Media Releases

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.

Milestone Reached in Revolutionary Cardiac Valve Replacement Procedure

Vancouver, October 22, 2007 — A leading interventional cardiologist at the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital this afternoon successfully performed his 100th percutaneous heart valve replacement, a new surgical technique that has transformed the lives of patients too sick to undergo conventional treatment.

PHC Announces $7.5 Million in New Research Funding

Vancouver, October 16, 2007 — A total of $7.5 million in new research funding for Providence Health Care and its partners was announced today. Of that total, $4.25 million is being contributed by Pfizer Canada.
The first investment is for targeted research at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the second is to establish the first Canadian research chair in cardiovascular disease prevention. Both research initiatives are to be housed in St. Paul’s Hospital, part of Providence Health Care.

Fast Track Unit Opens for St. Paul's ER

Vancouver, October 9, 2007 — A redesigned and refurbished emergency “fast track” unit at St. Paul’s Hospital will reduce wait times and improve around-the-clock patient care, Health Minister George Abbott said today at the facility’s official opening.

Cardiac Specialists at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver are First in North America to Implant New-Technology Heart Pumps

Vancouver, Sept. 27, 2007 — Cardiac specialists at St. Paul’s Hospital are the first in North America to successfully perform two breakthrough heart-pump implants in patients with failing hearts using new-generation ventricular assist devices (VADs).
The small but powerful heart pumps, no larger than a few grams, are intended as short-term relief for hearts with declining function or following surgery. They reduce the heart’s workload while providing blood to body organs.

Frequent Asthma Attacks May Increase Loss of Lung Function

Vancouver, September 14, 2007 — The frequency of asthma attacks has been linked to declining lung function in a study by a Providence Health Care respirologist and his Dutch colleagues. The study, by Dr. Tony Bai of the James Hogg ICAPTURE Centre for Cardiovasular and Pulmonary Research at St. Paul’s Hospital and researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, was published in this month’s European Respiratory Journal.

There's More to Learn About Healthy Aging!

Vancouver, September 5, 2007 — The focus is on seniors this autumn at the Fall 2007 Healthy Aging Seminar Series, presented by the new TAPESTRY FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH CARE.
Since 1999, the Healthy Aging Seminar Series has offered comprehensive information on important issues facing today's seniors. Held twice a year in spring and fall, the series addresses a range of issues that includes physical and mental health, fitness and nutrition, as well as financial management and tax and estate planning.

Mercury Thermometer Exchange at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital’s Community Recycling Day

Vancouver, August 1, 2007 — Members of the public are invited to exchange their old mercury-filled thermometers for a free digital thermometer at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital on Saturday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The mercury used in old thermometers is toxic and can pose a health hazard, especially to children. Disposal in household garbage is not advised as the mercury will end up in landfills, contaminating surrounding soil and water.

Patient and Resident Care Boosted at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

Vancouver, July 23, 2007 — Patient and resident care at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital recently got a boost of $870,000 in funding for medical equipment from the new Tapestry Foundation for Health Care.
A large number of priority equipment needs are being addressed with the funding that includes critical care beds, pressure relief mattresses, a microscope for surgical eye procedures, and a patient wandering system for residents in extended care.

Novel Genetics Research Advances Possibility of HIV Vaccine

Vancouver, July 6, 2007 — A pioneering collaborative study has discovered how the HIV virus evades the human body's immune system.
The research collaborative - involving scientists from the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Microsoft Research and Los Alamos National Laboratory - used highly computer-intensive, cutting-edge statistical research methods to investigate how the HIV virus mutates to escape the body's immune system.

Providence Health Care Earns Fourth consecutive 3M Award with Medication Safety Project for Seniors

Vancouver, June 14, 2007 — A team of caregivers from Providence Health Care (PHC) has once again won a 3M Health Care Quality Team Award from the Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CCHSE). This marks the fourth consecutive year that PHC has won this national honour that recognizes innovation, quality and teamwork in health care.

St. Paul’s Hospital Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Opening of its School of Nursing

Vancouver, May 24, 2007 — Vancouver, May 24, 2007 – More than 500 graduates of the St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) School of Nursing are expected to gather at the St. Paul’s Conference Centre on Sunday, May 27, to mark both the 100th year anniversary and the half-century milestone of the class that graduated in 1957.

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