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Information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Setting a new benchmark for long-term care

A new kind of long-term care is coming to Comox and none too soon for the residents and families who are watching Providence Living Place, Together by the Sea rise on the former 14- acres site of St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Comox.


Low-dose aspirin as heart-attack prevention gets a rethink

There’s been a rethink around the use of low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease. Read more on The Daily Scan.

A son's story: Music therapy brings joy in mother's final days

From the Daily Scan: In her final days, a Vancouver woman heard her favourite songs thanks to the palliative care music therapists at Providence. Read her son’s account.

Providence family doctors provide well-rounded care

From the Daily Scan: There are approximately 300 members of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Providence Health Care. Their practices encompass a broad range of medical care, from traditional family practice to addiction medicine, obstetrics and more. Read more about some of our doctors.

Meet the St. Paul’s doctor who worked on the ground in Ukraine

From the Daily Scan: A St. Paul’s Hospital emergency physician who recently volunteered in Ukraine says the experience showed him “how good humanity can be and how bad it can be.”

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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

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.

Eating disorders and the power of self-compassion

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