Archive for February, 2012
St. Joseph’s Hospital redesigns with green in mind
In London Ontario St. Joseph’s Hospital is taking it to the next level by thinking green in its final phase of redevelopment, part of a greater initiative set out in 1997 to integrate London’s hospital system and build on St. ...
First hospital in Canada introduces portable video
translation service for patients
Communicating with hospital staff, physicians, volunteers and students isn’t always easy if English is not your first language. At Southlake Regional Health Centre, it means some patients have to rely on others to communicate on their behalf. They can bring ...
New electronic pharmacy system improves patient care
Medications across all in-patient areas of Trillium Health Centre, are being delivered in less time and with less risk of error, thanks to the implementation of a new, innovative electronic pharmacy system. The unique system – which was recently installed at ...
Search on for outstanding senior volunteers
You’ll likely find them around every corner: senior volunteers who make a difference each day in hospitals, community organizations, neighbourhoods and senior centres. In total, these unsung heroes are making a bigger impact than ever as budgets remain flat and ...
The first comprehensive recycling program in British
Columbia health care
The Lower Mainland Recycling Renewal project is the first of its kind for BC health authorities. Previous recycling efforts at most of our hospitals have been uncoordinated and largely lacked appropriate support. To date, any recycling that exists in the ...
An analysis of NICU departmental ‘Plan Typologies’
in a single room care model
As the single room care model becomes the norm in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit planning and design, the single rooms can be arranged in a variety of configurations which have direct impacts on patient care delivery, operational efficiency and cost. Parkin ...
Implementation of ePatient Record improves quality
As the implementation of electronic patient record (ePR) begins at Providence Care in Kingston, examination of current processes and planning for future processes have led to a number of quality improvement initiatives involving documentation, oversight and equipment. “The electronic patient record ...
St. Joseph’s electronic patient records focus on
improving quality of care
St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto is excited about our progress to date as we enter the later stages of Phase 2 of our eCare project, which is one of our largest clinical undertakings in our hospital’s 90 year history. This ...
Operating Room Supply Chain: Want OR efficiency? Learn
to find best locations for supplies
Pilot study finds key supply chain projects like optimizing your OR inventory can reduce costs and improve staff satisfaction. This is the second installment of a three-part series examining various aspects of OR supply chain improvement projects, based on the Ontario ...
Bringing local food to health care food service
Often the struggle for health care food service is balancing a variety of dietary needs with tight budgets. This delicate balance can make it difficult to provide meals that also taste great. However, now some Ontario hospitals are making progress ...
Education and Professional Development
As we gather our receipts and get ready to prepare our taxes, many of us start to feel a ‘cash crunch’ and are […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
At the hospital, provincial, and even federal level, those responsible for running our health care system are developing solutions to address the rising […]Read more →
Gang Zhou dreamed of becoming a doctor, but he didn’t know where to start. It was 2013 and Gang had just moved to […]Read more →
COMMITMENT ✚ DEDICATION ✚ COMPASSION ✚ LEADERSHIP Look around you. Have you been inspired, encouraged or empowered by an employee or a colleague? […]Read more →
Ornge provides an essential service in Ontario’s highly regionalized health care system by transporting patients to definitive care in a timely manner. To […]Read more →
In Ontario, health care has long been one of the healthier economic sectors to work in. And it may well be the healthiest […]Read more →
Volunteers have always played an instrumental role at Holland Bloorview, helping to create a world of possibility for kids with disability in our […]Read more →
The challenge for jurisdictions funding the Canadian health care system is determining how to provide the best possible care for the best possible […]Read more →
Broken Telephone Pictionary is basically a game where a person starts off drawing a topic and the next person interprets the drawing and […]Read more →
Everyone remembers that one special comforting toy or blanket they had as a child. How a hug could make almost any sadness or […]Read more →
Almost 70 years ago, six-month-old Norma Nicholson was found by a police officer outside the gates of her father’s house in Kingston, Jamaica […]Read more →
One year ago I wrote a column on the ethics of paediatricians discharging vaccine-hesitant parents from their practices. Since that time there have […]Read more →
We don’t often think about the delicate balance of our blood. On one hand, we need to be able to form blood clots […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
Meet Sarah. Sarah was a 26 year-old newly graduated teacher who always dreamed of getting married. She had a met and subsequently became […]Read more →
Every once in a while, the debate on vaccine safety and efficacy surfaces in the news and on social media. The most infamous […]Read more →
The Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal, Quebec is one of the few long-term care centres in Canada to have a Centre […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Digitization of paper records is a necessary component in every organization’s evolution to fully electronic records systems. For Canadian hospitals already under pressure […]Read more →
Geriatrics and Aging
Supporting seniors to stay healthy in their home is one of the health care system’s greatest challenges; accomplishing it is one of Fraser […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
Communities across Ontario are seeing a shift in demographics. Populations are growing and aging. As a result of this new reality, hospitals are […]Read more →
Geriatrics and Aging
Recognizing the growing numbers of seniors presenting at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) Emergency Department (ED), it was obvious the unique needs of […]Read more →