Providence In the News

Providence Health Care Research Institute Board of Trustees Appoints Ms. Karimah Es Sabar as New Chair

Vancouver, June 27, 2011 — Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI), home to several world-renowned research groups, has named Ms. Karimah Es Sabar as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. In affiliation with the University of British Columbia, the Research Institute’s main objective is to improve the health and treatment of patients and residents of Providence Health Care (PHC) through relevant, ethical and inspired health research.

A Small Device With A Big Impact

The Pocketalker, a small amplification device the size of a mini tape recorder, is a good example. The device is attached to a set of headphones worn by residents, and a microphone allows the speaker’s voice to be amplified through the headphones

Providence Health Care Named a Best Employer for New Canadians Fourth Year in a Row

Vancouver, March 28, 2011 — For the fourth year in a row Providence Health Care (PHC) has been selected as one of the 35 Best Employers for New Canadians for 2011, a designation that recognizes the nation's best employers for recent immigrants.
PHC was recognized in 2011 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, with specific focus on internationally-trained nurses.

Remember Me With A Flower

Many donations are motivated by the care received at one of our facilities. Catherine Cheung’s was also inspired by her dying aunt’s love of the beautiful flower artwork at Marion Hospice.

Providence in the Park This Saturday: Clothing, Healthy Lunches and Care Kits for Downtown Eastside Residents

Vancouver, July 23, 2010 — On Saturday, April 24, Providence Health Care (PHC) will be providing healthy lunches and spring clothing to hundreds of residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Staff, physicians and volunteers from across PHC will gather at Oppenheimer Park, on the corner of Cordova Street and Dunlevy Avenue, to distribute the provisions.
In addition to lunches and clothing, those in need will have the opportunity to receive a personal care kit that will include items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo and shaving razors.

Study Shows HIV/AIDS Treatment Curbs Spread of Disease

Vancouver, BC (July 18, 2010) — The BC Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) published an important study today in the globally respected Lancet medical journal. The study strongly reinforces the view that the benefits of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) extend beyond treatment of the virus to significantly preventing the transmission and spread of HIV.

New Emergency Department Opens at St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver, July 8, 2010 —
St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver now has one of the most efficient and technologically advanced emergency departments in the country with the completion of a $14.7-million multi-phase emergency department redesign and renovation project, announced Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon.

Research could help improve the dining experience of those suffering from dementia

Vancouver, June 24, 2010 —
The results from the first phase of a ground-breaking research pilot project could help improve the dining experience and quality of life for seniors living with dementia.

Researchers at the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence (CHAP) recently studied how the physical and social redesign of a care home’s dining area influenced the quality of the dining experience for the residents.

Beyond Housing: Experts focus on health of the homeless

Vancouver, June 18, 2010 - A two-day summit, Health of the Homeless, will bring together top Canadian experts to discuss research and solutions for improving the health of those who are homeless in Vancouver.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson will be joined by Micheal Kirby, Chair of the Mental Health Commission, Dr. Michael Krausz, Providence Health Care BC Leadership Chair in Addiction Research, Gabor Mate, author and physician, and other experts from the housing, health, academic, government, non-profit, homeless advocacy and police sectors.

New Chair Appointed for Providence Health Care

Vancouver, April 15, 2010 — On April 12, 2010, the Providence Health Care (PHC) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Geoff Plant as the new chair for PHC.
Plant is replacing Kip Woodward, who is leaving PHC to take on the role of chair of Vancouver Coastal Health, as announced by Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon earlier this week. The changes are effective immediately.

Valve-in-Valve Implants Via Catheter Effective in High-Risk Patients

Vancouver, April 13, 2010 — Replacing failing artificial animal-based heart valves by implanting tisue valves inside them is an effective option for high-risk patients, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
In the study, physicians from Canada and the United Kingdom describe how 24 high-risk patients whose previous implants failed received transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation, where a new artificial valve is seated within a previously implanted valve made of pig or cow tissue.

New Chairs Appointed for Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care

Vancouver, April 12, 2010 — The provincial government today announced the appointment of Kip Woodward as the new chair of
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).
Woodward is replacing David Thompson, who is leaving VCH to take on the role of chair of the new British Columbia Health Services Purchasing Organization, as announced by Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon earlier today. The changes are effective immediately.

New Report Finds Drug Prohibition, Stricter Law Enforcement Key Sources of Violence and Gun Crime

Vancouver, March 23,  2010 — Canada’s war on drugs has failed to curb the illicit drug trade, and proposed legal interventions to disrupt the drug market will have no effect on drug supply and may actually boost rates of drug-related violence, according to a new scientific review.

Vancouver Research Team Identifies a Key Predictor of Cardiovascular Death

Vancouver, March 15, 2010 — Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) hospitalizes more than 160,000 Canadians every year, and almost one quarter of those patients die from this common form of heart disease. But now a team of Vancouver based researchers has identified a key predictor of mortality in CAD patients, which means that specialists can better determine how to treat and improve outcomes for patients with CAD.

BMJ Group Honours Dr. Evan Wood with a Doctor of the Year Award for Insite Evaluation

Vancouver, March 11, 2010 — One of the world’s leading providers of trusted medical information and services, BMJ Group, today recognized Dr. Evan Wood, a lead researcher at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), for his groundbreaking research in HIV, public health, illicit drug policy and addiction.

World Leaders in HIV/AIDS to Convene in Vancouver During 2010 Olympic Games

Vancouver, February 23, 2010 — LifeSciences British Columbia, the BC Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) will host a global summit on HIV/AIDS on Feb. 26th, 2010, against the backdrop of the 2010 Olympic Games.