St. Paul’s Hospital

Wife donates kidney to husband of 30 years

Greta and Terry Picard from Nanaimo have been married for three decades.

But eight years ago Terry’s kidneys started failing and he had to go on dialysis, desperate for a kidney donor.

Just when it looked like there was nothing on the horizon, Greta decided to get tested to see if she could be the one.

Turns out she is.

“When you go years and years of not being able to do the things that you’ve always done, play tennis, swim, walk, run, I mean just, work, when you’re not able to do those things, it’s trying,” said Terry.

Amy Judd reports

How Julio Montaner set the standard for AIDS treatment

Julio Montaner’s medical breakthroughs have helped save millions of lives. Many were inspired by one simple piece of advice from his father.

Dr. Montaner’s dad was a noted pulmonary specialist and expert on tuberculosis, which was a problem in their native Argentina. Julio Gonzalez Montaner told his son to treat the stubborn respiratory disease with a combination of drugs—one alone was not enough.

St. Paul's takes on interns

Monday, August 11, 2014: A new medical program is giving inner city kids from Dallas the chance to learn from heart and lung researchers at St Paul’s Hospital.

Elaine Yong reports

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New website aims to dispel stigmas around mental illness

Jude Swanson tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a SkyTrain at the Stadium station nearly two decades ago.

Emergency responders gingerly rescued him from under the train and he spent several hours undergoing life-saving surgery at St. Paul’s Hospital.

What followed was many months in care, first to address his physical wounds and then to get control of his depression.

With his suffocatingly low self-esteem, Swanson felt so badly about his failed suicide attempt that he thought to himself, “Boy, I can’t even kill myself right. I managed to screw that up.”

Pervasive medical errors put focus on patient safety, conference hears

At one of the best hospitals in the world, a nurse’s mistake led to the death of Leilani Schweitzer’s toddler, Gabriel.

A well-intentioned Stanford University Hospital nurse turned off the constantly beeping alarms on the monitoring equipment attached to Gabriel’s body so that his mom sitting beside him could get some uninterrupted sleep. The problem was, when his heart stopped in the middle of the night, no one knew it.

Patient-centred care

Friday, August 8, 2014: An international conference on patient and family centred care hit Vancouver this week.

Elaine Yong reports

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St. Paul's Hospital works with patients to develop interactive mental health website

Mental health patients help “Change the Labels” at 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Vancouver, BC, August 6–8, 2014

Working with patients and families, St. Paul's Hospital has created an innovative and interactive online resource about mental health. St. Paul’s Hospital’s “Change the Labels” website seeks to re-write the narrative around mental health, while helping patients and families access the services they need.

BC invests in addiction support

BC funds new addictions research and treatment

VANCOUVER—The British Columbia government is boosting funding for addictions research and treatment in the province, with money directed at testing of a drug that can block the effects of heroin and alcohol.

Health Minister Terry Lake made the announcement in Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital on Wednesday, saying the additional $3-million investment will allow the province to expand addiction-medicine education for health professionals, making it the largest program of its kind in North America.

Providence’s BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS signs memorandum of understanding with the Queensland Government

Queensland and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS are joining forces to conquer HIV/AIDS.

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