In Vancouver, we are conducting research with Providence Health, a multi-site healthcare organization founded by Catholic sisters in the 1890s. The organization’s mission is “Inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, Providence Health Care is a Catholic health care community dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of those served through compassionate care, teaching and research”.
The organization is renowned for its service provision to those who have been marginalized in society. The main site, St. Paul’s Hospital, is an acute care, teaching and research hospital located in downtown Vancouver. It is home to many world-class medical and surgical programs, including heart and lung services, HIV/AIDS, mental health, emergency, critical care, kidney care, elder care and numerous surgical specialties.
In London the research is based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Fulham Road, London (opened 1993) and West Middlesex University Hospital, Twickenham Road, Isleworth (re-opened in new buildings in 2003). In September 2015, the two hospitals combined to form a single organization, the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust’s values are Respectful, Safe, Kind and Excellent. It offers a range of community based services, including award winning sexual health and HIV clinics across London. With 5,000 staff caring for nearly one million people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, the Trust provides a range a specialist clinical services as well as general hospital services for people living locally, which include A&E and maternity on both hospital sites.