Inaugural Director Appointed for Innovative New Institute at St. Paul's Hospital

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - The fight to detect, prevent and care for
heart and lung diseases has taken a significant leap forward with the
appointment of internationally renowned heart and lung researcher Dr. Bruce
McManus as the inaugural Director of the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at
St. Paul's Hospital.
    Launched in June 2007, the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St.
Paul's Hospital merges and integrates all of Providence's heart and lung
research, education and care programs under one umbrella. It is the only such
institute of its kind in Canada.
    "Dr. McManus provides a level of expertise, leadership and passion for
heart and lung research that is unrivalled in the country," said Dianne Doyle,
President & CEO, Providence Health Care. "In his six-year appointment
(2000-2006) as Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and
Respiratory Health, he led the development and implementation of a bold and
widely-praised strategic research plan for Canada to address outstanding
questions related to cardiac, respiratory, vascular, brain (stroke), blood,
critical care, and sleep disorders and diseases.
    "His leadership to the new Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St Paul's
Hospital will transform cardiovascular and pulmonary research and care, moving
new solutions from the laboratory to the clinics and communities for improved
care of British Columbians."
    Heart disease is the biggest killer of Canadians - an illness that 74,000
die from each year. About eight out of every 10 Canadians are at risk of
developing some form of cardiovascular disease in their lifetimes.
    Chronic or infectious lung and respiratory diseases are also on the rise,
impacting one in every five Canadians. The burden of heart and lung ailments
on the health care system in costs and patient numbers dwarfs all other human
health problems.
    "Dr. McManus' leadership and established national and international
linkages with heart and lung researchers, clinicians and institutions will
further give BC an edge in attracting the best and brightest minds in
research, prevention and care," said Dr. Yvonne Lefebvre, President,
Providence Health Care Research Institute.
    "They and their breakthrough work, in turn, will on one hand, optimize
the use of resources for care, and on the other, attract more funding from all
sectors - government, industry, private donors, competitive awards, and
foundational sources - investments that will lead to new knowledge, new
disease-prevention methods, and better treatments for heart and lung
    St. Paul's Hospital has been providing cardiovascular care since 1950.
Its cardiac program - now at home in the Heart Centre within the Heart + Lung
Institute - provides a broad spectrum of cardiovascular care including many
leading provincial programs in areas of need like healthy heart programs,
adult congenital heart disease care, heart failure, heart transplantation,
heart valve replacement without the need for surgery, and several others.
Research and care are closely linked and will be further developed together in
the Heart + Lung Institute.
    Similarly, the Hospital's respiratory care programs span an impressive
continuum - providing key clinical services for such lung conditions as
asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders such as
bronchitis and emphysema, and pulmonary fibrosis. The tradition of
international leadership in respiratory research started by Dr. James Hogg
extends now for 30 years and reaches from the basic laboratory into all
clinical domains.
    The risk factors, causes, mechanisms and outcomes for disorders of the
heart, lungs, and blood vessels are often in common. Such is the case in
regards to dramatic heart and lung consequences of tobacco smoke and air
pollution. "Together, heart and lung failure constitute an enormous burden of
illness in Canada," said Dr. McManus. "They are responsible for the most
admissions through emergency departments, most admissions to ICUs, most
hospital costs in general, the most drug costs, the most professional costs,
and the most suffering.
    "Through the Providence Heart and Lung Institute - and in a spirit of
collaboration and cooperation with like-minded professionals and the public at
large across British Columbia - we will build on the successes of past
pioneers, present research and clinical leaders and health partners to solve
the remaining mysteries of heart and lung health and disease and diminish the
suffering of heart and lung patients and their families for generations to
come. The Heart + Lung Institute as a vehicle for innovation and impact will
change the landscape here and across the country."

    About Providence Health Care

    With 6,000 staff, 1,000 physicians and 1,400 volunteers, Providence
Health Care is the largest faith-based health care organization in Canada,
operating seven sites in Vancouver, BC, including St. Paul's Hospital, Mount
Saint Joseph Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Marion Hospice, and complex
care/residential services at Langara, Brock Fahrni, and Youville sites.
Providence is renowned for its research in more than 30 clinical specialties.
Its teaching and research programs are affiliated with the University of
British Columbia

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For further information:

For further information: Shaf Hussain, Communications, Providence Health
Care, Tel: (604) 806-8566, Media Pager: (604) 667-4397

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