Media Releases

Lower Mainland Health Authorities Issue RFP for Inter-Facility Client Transfers

Vancouver, August 27, 2008 — Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Fraser Health Authority (FHA) and Providence Health Care (PHC) today issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking an alternate service provider for transporting low-acuity patients between health facilities, residential care facilities and community locations. The RFP is part of a province-wide initiative to address the growing demand for this service.

Food Poisoning Outbreak Due to Listeria

Vancouver, August 27, 2008 — There is a Canada-wide outbreak of an illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes, a germ that has contaminated some deli meat products from one Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Inc. plant in Ontario.
Of the approximately twenty cases reported so far in Canada, four are from BC, but none among residents of the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Maple Leaf Consumer Foods are warning the public not to serve or consume meat products from Establishment 97B.

Vancouver Doctor Becomes President of International AIDS Organization

Vancouver, August 6, 2008 — Dr. Julio Montaner, Director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, part of Providence Health Care, has been appointed president of the world's leading independent association of HIV/AIDS professionals.

Increased Coverage with HIV Therapy Could Reduce Transmission and Generate Health Care Savings: Study

Vancouver, July 2, 2008 — A new study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) reveals the dramatic impact that increased coverage with HIV therapy could have in reducing HIV transmissions in B.C. while saving money for the province’s health care system.

New Emergency System Helps Heart Attack Victims

Vancouver, June 19, 2008 — Patients who are suffering from the severest form of acute heart attacks are now receiving more timely care, straight out of the ambulance.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care together with BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) are the first in the province to use new technology for transmitting electrocardiograms (ECGs) directly to an emergency department from specially equipped ambulances.

St. Paul’s Hospital Performs Unprecedented Number of Mechanical Heart Implants

Vancouver, May 28, 2008 — Physicians, patients and representatives from the Province and Provincial Health Services Authority gathered at a news conference today to recognize the B.C. Acute Heart Failure Program’s unprecedented number of ventricular assist devices (VADs, also commonly known as mechanical hearts) implanted this year – more than any other program of its kind in Canada.

Providence Health Care Nurses Awarded for Excellence

Vancouver, May 15, 2008 — During National Nursing Week (May 12-18), Providence Health Care (PHC) is celebrating the unique contributions and achievements of both the nursing profession and the individual nurses who work at PHC.

Run-Funded Research Project to Learn How to Measure Pain in Dementia Patients Who Can’t Express It

Vancouver, April 29, 2008 — Imagine being in pain but unable to express it? This is the unfortunate reality for many seniors suffering from dementia and multiple co-morbid conditions that involve pain. The good news is that it’s the focus of a research effort to be funded by proceeds from the May 10 BMO Pacific Spirit Run.

St. Paul's Hospital Opens BC's First One-Stop Thyroid Clinic

Vancouver, April 28, 2008 — St. Paul’s Hospital has opened the doors to British Columbia’s first clinic dedicated to the diagnosis and management of thyroid cancers and thyroid hormone disorders.
“Thyroid disorders are on the rise across Canada, especially thyroid cancer,” says Dr. Ehud Ur, Providence Health Care’s Division Head of Endocrinology. “Thyroid cancer is the eighth most prevalent form of cancer affecting women and is growing in frequency in Canada. It is a complex yet ultimately treatable condition that requires specialist multidisciplinary care.”

Pacific Spirit Run Raises Funds to Soften Heavy Tread of Dementia

Vancouver, April 23, 2008 — Two competing Vancouver athletic footwear businesses have united in the battle against dementia.
The owners of athletic footwear outlets, Ladysport and Forerunners, have personally experienced the toll of dementia in their own families and, as a result, are sponsors of the BMO Pacific Spirit Run which takes place Saturday, May 10 at Pacific Spirit Park at UBC.

From Dream to Reality: Event Looks at "Mark" of the Future for Epidemic Organ Failure

Vancouver, April 23, 2008 — What may have started as a dream for the future of science and medicine is now a very close reality with this Friday’s launch of the new Centre of Excellence for the Prevention of Epidemic Organ Failure (PROOF).

St. Paul's Immunodeficiency Clinic Honoured at AccolAIDS Gala

Vancouver, April 18, 2008 — Providence Health Care's John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic was recognized at the 7th Annual AccolAIDS Awards, presented April 13, 2008 by the British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society's (BCPWA). Presented at the AccolAIDS fundraising gala, the AccolAIDS Awards honour the extraordinary achievements and dedication of organizations, businesses, groups and individuals responding to the AIDS epidemic in British Columbia, and the thousands of people living in B.C. who are affected.

Cracked But Not Broken: CHEOS and UBC Host International Conference on Stimulant Use

Vancouver, April 16, 2008 — The UBC Institute for Mental Health and the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) at Providence Health Care Research Institute will host “Cracked But Not Broken” an international conference that addresses stimulant use among adolescents and young adults April 18 - 20 at the UBC Life Sciences Centre.

Metabolic Syndrome Clinic at St. Paul's Hospital a Success

Vancouver, April 10, 2008 — One in four Canadians suffer from metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors including excess abdominal fat that can increase their risk of serious heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. The Metabolic Syndrome Program located within Vancouver’s St Paul’s Hospital, has established a positive, innovative approach that’s helping British Columbians reduce their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. The clinic was established with the support of a $1.6 million donation from pharmaceutical partner AstraZeneca Canada.

Race and Gender Differences in Imprisonment Increase Risk for HIV

Vancouver, April 4, 2008 — There are clear disparities in life expectancy among prison inmates in the United States based on race and gender, finds a new study authored by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE). The current imprisonment practice in the United States may negatively influence prison populations, explain the authors, adding that the negative health effects of imprisonment and new interventions to reduce them should be an urgent priority within both corrections and public health.

Violence Drives HIV Risk for Women in Street-Based Sex Work

Vancouver, April 3, 2008 — Everyday violence experienced by women engaged in street-based sex work results in a heightened risk of HIV transmission, finds a new study authored by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE).
The qualitative study published in Social Science and Medicine included responses from 46 participants, from focus groups conducted between December 2005 and March 2006. The average age of the respondents was 34 years and 57 per cent identified themselves as being of Aboriginal ancestry.

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