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Providence hospitals remove restrictions on visiting hours

Photograph by: Bill Keay , PNG

Loudspeaker announcements signalling the end of visiting hours are now a thing of the past at St. Paul’s Hospital and all other Providence Health Care facilities, which are now welcoming visitors 24-7.

Providence’s 16 acute, rehab and long-term care facilities are believed to be the first in B.C. to drop visiting-hour restrictions. Other hospitals and health regions are considering doing likewise.

No more visiting hour restrictions at Providence hospitals

You now have the freedom to visit your loved ones in whenever you want at certain Metro Vancouver hospitals.

Providence Health Care facilities is scrapping visiting hour restrictions.

Nurse Shannon Parsons was the lead on bringing in the change.

“The family presence policy is just one component of a culture of care that’s changing at Providence Health, and how much we’re committed to family and patient-centred care, and we’re fully committed to it as an organization,” she tells us.

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Providence Health Care hands out medical awards

Providence Health Care (PHC) paid tribute to an award-winning medical team during its annual general meeting. Dr. Pat Camp, Sandra Squire, Dr. Shannon Jackson, and Kam McIntosh received the 2014 Best Patient Safety and Quality award for their work which has given adult hemophiliacs new life.

“We've been celebrating across our many sites that it's 'Providence Week,'” said Dianne Doyle. It was her eighth time in charge of the AGM as president and CEO of Providence.

Providence Health Care comments on judge ruling allows prescription heroin treatment to continue

Health advocates were in BC Supreme Court this week arguing five patients should be allowed access to prescription heroin to manage their addictions — despite recent changes to federal laws. 

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Wisconsin hospital flips hierarchal care model to better serve patients

Photograph by: Nick Procaylo, PNG Files , Vancouver Sun

When a Wisconsin hospital decided to blow up its model of care, administrators started with the premise that patients would be the captains of the ship, doctors would be mere experts, nurses would be care managers, and pharmacists would take on larger, more visible roles.

And free valet parking would be offered for patients and their visitors.

The paradigm shift began in 2004 when hospital executives realized that their old model was broken because it didn’t put patients at the core.

Activists and addicts taking on the federal government

Drug addicts, Downtown Eastside activists, and medical professionals are taking on the federal government over heroin treatment. They’ve launched a constitutional challenge against Ottawa’s decision to deny the drug.

B.C. heroin addicts launch Charter challenge against federal drug ban

Five Vancouver-based heroin addicts, along with Pivot Legal Society and Providence Health Care, are launching a constitutional challenge against the federal government’s decision to remove prescription heroin from a drug access program.

B.C. addicts to challenge Ambrose’s heroin ban in court

A group of five heroin addicts is taking the federal government to court over a controversial decision to remove prescription heroin from a drug access program.


Heroin Prescription Lawsuit Challenges Closure Of Federal Exemption

For decades, Larry Love's daily life was consumed by heroin. Find it. Inject it. Repeat. That cycle, he said, was broken last year when he enrolled in a radical clinical trial in Vancouver evaluating the use of prescription heroin, seen as the treatment of last resort for severely addicted people for whom other therapy, such as methadone or detox, have failed.

Heroin-assisted treatment goes to the courts

In regards to the decision of Health Minister Rona Ambrose to block access to pharmaceutical heroin through Health Canada’s Special Access Program, Providence Health Care and five participants in the SALOME study are now seeking to challenge the federal government in court.



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