Archive for September, 2010
UHN Staff face the FACTS with new wellness program
In Spring 2009, UHN Wellness Centre began a pilot program called ‘FACTS (fitness, activity, cholesterol, tone and self-esteem) for improved health’. The purpose of this program was to determine if UHN wellness programs and initiatives could reduce staff health risks ...
Strengthening the circle of geriatric care
Hilary Lee realized the value of good training and volunteer-patient engagement when she was attending to a distraught patient whom everyone thought was babbling in a state of delirium. After she spent some time with him she realized it was ...
LHSC’s telehomecare for peritoneal dialysis patients a
In January 2009, London Health Sciences Centre’s (LHSC) Peritoneal Dialysis Unit, in partnership with Baxter Corporation, began a ten month study to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of providing peritoneal home dialysis patients with touch screen technology and access to ...
Giving back through volunteering helps shape path to
Volunteers play a crucial role in the patient care services we deliver in the Emergency Department (ED) at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto. Whether it’s a welcoming smile, a conversation or answering questions, our volunteers aim to support patients and ...
Celebrating 15 Years of Success
Although it is not an unfamiliar disease to most Canadians, Type 1 diabetes is often understood as being only about food and insulin. The reality is that Type 1 diabetes is much more complicated and difficult to manage. Outside factors ...
Volunteers Make the Difference in York Central’s
The interesting thing about volunteers is each one has their own story, their own reason for spending their free time helping others. It may be because of a personal connection, the desire to get into a routine or perhaps to ...
Body image and sexuality
Body image and sexuality may be taboo for some people, but that didn’t stop members of The Scarborough Hospital’s Home Dialysis Peer Support Group from choosing the subjects as the focus of its annual Patient Symposium this past spring. ...
The value of volunteers
Twenty-two-year-old Sohini Mitra has always had high aspirations. From an early age she knew she wanted to be a doctor, so it was no surprise that Mitra studied biology in university. She held a part-time job to help achieve her ...
Recruiting from the Inside
Volunteers are an integral part of the hospital staff team in providing the highest quality of service for patients. At Trillium Health Centre, the services offered by volunteers directly enhance the patients’ stay, providing them with additional comforts that busy ...
From meal trays to med school
Chatter fills the hallways at St. John’s Rehab Hospital in north Toronto. It’s Saturday afternoon and a group of volunteers gathers around several food carts. Among them is Supreet Sunil, who grabs a tray and heads into a room ready ...
How do factors such as diet, physical activity and genetics impact human health and disease? The Ontario Health Study (OHS) has been working […]Read more →
This fall, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro, at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre) expects to introduce a […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Designing and building a 1.8 million square foot acute care hospital facility presents many operational challenges. Workflows, supply delivery routing and environmental efficiency […]Read more →
In hopes of better understanding the growing issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) among soldiers, the Canadian […]Read more →
When it comes to the challenge of ambulance off-load delays, Trillium Health Partners and Peel Paramedics are partnering to find a solution. Off-loading […]Read more →
In the past few years, Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord (HSN) in Greater Sudbury has struggled with some of the longest emergency department wait […]Read more →
The rate of type 1 diabetes is on the rise worldwide, with the greatest increase happening in children younger than five. There’s no […]Read more →
The number of emergency room cases where a Windsor/Essex teen or young adult is critically injured or killed in a preventable trauma incident […]Read more →
For some Canadians, a routine commute to work in the morning may end at a designated trauma centre, courtesy of a moment of […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Empowering patients, improving care and support, and enhancing quality of life; that’s what the newly launched iCHIP application will deliver to patients across […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
The Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) recently recognized two health care organizations for successfully integrating midwives into their maternity care teams. Markham Stouffville […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
A patient at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is the first child in North America to have undergone a specialized procedure that […]Read more →
Education and Professional Development
William Osler Health System has made significant gains in organ and tissue donation, according to year-end data from Trillium Gift of Life Network […]Read more →
Outside the Ornge hangar in Toronto, the sky is clear and the day is tranquil. But inside, the phones are ringing, and Ornge’s […]Read more →
Patients admitted to acute care hospitals on the weekend have slightly higher odds of dying than those admitted on weekdays, according to a […]Read more →
In healthcare, there are many kinds of emergencies — but not all are medical in nature. The emergency may be the urgent need […]Read more →
One of the first things patients notice about Lisa McKay is the set of white, DJ-calibre headphones she sports around her neck or […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
When blood donors roll up their sleeves to give, they do so with trust in our commitment to put their donation to the […]Read more →
Addictions and Drugs
One in every eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid overdose The misuse and abuse of opioids — strong painkillers such […]Read more →
Like many health care providers, Mackenzie Health offers volunteer greeters to welcome patients and families as they enter the hospital as well as […]Read more →