Archive for February, 2012

St. Joseph’s Hospital redesigns with green in mind
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
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
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
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 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
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 of care
Implementation of ePatient Record improves quality
of care

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 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
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
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 ...


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