Archive for October, 2011
An inside look: St. Joseph’s Hospital in London is one
of few centres in Canada performing
For more than 15 years, John Gamba has put up with bouts of light-headedness, numb lips and tongue, confusion, seeing spots, feeling week and other worrisome, often debilitating, symptoms. Visits to the emergency department and specialists in Sault St. Marie turned ...
New video designed to help dialysis patients cope
Lights! Camera! Action! It’s not exactly the phrase you’d expect to hear in The Scarborough Hospital’s Chronic Kidney Disease Program. Yet last month, a film crew taped a 15-minute video designed to help new dialysis patients cope with emotional and ...
Volunteers join forces with clinicians to H.E.L.P
provide seniors with the best patient care
When Barb Goersch heard of an opportunity to be part of a new program specifically designed to provide care to seniors at risk, she knew she had to help. No stranger to volunteer service, Barb has volunteered at Trillium Health ...
Volunteers help keep delirium at bay in the
Volunteers have been a valued part of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s busy Emergency Department (ED) for many years. Almost 50 individuals volunteer in the ED on a regular basis, directing patients and providing comfort. However, in recent years these Volunteers ...
Former employees return to hospital as volunteers
Vilma Sharp may have retired as a nurse 22 years ago, but she still visits St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto weekly. That’s because after she retired in 1989 following 26 years of employment as a nurse at the Health ...
Older patients get ‘HELP’ from Southlake volunteers
Volunteers at Newmarket-based Southlake Regional Health Centre are making a positive difference in the quality of care for older patients through a program that was introduced in April of this year. As part of the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) – ...
Physician harnesses simulation to combat central
Central line complications are a major concern for hospitals and the healthcare sector, costing money and—most importantly—harm to patients. These complications are also highly preventable, as demonstrated by simulation expert Dr. Yanick Beaulieu. Central line (also “central venous”) complications include placement ...
Patient receives kidney transplant from donor with
different blood type
St. Michael’s Hospital is the first in North America to have used a novel device that cleaned the blood of a kidney patient and allowed him to receive a transplant from a donor with a different blood type. Andre Cossette, a ...
New mobile app helps IBD patients transition to
Parents tend to do most of the talking at their child’s doctor’s appointments. While the child is almost always present, their participation is often minimal. When it comes time to transition into adult care, the patient may feel unprepared to ...
Disability doesn’t limit man’s ability to volunteer
Harold Hatton is ready to go home. Perched on the end of his bed he’s just waiting for a Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) volunteer to arrive to porter him to the main entrance. With much gusto, his porter arrives and that’s ...
HealthCareCAN, the national voice of healthcare organizations in Canada, marked International Clinical Trials Day on May 20, 2015, with the release of a […]Read more →
We have designed that system for the convenience of practitioners, not patients A version of this speech was delivered May 14, 2015 to […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Home to one of the richest pools of scientific knowledge and clinical expertise in the world, Canada’s research talent is reflected in the […]Read more →
A six-month study out of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital revealed that children with autism who consumed omega-3 fatty acids did not improve […]Read more →
It is a tribute to the extensive education efforts of the past 20 years that the general public has a good understanding about […]Read more →
A commitment to collaborating with patients and community partners to achieve the best outcomes possible In the spring of 2014, Alanis*, a 60-year-old […]Read more →
Ground-breaking Research led by Southlake Doctor proves that a simple heart procedure is more effective than other options that require additional intervention Imagine […]Read more →
Complementary Medicine and Alternative Therapies
If you listen closely in the hallways of McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH), you might just catch the strumming of an acoustic guitar and […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Imagine having to drive across a province for hours to reach an appointment with a top specialist for a complex new medical condition […]Read more →
One minute Mark Thompson was watching a soccer match on television and the next he was lying on his living room floor fighting […]Read more →
For patients, the Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada (Guidelines) provide an opportunity […]Read more →
It only takes a few minutes of conversation with any member of Hôpital Montfort’s Diabetes Clinic to grasp the amount of success stories […]Read more →
Northwestern Ontario has higher than average rates of cardiac disease. Now, those in need of treatment for complex heart disease, including heart attacks, […]Read more →
In 2006, the Ontario Human Rights Code was amended to remove age 65 as the upper limit of prohibited discrimination based on age. […]Read more →
Hearing you need open heart surgery can be frightening. Often, it comes as a surprise – a visit to the Emergency Department with […]Read more →
The advance directive movement officially began in 1990 following the landmark case of Nancy Cruzan in the United States. The lengthy court battle […]Read more →
The number of Canadians with diabetes is rapidly increasing. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, more than 20 Canadians are diagnosed with the […]Read more →
St. Michael’s Hospital, cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Subodh Verma was troubled by the lack of data to guide decision making and treatment choices for […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
For years now, experts have been warning us that Canada is on the cusp of a silver tsunami, one that threatens to overwhelm […]Read more →
“The worst part of living with asthma used to be that nobody believed me. It’s kind of an invisible illness. You don’t always […]Read more →