Media Releases

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.

The donation will enable St. Paul’s Inner City Youth Mental Health Program (ICYMHP) to expand its services to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, providing intensive support to 40 youth per year and expand access to mental health services for dozens more. Since 2007, the outreach program has delivered mental health and psychiatric outreach services to homeless youth at agencies in other areas of Vancouver.

Hospital staff boogie for new mammogram machine

By dancing, Mount Saint Joseph (MSJ) staff raised enough money to purchase a new digital mammography machine for the hospital. MSJ  is the busiest breast surgical centre in B.C.

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.

Tapestry Foundation for Health Care Launches Penny Drive to Fund Dementia Research and Other Seniors’ Services

The Tapestry Foundation for Health Care - which raises funds for medical equipment, programs, services, education and research in the field of elder care - is asking the public to help support this effort by donating their pennies.

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.

Research Suggests Medically Prescribed Heroin More Effective, Less Costly

Medically prescribed heroin is more cost-effective than methadone for treating long-term street heroin users, according to a new study by researchers at Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia.

Research Suggests Medically Prescribed Heroin More Effective, Less Costly than Current Methadone Treatment

Vancouver, March 12, 2012 — Medically prescribed heroin is more cost-effective than methadone for treating long-term street heroin users, according to a new study by researchers at Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia.

Delaying HIV Diagnosis and Treatment may Steal Years and Quality of Life from those Infected by the Virus

Vancouver, February 29, 2012 — Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care are not only showing why “it’s different now” to live with HIV, but also how not knowing you are living with it — by delaying testing, diagnosis and treatment — can unnecessarily shorten lifespans and increase complications.

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