Providence Health Care

More treatment, recovery services coming for people struggling with addiction

The provincial government has announced that people struggling with mental health and addiction will have access to more treatment and recovery beds, along with community-based aftercare services, through budget 2023 investments.

The investment includes 95 new beds as part of the Road to Recovery program at St. Paul’s Hospital. Of those, 45 beds will be located at St. Paul’s Hospital and the remaining 50 beds will be implemented by Providence in the Vancouver area.

Read more about the announcement on The Daily Scan.

Saluting our nurses during Emergency Nurses Week


Emergency nurses are on the literal front lines of patient care. They tend for people coming through the hospital doors when they may be at their lowest. Emergency nurses at Providence Health Care often receive extra training in areas such as triage, trauma and geriatrics in addition to their emergency nurse training. ED nurses at the organization have a lot in common. They love the fast pace, the diverse patient cases and the culture of teamwork that sustains them in an often stressful environment.

Read more about our ED nurses on The Daily Scan.

PHC Facilities team brings home best in Canada award for energy reduction


On September 20, 2022, the IFHE 2022 Global Healthcare Energy Award was recently presented to Providence Health Care, St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni for achieving the largest health care facility energy reduction in Canada!​

In 2020, under the direction of Tony Munster, Executive Director, Projects, Planning & Facilities Management, a decision was made to implement a cooling system at St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni. 

The goal of this new system? To improve resident comfort and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at PHC.

Read more.


Canada's second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


A message from Harmony Johnson, Vice President, Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation, PHC: 

Today Canada marks the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. September 30th has been observed as Orange Shirt Day since 2013, and will continue to be a time to commemorate the history of residential schools in Canada, and honour the survivors, the ones who did not come home and their families and communities.

Read the full reflection.


April 7, 2022 was probably the worst day of Cliff Shim’s life.

It may also have been his luckiest.

Shim, 44, is here to tell the story of how he went running with his dog in downtown Vancouver that night, around 10.30 pm when suddenly, his heart stopped. He collapsed, in cardiac arrest – technically dead.

But some fortuitous decisions he made that day, the help of a stranger who knew CPR, his proximity to St. Paul’s, and the availability of a live-saving machine at the hospital played roles in saving his life.

Read Cliff's story on The Daily Scan. 


At St. Paul's Hospital, security can now administer nasal naloxone to patients or visitors who may have overdosed, both inside the hospitals and on the grounds outside.  

“Providing effective security services is more than just protecting people and property,” says Jonathan Acorn, Operations Director with Lower Mainland Integrated Protection Services (IPS). “We’re helping those who need it however we can.”  

“It’s been a great initiative and has provided life saving interventions on a weekly basis,” agrees Dave Mason, IPS Protection Operation Coordinator for Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence.

Read more on The Daily Scan

St. Paul’s Hospital OSP continues momentum in its second year

St. Paul’s Hospital’s Opioid Stewardship Program (OSP) continued to build momentum in its second year of operation.

Findings contained in this latest report cover the period from January to December 2021 of SPH’s OSP.​

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV AIDS Celebrates 30 Years

Since its inception in 1992, the advancements made by BC-CfE staff and its international collaborators have transformed HIV from a rapidly progressing fatal disease to a chronic and manageable illness that is highly, and easily, preventable.

In 1981, when HIV cases first appeared in North America, a group of dedicated health care providers at St. Paul’s Hospital came together to tackle this mysterious illness and in 1986 formed a comprehensive primary care clinic and specialized research unit which is now known as the John Ruedy Clinic, housed in the hospital.

Read more about the Centre’s ground-breaking achievements on The Daily Scan.