New Health Care Foundation Builds on Success of the Past, Provides Strength for the Future

Vancouver, April 19, 2007 - Three organizations with a long and successful history of supporting health care – St. Vincent’s, Holy Family and Mount Saint Joseph Hospital Foundations – have been merged into one. The new Tapestry Foundation for Health Care creates a stronger voice promoting better health care for patients and residents.

Providence Health Care Offers Their Help in the Downtown Eastside

Vancouver, April 14, 2007 – Providence Health Care (PHC) is helping to bring relief to residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Canada's poorest urban neighborhood. On Saturday, April 14, staff, physicians and volunteers from across PHC will gather at Oppenheimer Park to provide food, toiletries, footwear and socks to over 500 people. Many of those who will come to this highly anticipated event are homeless or poor families in dire need of food and clothing.

HIV Health Outcomes Show Three-Fold Improvement Since Mid-90s

Vancouver, April 4, 2007 — HIV patients starting treatment are nearly three times less likely to die than those who began in the mid-90s, says a large study authored by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
The study, published in the current issue of AIDS, examines how the evolution of antiretroviral therapies over the past 12 years have impacted HIV patients' life expectancy in B.C. The study represents one of the largest comparative evaluations yet published.

5th Annual Geriatrics Conference "Perspectives on Dementia" provides education for BC caregivers

Vancouver, February 21, 2007 — More than 300 professional caregivers throughout BC will be in Vancouver Friday, February 23, 2007 to participate in the 5th Annual Geriatric Services Conference “Perspectives on Dementia” at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre (8:30 am – 4:30 pm).
Hosted by St. Vincent’s & Holy Family Health Care Foundation, the Conference offers a unique educational opportunity for caregivers working in the field of geriatrics and eldercare.

Claude Lenfant, Former Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, to speak at the 2007 Copland Lecture

Vancouver, February 7, 2007 —
Dr. Claude Lenfant, former Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will deliver the 2006 Copland Lectureship at St. Paul’s Hospital, on Friday, February 9, 2007 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm in the New Lecture Theatre at Providence Health Care’s St. Paul’s Hospital.

BC doctor revolutionizes heart valve replacement (Dr. David Wood)

A Vancouver cardiologist is unveiling a revolutionary heart valve surgery. It reduces recovery time from months to a just a few hours. And Dr. David Wood says not only does his technique spare patients a massive operation, it saves the health care system money. Robin Gill has more on the remarkable new procedure.

Help needed for mothers who want to abandon their newborns, say advocates

It's a sad fact that every year in Canada, mothers who can't care for their newborn infants abandon them in places where they are left to die.

The Canadian city where addicts are allowed to inject (Crosstown Clinic)

As the opioid crisis spreads across North America, the Canadian city of Vancouver is pioneering a radical approach to drug treatment - let addicts use.

Fighting heroin with heroin

Doctors use prescription heroin to treat those with severe opioid addictions

Saving Lives with Heroin (Crosstown Clinic)

For 30 years, Russell Cooper’s life was dominated by a crippling heroin addiction. He first tried it with a friend in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in his early 20s, and it made all his self-esteem and anxiety issues disappear. But the cost was the breakdown of his marriage, getting fired from his railroad job, and serving seven years in prison for robbing banks to support his habit.

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