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Developing mental health services for children and teens a priority
Developing mental health services for children and teens
a priority

Tyler* Tyler lived in a dream world. It was a place filled with terror, suspicion, paranoia and voices. The voices told him of the conspiracy only he was to know about and his super powers protected him from danger. He had the ...


On the front lines of the fight against Ebola
On the front lines of the fight against Ebola

Windsor, Ontario, physician Dr. Tim Jagatic has spent recent months on the front lines of the Ebola crisis. Windsor, Ontario, physician Dr. Tim Jagatic has spent recent months on the front lines of a major international medical crisis, one that ...


Docusate for constipation: Money down the toilet?
Docusate for constipation: Money down the toilet?

Constipation. It’s not something we often talk about in polite conversation but, given how common it is, perhaps we should. As much as one quarter of all adults suffer from it, and an estimated three out of every four seniors ...

Posted: October 6, 2014|Evidence Matters|1 comment

When culture gets in the way of change
When culture gets in the way of change

Ken Tremblay The health care system is awash in a laundry list of change imperatives: patient-centred; funding reform; integrated care; stakeholder engagement; clinical and technological innovation; population health, among many others. No matter the cause or outcome, central to the ...

Posted: October 4, 2014|From the CEO's Desk|0 comments

Breaking down barriers to mental healthcare
Breaking down barriers to mental healthcare

An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will receive treatment. An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will ...


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 ...