Providence Health Care



August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), an annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died from overdose, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. 

The role of a peer support worker is an integral one in substance-use treatment and recovery.

Acting as a bridge between patients and clinical teams, peer support workers at Providence Health Care (also called peer navigators) help people feel more at ease, better understand a treatment plan, feel more seen, and decrease stigma. Drawing on their own lived experience, they provide emotional support, advocate on behalf of patients and help to find them the resources they need.

Read more about the initiative on The Daily Scan.

A BC first: Providence Health Care transforms patient care with launch of real-time, predictive technology and a Care Coordination Centre


Providence Health Care will soon launch BC’s first Care Coordination Centre, a hospital version of air traffic control.

It’s powerful, smart technology, and more. Staff will use it to get site-wide insights of beds, capacity, bottlenecks, inpatient status and what needs attention – in real time and 24/7.

This digital transformation of patient care is supported by a $5 million gift from the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation.

Providence has partnered with GE HealthCare, a leading health-care technology company and digital solutions innovator, to implement the Care Coordination Centre for St. Paul’s Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and eventually at the new St. Paul’s Hospital when it opens in 2027.

Read about the centre on The Daily Scan.

Diamond Family Donates $20 Million to Road to Recovery


The Diamond family is honouring the tragic loss of Steven Diamond with a $20-million donation to fund the Road to Recovery Program at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Read about it on The Daily Scan here.


More treatment, recovery services coming for people struggling with addiction

The provincial government has announced that people struggling with mental health and addiction will have access to more treatment and recovery beds, along with community-based aftercare services, through budget 2023 investments.

The investment includes 95 new beds as part of the Road to Recovery program at St. Paul’s Hospital. Of those, 45 beds will be located at St. Paul’s Hospital and the remaining 50 beds will be implemented by Providence in the Vancouver area.

Read more about the announcement on The Daily Scan.

Saluting our nurses during Emergency Nurses Week


Emergency nurses are on the literal front lines of patient care. They tend for people coming through the hospital doors when they may be at their lowest. Emergency nurses at Providence Health Care often receive extra training in areas such as triage, trauma and geriatrics in addition to their emergency nurse training. ED nurses at the organization have a lot in common. They love the fast pace, the diverse patient cases and the culture of teamwork that sustains them in an often stressful environment.

Read more about our ED nurses on The Daily Scan.

PHC Facilities team brings home best in Canada award for energy reduction


On September 20, 2022, the IFHE 2022 Global Healthcare Energy Award was recently presented to Providence Health Care, St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni for achieving the largest health care facility energy reduction in Canada!​

In 2020, under the direction of Tony Munster, Executive Director, Projects, Planning & Facilities Management, a decision was made to implement a cooling system at St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni. 

The goal of this new system? To improve resident comfort and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at PHC.

Read more.


Canada's second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


A message from Harmony Johnson, Vice President, Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation, PHC: 

Today Canada marks the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. September 30th has been observed as Orange Shirt Day since 2013, and will continue to be a time to commemorate the history of residential schools in Canada, and honour the survivors, the ones who did not come home and their families and communities.

Read the full reflection.

St. Paul’s Hospital OSP continues momentum in its second year

St. Paul’s Hospital’s Opioid Stewardship Program (OSP) continued to build momentum in its second year of operation.

Findings contained in this latest report cover the period from January to December 2021 of SPH’s OSP.​