Media Releases

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 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.

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.

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.

World leading addiction experts highlight fundamental cause of poor addiction care

Vancouver, BC [October 22, 2013] — North America’s leading addiction experts point to a lack of physician education in Addiction Medicine as a key contributor to high rates of untreated addiction and related harms.

Undiagnosed delirium may pose costs to seniors, health care system

Clinical experience reveals that family members can play a part in detection.

Socioeconomic factors, not culture, the culprit to low living kidney donations

Friday, August 30, 2013, Vancouver BC – A new study by a St. Paul’s Hospital transplant nephrologist finds socioeconomic status supersedes cultural factors as it relates to living kidney donation.  The study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), examined living kidney donation rates in the African American and White populations in the United States (US).

Rare double transplant performed at St. Paul's Hospital

Doctors at St. Paul's Hospital performed a rare heart and kidney on the same patient, with both organs coming from a single donor.

Doctors at St. Paul's Hospital performed a rare heart and kidney transplant on the same patient, with both organs coming from a single donor.

PHCRI research study gives hope to those with chronic non-healing wounds

Monday, August 19, 2013, VANCOUVER, BC — New research by the Providence Health Care Research Institute tackles a major problem plaguing long-term care facilities and hospitals. The study, published in the Nature Publication Group journal Cell Death and Differentiation, gives hope to those with chronic non-healing wounds, a problem affecting as many as 20-25 percent of patients in long-term care facilities.

Innovative B.C. initiative to combat HIV/AIDS receives international funding

Dr. Julio Montaner of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS receives $2.5-million to support provincial STOP HIV/AIDS initiative

Providence Health Care launches live Emergency Department wait times website

Vancouver, BC – Residents living in Metro Vancouver can now access live emergency department wait times at six local hospitals thanks to a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC).

The Emergency Department Wait Times Dashboard (www.edwaitimes.ca) is an online tool allowing residents to check average waits in real time at Vancouver General, St. Paul’s, Mount Saint Joseph, Lions Gate and Richmond hospitals.

Lower Mainland Health organizations to implement a single patient health record through clinical and systems transformation

VANCOUVER — Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Providence Health Care (PHC), and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) have successfully concluded contract negotiations with IBM Canada to achieve the strategic vision of one clinical record per patient in our core health service organizations in British Columbia.

B.C. steps up measures to address viral hepatitis

New funding announced to support two projects that will help raise awareness about the transmission, treatment and prevention of viral hepatitis throughout the province.

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS finds homelessness and childhood sexual abuse are key factors in promoting youth injection drug use

First-of-a-kind studies reinforce need for addiction treatment and prevention for homeless youth.

Vancouver, B.C. [December 20, 2012]: Homelessness and a history of childhood sexual abuse place Vancouver street involved youth at great risk of intravenous injection drug use and potential transmission of HIV and hepatitis C, according to a pair of new studies from researchers at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the University of British Columbia.

BC-CfE’s Dr. Richard Harrigan wins Innovation and Achievement Award

Vancouver, BC [March 5, 2013] — Dr. Richard Harrigan, Director of the Laboratory Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), has been awarded the Innovation and Achievement Award for his industry-leading work in HIV clinical research.

Presented by LifeSciences BC, the Innovation and Achievement Award is given annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of British Columbia’s life sciences industry.

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