Archive for October, 2008
Precious GEMs generating big smiles at Humber River
A warm, friendly smile in a hospital emergency department is comforting at any age; especially if you’re confused and not sure how you arrived there – often the case for many senior citizens. And no one knows that better than ...
The invisible injuries of electrical shock and getting
patients ‘Back on Track’
It takes seconds for a bolt of electricity to course through your body and months, even years, to fully recover. “You can’t tell just by looking at a patient what some of the complex, life-altering effects of electrical injuries are,” ...
Respect, teamwork and collaboration
Hospitals are huge and can be intimidating institutions, not just for the patients, but for a new CEO such as myself. I am quite frankly overwhelmed by the amount of teamwork and collaboration that exists here at Credit Valley and ...
Mood and anxiety program first of its kind in Canada
Helping young people between the ages of 16 and 30 afflicted with the recent onset of depression and anxiety is the major focus of both the clinical practice and clinical research of Dr. Elizabeth Osuch, the London Health Sciences Centre ...
Medication reconciliation: An innovative approach
How do you implement a medication safety initiative across five large facilities and five unique areas of patient care? St. Joseph’s Health Care, London is doing just that, and welcomes the challenge. Medication Reconciliation (MR) is a formal, three-step process designed ...
Bed registry means coordinated care for those in a
mental health crisis
A 49-year old woman, fed up with waiting for admission to a psychiatric bed, walked away from an Ontario hospital to her death. She had spent three days on a stretcher in an emergency room cubicle as staff searched in ...
Outpatient pediatric care closer to home
When two-year-old Shelby Robertson had a liver transplant in Toronto in 2007, her family faced the prospect of relocating temporarily from Kingston to Toronto for months of continuous medical follow-up. It meant loads of commuting for her parents, plus a ...
Link between mental illness and metabolic disorders
leads to new clinic for patients
A well documented link between mental illness and an increased risk of physical health problems was one of the reasons the Whitby Mental Health Centre (WMHC) introduced the Metabolic and Weight Management Clinic. There is a wealth of data highlighting ...
The first association of volunteers at Hôpital Montfort was created in the spring of 1955 when Ms. LeFort, wife of the hospital’s architect, […]Read more →
From high school and university students to young professionals and recent retirees, volunteers at Runnymede Healthcare Centre play an integral role in enhancing […]Read more →
We believe that our events should be educational tools that benefit our participants both physically and socially. This year, the University of Ottawa […]Read more →
Improving hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers is a constant endeavor for health care organizations. Since 2009, hospitals in Ontario have been required […]Read more →
Fate led me to the field of neurosurgery. As a young man, I was a keen cyclist and skier. Then, when I was in […]Read more →
Since its founding in 1992, volunteers have been one of the most valuable resources for Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation, playing a vital role […]Read more →
Craig Bemrose does much more than just serve coffee at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH). He’s also helping to improve patient care […]Read more →
Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University have opened the first phase of a new outpatient clinic that will provide innovative care for adults […]Read more →
Two years ago, during the Summit for Sinai fundraising climb up Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the fundraisingteam encountered an unexpected life-saving task. While making […]Read more →
Facilities Management and Design
When the Just for Kids (JFK) Clinic opened 23 years ago at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, it had just an office and two […]Read more →
Addictions and Drugs
“I’ve been waiting for this day for a really long time.” Eighteen-year-old Chelsea Leger-Watt says these words just after her high school graduation. […]Read more →
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Mount Sinai Hospital is launching a new fundraising walk this fall that will be the only walk in Toronto focused on the critically-important […]Read more →
Education and Professional Development
When Dr. Amber Couzens talks about the Hippo pathway, she is not referring to a large lumbering mammal. The post-doctoral researcher in the […]Read more →
Education and Professional Development
The growth of ambulatory care services is having a dramatic impact on how health care is delivered in Canada. Better management of ambulatory care […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
The excruciating pain has often been compared to childbirth, and at some point in their life one in 10 Canadians will experience it. […]Read more →
Shortly after giving birth, Tiffany Lawless found her perfect match. She landed a one-in-a-million-job helping to match new moms with patients who need […]Read more →
When it comes to golfing, the participants of the Who’s Your Caddy? Ladies-Only Golf Tournament can’t be accused of taking the game too […]Read more →
When a group of drugs called the “new oral anticoagulants” or “NOACs” recently became available in Canada, many felt that it would be […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
The health care system needs transformative change. That’s not a platitude or a pie-in-the-sky aspiration. That’s today’s reality for health leaders who face year-over-year […]Read more →
Patient and Staff Safety
A 73-year old woman is in hospital after surgery to remove a bowel cancer. She is given broad-spectrum antibiotics to prevent infection at […]Read more →