Providence In the News

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.

Scotiabank Feast of Fortune Raises Funds for Life-Saving Equipment at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

New technology detects almost 30 per cent more cancers in women with dense breasts

30 Years of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Basic Research to be Recognized at St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver, January 22, 2008 — Scientists, clinicians, trainees and special guests are gathered today to celebrate 30 years of history, development and progress in cardiovascular and pulmonary basic research at St. Paul's Hospital.

Innovative New Cardiac Operating Room Opens at St. Paul’s Hospital

Vancouver, January 15, 2008 — Surgeons and cardiologists at the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital have a new $3.8-million state-of-the-art cardiac operating room to accommodate the growing number of breakthrough heart procedures being pioneered at the facility.

Providence Health Care Board Member Awarded Order of Canada

Vancouver, January 11, 2008 — Sister Margaret Vickers, currently on the Board of Directors at Providence Health Care, has been given Canada’s highest civilian honour – the Order of Canada.
Sister Vickers has been a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, a Saint John-based Catholic religious order, since 1955 and has devoted her life to working in health care.

Healthy New Year's Resolutions Can Last – Here's How

Vancouver, January 8, 2008 — Are you one of those people that always make New Year's resolutions but are never able to keep them? Does it seem harder and harder each year to get rid of those extra pounds? Do you just hate going to the overcrowded gym in January because everyone else is thinking the same thing as you - trying to get in shape after holiday bingeing?

Santa Claus Visits St. Paul’s Hospital’s Maternity Centre

Vancouver, December 19, 2007 — In what has become a well-known Vancouver Christmas tradition, Santa Claus (Dal Richards) will pay a visit to the Maternity Centre at St. Paul's Hospital on Friday, December 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Santa makes the visit each year on behalf of Variety – The Children's Charity, major donors to the Maternity Centre's Variety Club Special Care Nursery. Santa will be singing and giving away stuffed animals and blankets to children and parents in the Centre. His friends from Variety will also be there to give out “Gold Heart Pins.”

Healthy Eating Strategies to Conquer the Holiday Feast

Vancouver, December 13, 2007 — The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s everywhere around us: tempting high-fat, high-calorie dishes, the extra goodies at the office, the eggnog lattes, the festive get-togethers that always revolve around food. Most people think of the holiday season as an opportunity to indulge and they worry about the aftermath in January. Are you nutritionally prepared?

New Addiction Research Chair Receives $2.25 Million

Vancouver, December 13, 2007 — The Province’s $2.25-million investment in a new B.C. Leadership Chair will support leading-edge research and the development of innovative treatment approaches by a world authority on addictions, Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell announced today.

Life-Saving Digital Mammography Tops Angel Campaign Wish List

Vancouver, November 27, 2007 — A digital mammography machine for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital — which may prove effective in detecting breast cancer for the high proportion of Asian women treated there — tops the wish list for this year’s Angel Campaign.
“Asian women have high density breast tissue which makes early detection of breast cancer difficult,” said Dr. Richard Lee, a radiologist at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. “Researchers from the University of North Carolina have found that digital mammography is effective in detecting cancer in women with high density breast tissue.”

Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health Delivers 2007 Alan Bernstein Distinguished Lectureship

Vancouver, November 23, 2007 — Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, will deliver this year’s Alan Bernstein Distinguished Lectureship for 2007 at St. Paul’s Hospital, part of Providence Health Care.
Dr. Nabel is a renowned physician-scientist who has made numerous contributions to our understanding of vascular biology while at the University of Michigan, including processes important to the development of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.

Providence Health Care Investigator Awarded $300,000 Johnson & Johnson Grant for Research into Pediatric Asthma

Vancouver, November 21, 2007 — Research into pediatric asthma received a boost as Johnson & Johnson awarded Dr. Darryl Knight, a researcher with the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia, with a $300,000 Focused Funding grant.
This three-year grant from Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Office of Science & Technology will support Dr. Knight’s basic research into asthma. According to the Asthma Society of Canada, more than 500,000 Canadian children suffer from asthma.

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