Providence In the News

Our entire series on St. Paul’s Hospital now available as an e-book

Have you ever wondered what really goes on in a big city hospital? Is it like the medical dramas on television? Well, scrub up and put on a mask — The Province’ latest e-book will take you inside St. Paul’s Hospital to share the unprecedented access given to reporters and photographers last year. During an eight-month project called Heartbeat, The Province spent weeks in the corridors, operating rooms, wards and corners of St. Paul’s Hospital.

'They gave me a second chance at life'

Four-year-old Brayden Ma likes to tell people about his mom’s new heart. “He’s so excited,” said Lindsay Schneider. “He’d say, ‘My mom’s heart was sick. But now she has a new heart. See the scar?’ ” Schneider, 28, received her new heart last October – one of 306 organ transplants performed in BC in 2012, a new record for B.C. Transplant.

Blue Monday Got You Down? Ideas for Staying Healthy and Happy

St. Paul's Hospital dietitian Lindsay Jang provides you some tips for a healthy 2013. This year will be the healthiest year yet! New workout gear? Check! Fridge stocked with leafy greens? Check! Wine bottle sealed tight? Check! Does this sound like a distant memory now that January is nearing an end and reality is setting in? It doesn’t have to be. Despite all of the good intentions, if you’re struggling to stay on track with those New Year’s resolutions right around now, you’re not alone.

Knowledge translation efforts in stroke care, management and education are saving lives

Improving outcomes for stroke patients is a priority for Devin Harris, a member of the Brain Research Centre and an emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital. It’s one of the reasons he’s returned to graduate school to complete a PhD in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Already turning emergency room management of stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) on its head around the province, he’s now poised to do the same for medical education across Canada.

St. Paul’s Hospital pioneers cutting number of routine chest X-rays

Doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital have changed the x-ray policy, saving $40,000 annually and sparing patients from X-ray radiation and freeing up staff time and other resources for more-proven interventions. 

VPD honours citizens and officers who stood up to mob on night of Stanley Cup riot

Brynn Grierson, a nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital, didn’t hesitate riot night when she offered her help to a police officer who was tending to a young woman who had suffered a “significant” head injury after being struck with a metal barricade.

Vancouver resident first Canadian in several years to receive prestigious international volunteerism award

Hard-working volunteer brings good fortune to Chinese New Year fundraiser

Vancouver, Feb. 13, 2013 – The unwavering dedication of a Tapestry Foundation for Health Care volunteer has caught the attention of an international organization, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), which will be presenting her with a prestigious award this spring. Anita Law will be the first Canadian in several years to receive the AFP’s 2013 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award at its 50th International Conference in San Diego in April.

Feast of Fortune fundraiser just the ticket for Vancouver women potentially affected by breast cancer

Chinese New Year event especially beneficial to Asian community

Vancouver, Feb. 7, 2013 – Breast cancer survivor Ju Ng is appealing to Vancouverites to buy tickets to the 2013 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune dinner to raise funds for a 3D ultrasound breast scanner because she knows first-hand how important it is to have access to the latest in breast cancer detection technology. Ng was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy last autumn through the Rapid Access Breast Clinic (RABC) at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (MSJ).

Providence Health Care continues to top the list of best places to work in B.C.

Providence has been recognized as one of the province’s leading employers for the fifth consecutive year. 

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

Vancouver, December 20, 2012 – 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 tomorrow (Friday, December 21, 2012) at 12:45 p.m.

Santa makes the visit every year on behalf of Variety – The Children's Charity, major donors to the Maternity Centre's Variety Special Care Nursery. Santa will be singing and giving away stuffed animals and blankets to children and parents in the Centre, along with his friends from Variety.

Business in Vancouver Recognizes Two Providence Health Care Medical Staff

VANCOUVER, DECEMBER 14, 2012 – Business in Vancouver (BIV) has named two Providence Health Care (PHC) medical staff among its 2012 “Forty under 40” winners.

Each year, BIV highlights the achievements of BC's outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in public or private business and non-profit sectors under the age of 40.  The magazine recognized Drs. Carl Brown and Evan Wood this year.

Lights of Hope give student skills, experience in trades

Every year the Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital give Vancouverites a spectacular and brilliant display of holiday spirit. For the past 12 years, BCIT trades students have been part of the effort behind the hospital’s successful fundraiser.

Vancouver can CHANGE HIVSTORY:The beginning of the end of HIV

Vancouver has reached a tipping point in the battle against HIV.  It has the treatments, the expertise and the testing available to spur “the beginning of the end of HIV,” according to a new campaign launched this summer.

Results of aggressive 'seek and treat' program earn funding

An AIDS-free generation is “now in our sights,” BC Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid said Friday, as she announced a $19.9-million expansion of the province’s landmark “seek and treat” pilot project to combat spread of the once-deadly disease.

Silver Wheaton donates $1.6-million to help St. Paul’s Hospital expand its youth mental health outreach program to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VANCOUVER, BC – Today, Silver Wheaton Corp. announced that it is donating $1.6-million to St. Paul’s Hospital to address an urgent need for mental health services for at-risk youth.

The donation will enable St. Paul’s Inner City Youth Mental Health Program (ICYMHP) to expand its services to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, providing intensive support to 40 youth per year and expand access to mental health services for dozens more. Since 2007, the outreach program has delivered mental health and psychiatric outreach services to homeless youth at agencies in other areas of Vancouver.

Founding Providence Healthcare: Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

For over 100 years the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception have served the needs of the poor, the underprivileged and the destitute with determination, care and compassion - in Canada and around the world.

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