St. Paul’s Foundation raises funds for enhanced patient care, capital projects, equipment needs, research and teaching at St. Paul’s and other Providence Health Care hospitals and residences in British Columbia.

St. Paul’s Foundation

Donors to St. Paul’s Foundation are helping the earliest building blocks of the new St. Paul’s at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre click into place. Donor support of the new models of care highlighted below point to the future, but help patients today. 

Chief Constable Adam Palmer, Jennifer Duff, Corporate Director, Clinical Integration & Transformation, Providence Health Care and Dick Vollet, President and CEO of St. Paul’s Foundation celebrate a gift of $750,000 towards the HUB from the Vancouver Police Foundation at St. Paul’s Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Brilliant in September 2016.

Initiatives like the HUB at St. Paul’s, the province-wide network of youth centres collectively known as Foundry, and the new BC Centre for Substance Use are all creating blueprints for the St. Paul’s of the future—and each is a fundraising priority for St. Paul’s Foundation today.

Foundry, which will encompass six new youth health centres across BC, was one of the year’s most compelling projects. Research suggests that while 75% of mental health and substance use disorders begin between the ages of 12 to 24, only 25% of young people receive the services they need. It is from such urgency, heightened by the young age of those in need, that Foundry was born.

The HUB at St. Paul’s is changing emergency, clinical and transitional care for people with mental health issues and problematic substance use, getting them the fast access and specialized care they need.

In addition to an acute care unit, the HUB will also feature a Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC), where substance use patients can receive immediate care, and a transitional care centre, to facilitate patients’ return to their community and connection to vital services, such as housing, counselling, financial support, and continuing medical care.

Officially launched into operation on April 1, 2017, the BC Centre for Substance Use will not only continue to enhance efforts in confronting the overdose crisis in BC but will also set a course for best practice over the long term by developing innovative, evidence-based approaches to treating substance use.

(Left to right): Peter Bull, donor; president of P.M. Bull & Company and Blenheim Realty and director, Providence Health Care Board; Honourable Terry Lake, then-BC Minister of Health; John Skulsh, then-board member at Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society – WAHRS; Leslie McBain, founder and member of Moms Stop the Harm; Dr. Evan Wood, director, BCCSU; Sam Sullivan, then-MLA Vancouver-False-Creek and former Mayor of Vancouver.

The BC Centre for Substance Use is another province-wide project and will link BC’s health authorities, research centres, academic institutions and service agencies to provide leadership in addiction care, research and education.

St. Paul’s Foundation also funded critical research and care in Heart and Lung, HIV/AIDS, Renal, Emergency Care, Elderly Care and other areas across the St. Paul’s Hospital patient care spectrum. This year, we will continue to support new models of care in these and others areas—models that look to the St. Paul’s of the future, but that also help patients at St. Paul’s today.


Tapestry Foundation for Health Care

Donors to Tapestry Foundation were incredibly generous in their support of PHC’s vision of compassionate, quality care for patients and residents.

A highlight of the year for Tapestry included a record gift of $3 million from the estate of Peter Ernest Jurazs, which will be directed toward a major renovation of residences at Holy Family Hospital.

2017 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune Committee cheque presentation.

Donors to Tapestry Foundation’s annual Chinese New Year gala, Scotiabank Feast of Fortune, exceeded their goal by raising over $900,000 for the Surgical Program at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. With nearly 60 operations and procedures performed at MSJ every day, countless future patients will be impacted by the community’s generosity.

Equipment funded by donations to Feast of Fortune will enhance surgical procedures at MSJ. These items include several new anesthesia gas machines as well as a new, state-of-the-art post-anesthesia care unit to ensure patients recover safely from anesthesia.

Tapestry Foundation also funded major renovations to the Providence Breast Centre at MSJ, adding new consultation and examination rooms – private spaces for sensitive discussions between caregivers and patients.

The Providence Breast Centre fundraising project was a true group effort, with the goal being reached through the combined generosity of private donors, supporters at third party events, Breast Centre staff, a team of surgeons, as well as breast cancer survivors and their families and friends.

Imelda Villeneuve, nurse navigator, welcomed breast cancer survivor Kerry Gooderham to the newly renovated office of the Providence Breast Centre at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.

Patients and their families continued to show their appreciation for care received by working with Tapestry Foundation to improve and enhance facilities:

In honour of her late parents, Vancouver philanthropist Mrs. Dolly Lee made a gift of $500,000 to purchase life-saving respiratory equipment for the Intensive Care Unit at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. This gift will also help create a special isolation/trauma room within the hospital’s Emergency Department.

The Birch Unit at St. Vincent’s: Langara also underwent numerous upgrades, thanks to a gift from Mrs. Rita Costanzo, who was touched by the care her sister Louisa received while living there.

PHC’s much-loved Music Therapy program, which provides entertainment for residents, staff and family members, received a gift from the McGrane-Pearson Endowment Fund. Many new instruments were purchased including a grand piano.

Thanks to individual, community and corporate support, Tapestry Foundation purchased equipment and funded programs to enhance seniors’ care, as well as to foster greater understanding of seniors’ health needs through research and education.

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