Media Releases

PHC Celebrates Dialysis Unit Upgrade and 1500th Kidney Transplant

Vancouver, March 19, 2008 — As part of March's Kidney Month activities, Providence Health Care's Renal Program held a celebration event to mark two significant milestones: the re-opening of a vital area of the hemodialysis unit at St. Paul's Hospital after $1.34 million in upgrades and the 1500th kidney transplant in the Program's history.

New Research Could Lead to Reduced Deaths from Septic Shock

Vancouver, February 28, 2008 — New research by St. Paul’s Hospital’s Dr. Jim Russell and the team of Vasopressin and Septic Shock Trial (VASST) investigators – published in the latest edition of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine – shows some patients with septic shock may have a better chance of surviving if they are treated with the human hormone vasopressin.

Providence Health Care Named a Best Employer for New Canadians

Vancouver, February 23, 2008 — Providence Health Care (PHC) has been selected as one of the 20 Best Employers for New Canadians for 2008, a designation that recognizes the nation's best employers for recent immigrants.
PHC was the only health care organization in western Canada recognized in 2008 for its progressive work policies, educational and training opportunities and competitive compensation that assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace and a new life in Canada.

Greater Access to Treatment Needed to Curb AIDS Deaths and the Spread of HIV

Vancouver, February 21, 2008 — Forty per cent of people who died of HIV/AIDS-related causes in B.C. between 1997 and 2005 never accessed life-saving, free, highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), reveals a new study published by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE). Low socioeconomic status was found to be strongly associated with the delay in starting therapy as well as higher mortality rates among people on HAART.

Scientists at the Providence Heart + Lung Institute Receive $15 Million to Help Prevent Organ Failure

Vancouver, February 20, 2008 — Prevention of one of Canada’s leading health burdens has received a boost thanks to $15 million in federal funding awarded to the scientists at the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital, with the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Summit Draws Leaders to Address Heart and Lung Health in BC

Vancouver, February 20, 2008 — Researchers, educators, clinicians, policy makers, private sector leaders and members of the public will gather at a local summit tomorrow to address the enormous burden of heart and lung diseases. The summit, covering a timely topic for Heart Month, acknowledges the connection between heart and lung diseases and the urgency to address the issue.

Tapestry Foundation Hits Halfway Mark in Fundraising Efforts for Life-Saving Equipment at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

Vancouver, February 6, 2008 — Recent boosts in fundraising through Tapestry Foundation for Health Care is bringing Mount Saint Joseph Hospital closer to getting a digital mammography machine for its breast care program.
More than $480,000 has been raised to date towards the purchase of the equipment valued at $750,000. Included among a number of fundraising initiatives was the inaugural Scotiabank Feast of Fortune on February 1st at Victoria Chinese Restaurant that brought in more than $90,000.

Aboriginal Injection Drug Users More Vulnerable to HIV Infection

Vancouver, January 31, 2008 — Aboriginal people in Vancouver who inject drugs experience a significantly elevated burden of HIV infection, finds a new study authored by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. The research recommends health policy-makers take immediate action and implement evidence-based and culturally appropriate strategies to effectively address high rates of HIV among Aboriginal injection drug users (IDUs).

Recruitment Campaign Brings Experienced Nurses to BC

Victoria, January 29, 2008 — A total of 521 nurses from the United Kingdom have been hired in the Lower Mainland over the last two years, the result of a targeted provincial recruitment effort, Health Minister George Abbott announced today.

Scotiabank Feast of Fortune Raises Funds for Life-Saving Equipment at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

New technology detects almost 30 per cent more cancers in women with dense breasts

30 Years of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Basic Research to be Recognized at St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver, January 22, 2008 — Scientists, clinicians, trainees and special guests are gathered today to celebrate 30 years of history, development and progress in cardiovascular and pulmonary basic research at St. Paul's Hospital.

Innovative New Cardiac Operating Room Opens at St. Paul’s Hospital

Vancouver, January 15, 2008 — Surgeons and cardiologists at the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital have a new $3.8-million state-of-the-art cardiac operating room to accommodate the growing number of breakthrough heart procedures being pioneered at the facility.

Providence Health Care Board Member Awarded Order of Canada

Vancouver, January 11, 2008 — Sister Margaret Vickers, currently on the Board of Directors at Providence Health Care, has been given Canada’s highest civilian honour – the Order of Canada.
Sister Vickers has been a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, a Saint John-based Catholic religious order, since 1955 and has devoted her life to working in health care.

Healthy New Year's Resolutions Can Last – Here's How

Vancouver, January 8, 2008 — Are you one of those people that always make New Year's resolutions but are never able to keep them? Does it seem harder and harder each year to get rid of those extra pounds? Do you just hate going to the overcrowded gym in January because everyone else is thinking the same thing as you - trying to get in shape after holiday bingeing?

Santa Claus Visits St. Paul’s Hospital’s Maternity Centre

Vancouver, December 19, 2007 — In what has become a well-known Vancouver Christmas tradition, Santa Claus (Dal Richards) will pay a visit to the Maternity Centre at St. Paul's Hospital on Friday, December 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Santa makes the visit each year on behalf of Variety – The Children's Charity, major donors to the Maternity Centre's Variety Club Special Care Nursery. Santa will be singing and giving away stuffed animals and blankets to children and parents in the Centre. His friends from Variety will also be there to give out “Gold Heart Pins.”

New Addiction Research Chair Receives $2.25 Million

Vancouver, December 13, 2007 — The Province’s $2.25-million investment in a new B.C. Leadership Chair will support leading-edge research and the development of innovative treatment approaches by a world authority on addictions, Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell announced today.