and practising what you will say before recording.