Providence In the News

Jim Pattison makes record $75 million donation to St. Paul’s Foundation

A preliminary design concept for the new St. Paul's at Station Street.

St. Paul’s Foundation today announced the largest donation in Canadian history by a private citizen to a single medical facility. This unprecedented philanthropic donation will support the transformation of health care for British Columbians with the creation of the new St. Paul’s at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre, a world-class medical and research centre in the heart of Vancouver.

Opinion: Public-private sectors collaborate to help vulnerable patients (HUB)

A new, innovative, health-care facility is under construction and slated to open this spring at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. It will have a positive impact on the lives of people with mental-health and substance-use challenges.

St. Paul’s Hospital $3.5M centre for vulnerable patients set to open spring 2017 (Dr. Bill MacEwan)

A $3.5-million addition to St. Paul’s emergency department, geared toward mental health and drug-addicted patients, is set to open this spring in the midst of B.C.’s fentanyl crisis.

HUB at St. Paul’s Hospital to transform emergency access, treatment and follow up for people with mental-health and/or substance-use challenges

HUB marries public and private sector, philanthropy and innovation to better serve vulnerable patients

Saving Lives with Heroin (Crosstown Clinic)

For 30 years, Russell Cooper’s life was dominated by a crippling heroin addiction. He first tried it with a friend in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in his early 20s, and it made all his self-esteem and anxiety issues disappear. But the cost was the breakdown of his marriage, getting fired from his railroad job, and serving seven years in prison for robbing banks to support his habit.

Overdose statistics – February 2016

Fatal overdoses

According to the BC Coroners Service, in January 2017 there were 116 overdose (OD) deaths due to illicit drug use across BC. 50 of the deaths occurred in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 45 of them were in Vancouver.

Overdoses in VCH & PHC urban areas

From January 1 to February 18, 2017 there were 1,008 illicit or unknown drug overdoses at VCH and PHC emergency departments (ED). Opioids accounted for 32% of the visits with heroin being the most commonly reported substance. 38% of the overdose visits were due to an unknown substance.

'Please tell the truth about why I died': Dad shares teen's mental health struggle (Dr. Steve Mathias)

The father of a Kelowna, B.C. teenager who died by suicide last fall is speaking out on Bell Let’s Talk day, saying it was his daughter’s wish that her parents talk about why she took her own life.

6th Biennial Spirituality Conference: “Exploring Hospitality”

Providence Health Care of Vancouver, British Columbia invites you and your colleagues to participate in our sixth biennual conference that explores the integral relationship between spirituality, health and healing.

Providence welcomes

Heater-cooler machine advisory

In response to an advisory issued by Health Canada, patients who had heart surgery, heart transplant surgery or lung transplant surgery in BC where heart-lung bypass was required are being notified of a small risk infection associated with the type of machine used to warm and cool blood during surgery, known as a heater-cooler machine.

Trudeau marks World AIDS Day, says fight against HIV can be won

The government plans on spending $3.5 million more on AIDS research, Health Minister Jane Philpott says.

Leading Health Organizations in Canada and China Teaming up to Accelerate Precision Medicine

BGI at Shenzhen, Providence Health Care, St. Paul’s Foundation and partners plan joint research initiative

Providence Health Care and Pivot Legal Society welcome Health Canada’s amendments to allow access to medical heroin

Providence Health Care, which operates the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver Canada, and Pivot Legal Society, said this week’s announcement by Health Canada that once again allows doctors to prescribe diacetylmorphine – or pharmaceutical-grade heroin – under Health Canada’s Special Access Program is an important step forward in the treatment of chronic opioid dependence.

Allowing access to diacetylmorphine, or medical heroin, to patients who need it, ensures that life-saving treatments get delivered to vulnerable people suffering from chronic opioid use.

Providence Health Care doctor speaks to US Senate Committee as heroin and opioid use rises

Providence Health Care’s Crosstown Clinic’s lead physician Dr. Scott MacDonald testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs today.

His remarks were part of a hearing titled “America’s Insatiable Demand for Drugs: Examining Alternative Approaches” .

Jazz Musician, 91, Who Played with Duke Ellington, Now Entertains Residents at Seniors' Home

In a Vancouver seniors' care facility, several elderly residents and staff go about their business in the main foyer area. In the corner, Eve Duke, 91, plays a couple of songs on the grand piano. 

Your first look at PHC's new Patient and Family Centred Care video series

In honour of Patient and Resident Experience Week at Providence Health Care, we’re launching a new video series to explore and celebrate the contributions of our staff, patients, residents and their families. 

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