Media Releases

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.

External Review Process to Investigate St. Paul’s Hospital Patient Case

Vancouver, February 24, 2012 — Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) will initiate an external independent review of the case of a St. Paul’s Hospital patient who allegedly committed a violent crime after being discharged on February 21.
VCH and PHC expect the process to be led by a panel of reviewers, which could include external mental health and emergency care clinicians and researchers.

HIV Testing and Cupid’s Arrow Should Go Together, Says Vancouver Coastal and Providence Health

Vancouver, February 13, 2012 — All love is risky and Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care are encouraging sweethearts young and old to update their understanding of HIV transmission, testing and treatment and seriously consider making HIV testing part of their regular health care routine.

Global Recognitions Cap Breakthrough Year for Treatment as Prevention

Vancouver, January 13, 2012 — The made-in-BC Treatment as Prevention strategy received breakthrough scientific recognition and political support in 2011, creating further momentum to implement this proven approach to combating HIV and AIDS in Canada and around the world.
Treatment as Prevention, pioneered by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) a decade ago, was recently named breakthrough of the year by Science magazine and a medical breakthrough for 2012 by Readers Digest. It was also recognized as one of the top-10 medical breakthroughs by Time magazine.

New Transcription model to improve service, save millions for health authorities and patients

VANCOUVER, December 1, 2011 — Four major BC health providers are redesigning their varied transcription departments to jointly improve service delivery and save over $3 million annually in taxpayer dollars that can be redirected to patient care.

New Transcription model to improve service, save millions for health authorities and patients

Four major BC health providers are redesigning their varied transcription departments to jointly improve service delivery and save over $3 million annually in taxpayer dollars that can be redirected to patient care

Rapid HIV Tests Offered to UBC Students for World AIDS Day

Vancouver, November 30, 2011 — As part of the recently launched “It’s Different Now” HIV/AIDS social marketing campaign, Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health are joining with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to offer students HIV tests to mark World AIDS Day.

St. Paul's Hospital Clinic Helps HIV/AIDS Patients Live Well and Long

Vancouver, November 28, 2011 — Thanks to the miracle workers at St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH), the treatment and care for HIV/AIDS is now about living, not dying.
The focus of SPH’s John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic (IDC) has changed significantly since the days when it initially provided monitoring and support for HIV-positive patients, most of whom went on to develop AIDS defining illness and die.

B.C. Welcomes U.S. Commitment to Treatment as Prevention

Victoria, November 8, 2011 — B.C. Premier Christy Clark lauded Hillary Rodham Clinton’s call today for an AIDS-free generation and scaling up a Treatment as Prevention strategy as part of a comprehensive proposal to fight HIV and AIDS.
Premier Clark noted that U.S. Secretary of State Clinton’s strong endorsement of Treatment as Prevention reinforces the success of the strategy pioneered, modelled and proven in British Columbia and now embraced around the world.

HIV Awareness Boosted by "Different" Social Marketing Campaign

Vancouver, November 8, 2011 — Every adult who has not had an HIV test in the past year should have one the next time they have a blood test for any reason. Why? HIV is a very different disease now than it was 20 years ago. An innovative new social marketing campaign wants people to know just how different.
The “It’s Different Now” campaign will use bus shelter ads, a guerilla poster campaign, a website and a corresponding social media strategy to build awareness about how recommendations for testing and the lives of HIV patients have changed over the past few years.

Vancouver Midwives to Deliver Free Workshops and Lectures During Midwifery Awareness Month

Vancouver, November 1, 2011 — Vancouver midwives and midwifery clinics will be hosting free workshops and lectures throughout November to increase awareness and education on maternal and newborn care for women and parents-to-be during Midwifery Awareness Month.

New Partner Joins Providence Health Care in Bi-Annual Event for Downtown Eastside Residents

Providence In the Park, the popular bi-annual community event for the homeless, has an exciting new community partner to further address the care needs of vulnerable populations

New Research Program Investigates Leading Cause of Death for Women in British Columbia

Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia (UBC) have announced the establishment of the first research program in B.C. to focus on the impact of gender-based differences on cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke).

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