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Order of British Columbia recognizes nurses’ exemplary careers providing life-saving care in the DTES

L to R: Susan Giles and Evanna Brennan

Home-care nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles have been appointed to the Order of British Columbia, the highest civilian recognition in the province, in honour of their remarkable careers providing life-saving care to people living with HIV/AIDS and significant health issues in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES). “We’re completely blown away by the whole event. We’re just completely blown away,” says Evanna. READ MORE

Trends in pre-Exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use in nine Canadian provinces, 2018 - 2021

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day. We are sharing this graphic created by the Public Health Agency of Canada on trends in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use in nine Canadian provinces, which was made with data provided by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Check it out here

Patients may be at higher risk of overdose when opioid therapy for pain is discontinued

Study suggests enhanced guidance for opioid prescribing needed to manage pain, reduce risk of overdose

Discontinuing opioids prescribed for chronic pain was associated with increased risk of overdose, according to a new study from the BC Centre on Substance Use and University of British Columbia-Okanagan published today in PLOS Medicine.

SinoNasal Microbiota Transfer (SNMT) Trial to Treat Chronic Rhinosinusitis Underway

A clinical trial, “SinoNasal Microbiota Transfer (SNMT) to treat chronic rhinosinusitis: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial,” is currently being conducted.

This trial is being run by Dr. Amin Javer at the St. Paul’s Sinus Centre and Dr. Amee Manges with UBC and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. Other collaborators on this trial are Dr. Andrew Thamboo and Dr. Joel Singer.

Looking Back on Skunkworks: Hacking Wounds

A unique innovation event designed to tackle the challenges faced by patients and communities when dealing with wounds, both in Canada and around the globe, brought together a diverse group of people to find solutions to this significant health issue.

Long COVID patients show signs of autoimmune disease a year after infection

Blood samples from patients with long COVID who are still suffering from fatigue and shortness of breath after a year show signs of autoimmune disease, according to a study published today (Thursday) in the European Respiratory Journal [1].

Autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy parts of the body, instead of defending the body against disease. It causes conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Knowledge Translation Challenge 2022 announces funding for eight teams, including two at PHC


August 2, 2022

The Knowledge Translation Challenge is an annual program run in collaboration between Providence Health Care, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and BC Cancer, using a comprehensive approach that combines training, mentoring and funding to help clinicians build skills and confidence to identify, implement, and evaluate evidence- informed practice improvements.

Program Director Update

I am pleased to announce that Julie Lajeunesse has accepted the Program Director, Urban Health & Substance Use role as Scott Harrison continues on his LTD.  Over the last three years, Julie has been the Program Director for Renal and will continue to support this team while work continues on the realignment of the leadership structure in preparation for the New St. Paul’s Hospital.

Innovators unite! New innovation focus bubbling up at Providence

Innovarium 360° is the name of our “innovation ecosystem." Think of it as the glue or connective tissue between the various components of PHC, providing cohesion and internal support for improvements, advancements and new ways of doing things.

Congratulations to this year’s UBC’s Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award Winners who practice at Providence Research and St. Paul’s Hospital

June 27, 2022, Vancouver, BC – Dr. Darryl Knight, President, Providence Research, Vice President, Research & Academic Affairs, Providence Health Care (PHC) and Associate Dean - Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC) would like to congratulate the University of British Columbia’s, 2022 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients who received recognition for their efforts in advancing health care. 

June is Thyroid Month in Canada – Check your Neck!

June is thyroid awareness month in Canada.  Why is it important to nationally recognize thyroid disease in Canada? It is believed that half of those people affected with a thyroid condition will go undiagnosed. Recent studies indicate that thyroid disorders affect one in ten people in Canada and, for reasons that are not fully understood, are five to seven times more common in women.