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Health services integration in a small Ontario community
Health services integration in a small Ontario community

Varouj Eskedjian In January 2013, I took on the role of President and CEO at Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS). While the transition into the CEO role has had its expected growing pains, the adjustment to the position has been ...

Posted: August 28, 2015|From the CEO's Desk|0 comments

Duty to protect hospital staff from workplace violence is paramount
Duty to protect hospital staff from workplace violence
is paramount

The Government of Ontario recently announced that it is establishing a “Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Leadership Table” to “better protect health care professionals on the job.” This announcement follows last year’s decision by the Ministry of Labour to ...

Posted: August 27, 2015|Legal Update, Uncategorized|0 comments

The perils of privacy breaches by hospital employees
The perils of privacy breaches by hospital employees

Canadian privacy laws contain a basic safeguarding principle: access to personal information may only be granted on a need-to-know basis. Snooping violates that principle. Several Ontario arbitrators have upheld a “zero tolerance” approach for privacy breaches at hospitals, holding that summary ...

Posted: August 16, 2015|Legal Update|0 comments

Drug shortage and patient safety: A relentless challenge
Drug shortage and patient safety: A relentless challenge

A multi-Incident analysis by ISMP Canada Drug shortage has been an ongoing issue and has been described in various literature as a challenge common to both hospital and retail pharmacy settings today. For the purpose of this article, “drug shortage” is ...

Posted: August 4, 2015|Safe Medication|0 comments

Don’t let new health technologies catch you off guard
Don’t let new health technologies catch you off guard

With an ever increasing number of medical technologies being developed every year, this is truly an exciting era of medical innovation. But, it can be difficult to keep on top of all the new developments. We learn about new and ...

Posted: August 2, 2015|Evidence Matters|0 comments

Helping kids reach their fullest potential
Helping kids reach their fullest potential

President and CEO Julia Hanigsberg and Jillian, a client of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Photo credit: William Suarez Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is a leader in childhood disability and rehabilitation. Kids come to Holland Bloorview from different paths. ...

Posted: August 1, 2015|From the CEO's Desk|0 comments

We have built a sickness care system rather than a health system
We have built a sickness care system rather than a
health system

 We have designed that system for the convenience of practitioners, not patients A version of this speech was delivered May 14, 2015 to the graduating class at the University of Manitoba. Mr. Chancellor, Mr. President, distinguished guests, soon-to-be MDs and their deeply ...

Posted: July 24, 2015|Editor's Note|0 comments

Hospital succession planning requires physicians to develop late career transition plans
Hospital succession planning requires physicians to
develop late career transition plans

In 2006, the Ontario Human Rights Code was amended to remove age 65 as the upper limit of prohibited discrimination based on age. Many hospitals interpreted this to mean that they could no longer require physicians, based on age, to ...

Posted: July 2, 2015|Legal Update|0 comments

Advance care planning for patients with chronic illnesses
Advance care planning for patients with chronic illnesses

Jonathan Breslin runs J. Breslin Consulting, specializing in providing ethics services to hospitals and long term care organizations across Ontario. HIs column appears every month in Hospital News. The advance directive movement officially began in 1990 following the landmark case ...

Posted: June 30, 2015|Ethics|0 comments

Promising treatments for the healing of diabetic foot ulcers
Promising treatments for the healing of diabetic
foot ulcers

Pain in the female foot The number of Canadians with diabetes is rapidly increasing. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, more than 20 Canadians are diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day. Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are the most ...

Posted: June 29, 2015|Evidence Matters|1 comment

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