Reflecting On Our Year

What a year! As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of St. Paul’s, we also celebrate an outstanding year for the Foundation, Providence Health Care, and the people of BC. Here are a few of our most memorable moments reflecting the theme of this year’s annual report: the past, present, and future of health care at St. Paul’s.

New St. Paul’s. We were thrilled when Premier Horgan announced Treasury Board approval for the new St. Paul’s at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre. It was the culmination of a sustained effort spanning two decades and the collective engagement of countless supporters and donors. We expect to have shovels in the ground next year with the grand opening in 2026.

A family’s lasting legacy. Three generations of the Louie family have supported St. Paul’s with their time and philanthropy. Last fall, they honoured us with a $6.5 million gift that will continue the family’s legacy in an expanded Tong Louie Cardiac Wing at the new St. Paul’s.

Supercluster. A year ago, we announced our participation in Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. This year, PHC, supported by the Foundation, became a key member in the Supercluster’s first project: a cloud-based network that can diagnose skin cancer from uploaded photographs. With a disease as fast moving as melanoma, and long waits to see BC’s few dermatologists, this has incredible potential to save and improve lives right across BC.

Greatest needs. Thanks to you, our 21st Lights of Hope raised a record $3.2 million to support the greatest needs of our patients, residents, and caregivers right across PHC. We welcomed the Year of the Pig at the 12th annual Feast of Fortune gala and raised more than $1 million for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (MSJ). This year, the funds will provide MSJ with urgently-needed equipment including defibrillators, ventilators, tilting wheelchairs, and the gift of compassion itself: a blanket warmer for seniors in acute care.

Heartfelt appreciation. We bid farewell to our outgoing Chair, Kathryn Young with our deep thanks for her long service to the Foundation. We are especially grateful for her determined leadership in the years preceding the Treasury Board announcement.

Warm welcome. John Montalbano has served on the board for three years and has graciously agreed to accept the role of Chair. John has years’ of hands-on community engagement and a commitment to improving health care; we look forward to having him at the helm as we move toward the new St. Paul’s.

Of course, you – our donors – are at the heart of all these achievements. We are inspired by your trust, your support, and your compassion. Together, we are building a bridge from Burrard Street to Station Street; from the past to the future; from our history to our destiny. Thank you.

Dick Vollet
President and CEO

Kathryn Young
Board Chair