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New heart for Santa helps retired couple continue to spread holiday joy

After almost two decades as a mall Santa, Chris Pedlar thought his days of bringing joy and magic to children during the holidays were coming to an end, when he suddenly experienced a health scare in the spring of 2019.

Pedlar and his wife, Nancy Bean, had been working as Santa and Mrs. Claus for the past 15 years when he suddenly started having trouble breathing. After several tests, Pedlar was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and told it could be fatal.

“It was very shocking,” Pedlar said, who is in his 70s.

UBC-Providence scientists join forces with WestJet and YVR for COVID-19 testing study

Over the last two decades, clinician-scientist Dr. Don Sin has spent his days doing research on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease while also caring with patients with the debilitating disease.

Then COVID-19 hit.

Along with scientists around the world, Sin and his research team quickly pivoted their research to address the pandemic.

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Read the full story on The Daily Scan

Providence Health Care completes sale of Burrard Street property

Providence Health Care has completed the sale of its property at the site of 1081 Burrard Street, the location of St. Paul’s Hospital, to Concord Pacific through a rigorous sale process to generate nearly $1 billion in total.

A new way to pay your hospital bill: Online payments portal available now

Paying your hospital bill just got a lot easier. The Online Payments Portal at https://pay.healthcarebc.ca will allow hospital bills* from Providence Health Care to be paid with your credit card.

Handheld technology helps deliver faster COVID-19 diagnoses anywhere in B.C.

Faster and more accurate bedside diagnoses of lung disease related to COVID-19 will soon be possible anywhere in B.C. through a network of portable handheld ultrasound scanners. 

‘Like we’re in a lifeboat in the ocean’: Health workers on life inside a downtown Vancouver hospital

As a registered nurse in the emergency department at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Zoe Manarangi Bake-Paterson wonders whether she’ll be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

There’s palpable stress in the department, she says, as she and her colleagues prepare for a surge of cases that may or may not arrive.

“It feels like we’re in a lifeboat in the ocean waiting for the tsunami to arrive,” Ms. Manarangi Bake-Paterson says.

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The people who cared for a COVID-19 patient: How a single case was handled

The call came in on an afternoon in March: a patient at a medical clinic in Vancouver complained of chest pains.

Paramedic Jeffrey Booton watched the details flash across the screen as he and his partner made their way to the clinic.

It was his first potential case of COVID-19 and he felt both trepidation and a sense of duty. 

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Read the full media story on National Post.

Information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Up to date information and resources relating to novel coronavirus is found here.

Eating disorders and the power of self-compassion

Growing evidence links self-compassion with good mental and physical health.

The Not-Shocking Truth About Electroconvulsive Therapy

In the 1975 film adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the character of Randle McMurphy, played by Jack Nicholson, is sent for electroconvulsive therapy as punishment for his rebellious behaviour at the psychiatric hospital where he’s serving his jail term. The scene is difficult to watch – McMurphy is physically restrained by a crowd of aides as his body convulses in a stream of violent seizures.

Read the full story on The Daily Scan

Valentine's Day Special: A Long Term Care Bed for Two

When Wai Lin Tam, 93, moved into Mount Saint Joseph Residence a few weeks ago, staff were hopeful that she would be content in a single room right next door to the four-bed room where her husband had arrived just a few days earlier.

Read the full story on The Daily Scan

B.C. nears the end of the AIDS epidemic

On the occasion of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2019, British Columbia marks record-low cases of HIV and AIDS as the crisis transitions from epidemic to chronic disease management.

Read the full news release here.

Health care in your living room

There are many reasons a patient might be unable to make an in-person appointment with their health care provider, but the rise of virtual visit technology is removing barriers by allowing patients to stay home and use a laptop, or other electronic device, to see their care provider in real time via video chat.

Read the full news release here.

Foundry youth centres are expanding

BC communities now have an opportunity to establish a Foundry health and social service centre for youth age 12-24 and their families. From now until November 26th 2019, Foundry is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) through foundrybc.ca/expansion2019.

Read the full news release here.

Vancouver City Council Approves Rezoning For New St. Paul’s Hospital

http://thedailyscan.providencehealthcare.org/2019/11/_city_council-approves-rezoning/Vancouver’s City Council has given the green light to the rezoning application for the site of the new St. Paul’s Hospital.

It’s an exciting step that lets Providence Health Care move forward with plans for a new health campus at 1002 Station Street in the False Creek Flats Area.

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