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Landmark study calls for greater investment in evidence-based healthcare and harm reduction initiatives for injection drug users in Thailand to save lives, prevent HIV infections

Despite aggressive drug policies and compulsory drug detention, the availability of illicit drugs in Bangkok increased significantly between 2009 and 2011

Bangkok, Thailand [March 11, 2013] — A new study from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group (TTAG) and Thailand’s Mitsampan Community Research Project, finds the Thai government’s longstanding war-on-drugs, involving the mass incarceration of people who use drugs, has failed to suppress the availability and use of illegal drugs in the country.

Computer models predict how patients will respond to HIV drugs without the need for resistance testing

Models could improve the treatment of HIV patients in countries with limited resources.

St. Paul's Hospital Redevelopment Project looking for architects

The redevelopment of St. Paul’s Hospital continues to gain momentum with the posting of a Request for Proposals to provide architectural services for the project.

2013 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune raises more than half a million dollars for state of the art breast cancer detection technology for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 18, 2013 – Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Vancouver community, Tapestry Foundation’s 2013 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune on Feb. 16 raised a record $521,326 toward the purchase of a 3D ultrasound breast scanner for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital’s (MSJ) Rapid Access Breast Clinic (RABC).

Since the first event in 2008, Scotiabank Feast of Fortune has raised more than $1.8 million for new technology including diagnostic imaging and respiratory equipment, video surgical systems, and cardiac testing and monitoring apparatus.

Feast of Fortune fundraiser just the ticket for Vancouver women potentially affected by breast cancer

Chinese New Year event especially beneficial to Asian community

Vancouver, Feb. 7, 2013 – Breast cancer survivor Ju Ng is appealing to Vancouverites to buy tickets to the 2013 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune dinner to raise funds for a 3D ultrasound breast scanner because she knows first-hand how important it is to have access to the latest in breast cancer detection technology. Ng was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy last autumn through the Rapid Access Breast Clinic (RABC) at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (MSJ).

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

Vancouver, December 20, 2012 – 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 tomorrow (Friday, December 21, 2012) at 12:45 p.m.

Santa makes the visit every year on behalf of Variety – The Children's Charity, major donors to the Maternity Centre's Variety Special Care Nursery. Santa will be singing and giving away stuffed animals and blankets to children and parents in the Centre, along with his friends from Variety.

Business in Vancouver Recognizes Two Providence Health Care Medical Staff

VANCOUVER, DECEMBER 14, 2012 – Business in Vancouver (BIV) has named two Providence Health Care (PHC) medical staff among its 2012 “Forty under 40” winners.

Each year, BIV highlights the achievements of BC's outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in public or private business and non-profit sectors under the age of 40.  The magazine recognized Drs. Carl Brown and Evan Wood this year.

Silver Wheaton donates $1.6-million to help St. Paul’s Hospital expand its youth mental health outreach program to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VANCOUVER, BC – Today, Silver Wheaton Corp. announced that it is donating $1.6-million to St. Paul’s Hospital to address an urgent need for mental health services for at-risk youth.

Providence Health Care among Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures

Providence Health Care has been recognized as having one of the most admired corporate cultures in Canada in the annual study by Waterstone Human Capital Ltd.

Vancouver Coastal Health & Providence Health Care Aim to Change the Course of "HIVstory"

Vancouver, July 18, 2012 — Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care unveiled a bold new campaign today to stop HIV in Vancouver. CHANGE HIVSTORY makes Vancouver the epicentre of a movement that will change history: the beginning of the end of HIV.

Canadian Political Leaders Urged to Sign the Washington D.C. Declaration to End the AIDS Epidemic

Vancouver, July 16, 2012 — Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and Past-President of the International AIDS Society, is calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper, federal opposition party leaders and all provincial premiers to join him in signing a declaration to end the AIDS epidemic.

B.C.'s Treatment as Prevention Strategy Expands with Pilot Project for Non-Occupational High-Risk Exposure to HIV

Vancouver, July 9, 2012 — The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) today announced the launch of an 18-month pilot program to prevent infection in people who have had high-risk exposures to HIV through sex or sharing needles.
The new pilot program, called Non-occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (NPEP), provides British Columbians who have had such high-risk exposures with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Studies show that when HAART is offered within 72 hours following HIV exposure, the risk of acquiring HIV decreases by approximately 80 per cent.

Vancouver Geriatrician Shows How 90 Can Be the New 80

Vancouver, May 22, 2012 — If you want to live well and happily into your 90s, a healthy lifestyle, adaptable personality and luck are essential.
That’s according to Dr. Larry Dian whose tips for aging successfully will be the focus of an upcoming, free Dialogue on Aging public presentation offered by the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care.

Updated Simulated Community Helps Rehab Patients Transition Home

Vancouver, April 26, 2012 — A one-of-a-kind rehabilitation experience in British Columbia, featuring a grocery store, gas station, ATM and parked car, has been given new life by donors. On Thursday, April 26, 2012, Tapestry Foundation for Health Care unveiled the newly updated Easy Street Environment™ at Holy Family Hospital (HFH), a simulated community used by patients undertaking physical rehabilitation.

New Transcription Services Business Model Taken to Tender

Vancouver, March 22, 2012 — Preparations for redesigning Lower Mainland Health Information Management (LM HIM) are moving forward with the posting of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for LM HIM Transcription Services.
A request for proposals for LM HIM Transcription Services will be posted to BC Bid (www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca) today. This RFP has a closing date of April 26, 2012.

Providence Health Care Nurses Come to Saskatchewan’s Aid in Battle Against HIV Infection

Vancouver, March 14, 2012 — A group of Providence Health Care (PHC) nurses experienced in working with HIV patients in marginalized populations have responded to the huge rise in HIV infections in Saskatchewan and are sharing best practices with their provincial counterparts.

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