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The right to die?
The right to die?

Just before noon on a Monday, Gillian Bennett dragged a mattress from inside her British Columbia home to her favourite spot outside, on her property. She drank some whiskey and Nembutal with water, and then held her husband’s hand as ...

Posted: October 1, 2014|Editor's Note|0 comments

Contingency planning for emergency service disruption
Contingency planning for emergency service disruption

Physician shortages and uncovered emergency physician shifts have been a challenge for small rural hospitals like North Hastings Hospital. Over the past few years, many smaller community hospitals have struggled to keep their vital emergency departments (ED) adequately staffed. Across ...


Research focused on improving quality of life
Research focused on improving quality of life

Dr. Margaret McKinnon (right) reviews notes with a student in the Margaret & Charles Juravinski Centre for Integrated Healthcare. Research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton strives to engage patients, clinicians, employees and academics in re-inventing the way in which we ...

Posted: September 25, 2014|Research|0 comments

Transforming patient care in the midst of a crisis
Transforming patient care in the midst of a crisis

Dr. Ian Preyra, Chief of Emergency Medicine in the ED after the flood. In healthcare – and particularly a hospital setting – innovation and evolution can be a long and difficult process. From concept to approval, the most significant change ...


New bedside PICC program enhances patient safety
New bedside PICC program enhances patient safety

St. Joe’s has implemented a new bedside peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) program, where instead of having sick patients that are in the hospital go to Diagnostic Imaging, the equipment comes to the patient. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at ...


The day the emergency ward called 911
The day the emergency ward called 911

Three of the four team members who called 911 from the emergency department. During a cold afternoon in mid-December 2013, a young patient walked in the emergency department at Hôpital Montfort in Ottawa. She had nausea, vertigo, and was feeling ...

Posted: September 19, 2014|Patient Care, Public Health|0 comments

Ontario Health Study still looking for participants
Ontario Health Study still looking for participants

A volunteer has his hand grip strength measured at an Ontario Health Study assessment centre. How do factors such as diet, physical activity and genetics impact human health and disease? The Ontario Health Study (OHS) has been working to answer ...

Posted: September 18, 2014|Featured, Public Health, Research|1 comment

New treatment for Parkinson’s disease
New treatment for Parkinson’s disease

Dr. Anne-Louise Lafontaine, neurologist and Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at The Neuro. This fall, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro, at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre) expects to introduce a previously unavailable form ...

Posted: September 17, 2014|Neurology, Patient Care, Research|0 comments

Emergency preparedness at the new Humber River Hospital
Emergency preparedness at the new Humber River Hospital

A Real Time Locating System (RTLS) with a ‘Nurse Call’ system will be implemented to further enhance safety in the hospital, including newborn foot monitors, for paediatric patients. Designing and building a 1.8 million square foot acute care hospital facility ...


Research may lead to faster diagnosis of PTSD in Canadian soldiers
Research may lead to faster diagnosis of PTSD in
Canadian soldiers

Dr. Elizabeth Pang (left) and Dr. Margot Taylor with the MEG machine. In hopes of better understanding the growing issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) among soldiers, the Canadian Armed Forces approached researchers at ...

Posted: September 15, 2014|Featured, Mental Health, Research|0 comments