St. Paul's Hospital

St. Paul's Doctor receives 2014 LifeSciences British Columbia Award

LifeSciences BC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 LifeSciences British Columbia Awards. These awards are presented annually to recognize individuals and companies that have made significant contributions to the development of B.C.’s life sciences industry. The 2014 award winners are:

Innovation & Achievement Award
Dr. John Webb, Director, Centre for Heart Valve Innovation, St. Paul’s Hospital

HIV/AIDS health economics chair a first for B.C.

Bohdan Nosyk, associate professor of health sciences, has been selected to hold the new St. Paul’s Hospital CANFAR Chair in HIV/AIDS Research.

It is the first chair in B.C. to conduct health economics research with a view to treating HIV/AIDS patients in a more cost-effective and efficient manner.

The chair is the result of a partnership between the Faculty of Health Sciences, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Human tissue registry at St. Paul’s aids medical research

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Tyler Smith’s heart is now part of a human tissue registry at St. Paul’s Hospital.

It is almost twice the size a human heart should be after he was diagnosed with a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in 2010.

Smith’s heart is one of nearly 3,000 housed in the biobank, tucked away in the cellars of the hospital. The program, run by the Center for Heart Lung Innovation, is fairly unique in the world.

And there are only a couple of other institutions that have a cardiac collection of this size.

Elaine Yong reports.

St. Paul’s Hospital All-Nations Sacred Space

The All-Nations Sacred Space at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver is used for indigenous ceremonies and to treatmembers of the Aboriginal community and others who are in spiritual distress.

Read the full story here on page 26


Computerized walkway keeps seniors on their feet

Falls are the number one fatal injury for seniors and researchers at St. Pauls hospital are using a new high-tech device to help keep aging patients on their feet. Today’s News Hour on Global BC Health Headlines brought to you by Pharmasave.

BC Scientists to Take Part in National Organ Transplant Research Program

BC researchers are playing a key role in a new national organ transplant research program announced by the federal government, including developing technology designed to reduce organ rejection and the need to take immune-suppressing drugs.

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.

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.


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