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Making excellent care for acute heart failure patients a priority through innovation and research

Seven years ago, Andrea Marrie unexpectedly became a heart transplant candidate. Because a donor heart wasn’t available, Dr. Anson Cheung, a cardiovascular surgeon at St. Paul’s Hospital, wasted no time and implanted a left  ventricular assist device (LVAD) in Andrea.

What’s new in safe, high quality patient care initiatives: the BC winners

Just like last year, which I wrote about here,  I once again helped judge entries for the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council awards. Now in its fourth year, the program is a fine way to reward, and draw attention to, health professionals who are changing the way they provide care, making it not only better, but safer for all. One of my personal favourites is a program at St. Paul’s Hospital where a team sought to end a bad medical habit.

Life Lessons: Jennifer Duff

Jennifer Duff was just 33 when she was hired as director of mental health at Providence Health Care. She was promoted to the position after managing several nursing units at St. Paul's Hospital. She soon learned that making decisions at the director level also requires taking on a new level of responsibility.

Heart attacks on the rise in younger Canadians, experts say

Nine out of 10 Canadians these days have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke. And these risk factors, that we so easily ignore, are rising “dramatically” in young people.

City woman overcomes eating disorders

Offering hope: Amy Candido overcame two eating disorders and went on to help others recover. She now works with the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital. It started in junior high, when she decided to become a vegetarian. Nothing to send up any red flags, since many people cut meat from their diet out of a concern for animal welfare; but for Amy Candido, it was the first step on a slippery slope to an eating disorder that would completely take over her life.

Our entire series on St. Paul’s Hospital now available as an e-book

Have you ever wondered what really goes on in a big city hospital? Is it like the medical dramas on television? Well, scrub up and put on a mask — The Province’ latest e-book will take you inside St. Paul’s Hospital to share the unprecedented access given to reporters and photographers last year. During an eight-month project called Heartbeat, The Province spent weeks in the corridors, operating rooms, wards and corners of St. Paul’s Hospital.

'They gave me a second chance at life'

Four-year-old Brayden Ma likes to tell people about his mom’s new heart. “He’s so excited,” said Lindsay Schneider. “He’d say, ‘My mom’s heart was sick. But now she has a new heart. See the scar?’ ” Schneider, 28, received her new heart last October – one of 306 organ transplants performed in BC in 2012, a new record for B.C. Transplant.

Blue Monday Got You Down? Ideas for Staying Healthy and Happy

St. Paul's Hospital dietitian Lindsay Jang provides you some tips for a healthy 2013. This year will be the healthiest year yet! New workout gear? Check! Fridge stocked with leafy greens? Check! Wine bottle sealed tight? Check! Does this sound like a distant memory now that January is nearing an end and reality is setting in? It doesn’t have to be. Despite all of the good intentions, if you’re struggling to stay on track with those New Year’s resolutions right around now, you’re not alone.

Knowledge translation efforts in stroke care, management and education are saving lives

Improving outcomes for stroke patients is a priority for Devin Harris, a member of the Brain Research Centre and an emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital. It’s one of the reasons he’s returned to graduate school to complete a PhD in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Already turning emergency room management of stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) on its head around the province, he’s now poised to do the same for medical education across Canada.

St. Paul’s Hospital pioneers cutting number of routine chest X-rays

Doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital have changed the x-ray policy, saving $40,000 annually and sparing patients from X-ray radiation and freeing up staff time and other resources for more-proven interventions. 

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