Media Releases

BC Hospitals Begin Routine Testing for HIV to Help Curb Global Epidemic

Vancouver, September 23, 2011 — Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care are taking the fight against HIV/AIDS, one of the biggest global health epidemics of our generation, to a new level by launching a pilot project in which most hospital patients who consent will be routinely offered a test for the infection.

$17.2 Million for St. Paul’s Hospital Upgrades

Vancouver, September 22, 2011 — St. Paul’s Hospital will benefit from $17.2 million to replace aging electrical infrastructure and elevators, providing stability and consistent care for patients, announced Health Minister Michael de Jong today, as he visited the facility.

B.C.’s Transplant Teams Set New Records…Again

Vancouver, August 24, 2011 — BC Transplant and transplant recipients across the province are celebrating this summer with a record number of transplants performed in one month. July 2011 set the record for overall transplants in B.C. as well as the record month for liver transplants.
The total number of transplants performed in July was 35, which is the highest number ever in a single month and the highest since BC Transplant, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) was formed 25 years ago. The previous record was in September 2007 with 34 total transplants.

Researchers Map Pathway of Infection for a Common, Potentially Life-threatening Respiratory Virus

Toronto, August 14, 2011 — Researchers at the University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia have identified a new treatment target for a virus that causes severe lung infections and an estimated 10% of common colds.
The virus, called human respiratory syncytial virus or RSV, is the most common reason for hospitalization of infants and children under two years of age; currently there is no effective therapy or vaccine for it.

Patients Benefit as Access to Cardiac Rehab Expands

Vancouver, August 9, 2011 — More patients and families have access to specialized heart care, closer to their homes, thanks to an innovative cardiac rehabilitation program that has officially opened in three Vancouver community centres.

HIV Therapies Provide Near Normal Lifespan in Africa

Vancouver, July 18, 2011 — A landmark study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) shows that patients in Africa receiving combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) for HIV can expect to live a near normal lifespan.

Roll Out Treatment as Prevention Now to Stop HIV and AIDS

Vancouver, July 15, 2011 — The Lancet, a leading global medical journal, published an editorial comment today that emphasizes the critical role of expanding access to HIV treatment under a “Treatment as Prevention” strategy to stop the HIV pandemic.
The publication of the editorial comment coincides with the opening of the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2011) taking place in Rome, Italy from June 17-20. The conference, the biggest open scientific AIDS conference in the world, will feature numerous presentations on Treatment as Prevention.

Providence Health Care Research Institute Board of Trustees Appoints Ms. Karimah Es Sabar as New Chair

Vancouver, June 27, 2011 — Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI), home to several world-renowned research groups, has named Ms. Karimah Es Sabar as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. In affiliation with the University of British Columbia, the Research Institute’s main objective is to improve the health and treatment of patients and residents of Providence Health Care (PHC) through relevant, ethical and inspired health research.

Clothing, Healthy Lunches and Care Kits for Downtown Eastside Residents

Vancouver, April 15, 2011 — On Saturday, April 16, Providence Health Care (PHC) will be providing healthy lunches and spring clothing to hundreds of residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Staff, physicians and volunteers from across PHC will gather at Oppenheimer Park, on the corner of Cordova Street and Dunlevy Avenue, to distribute the provisions.
In addition to lunches and clothing, those in need will have the opportunity to receive a personal care kit that will include items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, sun screen and shaving razors.

Providence Health Care Named a Best Employer for New Canadians Fourth Year in a Row

Vancouver, March 28, 2011 — For the fourth year in a row Providence Health Care (PHC) has been selected as one of the 35 Best Employers for New Canadians for 2011, a designation that recognizes the nation's best employers for recent immigrants.
PHC was recognized in 2011 for its progressive work policies, educational and training opportunities and competitive compensation that assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace and a new life in Canada, with specific focus on internationally-trained nurses.

Providence in the Park This Saturday: Clothing, Healthy Lunches and Care Kits for Downtown Eastside Residents

Vancouver, July 23, 2010 — On Saturday, April 24, Providence Health Care (PHC) will be providing healthy lunches and spring clothing to hundreds of residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Staff, physicians and volunteers from across PHC will gather at Oppenheimer Park, on the corner of Cordova Street and Dunlevy Avenue, to distribute the provisions.
In addition to lunches and clothing, those in need will have the opportunity to receive a personal care kit that will include items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo and shaving razors.

Study Shows HIV/AIDS Treatment Curbs Spread of Disease

Vancouver, BC (July 18, 2010) — The BC Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) published an important study today in the globally respected Lancet medical journal. The study strongly reinforces the view that the benefits of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) extend beyond treatment of the virus to significantly preventing the transmission and spread of HIV.

New Emergency Department Opens at St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver, July 8, 2010 —
St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver now has one of the most efficient and technologically advanced emergency departments in the country with the completion of a $14.7-million multi-phase emergency department redesign and renovation project, announced Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon.

Research could help improve the dining experience of those suffering from dementia

Vancouver, June 24, 2010 —
The results from the first phase of a ground-breaking research pilot project could help improve the dining experience and quality of life for seniors living with dementia.

Researchers at the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence (CHAP) recently studied how the physical and social redesign of a care home’s dining area influenced the quality of the dining experience for the residents.

Beyond Housing: Experts focus on health of the homeless

Vancouver, June 18, 2010 - A two-day summit, Health of the Homeless, will bring together top Canadian experts to discuss research and solutions for improving the health of those who are homeless in Vancouver.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson will be joined by Micheal Kirby, Chair of the Mental Health Commission, Dr. Michael Krausz, Providence Health Care BC Leadership Chair in Addiction Research, Gabor Mate, author and physician, and other experts from the housing, health, academic, government, non-profit, homeless advocacy and police sectors.

New Chair Appointed for Providence Health Care

Vancouver, April 15, 2010 — On April 12, 2010, the Providence Health Care (PHC) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Geoff Plant as the new chair for PHC.
Plant is replacing Kip Woodward, who is leaving PHC to take on the role of chair of Vancouver Coastal Health, as announced by Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon earlier this week. The changes are effective immediately.

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