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 ...
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 →
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 →