Restored Sight Results in Gift of $66,000 to Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

Vancouver, November 14, 2007 — Vancouver, November 8, 2007 - Grateful for surgery that restored his vision, Vancouver businessman Arnold Silber and his wife Anita recently donated $66,000 to Tapestry Foundation for Health Care to purchase a state-of-the-art laser treatment system for retinal surgical procedures at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (MSJ).
“I am indebted to Dr. Bill Ross who performed the procedure and gave me back my sight,” explained Silber. “When he asked if I could help purchase some new surgical equipment for the hospital, I told him ‘You’ve got it.’

St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation’s Lights of Hope Campaign

Vancouver, November 14, 2007 — The 2007 Lights of Hope display will light up for the first time Friday, November 16 at 6:50 pm. The lighting will heralded by fireworks and the cheers of more than 400 guests expected to gather across the road from St. Paul’s Hospital at Helmcken and Burrard.

Research Team at the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital Wins International Chronic Disease Management Award

Vancouver, November 13, 2007 — A team with the Pacific Lung Health Centre, part of the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital, was awarded one of seven awards at the 2007 International Conference on Chronic Disease Management held in Calgary earlier this month. The conference was co-hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) through its regional affiliate the Pan American Health Organization.

B.C. Centres Receive $1.2 million To Study Heart Disease and HIV

Vancouver, November 13, 2007 — Two B.C.-based health research centres are embarking on a $1.2 million national study to examine how to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in people living with HIV.

Discovery Links Enzyme With Atherosclerosis and Aging

Vancouver, November 5, 2007 — Providence Health Care researcher Dr. David Granville has made a series of discoveries that could have a major impact not only on the treatment of cardiovascular disease, but also on other conditions associated with aging, including hair loss.
Dr. Granville presented his findings yesterday at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida—the world’s largest gathering of heart researchers —as a finalist for the Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize.

Volunteers To Construct 10th Anniversary Light Display Saturday

Vancouver, November 2, 2007 — More than 100 volunteers are expected to gather at St. Paul's Hospital bright and early this Saturday morning (Nov. 3rd) to construct the 10th anniversary Lights of Hope display.
Most of the men and women who will be working high on the cherry picker trucks or scaling the rungs of the scaffolding are busy construction workers who are giving up a precious day off to volunteer their time and expertise. Some have been volunteering for nine years. Given BC's current construction boom, it's very valuable time indeed.

Hospitals, Health Facilities Go Smoke Free

Vancouver, November 1, 2007 — As part of a province-wide commitment, hospitals and health facilities across Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care will butt out permanently starting May 31st, 2008, World No Tobacco Day.
The policy prohibits smoking in or on all premises owned or operated by the health authority, including care facilities, hospitals and grounds.

Milestone Reached in Revolutionary Cardiac Valve Replacement Procedure

Vancouver, October 22, 2007 — A leading interventional cardiologist at the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital this afternoon successfully performed his 100th percutaneous heart valve replacement, a new surgical technique that has transformed the lives of patients too sick to undergo conventional treatment.

PHC Announces $7.5 Million in New Research Funding

Vancouver, October 16, 2007 — A total of $7.5 million in new research funding for Providence Health Care and its partners was announced today. Of that total, $4.25 million is being contributed by Pfizer Canada.
The first investment is for targeted research at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the second is to establish the first Canadian research chair in cardiovascular disease prevention. Both research initiatives are to be housed in St. Paul’s Hospital, part of Providence Health Care.

Fast Track Unit Opens for St. Paul's ER

Vancouver, October 9, 2007 — A redesigned and refurbished emergency “fast track” unit at St. Paul’s Hospital will reduce wait times and improve around-the-clock patient care, Health Minister George Abbott said today at the facility’s official opening.

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