Providence In the News

Cracked But Not Broken: CHEOS and UBC Host International Conference on Stimulant Use

Vancouver, April 16, 2008 — The UBC Institute for Mental Health and the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) at Providence Health Care Research Institute will host “Cracked But Not Broken” an international conference that addresses stimulant use among adolescents and young adults April 18 - 20 at the UBC Life Sciences Centre.

Metabolic Syndrome Clinic at St. Paul's Hospital a Success

Vancouver, April 10, 2008 — One in four Canadians suffer from metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors including excess abdominal fat that can increase their risk of serious heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. The Metabolic Syndrome Program located within Vancouver’s St Paul’s Hospital, has established a positive, innovative approach that’s helping British Columbians reduce their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. The clinic was established with the support of a $1.6 million donation from pharmaceutical partner AstraZeneca Canada.

Race and Gender Differences in Imprisonment Increase Risk for HIV

Vancouver, April 4, 2008 — There are clear disparities in life expectancy among prison inmates in the United States based on race and gender, finds a new study authored by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE). The current imprisonment practice in the United States may negatively influence prison populations, explain the authors, adding that the negative health effects of imprisonment and new interventions to reduce them should be an urgent priority within both corrections and public health.

Providence In the Park Bringing Food, Clothing and Haircuts to Hundreds of Downtown Eastside Residents

Vancouver, April 3, 2008 — On Saturday, April 5, Providence Health Care (PHC) is bringing much-needed food, T-shirts and sweatshirts, socks and toiletries to over 500 residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Staff, physicians and volunteers from across PHC will gather at Oppenheimer Park to distribute the provisions. There will also be stations for people to receive haircuts and chair massages, a special service that was very popular at the last Providence in the Park. Many attendees to this highly anticipated event are homeless or poor families in dire need of food.

Violence Drives HIV Risk for Women in Street-Based Sex Work

Vancouver, April 3, 2008 — Everyday violence experienced by women engaged in street-based sex work results in a heightened risk of HIV transmission, finds a new study authored by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE).
The qualitative study published in Social Science and Medicine included responses from 46 participants, from focus groups conducted between December 2005 and March 2006. The average age of the respondents was 34 years and 57 per cent identified themselves as being of Aboriginal ancestry.

Crystal Methamphetamine Use Rampant Among Street Youth

Vancouver, April 3, 2008 — Almost three-quarters of street youth in Vancouver have used crystal methamphetamine, and nearly 95 per cent of street youth reported that the drug was 'very easy' to acquire, finds a new study authored by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE).

Discovery Links Gene to Protection Against Infectious Heart Disease

Vancouver, March 26, 2008 — A gene once thought to cause damage to the heart during inflammation may actually be vital for anti-virus immunity, revealed a study led by researchers at Providence Health Care's Heart + Lung Institute and the James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research at St. Paul's Hospital.

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.

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.

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).

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.