Knowledge orders Vancouver ER doc series

Lark Productions will produce the six-part series, featuring real-life stories about the men and women who work in the Vancouver General Hospital's emergency department.
February 8, 2013

British Columbia-based Knowledge Network has commissioned a six-part factual series and interactive web site about the emergency department at Vancouver General Hospital.

Lark Productions, one of the prodcos behind CTV’s recently premiered cop procedural Motive, will produce the as-yet-untitled series and interactive site for the Canadian network.

The series features real-life stories about the people who support, manage and work in the department.

“The sustainability of our healthcare system is one of the most pressing issues of our time,” said Knowledge Network president and CEO Rudy Buttignol in a statement.

“We aspire to engage British Columbians through the documentary series and interactive website that follows the lives of those who work on the front lines of emergency healthcare delivery. This is an important collaboration between British Columbia’s public broadcaster, Vancouver Coastal Health and Lark Productions.”

“We’re hoping this series will help inform people about the type of care and processes that occur in our emergency departments, so that they have a better understanding of the system and can feel more at ease, should they visit,” added General chief operating officer Mary Ackenhusen.

The General is reportedly the second-largest hospital in Canada, and B.C.’s only Level 1 trauma centre. According to a release from Knowledge Network, 82,000 patients visited its ER last year.

Knowledge Network has received funding from the Canada Media Fund to produce the project. The network is planning to premiere the series on Knowledge Network and in January 2014.

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