Media Releases

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.

Valve-in-Valve Implants Via Catheter Effective in High-Risk Patients

Vancouver, April 13, 2010 — Replacing failing artificial animal-based heart valves by implanting tisue valves inside them is an effective option for high-risk patients, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
In the study, physicians from Canada and the United Kingdom describe how 24 high-risk patients whose previous implants failed received transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation, where a new artificial valve is seated within a previously implanted valve made of pig or cow tissue.

New Chairs Appointed for Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care

Vancouver, April 12, 2010 — The provincial government today announced the appointment of Kip Woodward as the new chair of
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).
Woodward is replacing David Thompson, who is leaving VCH to take on the role of chair of the new British Columbia Health Services Purchasing Organization, as announced by Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon earlier today. The changes are effective immediately.

New Report Finds Drug Prohibition, Stricter Law Enforcement Key Sources of Violence and Gun Crime

Vancouver, March 23,  2010 — Canada’s war on drugs has failed to curb the illicit drug trade, and proposed legal interventions to disrupt the drug market will have no effect on drug supply and may actually boost rates of drug-related violence, according to a new scientific review.

Vancouver Research Team Identifies a Key Predictor of Cardiovascular Death

Vancouver, March 15, 2010 — Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) hospitalizes more than 160,000 Canadians every year, and almost one quarter of those patients die from this common form of heart disease. But now a team of Vancouver based researchers has identified a key predictor of mortality in CAD patients, which means that specialists can better determine how to treat and improve outcomes for patients with CAD.

BMJ Group Honours Dr. Evan Wood with a Doctor of the Year Award for Insite Evaluation

Vancouver, March 11, 2010 — One of the world’s leading providers of trusted medical information and services, BMJ Group, today recognized Dr. Evan Wood, a lead researcher at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), for his groundbreaking research in HIV, public health, illicit drug policy and addiction.

World Leaders in HIV/AIDS to Convene in Vancouver During 2010 Olympic Games

Vancouver, February 23, 2010 — LifeSciences British Columbia, the BC Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) will host a global summit on HIV/AIDS on Feb. 26th, 2010, against the backdrop of the 2010 Olympic Games.

Increased HAART Coverage Associated With 50% Drop in New HIV Diagnoses Among Injection Drug Users

Vancouver, February 18, 2010 — A comprehensive population-based study, conducted by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and presented at the 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in San Francisco, shows that expanded highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) coverage was associated with a 50% decrease in new yearly HIV infections among injection drug users.

Riverview Redevelopment Continues to Move Ahead

Vancouver, February 11, 2010 — Nine projects to build further capacity for intensive and highly specialized mental health services in the Lower Mainland got underway today with the release of Requests for Proposal (RFP) for design and renovation work to accommodate the transfer of patients from Riverview Hospital.

B.C To Seek and Treat Most Vulnerable HIV Patients

Vancouver, February 4, 2010 — A unique pilot program will get underway shortly in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Prince George to seek and treat vulnerable populations who are either undiagnosed or untreated for HIV.

Discovery Points Way for New Treatment for Aneurysms

Vancouver, January 27, 2010 — New research findings from a team at the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia (UBC) may lead to new treatment options for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) – a potentially fatal disease that currently has no pharmacological treatments.

New Cases of HIV Drug Resistance Dramatically Decreasing in British Columbia

Vancouver, January 7, 2010 — Fewer and fewer British Columbians are developing resistance to antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV infection, according to a new study published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Director of the Australian Telethon Institute for Child Health Research Delivers 2009 Alan Bernstein Distinguished Lectureship

Vancouver, November 23, 2009 — Professor Fiona Stanley, AC, Director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research; Chair of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth; and Professor, School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia, will deliver this year’s Alan Bernstein Distinguished Lectureship for 2009 at St. Paul’s Hospital, part of Providence Health Care.

Pages