Providence In the News

Tapestry Foundation CEO Impassioned by Personal Experience to Improve Quality of Life for Dementia Patients and Families

Imagine living in a world where your loved ones and friends are oftentimes alien to you, where you shift between planes of past memory and present reality, and find yourself trying to run away from the place you call home.

Innovative Surgical Procedure Pioneered at St. Paul’s Hospital Saves Lives of Cardiac Patients Unable to Undergo Open-Heart Surgery

Dr. John Webb and his colleagues at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital are making open-heart surgery a thing of the past, saving the lives of patients not viable for conventional heart surgery.

Researchers Map Pathway of Infection for a Common, Potentially Life-threatening Respiratory Virus

Researchers have identified a new treatment target for a virus that causes severe lung infections and an estimated 10% of common colds

Patients Benefit as Access to Cardiac Rehab Expands

Vancouver, August 9, 2011 — More patients and families have access to specialized heart care, closer to their homes, thanks to an innovative cardiac rehabilitation program that has officially opened in three Vancouver community centres.

HIV Therapies Provide Near Normal Lifespan in Africa

Vancouver, July 18, 2011 — A landmark study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) shows that patients in Africa receiving combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) for HIV can expect to live a near normal lifespan.

Roll Out Treatment as Prevention Now to Stop HIV and AIDS

The Lancet, a leading global medical journal, published an editorial comment today that emphasizes the critical role of expanding access to HIV treatment under a “Treatment as Prevention” strategy to stop the HIV pandemic

Roll Out Treatment as Prevention Now to Stop HIV and AIDS

Vancouver, July 15, 2011 — The Lancet, a leading global medical journal, published an editorial comment today that emphasizes the critical role of expanding access to HIV treatment under a “Treatment as Prevention” strategy to stop the HIV pandemic.
The publication of the editorial comment coincides with the opening of the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2011) taking place in Rome, Italy from June 17-20. The conference, the biggest open scientific AIDS conference in the world, will feature numerous presentations on Treatment as Prevention.

Providence Health Care Research Institute Board of Trustees Appoints Ms. Karimah Es Sabar as New Chair

Vancouver, BC — Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI), home to several world-renowned research groups, has named Ms. Karimah Es Sabar as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. In affiliation with the University of British Columbia, the Research Institute’s main objective is to improve the health and treatment of patients and residents of Providence Health Care (PHC) through relevant, ethical and inspired health research.

Providence Health Care Research Institute Board of Trustees Appoints Ms. Karimah Es Sabar as New Chair

Vancouver, June 27, 2011 — Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI), home to several world-renowned research groups, has named Ms. Karimah Es Sabar as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. In affiliation with the University of British Columbia, the Research Institute’s main objective is to improve the health and treatment of patients and residents of Providence Health Care (PHC) through relevant, ethical and inspired health research.

A Small Device With A Big Impact

The Pocketalker, a small amplification device the size of a mini tape recorder, is a good example. The device is attached to a set of headphones worn by residents, and a microphone allows the speaker’s voice to be amplified through the headphones

Providence Health Care Named a Best Employer for New Canadians Fourth Year in a Row

Vancouver, March 28, 2011 — For the fourth year in a row Providence Health Care (PHC) has been selected as one of the 35 Best Employers for New Canadians for 2011, a designation that recognizes the nation's best employers for recent immigrants.
PHC was recognized in 2011 for its progressive work policies, educational and training opportunities and competitive compensation that assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace and a new life in Canada, with specific focus on internationally-trained nurses.

Remember Me With A Flower

Many donations are motivated by the care received at one of our facilities. Catherine Cheung’s was also inspired by her dying aunt’s love of the beautiful flower artwork at Marion Hospice.

Providence in the Park This Saturday: Clothing, Healthy Lunches and Care Kits for Downtown Eastside Residents

Vancouver, July 23, 2010 — On Saturday, April 24, Providence Health Care (PHC) will be providing healthy lunches and spring clothing to hundreds of residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Staff, physicians and volunteers from across PHC will gather at Oppenheimer Park, on the corner of Cordova Street and Dunlevy Avenue, to distribute the provisions.
In addition to lunches and clothing, those in need will have the opportunity to receive a personal care kit that will include items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo and shaving razors.

Study Shows HIV/AIDS Treatment Curbs Spread of Disease

Vancouver, BC (July 18, 2010) — The BC Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) published an important study today in the globally respected Lancet medical journal. The study strongly reinforces the view that the benefits of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) extend beyond treatment of the virus to significantly preventing the transmission and spread of HIV.

New Emergency Department Opens at St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver, July 8, 2010 —
St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver now has one of the most efficient and technologically advanced emergency departments in the country with the completion of a $14.7-million multi-phase emergency department redesign and renovation project, announced Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon.

Research could help improve the dining experience of those suffering from dementia

Vancouver, June 24, 2010 —
The results from the first phase of a ground-breaking research pilot project could help improve the dining experience and quality of life for seniors living with dementia.

Researchers at the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence (CHAP) recently studied how the physical and social redesign of a care home’s dining area influenced the quality of the dining experience for the residents.

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