Media Releases

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

Vancouver, December 19, 2007 — 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 on Friday, December 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Santa makes the visit each year on behalf of Variety – The Children's Charity, major donors to the Maternity Centre's Variety Club Special Care Nursery. Santa will be singing and giving away stuffed animals and blankets to children and parents in the Centre. His friends from Variety will also be there to give out “Gold Heart Pins.”

New Addiction Research Chair Receives $2.25 Million

Vancouver, December 13, 2007 — The Province’s $2.25-million investment in a new B.C. Leadership Chair will support leading-edge research and the development of innovative treatment approaches by a world authority on addictions, Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell announced today.

Healthy Eating Strategies to Conquer the Holiday Feast

Vancouver, December 13, 2007 — The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s everywhere around us: tempting high-fat, high-calorie dishes, the extra goodies at the office, the eggnog lattes, the festive get-togethers that always revolve around food. Most people think of the holiday season as an opportunity to indulge and they worry about the aftermath in January. Are you nutritionally prepared?

Life-Saving Digital Mammography Tops Angel Campaign Wish List

Vancouver, November 27, 2007 — A digital mammography machine for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital — which may prove effective in detecting breast cancer for the high proportion of Asian women treated there — tops the wish list for this year’s Angel Campaign.
“Asian women have high density breast tissue which makes early detection of breast cancer difficult,” said Dr. Richard Lee, a radiologist at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. “Researchers from the University of North Carolina have found that digital mammography is effective in detecting cancer in women with high density breast tissue.”

Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health Delivers 2007 Alan Bernstein Distinguished Lectureship

Vancouver, November 23, 2007 — Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, will deliver this year’s Alan Bernstein Distinguished Lectureship for 2007 at St. Paul’s Hospital, part of Providence Health Care.
Dr. Nabel is a renowned physician-scientist who has made numerous contributions to our understanding of vascular biology while at the University of Michigan, including processes important to the development of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.

Providence Health Care President & CEO Named One of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

Vancouver, November 21, 2007 — Canada's leading women executives in just about every corner of the business world – from medicine and media to education and energy – are on this year's list of Canada's Top 100 most powerful women, including Providence Health Care President and Chief Executive Officer, Dianne Doyle.

Providence Health Care Investigator Awarded $300,000 Johnson & Johnson Grant for Research into Pediatric Asthma

Vancouver, November 21, 2007 — Research into pediatric asthma received a boost as Johnson & Johnson awarded Dr. Darryl Knight, a researcher with the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia, with a $300,000 Focused Funding grant.
This three-year grant from Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Office of Science & Technology will support Dr. Knight’s basic research into asthma. According to the Asthma Society of Canada, more than 500,000 Canadian children suffer from asthma.

Inaugural Director Appointed for Innovative New Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital

Vancouver, November 19, 2007 — The fight to detect, prevent and care for heart and lung diseases has taken a significant leap forward with the appointment of internationally renowned heart and lung researcher Dr. Bruce McManus as the inaugural Director of the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital.
Launched in June 2007, the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital merges and integrates all of Providence’s heart and lung research, education and care programs under one umbrella. It is the only such institute of its kind in Canada.

St. Paul’s Lights of Hope display “goes live” Friday at 6:50 pm

Vancouver, November 14, 2007 — St. Paul’s Lights of Hope display “goes live” this Friday at 6:50 pm.
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 … LIGHTS ON!!!!

These are the words that will echo outside St. Paul’s Hospital this Friday, November 16 at 6:50 pm when more than 400 candle-carrying guests gather at Burrard and Helmcken to launch the hospital’s 2007 Lights of Hope display.

When the countdown is complete, the massive light display, a fundraiser for St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, will be officially switched on followed by a firework display high above the hospital.

St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation’s Lights of Hope Campaign

Vancouver, November 14, 2007 — The 2007 Lights of Hope display will light up for the first time Friday, November 16 at 6:50 pm. The lighting will heralded by fireworks and the cheers of more than 400 guests expected to gather across the road from St. Paul’s Hospital at Helmcken and Burrard.

Restored Sight Results in Gift of $66,000 to Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

Vancouver, November 14, 2007 — Vancouver, November 8, 2007 - Grateful for surgery that restored his vision, Vancouver businessman Arnold Silber and his wife Anita recently donated $66,000 to Tapestry Foundation for Health Care to purchase a state-of-the-art laser treatment system for retinal surgical procedures at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (MSJ).
“I am indebted to Dr. Bill Ross who performed the procedure and gave me back my sight,” explained Silber. “When he asked if I could help purchase some new surgical equipment for the hospital, I told him ‘You’ve got it.’

B.C. Centres Receive $1.2 million To Study Heart Disease and HIV

Vancouver, November 13, 2007 — Two B.C.-based health research centres are embarking on a $1.2 million national study to examine how to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in people living with HIV.

Research Team at the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital Wins International Chronic Disease Management Award

Vancouver, November 13, 2007 — A team with the Pacific Lung Health Centre, part of the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital, was awarded one of seven awards at the 2007 International Conference on Chronic Disease Management held in Calgary earlier this month. The conference was co-hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) through its regional affiliate the Pan American Health Organization.

Discovery Links Enzyme With Atherosclerosis and Aging

Vancouver, November 5, 2007 — Providence Health Care researcher Dr. David Granville has made a series of discoveries that could have a major impact not only on the treatment of cardiovascular disease, but also on other conditions associated with aging, including hair loss.
Dr. Granville presented his findings yesterday at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida—the world’s largest gathering of heart researchers —as a finalist for the Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize.

Volunteers To Construct 10th Anniversary Light Display Saturday

Vancouver, November 2, 2007 — More than 100 volunteers are expected to gather at St. Paul's Hospital bright and early this Saturday morning (Nov. 3rd) to construct the 10th anniversary Lights of Hope display.
Most of the men and women who will be working high on the cherry picker trucks or scaling the rungs of the scaffolding are busy construction workers who are giving up a precious day off to volunteer their time and expertise. Some have been volunteering for nine years. Given BC's current construction boom, it's very valuable time indeed.

Hospitals, Health Facilities Go Smoke Free

Vancouver, November 1, 2007 — As part of a province-wide commitment, hospitals and health facilities across Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care will butt out permanently starting May 31st, 2008, World No Tobacco Day.
The policy prohibits smoking in or on all premises owned or operated by the health authority, including care facilities, hospitals and grounds.

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