St. Paul's Immunodeficiency Clinic Honoured at AccolAIDS Gala

Vancouver, April 18, 2008 — Providence Health Care's John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic was recognized at the 7th Annual AccolAIDS Awards, presented April 13, 2008 by the British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society's (BCPWA). Presented at the AccolAIDS fundraising gala, the AccolAIDS Awards honour the extraordinary achievements and dedication of organizations, businesses, groups and individuals responding to the AIDS epidemic in British Columbia, and the thousands of people living in B.C. who are affected.

Located at St. Paul's Hospital, the John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic (IDC) opened in the late 1980s, following the onset of the AIDS epidemic, as a primary and specialty care clinic for HIV-infected patients. Clinicians and scientists from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS work as part of an experienced multidisciplinary clinical team that includes family doctors and specialists, nurses, pharmacists, counsellors, social workers and nutritionists. Improving access to HIV primary and specialized care, and to enhance competence in HIV care among health care providers in the community are the two main goals of the IDC.

As B.C.'s only clinic offering specialized and primary HIV care, the IDC provides health services that respond to a rapidly growing and diverse population, including the needs of people with multi-drug resistance, intolerance to antiretrovirals, or with multiple diagnoses such as hepatitis, mental health or addictions.
“It is a great honour for Providence Health Care and the IDC to be recognized as leaders in HIV/AIDS patient care,” said Dr. Rolando Barrios, the IDC's assistant director. “The IDC provides innovative programs and services to many patients who have traditionally lacked access to HIV care.” Today, visits to the IDC have grown to more than 12,000 in 2007.

The IDC tied with the Maka Project for Innovative Programs and Services, a category that acknowledges AIDS-specific or related programs or services which demonstrate a unique, progressive and/or creative approach to assisting people affected by HIV/AIDS.

For more information on the IDC, please visit the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS website, under “clinical” at http://www.cfenet.ubc.ca/index.php.

Providence Health Care is Canada's largest faith-based health care organization, operating 14 health care facilities in Greater Vancouver, B.C. that provide acute, residential, rehabilitation and community kidney dialysis services. Guided by the principle “How you want to be treated,” PHC's 1,000 physicians and 6,000 staff deliver compassionate care to more than 450,000 patients and residents each year, while training medical professionals and making innovative advances in research.