Providence In the News

Providence Health Care receives Patient Safety Champion Organization Award

At Providence Health Care, we are proud of the work we’ve done to put patients first, so when patients themselves commend us, we know we are on the right track. On October 30, PHC’s David Thompson was in Edmonton to accept the prestigious Patient Safety Champion Award, given by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and HealthcareCAN.

The IPAC 2014-15 Annual Report

Helping to improve the patient experience and patient safety

St. Paul's Hospital implants next generation defibrillator

VANCOUVER, September 4, 2015 – It delivers a life-saving shock to the heart without ever actually touching it. Doctors at St. Paul's Hospital, in collaboration with Cardiac Services BC and a group of physicians from around the province, have taken a step towards revolutionizing the care of people with cardiac arrhythmias in British Columbia by implanting the first ever subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) in BC.

Plans conceived for new birthing centre at St. Paul's Hospital

St. Paul's Hospital is conceiving a plan to build what could be B.C.'s first non-hospital birthing centre.

Ministry of Health announces $3 million to help health professionals treat addiction

For those British Columbians and their families who are struggling with addiction, more help is on the way with a $3-million investment to expand and support a provincial addiction medicine education and research training program for clinicians, making it the largest in North America.

First in Canada: two Vancouver pharmacies begin a pilot to offer HIV tests to customers

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) are piloting the feasibility of local pharmacies offering HIV tests to their customers – a first in Canada.  

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Gina Walther - Registered Nurse, Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit

Nursing has made up the backbone of St Paul’s Hospital since it was founded in 1894. The nursing school housed there for over 60 years trained thousands of dedicated nurses, and Gina is a great example of how that dedication continues to this day.

Handheld ultrasounds at St. Paul's Hospital

Staff at St. Paul’s Hospital are pioneering the use of handheld ultrasounds.

Elaine Yong reports

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Providence Inner City Youth Program wins 2014 Top Innovation Award

Dr. Gordon Francis joins Global News during Men's Health Week

The Canadian Men’s Health Foundation is encouraging men to live healthier lives and Elaine Yong explains how two potential health conditions are good incentives for change

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St. Paul's Hospital broadcasts live heart valve transplant

It used to be if you needed a heart valve replaced it meant surgery, but St. Paul's has become a world leader in a safer and quicker procedure.

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St. Paul’s Hospital performs groundbreaking 1,000th heart valve procedure

St. Paul’s Hospital is celebrating a milestone in a medical procedure it pioneered a decade ago.

The procedure allows for the replacement of a patient’s heart valve, without open heart surgery, by using a catheter.

The procedure is relatively painless, patients recover quickly, and many remain awake for the entire procedure. They are also able to go home one day after the operation.

Today, the hospital performed that surgery for the 1,000th time, live on video to a large gathering of medical specialists in downtown Vancouver.

Dr. Evan Wood from St. Paul's Hospital discusses addiction in the brain

How do opioids affect the brain and body?

Dr. Evan Wood, an addiction specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital, compares the deluge of dopamine that floods the brain after a hit of heroin to the blip the brain would get from a naturally pleasurable experience — a cold glass of water on a hot day, a satisfying meal, sex — to be a ratio of about 1,000 to one. “That’s not an exact number, but it gives a general sense of how intense the feeling is,” he explains.

Success morphs St. Paul's Hospital's AIDS ward

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, right, embraces Dr. Julio Montaner, director for the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, after announcing the dedicated AIDS ward at St. Paul's Hospital would no longer just treat patients with HIV/AIDS because of a lack of demand due to the success of the centre, during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday May 27, 2014.

A Vancouver hospital ward once so stigmatized it was only referred to by code name has been transformed from an AIDS-dedicated centre now the illness has been “virtually controlled” in the province.

St. Paul’s Hospital in the city’s core is repurposing the floor that nursing staff would only identify as “10C,” because of a near-elimination of AIDS cases in British Columbia and the associated drop in need for high-maintenance HIV care.

Tanya Leung and Jocelyn Hill from St. Paul's discuss Vitamin IV drips with Global News

The latest health and beauty fad is a medley of vitamins and minerals fed directly into your bloodstream through an IV drip. It’s supposed to rehydrate and revitalize your body quickly but as Elaine Yong reports, health care professionals are urging caution.

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