Providence In The News

Breakfast Television reports on Operation Popcorn (St. Paul's Hospital)

Representatives from BC Transplant delivered popcorn to St. Paul's Hospital staff on Dec. 7.

Passing of Neil O'Brien draws his radio friends together (St. Paul's Hospital)

Neil O'Brien was a popular figure in Vancouver radio circles. He died Tuesday at 47. KULJEET KAILA/SUBMITTED / PNG

A legacy of friendship, good humour, wrestling and a love for pizza is what friends of Neil O’Brien are talking about this week.

Are Good Kidneys Going to Waste? (Dr. John Gill, St. Paul's Hospital)

Despite long waiting lists for kidney donation, a new study finds that one kidney from a deceased donor is transplanted while the other kidney is often thrown away.

Faith-based care and medical assistance in dying (Christopher De Bono, Providence Health Care)

One way to look at the issue of MAID and secular and faith-based health care providers is that they work together and they reflect Canada’s diversity.

Wasted lives: Overcoming alcohol addiction, surviving the holiday season (Mark Haggerty, Rapid Access Addiction Clinic)

The holiday season can be especially challenging for those struggling with an alcohol addiction, say support workers (Ron Wilson)

Alcohol is the biggest addiction crisis on the rise in British Columbia and it can wreak havoc on the lives of those it touches.

CBC Radio-Canada reports on the overdose epidemic (Dr. Scott MacDonald, Crosstown Clinic)

CBC Radio-Canada visits the Crosstown Clinic and interviews Dr. Scott MacDonald.

Yvan Côté reports

Click here to read and watch (in French)

Our Medicare policy for kidney transplants is totally irrational (Dr. John Gill, St. Paul's Hospital)

Doctors perform a kidney transplant. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Kidney transplants are universally acknowledged as the best treatment for kidney failure. Compared with remaining on dialysis, transplant recipients live longer, have better quality of life, are more likely to raise a family, have fewer symptoms and incur far fewer health-care costs.

Fairchild TV reports on the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune (St. Paul's Foundation)

Fairchild TV reports on the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune.

No break in fentanyl deaths prompts B.C. to speed up efforts to get clean drugs to long-term addicts (Crosstown Clinic)

Since November 2014, one Downtown Eastside clinic has given patients prescription heroin as a method of treatment for severe addictions. Now B.C. is expanding access to a similar drug called hydromorphone in response to the fentanyl crisis. AMANDA SIEBERT

The province is accelerating an expansion of a controversial program where people who are addicted to opioids receive a clean supply of drugs via the province’s health-care system.

Writer advocates secular control of hospice beds

I am very concerned that new long-term care beds and the six hospice beds will end up being controlled by Providence Health Care, a Catholic organization, and thus reduce the opportunity for reasonable MAiD support and care (without the need for a transfer).

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