Providence In the News

Handheld ultrasounds at St. Paul's Hospital

Staff at St. Paul’s Hospital are pioneering the use of handheld ultrasounds.

Elaine Yong reports

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Providence Inner City Youth Program wins 2014 Top Innovation Award

Dr. Gordon Francis joins Global News during Men's Health Week

The Canadian Men’s Health Foundation is encouraging men to live healthier lives and Elaine Yong explains how two potential health conditions are good incentives for change

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St. Paul’s Hospital performs groundbreaking 1,000th heart valve procedure

St. Paul’s Hospital is celebrating a milestone in a medical procedure it pioneered a decade ago.

The procedure allows for the replacement of a patient’s heart valve, without open heart surgery, by using a catheter.

The procedure is relatively painless, patients recover quickly, and many remain awake for the entire procedure. They are also able to go home one day after the operation.

Today, the hospital performed that surgery for the 1,000th time, live on video to a large gathering of medical specialists in downtown Vancouver.

St. Paul's Hospital broadcasts live heart valve transplant

It used to be if you needed a heart valve replaced it meant surgery, but St. Paul's has become a world leader in a safer and quicker procedure.

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Dr. Evan Wood from St. Paul's Hospital discusses addiction in the brain

How do opioids affect the brain and body?

Dr. Evan Wood, an addiction specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital, compares the deluge of dopamine that floods the brain after a hit of heroin to the blip the brain would get from a naturally pleasurable experience — a cold glass of water on a hot day, a satisfying meal, sex — to be a ratio of about 1,000 to one. “That’s not an exact number, but it gives a general sense of how intense the feeling is,” he explains.

Success morphs St. Paul's Hospital's AIDS ward

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, right, embraces Dr. Julio Montaner, director for the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, after announcing the dedicated AIDS ward at St. Paul's Hospital would no longer just treat patients with HIV/AIDS because of a lack of demand due to the success of the centre, during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday May 27, 2014.

A Vancouver hospital ward once so stigmatized it was only referred to by code name has been transformed from an AIDS-dedicated centre now the illness has been “virtually controlled” in the province.

St. Paul’s Hospital in the city’s core is repurposing the floor that nursing staff would only identify as “10C,” because of a near-elimination of AIDS cases in British Columbia and the associated drop in need for high-maintenance HIV care.

Tanya Leung and Jocelyn Hill from St. Paul's discuss Vitamin IV drips with Global News

The latest health and beauty fad is a medley of vitamins and minerals fed directly into your bloodstream through an IV drip. It’s supposed to rehydrate and revitalize your body quickly but as Elaine Yong reports, health care professionals are urging caution.

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B.C. is first Canadian region to encourage routine HIV testing for adults

Once labelled absurd, the idea of mass testing of adults for HIV and AIDS is now part of the routine in British Columbia, proving the province is showing the world how to control and defeat the cruel disease, says the doctor leading the program.

The B.C. government announced Monday it will become the first jurisdiction in Canada to introduce guidelines for health-care providers to encourage all adult British Columbians to get tested for HIV.

Dr. Evan Wood from St. Paul's to tackle Vancouver’s addiction puzzle

Vancouver Coastal Health and St. Paul’s Hospital are joining forces to combat Vancouver’s soaring alcohol and drug addiction problem with the appointment of Dr. Evan Wood as the new medical director for addiction services at VCH and physician program director for addiction at Providence Health Care.

Asthma 101 with St. Paul's Doctor Del Dorscheid

Dr. Del Dorscheid, head of the St. Paul’s Asthma Clinic, joined CTV’s morning show to discuss asthma.

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Digital Technology improves hospital-community transition and helps patients with rehabilitation and mobility independence

Modern technology (e.g. smart phones/tablets, information technologies, web-based applications, apps, social media, etc.) has changed all aspects of our lives including communication, education and entertainment. For the health care industry, advances in technology has impacted in the way health professionals, clinics, hospitals and health authorities deliver innovative health services to patients. From telehealth to m-health, on Bloom this month we will explore how technology is impacting health in general and health care at PHC

Doors open at St. Paul's Hospital mental health emergency unit

Photograph by: Jason Payne , PNG

Nine beds, seclusion rooms, and safety measures such as doors with unbreakable glass and bathrooms free of anything that patients can harm themselves are part of a new unit at Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital for people with severe mental illnesses or addictions.

The acute behavioural stabilization unit is part of a government promise to address what Vancouver police have described as a mental health crisis in the city.

St. Paul’s experts target sweet spot, say too much sugar souring our health

Candy Aisle owner Shelley McCann talks about sugar and sweets at her shop in Vancouver on Monday. Photograph by Wayne Leidenfrost/PNG

You're sitting on the couch after dinner, when the chocolate cookies in the cupboard start calling out your name.

What to do?

Don't keep the chocolate cookies in your cupboard.

Ian Austin and Frank Luba Report

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Providence and patients file constitutional challenge to Federal Government's decision

Providence and five patients launched a constitutional challenge to overturn a recent decision by the federal government that prevents the delivery of life-saving treatment to vulnerable addictions patients.

Providence and five patients launched a constitutional challenge to overturn a recent decision by the federal government that prevents the delivery of life-saving treatment to vulnerable addictions patients.

Cool tool: iPal brings PHC palliative care online

Internal medicine specialist Stephane Voyer with the new web-based tool called iPal.

Designed specifically for use on mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, iPal brings essential palliative care information to health professionals at point of care.