Media Releases

Genome British Columbia: Personalized Treatments Will Improve Outcomes for Hepatitis C Patients & Save Healthcare Dollars

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA—(Marketwired - July 29, 2014) - A group of BC scientists has implemented a sophisticated screening process to ensure an effective, but expensive, Hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment will be given to only those patients who can derive benefit from it.

First in Canada: two Vancouver pharmacies begin a pilot to offer HIV tests to customers

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) are piloting the feasibility of local pharmacies offering HIV tests to their customers – a first in Canada.  

Providence’s BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS signs memorandum of understanding with the Queensland Government

Queensland and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS are joining forces to conquer HIV/AIDS.

Statement of Condolence on the tragic crash of flight MH17 and loss of Dr. Joep Lange

Providence Health Care and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS are shocked and saddened at the tragic news of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, we offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends whose loved ones died on this flight. We are particularily stricken by the loss of our friend and colleague, Dutch HIV and AIDS Scientist Dr. Joep Lange and other attendees to the International AIDS Society’s 20th Annual conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Providence Health Care hands out medical awards

Providence Health Care (PHC) paid tribute to an award-winning medical team during its annual general meeting. Dr. Pat Camp, Sandra Squire, Dr. Shannon Jackson, and Kam McIntosh received the 2014 Best Patient Safety and Quality award for their work which has given adult hemophiliacs new life.

“We've been celebrating across our many sites that it's 'Providence Week,'” said Dianne Doyle. It was her eighth time in charge of the AGM as president and CEO of Providence.

Centre performing 1,000th transcatheter heart valve procedure

VANCOUVER, June 4, 2014 – On June 5, St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) will be broadcasting a live transcatheter aortic valve implantation – on an awake patient (not under general anesthesia) – to the Transcatheter Valve Therapies Conference taking place June 5-7, 2014 at The Westin Bayshore. This patient will be the 1,000th transcatheter heart valve (THV) procedure by the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation at SPH.

BC Supreme Court Re-establishes Access to Diacetylmorphine (Heroin) Assisted Treatment

VANCOUVER, May 29, 2014 — The Supreme Court of British Columbia has re-established access to diacetylmorphine (heroin) assisted treatment following an injunction application by Providence Health Care (Providence) and the PIVOT Legal Society on behalf of five patients who had exited the SALOME (Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness) study.

Providence Health Care achieves Exemplary Standing in Accreditation

VANCOUVER, May 23, 2014 — Accreditation Canada has awarded Providence Health Care Exemplary Standing, its highest ranking. The designation recognizes Providence as having exceeded the most rigorous requirements of the accreditation program, making it a leader among more than 1,200 organizations representing 5,700 sites and services across Canada.

Government expands support for Vancouver's most vulnerable youth

VANCOUVER – It can be hard to find help when you’re on the streets. Youth who are lost, alone and struggling with addictions or mental illness will have more support with the doubling of the Inner City Youth team in Vancouver, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today.

Providence Health Care and PIVOT Legal Society begin injunction hearing

On Tuesday, March 25, Providence Health Care and the PIVOT Legal Society, on behalf of five former SALOME patients, will be asking the BC Supreme Court to grant an injunction allowing participants exiting the SALOME study access to diacetylmorphine (heroin) assisted treatment.

B.C. introduces first-of-its-kind mental health and addiction supports

March 20, 2014: New 24/7, specialized mental health area in St. Paul's Emergency Department strengthens care for people suffering from severe mental health and addiction challenges.

St. Paul's Hospital cholesterol registry spawns national initiative

Dr. Jiri Frohlich (left), director of healthy heart clinical trials at St. Paul’s Hospital, discusses the potential for a national hypercholesterolemia registry with Dr. Jacques Genest, Scientific Director of the Centre for Innovative Medicine at the McGill University Health Centre.

Friday, December 13, 2013, Vancouver, BCA St. Paul’s Hospital registry for patients genetically predisposed to dangerously high levels of cholesterol – a first of its kind in North America – is spreading across the country.  Doctors in Montreal are studying the BC initiative with the aim of implementing their own registry in the spring of 2014.

BC-CfE at St. Paul's Hospital to lead new HIV fellowship program with China

New HIV Treatment as Prevention fellowship will bring B.C. research and innovation to China

China joins forces with British Columbia to conquer HIV/AIDS

Government of B.C. signs memorandum of understanding between China and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS to St. Paul’s Hospital to support Treatment as Prevention expansion

Government of B.C. signs memorandum of understanding between China and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS to St. Paul’s Hospital to support Treatment as Prevention expansion

New program treats people with inherited heart rhythm conditions to prevent sudden death

November 22, 2013, Vancouver, BC – A new heart program in British Columbia will improve the overall care of families living with an inherited heart rhythm condition.

Action plan for patients with complex needs

VANCOUVER- Health Minister Terry Lake today released an action plan to respond to the immediate and long-term health needs of patients with severe addiction and mental illness in all health regions.

These patients have unique and complex needs. The actions we are announcing today build upon our commitment to improve health services for all British Columbians,” said Lake. “This action plan is designed to reduce barriers and service gaps to better support patients’ care needs across the province.”

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