Providence In the News

Increased HAART Coverage Associated With 50% Drop in New HIV Diagnoses Among Injection Drug Users

Vancouver, February 18, 2010 — A comprehensive population-based study, conducted by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and presented at the 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in San Francisco, shows that expanded highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) coverage was associated with a 50% decrease in new yearly HIV infections among injection drug users.

Riverview Redevelopment Continues to Move Ahead

Vancouver, February 11, 2010 — Nine projects to build further capacity for intensive and highly specialized mental health services in the Lower Mainland got underway today with the release of Requests for Proposal (RFP) for design and renovation work to accommodate the transfer of patients from Riverview Hospital.

B.C To Seek and Treat Most Vulnerable HIV Patients

Vancouver, February 4, 2010 — A unique pilot program will get underway shortly in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Prince George to seek and treat vulnerable populations who are either undiagnosed or untreated for HIV.

Discovery Points Way for New Treatment for Aneurysms

Vancouver, January 27, 2010 — New research findings from a team at the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia (UBC) may lead to new treatment options for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) – a potentially fatal disease that currently has no pharmacological treatments.

New Cases of HIV Drug Resistance Dramatically Decreasing in British Columbia

Vancouver, January 7, 2010 — Fewer and fewer British Columbians are developing resistance to antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV infection, according to a new study published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Local Researchers Awarded Funds for Canada-Wide Rollout of Revolutionary Biomedical IT Resources

Vancouver, November 19, 2009 — Biomedical researchers face many problems as they try to understand and develop new interventions and treatments for disease. One of the major challenges is the length of time it takes to find the right data and the right way to analyze it. But researchers across Canada got a boost last week when Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE) awarded $927,000 for the C-BRASS (Canadian Bioinformatics Resources As Semantic Services) project.

"It's Good to Ask" Program Promotes Patient Safety

Victoria, November 2, 2009 — Canadian Patient Safety Week kicks off across the country this week, from Nov. 2 to 6, and to raise awareness here in British Columbia, patients are being told that “It's Good to Ask” questions of their health-care providers. “Patient Safety Week is a great opportunity to promote effective communication between patients and their doctors and other health providers,” said Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon. “It”s important that we each take control of our own health by educating ourselves and asking questions when we don”t understand.”

Providence in the Park: Providence Health Care Helps Downtown Eastside Residents Prepare for Winter

Vancouver, October 23, 2009 — On Saturday, October 24, Providence Health Care (PHC) will be providing blankets, warm clothes and healthy lunches to hundreds of residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Despite the temporary closure of the park, which is currently under construction, the twice-annual event will continue to cater to the Oppenheimer Park neighbourhood. Staff, physicians and volunteers from across PHC will gather in front of Oppenheimer Park, on Dunlevy Avenue, which will be closed between Cordova and Powell Street, to distribute the provisions.

PHC Named One of BC's Top 55 Employers For the Second Year in a Row

Vancouver, October 23, 2009 — Providence Health Care has once again been selected from hundreds of organizations in the province as one of BC's Top 55 Employers for 2010. PHC was selected on the basis of information contained in this year's application to the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition.

Outstanding Contributions to Patient Care Recognized

Victoria, October 5, 2009 — Seven teams from each of B.C.'s health authorities and one individual from Vancouver received BC Patient Safety and Quality Council awards for advancing patient safety and quality of care, announced Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon.
“Kudos to all of the health professionals who treat thousands of patients every single day,” said Falcon. “These awards recognize the efforts of teams throughout the province ensuring that patients receive safe, high-quality care.”

Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety recipients:

BMO Donates $100,000 to Innovative "STOP-HIV/AIDS" Program

Vancouver, October 2, 2009 — A $100,000 gift from BMO Financial Group to St. Paul's Hospital Foundation will provide important support to the STOP-HIV/AIDS program operated by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
St. Paul's Hospital and Providence Health Care's BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) are actively seeking to improve the health of people with HIV and related diseases through the development of comprehensive treatment programs and providing access to them.

Former EnCana Corp. CEO and Wife Donate $1.375M to Honour the Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon Who Saved His Sight

Vancouver, September 16, 2009 — St. Paul's Hospital Foundation and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine are pleased to announce the creation of the William H. Ross Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Excellence.

BC Clinics Fast-Track Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Vancouver, July 3, 2009 — Women across the Lower Mainland are now able to visit one of four rapid- access breast cancer diagnosis pilot clinics to quickly catch potential cases of breast cancer, thanks to a $5-million investment from the Province’s Lower Mainland Innovation and Integration Fund (LMIIF), announced Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon today. “Every one of us is touched in some way by breast cancer and we now know that catching it quickly dramatically improves health outcomes,” said Falcon.

25,000th Visit to Kidney Clinic Celebrated

Vancouver, June 16, 2009 — Jim Dunsmore believes he would be on dialysis today were it not for the Kidney Function Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital, part of Providence Health Care (PHC). The Vancouver architect, whose health challenges include kidney disease, type 1 diabetes and heart disease, has attended the clinic since 1997. His appointment on Wednesday, June 17th will mark the 25,000th patient visit to the clinic, which has served as a model for early kidney care intervention across the province.

Vancouver Team First in North America to Win International Infection Prevention and Control Award

Vancouver, May 25, 2009 — In the wake of the recent global H1N1 Influenza A (human swine flu) outbreak, Providence Health Care is especially pleased to announce that its Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC) has won the Oxoid Judges’ Special Award for excellence in hospital infection prevention. It is the first time such an award has been bestowed upon an infection control team in North America.

Providence Health Care Nurses Honoured with BC Nursing Awards

Vancouver, May 14, 2009 — During National Nursing Week (May 11-17), Providence Health Care (PHC) is recognizing and celebrating the dedication of our nurses in providing exceptional care, teaching, service and research within the organization.

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