Tanya Leung and Beverley Lau, registered dietitians at St. Paul's, host a cooking class with patients

Lights, Camera, Renal-Friendly Food!

Being on hemodialysis can turn your schedule upside down, add in food restrictions due to little or no kidney function and finding time to cook can be a challenge. Learn what St. Paul’s dietitians are doing to help renal patients stay healthy.

Catching up: Getting back a decade thanks to St. Paul’s kidney care

Over the years, Promise magazine has shared the stories of many patients and their family members who received life-saving care and St. Paul’s. We revisit some of them and find out how they are doing today. In 2011, Jack Cheung was part of one of the province’s first in-centre nocturnal dialysis pilot programs – launched at […]

St. Paul’s Hospital celebrates 2,000 kidney transplants

As Dr. David Landsberg spoke to a waiting room full of new and longtime transplant patients on Thursday, May 9th, he felt the full weight of the moment. The physician program director and head of the division of nephrology at St. Paul’s joined the renal team to mark the 2,000th kidney transplant performed at St. Paul’s. “I’m a bit […]

Province Story Series Week 8

Inside the Renal Program & Renewal The Province reports on their experiences during a week spent looking at the Renal Program and renewal of St. Paul’s. Stories A chain of faith, a gift of life A perfect match in every way B.C. Living Donor Transplants ‘If I was a horse, they would have shot me by […]


The Renal (Kidney) Program at St. Paul’s provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for people with chronic kidney disease and end-stage kidney disease, including transplantation and dialysis. The largest kidney treatment, research and education program in BC, it serves patients living within the Vancouver Coastal Health region as well as many from throughout BC and the […]

John and Verna Wiens’ story

In 1999, John Wiens underwent a dual kidney and heart transplant at St. Paul’s. But that operation almost never happened after he suffered a sudden and near-fatal cardiac arrest before the transplant could even be scheduled.

While doctors and nurses at St. Paul’s were able to bring him back to life after working on him for 45 minutes, no one knew if John would recover enough to undergo the transplant. Miraculously, five weeks later, John did receive a successful transplant – and his wife, Verna, saw the effect immediately.

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