Providence Health Care

Providence Health Care
Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia
BC Renal Agency

BC Renal Agency

March 18, 2008 15:09 ET

Media Advisory: Providence Celebrates 1500th Kidney Transplant and Hemodialysis Unit Re-Opening

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) -



What: As part of March's Kidney Month activities, Providence Health
Care's Renal Program is celebrating the 1500th kidney transplant
in the program's history and the re-opening of a key section of
the hemodialysis unit after $1.34 million of upgrades.

Where: Hemodialysis unit, St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street
(Media please meet at Burrard entrance info-desk by 9:45 a.m.)

When: Wednesday, March 19; 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. speeches,
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. tours and refreshments

Who: Speakers will include:
- Katherine Whittred, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale on behalf
of Health Minister George Abbott
- Dianne Doyle, President & CEO, Providence Health Care
- Dr. David Landsberg, Physician Program Director & Head, Division
of Nephrology, PHC
- Former dialysis and transplant recipient


Patients, physicians and staff will be available for interviews following the event.

Providence's Renal Program is also the largest kidney treatment, research and education program in the province, providing care to patients and families across BC and the Yukon. Since doctors completed the Program's first kidney transplant in 1986, Providence has grown into a national leader in kidney transplantation. St. Paul's is home to the largest in-centre hemodialysis unit in the province, serving 285 patients. Providence also has operational responsibilities for six community dialysis units, including ones in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Sechelt, Richmond, Powell River and Squamish. For more information on Providence's Renal Program, please visit www.providencehealthcare.org/info_services_health_renal.html.

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