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Survival over 80% after valve-in-valve implantation

For patients with failed surgical bioprosthetic valves, one-year survival after transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation is 83.2%, according to a study published in the July 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Metro Vancouver gets new tools for people with eating disorders

VANCOUVER—A new eating disorder clinic is opening and a residential treatment centre is moving to Vancouver this summer, marking a dramatic increase in the services available here for people with anorexia and bulimia.

Dr. Laird Birmingham, a specialist in eating disorders who has been at the forefront of treatment in BC for decades, is launching a private clinic on Granville Street that he says will provide a type of individualized treatment that’s currently not available.

Erin Ellis reports

Minister pledges to reduce hospital congestion

Patient care in BC's biggest health region will be improved by reducing reliance on hospitals and providing more community services, Health Minister Terry Lake pledged Wednesday.

Lake said changes will be evident by the fall after an eight-month review that addressed concerns about congestion in many of the dozen hospitals in the fastgrowing Fraser Health Authority region, which serves 1.7 million people from Burnaby to Hope.

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Fraser Health chief says hospitals’ dismal ratings can be turned around

Putting patients first won’t just be a catchphrase but a priority for Fraser Valley Health Authority hospitals, says interim chief executive officer (CEO) Dr. David Ostrow.

Ostrow was responding to a dismal report, released Wednesday by the Ministry of Health, that showed several Fraser Health Authority hospitals have some of the worst results in Canada on various measures of quality of care and patient safety.

Fraser Health strategy targets emergency room overuse

A seven-month review of Fraser Health has resulted in a new strategy that focuses on cutting unnecessary use of hospital emergency rooms in favour of improved primary and community care.

Health Minister Terry Lake said Wednesday too many patients in the region aren't getting the appropriate type of care and suffering worse outcomes, compared to other peer hospitals in Canada.

Jeff Nagel reports

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Strategic three-year plan for Fraser Health Authority released by BC health minister

Over the last few years the Fraser Health Authority has faced a lot of criticism from the public and health care workers.

That prompted BC’s health minister to order a review of the authority and today the report was made public.

Yuliya Talmazan reports

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Pepper spraying at St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver police are searching for a suspect after four people, including two security guards, were pepper sprayed at St. Paul’s hospital.

Vancouver Coastal Health Spokesperson Clibe Camm says those sprayed suffered minor injuries.

Shelby Thom reports

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Man pepper sprays visitors, guards at St. Paul's Hospital

Two visitors and two security guards were injured in the apparently random attack.

Providence Health says four people are being treated after apparently being pepper sprayed by an unidentified man in St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver on Monday.

Spokesperson Dave Lefebvre said the seemingly random attack happened just before 4 PM PT, when the man came into the hospital front entrance and began screaming.

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Two visitors, two security guards pepper sprayed at St. Paul’s Hospital

VANCOUVER—Police hope to find a man responsible for pepper spraying the entrance of St. Paul’s Hospital this afternoon.

Providence Health Spokesman Dave Lefebvre says the man entered the hospital screaming.

He says the suspect ran out the building before the fire doors could be locked.

Hayley Cooper reports

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Study examines survival following repair of failed bioprosthetic aortic valves

In an analysis of about 460 patients with failed bioprosthetic aortic valves who underwent transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation, overall survival at one year was 83 percent, with survival associated with surgical valve size and mechanism of failure, according to a study in the July 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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