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 ...
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 →
St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener is the first Ontario hospital to offer a satellite location for pacemaker patients to perform device checkups […]Read more →
A diabetes trial starting at St. Joseph’s Hospital is testing a potential magic bullet to combat both diabetes and the often-deadly complications of […]Read more →