From halting the progression of HIV to ensuring our most vulnerable patients leave with warm clothes, St. Paul’s Foundation funds what our patients need most.

Today, St. Paul’s is a global leader in Heart Lung care.

In Western Canada, St. Paul’s is unmatched in its range of programs and expertise in cardiac and respiratory care and research, and in its ability to manage and even reverse symptoms of heart and lung disease through prevention, identification of genetic risk factors, and the development and implementation of personalized treatment plans.

St. Paul’s is home to the provincial Heart Centre, BC’s referral centre for the most complex cardiac cases. Our Heart Centre is also a leader in cardiac obstetrics, heart rhythm services, heart valve procedures and is also home to BC’s only adult heart transplant program.

St. Paul’s is home to the largest chronic lung disease program in Canada. Providence Health Care’s Respiratory Division is one of the best in Canada, renowned for its academic excellence, innovation and patient care, while a study by the leading health and science information provider used by 30 million scientists worldwide, ranked the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s first in the world for pulmonary disease research.

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St. Paul’s Renal Program is a leader in kidney transplants, dialysis and care for patients with chronic kidney disease. For the St. Paul’s renal team, patient comfort and convenience is paramount: the Kidney Care Clinic, for example, is based on a patient-focused model that brings together nephrologists, nurses, dieticians, social workers and specialists that patients can access in a single visit. It is this type of innovation that improves patient comfort, convenience and outcomes for the two million Canadians that have kidney disease or are at risk.

Our sustainable provincial model of renal care delivery has received global recognition and introduced changes to public health policy and clinical practice.

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Medical equipment and technology play an ever greater role in care of patients and residents. Today, equipment needs across Providence Health Care sites range from complex surgical robots and advanced imaging equipment, to seemingly simple yet no less valuable devices such as special blankets that allow jaundiced infants to receive healing light therapy while remaining nestled against their mother’s skin.

For dialysis patients, use of an ultrasound ensures a vein is found on the first try, every time a needle is given, which is hundreds of times each year. Often it’s smaller equipment that can have an immediate and surprisingly large impact on care. Donor support makes possible the rapid acquisition of much needed equipment.

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With three out of four medical decisions at St. Paul’s based on results from the lab, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is a foundation of patient treatment and care.  Located at St. Paul’s, our pathology lab serves all Providence Health Care sites.

Our team of clinical chemists and biochemists, a number of whom are among the most accomplished in the world in their fields, continue to keep PHC at the forefront of laboratory medicine, including leadership in mass spectrometry, a diagnostic tool that uses electric and magnetic fields to measure particles within a blood sample. For the diagnosis of disease, mass spectrometry is fast becoming the global standard. Donations to St. Paul’s Foundation were key to the purchase of our current state-of-the-art mass spectrometry machine.

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St. Paul’s Foundation is currently raising funds for a new MRI scanner as our two current scanners, after ten years of use, approach the end of their working life. This speaks to the rapid pace of technological change and advancement in diagnostic imaging.

In addition to imaging expertise in many areas of medicine such as cardiovascular, neurology, emergency medicine and intensive care, Providence Health Care’s Radiology Department is also an intensive training ground for students, residents and fellows. The Director of our Department of Radiology, Dr. Jonathon Leipsic, best describes the wide-ranging impact of medical imaging. “In many ways,” says Dr. Leipsic, “the imaging department is the heart of the hospital because so many patients are touched by it.”

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Donations to St. Paul’s Foundation’s Greatest Needs Fund have a direct impact on tens of thousands of people annually, enabling us to meet essential needs and deliver on the promise of excellence and compassionate care.

Items purchased with donor support in 2016 are expected in most hospitals today, such as TVs and vital signs monitors. These important, and often critical, enhancements to the patient and family experience do not always receive funding through traditional channels.

Other donor-funded items include patient support groups, research programs, surgical instruments and other medical equipment, the production of instructional videos for specific surgical procedures, and iPads used to deliver patient education material within the hospital.

St. Paul’s Foundation, which plays an essential role in ensuring the hospital has the money required to meet its urgent needs and raises millions more in donations designated to specific programs, also relies on donor support for its fundraising activities.

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The work in mental health and substance use supported by St. Paul’s Foundation takes place not only in the hospitals and clinics of Providence Health Care but in the community we serve and the province in which we live. Much of this work includes marginalized or traditionally hard-to-reach populations.

St. Paul’s Inner City Youth Program, and Foundry, a province-wide network of youth centres, are breaking down barriers, removing stigma and providing a safe place to turn for young people with mental health or substance use issues.

St. Paul’s is on the front lines of battling our provinces opioid crisis, and the innovative work of our substance use experts has the world watching. The Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC) sees patients as quickly as possible and to make it easy for them to access treatment, with all the resources needed in one place.

The BC Centre for Substance Use at St. Paul’s is a world-class research centre, not only enhancing efforts to confront the current overdose crisis in BC but also setting a course for best practice over the long term” by developing innovative, evidence-based approaches to treating substance use.

The HUB at St. Paul’s is comprised of the Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC), HUB Vancouver Police Foundation Transitional Care Centre (VPF TCC), and the HUB Emergency Department (ED). These combined clinics and services provide expert care in an environment that is specifically designed to support patients dealing with mental health and substance use issues.

St. Paul’s Foundation relies on donor support to bring this lifesaving research and care to the community.

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Meeting safety and comfort needs is just one way that we care for seniors. In an age where people live longer than at any other time in human history, and with over one-quarter of our patients aged 70 or older, Providence Health Care has become a leader in the treatment and care of the many complex health issues that come to all of us as we age. This focus involves geriatric assessment, medicine, and psychiatry; prevention of chronic illness and other specialized services. While St. Paul’s and Mount Saint Joseph Hospital provide the best acute care for seniors, residences and assisted living sites across the PHC network such as Honoria Conway, St. Vincent’s: Youville, St. Vincent’s: Langara, St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni and Holy Family Hospital ensure our seniors live their lives to the fullest.

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St. Paul’s Foundation is proud to support Providence Health Care in its innovation and provincial leadership role in eye care, where services are provided at both St. Paul’s and Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. At Mount Saint Joseph, surgeons perform more than 5,000 cataract procedures each year, more than any other hospital in the province, and 90% of British Columbia’s corneal transplants are performed here. At the Eye Clinic at St. Paul’s, the focus is macular degeneration which, as the eyesight-related complication of diabetes, is Canada’s leading cause of blindness. St. Paul’s is also home to neuro-ophthalmology and ocular immunology services.

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