Providence In the News

When a pregnancy becomes a risky odyssey for mom and baby

When Shina Biblow became pregnant with her second child, she and her husband were elated.

But the couple’s excitement would be short-lived.

The Williams Lake-area woman immediately developed health problems that would require complex, high-risk heart surgery at St. Paul’s Hospital when she was just 15 weeks pregnant.


St. Paul’s patients the world’s first to undergo new type of heart-valve surgery

A St. Paul’s Hospital cardiac surgeon has pioneered and performed a minimally invasive surgery on patients with serious heart-valve issues, eliminating the need for open-heart surgery and leading to quicker recuperation.

Over two days in mid-January, Dr. Cheung successfully implanted a device known as a transcatheter tricuspid valve into four elderly, high-risk patients with tricuspid regurgitation (TR) – the first people in the world to undergo the surgery.

World Heart Day: How a Flu Bug Led to a Dramatic Medical Odyssey

In June 2020, Naomi Lee was a healthy teen. A flu bug changed all that and led her down a life-threatening road to heart transplantation. READ MORE. 

Making Serious Illness Conversations safer for vulnerable patients

A serious illness conversation is one of the most crucial conversations between a patient who is facing a life-limiting illness and their care giver, and yet data shows that they don’t happen as often as they should. READ MORE. 

COVID-19 patients and doctors share the stories behind the ventilators

A St. Paul’s Hospital respiratory therapist and Emergency Department doctor describe what it’s like for their COVID-19 patients to be on ventilators.

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.


Read the full story on The Daily Scan

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 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.


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. 


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.

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.

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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

Read the full news release here.