Providence Health Care (PHC) is one of Canada’s largest faith-based health care organizations. We’re committed to treating those we serve — and each other — with compassion and respect.
While it started with very humble roots, the Providence of today has grown; now there are almost 9,000 people working at 17 sites in Greater Vancouver, BC. We have 8,000 staff, 1,500 medical staff, 200 researchers and 1,600 volunteers.
PHC operates one of two adult academic health science centres in the province. St. Paul’s Hospital is a renowned acute care hospital recognized provincially, nationally and internationally for its work, including its several Centres of Excellence and affiliated research programs.
By integrating evidence-based research, teaching and care, PHC leads advancements in health care that improve the lives of British Columbians and sets the standard for best practices around the world.
PHC is the provincial centre for the care of six groups of people with often-intensive health needs. All of these populations benefit from our focus on these areas through the combination of care, teaching and research. Our populations of emphasis include:
- People with heart and/or lung diseases.
- People with kidney disease.
- People with mental illnesses.
- Older British Columbians (long-term care, seniors, & geriatrics).
- People living with HIV/AIDS.
- People with urban health issues (homelessness, drug & alcohol-related issues & malnutrition).
PHC works in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority and the University of British Columbia and is governed by its own independent Board of Directors. It operates under an agreement between the Province of British Columbia and the Denominational Health Association. The agreement recognizes the rights of owners of denominational care facilities to own, manage and operate their respective facilities and carry out their respective religious missions. It obligates the owners to meet provincial standards and national accreditation for health care, meet the conditions of any agreements with teaching facilities, and plan and deliver health care services in collaboration with other health bodies.
Providence is deeply committed to the process of Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and we strive to embed it in everything we do. Read Our Commitment to Reconciliation.