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Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster officially launches

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster officially launches with $153M in funding from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and funding commitments of over $200M from members.

The public-health-care system at work: 500th life saved in British Columbia due to heart-transplant surgery

Vancouver — A 33-year-old Vancouver man who suffered from heart failure is grateful for a second chance at life after being the recipient of the 500th heart transplant performed in BC.

Leading-edge mental health and addictions care model launches at St. Paul’s Hospital

VANCOUVER – The next step in innovative care for people living with mental health and addictions challenges has been unveiled at St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver.

Breakthrough discovery will change treatment for COPD patients

Permanent lung damage caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) starts much earlier than previously thought, even before patients are showing symptoms.

Injectable hydromorphone for individuals with severe opioid use disorder could save lives and money

Injectable hydromorphone treatment for severe opioid use disorder may reduce mortality and save costs to society compared to providing methadone alone. The findings come from an economic analysis of the groundbreaking SALOME trial, published this week in Addiction (link will be made available after the study is released.)

BC-led Digital Technology Supercluster awarded federal funding to transform Canada’s fastest-growing tech sector

Initiative estimated to create 50,000 jobs and inject $15 billion in GDP into BC’s economy over 10 years

AllerGen investigators contribute to asthma genetics discovery

HAMILTON, ON (22 December 2017) – The world’s largest genetic study on asthma has identified five new genes associated with the condition and produced the most comprehensive list of genes and gene locations involved in the development of asthma and allergic disease.

These research results open the door to future studies, improved diagnostics and new treatment options, according to Dr. Denise Daley, the AllerGen investigator who led the Canadian arm of the international collaboration.

New naloxone training app helps teach people how to save lives

Vancouver, December 18, 2017 – Healthcare workers and all British Columbians now have access to a simple online training app to teach and learn how to use naloxone – www.NaloxoneTraining.com. The project was spearheaded by a team from St. Paul Hospital’s (SPH) Emergency Department (ED), one of 614 sites across the province that distributes Take Home Naloxone kits.

 

Research out of St. Paul’s finds any physical activity, including housecleaning, saves lives

Being active saves lives, whether a gym workout, walking to work or even housecleaning

HUB at St. Paul’s Hospital to transform emergency access, treatment and follow up for people with mental-health and/or substance-use challenges

HUB marries public and private sector, philanthropy and innovation to better serve vulnerable patients

Heater-cooler machine advisory

In response to an advisory issued by Health Canada, patients who had heart surgery, heart transplant surgery or lung transplant surgery in BC where heart-lung bypass was required are being notified of a small risk infection associated with the type of machine used to warm and cool blood during surgery, known as a heater-cooler machine.

Leading Health Organizations in Canada and China Teaming up to Accelerate Precision Medicine

BGI at Shenzhen, Providence Health Care, St. Paul’s Foundation and partners plan joint research initiative

Providence Health Care and Pivot Legal Society welcome Health Canada’s amendments to allow access to medical heroin

Providence Health Care, which operates the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver Canada, and Pivot Legal Society, said this week’s announcement by Health Canada that once again allows doctors to prescribe diacetylmorphine – or pharmaceutical-grade heroin – under Health Canada’s Special Access Program is an important step forward in the treatment of chronic opioid dependence.

Allowing access to diacetylmorphine, or medical heroin, to patients who need it, ensures that life-saving treatments get delivered to vulnerable people suffering from chronic opioid use.

Cardiac resuscitation trial at St. Paul’s Hospital the first of its kind in Canada

Photo credit: Ermin Badzak

St. Paul’s Hospital and BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) are conducting a landmark trial that could increase the survival rate of seemingly healthy people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting.

Regional Trauma Program is nation’s first to receive ‘Distinction’ award by Accreditation Canada

Vancouver, BC – The Regional Trauma Program – which includes trauma centres in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Providence Health Care (PHC), and Provincial Health Services Agency (PHSA) – is the first in Canada to ever be awarded ‘Distinction in Trauma Services’ by Accreditation Canada. The Trauma Distinction Award recognizes national leadership in the provision of high-quality trauma care.

CCHL signs partnership agreement with Providence Health Care

Alliance will help Providence pursue exceptional leadership, says CEO Dianne Doyle

OTTAWA/VANCOUVER  – On April 19, 2016, Providence Health Care, one of the country’s largest faith-based health-care organizations, signed a strategic alliance with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) to promote excellence in health leadership.

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