Providence In the News

Former EnCana Corp. CEO and Wife Donate $1.375M to Honour the Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon Who Saved His Sight

Vancouver, September 16, 2009 — St. Paul's Hospital Foundation and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine are pleased to announce the creation of the William H. Ross Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Excellence.

BC Clinics Fast-Track Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Vancouver, July 3, 2009 — Women across the Lower Mainland are now able to visit one of four rapid- access breast cancer diagnosis pilot clinics to quickly catch potential cases of breast cancer, thanks to a $5-million investment from the Province’s Lower Mainland Innovation and Integration Fund (LMIIF), announced Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon today. “Every one of us is touched in some way by breast cancer and we now know that catching it quickly dramatically improves health outcomes,” said Falcon.

25,000th Visit to Kidney Clinic Celebrated

Vancouver, June 16, 2009 — Jim Dunsmore believes he would be on dialysis today were it not for the Kidney Function Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital, part of Providence Health Care (PHC). The Vancouver architect, whose health challenges include kidney disease, type 1 diabetes and heart disease, has attended the clinic since 1997. His appointment on Wednesday, June 17th will mark the 25,000th patient visit to the clinic, which has served as a model for early kidney care intervention across the province.

Vancouver Team First in North America to Win International Infection Prevention and Control Award

Vancouver, May 25, 2009 — In the wake of the recent global H1N1 Influenza A (human swine flu) outbreak, Providence Health Care is especially pleased to announce that its Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC) has won the Oxoid Judges’ Special Award for excellence in hospital infection prevention. It is the first time such an award has been bestowed upon an infection control team in North America.

Providence Health Care Nurses Honoured with BC Nursing Awards

Vancouver, May 14, 2009 — During National Nursing Week (May 11-17), Providence Health Care (PHC) is recognizing and celebrating the dedication of our nurses in providing exceptional care, teaching, service and research within the organization.

RBC Foundation Donates $1 Million to Fund New Nursing Program at St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver, May 7, 2009 — Nurses at St. Paul's Hospital will soon benefit from an innovative new mentorship and education program thanks to a landmark $1-million donation from the RBC Foundation. This milestone contribution will support the establishment of the new RBC Leadership Program for Nursing Innovation, which will provide nurses at St. Paul's Hospital with improved education and mentorship opportunities.

St. Paul’s Hospital Surgeon Awarded Top 40 Under 40

Vancouver, May 5, 2009 — Providence Health Care is pleased to announce that Dr. Sam Wiseman, a general surgeon with St. Paul’s Hospital and a research scientist with the Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre, is a recipient of a Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 TM Award for 2009.

Dr. Mark Tyndall Honoured at AccolAIDS Gala

Vancouver, April 21, 2009 — Dr. Mark Tyndall, Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Providence Health Care, was presented with an AccolAIDS Award last night at the 8th Annual AccolAIDS Awards Gala.
Presented by the British Columbia Person’s With AIDS (BCPWA) Society, the AccolAIDS Awards honour the extraordinary achievements and dedication of organizations, businesses, groups and individuals responding to the AIDS epidemic in British Columbia, and the thousands of people living in B.C. who are affected.

Providence in the Park - Clothing and Healthy Lunches for Downtown Eastside Residents

Vancouver, April 17, 2009 — On Saturday April 18, Providence Health Care (PHC) will be providing healthy lunches, clothing, socks and toiletries to more than 500 residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Staff, physicians and volunteers from across PHC will gather at Oppenheimer Park beginning at 11am, at the corner of Cordova Street and Dunlevy Avenue, to distribute the provisions.

Providence Health Care Again Named a Best Employer for New Canadians

Vancouver, April 6, 2009 — For the second year in a row Providence Health Care (PHC) has been selected as one of the 20 Best Employers for New Canadians for 2009, a designation that recognizes the nation's best employers for recent immigrants.
PHC was recognized in 2009 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.

Innovation Fast-Tracks Specialty Surgical Care

Vancouver, March 25, 2009 — Thanks to a recent investment of $5.6 million in surgical innovation at St. Paul's Hospital, referral wait times are down, surgeries are up, and recovery times are shorter than ever for Lower Mainland patients in need of lower extremity (foot and ankle) and upper extremity (hand and wrist) surgeries (also known as distal extremity surgeries).

New Partnership Good for the Hearts of BC Women

Vancouver, February 25, 2009 — The Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital (HLI) is joining the Heart and Stroke Foundation's The Heart Truth campaign. The new HLI partnership in this important national women's heart health initiative is made possible by contributions from St. Paul's Hospital Foundation and Providence Health Care.

St. Paul’s Hospital is First in Canada to Scan Patients with Groundbreaking Technology

Vancouver, February 3, 2009 — A powerful new Computed Tomography (CT) scanner at the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital is bringing early diagnosis of cardiac disease to a whole new level.

Lower Mainland Health Authorities Aim to Improve Medically Stable Patient Transfers

Vancouver, February 2, 2009 — Fraser Health (FH), Providence Health Care (PHC) and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) have awarded two-year contracts to Medi-Van Canada Inc. (Medi-Van) and SN Transport Canada Limited (SN Transport) to provide transfers for medically stable patients between health facilities, residential care facilities and community locations. The contracts are part of a province-wide initiative to address the growing demand for this patient transfer service.

Fundraising Success Says "Bon Appetit" for Long-term Care Residents at Providence Health Care

Vancouver, December 11, 2008 — Christmas has come early to St. Vincent’s Hospital Langara with the arrival of new dishes, thanks to recent donations to Tapestry Foundation for Health Care.
The purchase of dishes is the first step towards a larger initiative of improving the dining experience for more than 700 seniors living in Providence Health Care’s five long-term care facilities.

Santa Claus Visits St. Paul’s Hospital’s Maternity Centre

Vancouver, December 9, 2008 — In what has become a well-known Vancouver Christmas tradition, Santa Claus (Dal Richards) will pay a visit to the Maternity Centre at St. Paul's Hospital on Wednesday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Santa makes the visit each year on behalf of Variety – The Children's Charity, major donors to the Maternity Centre's Variety Club Special Care Nursery. Santa will be singing and giving away stuffed animals and blankets to children and parents in the Centre, along with his friends from Variety.