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Forty years and counting

My health care career began on April 26, 1971 as the Assistant Administrator of Swift Current Union Hospital in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Considering the...

How healthy is our health care system?

Access to doctors and treatment. Safe, quality care. Value for money. Better outcomes. These are the health system issues that Canadians say matter most to...

Think and act differently, get different results

Hospitals come in all shapes and sizes; trauma, rehabilitation, specialized, general, regional, teaching or community based; yet delivering safe, high-quality patient care remains at...

Volunteer helps prepare brothers and sisters-to-be

It’s a Saturday morning at Lakeridge Health Oshawa and volunteer Jeanne Frolick is waiting to welcome a new group of youngsters to a quiet...

Enriching patient experience with volunteers

Lifestyle adjustments can be difficult for patients and families as they adapt to being in hospital to receive care for chronic conditions. Over 90...

Volunteer’s small gestures forever remembered

On Christmas Day in 2012, Lorraine Ruffo received the worst kind of news: she had stage four brain cancer. A surgery on New Year’s...

Better patient engagement through better technology

“What we see increasingly is that engaged patients have better outcomes.”  That statement may seem intuitive and grounded in common sense, but it is...

Volunteers share their talents and help kids with special needs

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Holland Bloorview provides programs and...

Volunteers make World Parkinson Congress a tremendous success

While many volunteer programs centre around local areas and require long term commitment, this October the World Parkinson Congress was a great example of...

Preventing strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation: What’s the evidence?

Atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF) is the most common abnormal heart rhythm, affecting an estimated one to two per cent of our population —...

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