With every beat and every breath, we help to prevent, repair and recover from heart and lung illnesses.



A unique resource in the province, the Providence Health Care Heart Centre provides complete care for British Columbians with all kinds of heart disease.



Providence is at the forefront of lung disease prevention, treatment and research. The pulmonary/lung program at Providence Health Care includes the Division of Respiratory Medicine based at St. Paul’s Hospital, the Pacific Lung Health Centre, the Institute for Heart + Lung Health, the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation and a range of specialty outpatient clinics.

Respiratory Therapy

At Providence Health Care, our respiratory services are responsible for providing a broad range of high quality cardio-respiratory care to meet inpatient and outpatient needs, both at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital, especially in critical care areas. Some of the services provided include: full pulmonary function tests, cardiopulmonary exercise tests, physiological monitoring for sleep apnea screening; ventilator and airway management, membership in trauma and cardiac arrest teams, medical gas administration, home care assessment and discharge planning, patient assessment and consultation, pulmonary diagnostics and asthma.


The Institute for Heart + Lung Health (IHLH) at St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) is home to a wellspring of research excellence and clinical innovation. Research occurs in the laboratory, clinics and community, with themes stretching from molecules to populations to the global community. The IHLH enables collaboration between scientists, clinicians and other health professionals from different sites, institutions and disciplines.

Based at SPH, the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation is unique to British Columbia. The Centre is supported collaboratively by the Faculty of Medicine of UBC and the Providence Health Care Research Institute. The UBC James Hogg Research Centre is home to over 250 personnel working towards solving the problems of heart, lung and blood vessel diseases.

Providence’s Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) is known for groundbreaking research that aims to improve the health of populations, including those with heart/lung conditions.

The Centre of Excellence for the Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF Centre) based at SPH discovers, develops, commercializes and implements biomarkers to prevent, predict, diagnose and better treat and manage heart, lung and kidney disease. The PROOF Centre is a cross-disciplinary engine of partners representing academia, health care, government, industry, patients and the public, focused on improving health and reducing the enormous socioeconomic burden of heart, lung and kidney disease.


Providence Health Care hosts a variety of events and educational opportunities related to heart/lung health for our patients, residents, clients, families, the general public, medical professionals, scientists and the media.

Search the PHC calendar to view upcoming events

Search the Institute for Heart and Lung Health (IHLH) calendar to view upcoming events

Search the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) calendar to view upcoming events and educational opportunities 

Search the Prevention of Organ Failure Centre of Excellence (PROOF) calendar to view upcoming events 

Providence and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation are pleased to present a monthly series of public lectures called “Own Your Health” that give you an opportunity to hear from – and speak to – St. Paul’s medical experts on a variety of key health issues, including heart/lung. These free forums are hosted at St. Paul’s Hospital and open to the public and staff.


Advances in heart and lung research and care would not be possible without the generosity of donors. If you are interested in supporting the heart and lung care, research, clinical innovation or education happening at Providence Health Care and our research centres please contact the St. Paul’s Foundation.