Providence In the News

Opinion: How to effectively address the overdose epidemic

We’re now more than a year into the public health emergency declared by British Columbia’s provincial health officer as a result of the province’s rising rate of drug overdose deaths.

A look back at the top stories of the past year

We’ve created a new online experience that matches the innovative spirit of Providence staff and researchers, and puts their extraordinary stories from 2016/17 at the forefront.

Happy Mother's Day: Mother survives heart attack while giving birth

When Brittany Forrest went into cardiac arrest at seven-months pregnant, doctors had no choice but to perform an emergency C-section and deliver her baby. They both nearly died, but quick thinking helped turn a tragedy into a “miracle”.

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.

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.

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

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St. Paul’s Hospital’s unique addiction fellowship program

Pictured left to right - Dr. Nikki Bozinoff, Dr. Christopher (Kit) Fairgrieve, Dr. Nadia Fairbairn, Dr. Erin Knight and Dr. Julius Elefante.

November 15-21 is National Addictions Awareness week. To celebrate we profiled the St. Paul's Hospital Goldcorp Addictions Medicine Fellowship

St. Paul’s first Canadian hospital to install latest generation CT scanner in ED

The $3.5 million donor-funded scanner provides faster life-saving diagnosis to the 13,871 patients needing CT scans at St. Paul’s emergency department each year

 

St. Paul’s Hospital impacted by brain drain

St. Paul’s Hospital is known around the province and Canada for its medical and surgical programs, including heart and lung services and kidney care.

 

St. Paul’s Hospital: Looking to the future

It’s not just a plan to build a new St. Paul’s Hospital but a plan to build a better hospital. For the thousands of patients who show up in the hospital’s emergency room every year, the change is going to be profound.

Not an inner-city hospital: Who uses St. Paul’s?

Every year there are 500,000 patient visits to St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. And while most people would believe the majority of patients come from the city, in fact more than half of the patients who visit are from outside Vancouver.

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