Providence In the News

Research Suggests Medically Prescribed Heroin More Effective, Less Costly than Current Methadone Treatment

Medically prescribed heroin is more cost-effective than methadone for treating long-term street heroin users, according to a new study by researchers at Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia.

Delaying HIV Diagnosis and Treatment may Steal Years and Quality of Life from those Infected by the Virus

By delaying HIV testing, diagnosis and treatment, can unnecessarily shorten lifespans and increase complications.

External Review Process to Investigate St. Paul’s Hospital Patient Case

Vancouver, BC — Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) will initiate an external independent review of the case of a St. Paul’s Hospital patient who allegedly committed a violent crime after being discharged on February 21.

VCH and PHC expect the process to be led by a panel of reviewers, which could include external mental health and emergency care clinicians and researchers.

Global Recognitions Cap Breakthrough Year for Treatment as Prevention

The made-in-BC Treatment as Prevention strategy received breakthrough scientific recognition and political support in 2011, creating further momentum to implement this proven approach to combating HIV and AIDS in Canada and around the world.

New Transcription model to improve service, save millions for health authorities and patients

Four major BC health providers are redesigning their varied transcription departments to jointly improve service delivery and save over $3 million annually in taxpayer dollars that can be redirected to patient care

Rapid HIV Tests Offered to UBC Students for World AIDS Day

Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health are joining with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to offer students HIV tests to mark World AIDS Day

St. Paul's Hospital Clinic Helps HIV/AIDS Patients Live Well and Long

Thanks to the miracle workers at St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH), the treatment and care for HIV/AIDS is now about living, not dying.

HIV Awareness Boosted by "Different" Social Marketing Campaign

Every adult who has not had an HIV test in the past year should have one the next time they have a blood test for any reason.

B.C. Welcomes U.S. Commitment to Treatment as Prevention

B.C. Premier Christy Clark lauded Hillary Rodham Clinton’s call today for an AIDS-free generation and scaling up a Treatment as Prevention strategy as part of a comprehensive proposal to fight HIV and AIDS

Vancouver Midwives to Deliver Free Workshops and Lectures During Midwifery Awareness Month

Vancouver midwives and midwifery clinics will be hosting free workshops and lectures throughout November to increase awareness and education on maternal and newborn care for women and parents-to-be during Midwifery Awareness Month

Fundraising for Urgently Needed Digital Mammography Focus of Tapestry Foundation’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month Efforts

The Tapestry Foundation for Health Care is seeking public support in its urgent need to raise $650,000 for a new digital mammography machine for breast cancer screening at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (MSJ)

Research looks at new treatments for heroin addiction

 A clinical trial to test better treatment options for chronic heroin addiction began in Vancouver in early 2012. Led by researchers from Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia, it’s the only clinical trial of its kind in North America.

Innovative Surgical Procedure Pioneered at St. Paul’s Hospital Saves Lives of Cardiac Patients Unable to Undergo Open-Heart Surgery

Dr. John Webb and his colleagues at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital are making open-heart surgery a thing of the past, saving the lives of patients not viable for conventional heart surgery.

Tapestry Foundation CEO Impassioned by Personal Experience to Improve Quality of Life for Dementia Patients and Families

Imagine living in a world where your loved ones and friends are oftentimes alien to you, where you shift between planes of past memory and present reality, and find yourself trying to run away from the place you call home.

Researchers Map Pathway of Infection for a Common, Potentially Life-threatening Respiratory Virus

Researchers have identified a new treatment target for a virus that causes severe lung infections and an estimated 10% of common colds

Patients Benefit as Access to Cardiac Rehab Expands

Vancouver, August 9, 2011 — More patients and families have access to specialized heart care, closer to their homes, thanks to an innovative cardiac rehabilitation program that has officially opened in three Vancouver community centres.