Special-needs visitors from the Friendship Circle are now regularly bringing flowers and smiles to JGH patients and staff. They learn that they can give of themselves as volunteers, in addition to being the recipients of guidance and support.
Rates have risen dramatically in our push to screen elderly hospitalized patients for delirium. This means their underlying medical conditions can be diagnosed more quickly, with better odds of lowering their risk for functional or cognitive decline.
Intensive Care, where patients’ condition is critical, is an unlikely place to keep a diary. But volunteers with the ICU Diaries Project are giving JGH patients and relatives an emotional outlet and a way of look back through smiles or tears.
It’s better to give than receive, but what if illness makes gift-giving impossible? In Palliative Care at the JGH, a volunteer program run by Hope & Cope enables patients to choose from a variety of donated gifts that they can present to their loved ones.
Pet therapy is back at the JGH, with dogs like Zodiak regularly visiting patients to provide comfort and reduce stress. The specially certified dogs are also a hit among staff who look forward to his visits.
Quicker care for certain medical conditions is now offered by the JGH Clinical Access Service, as an alternative to the Emergency Department. It handles referrals from family doctors whose patients have serious problems that require prompt attention.
One big, happy famiglia: The latest edition of Panoram Italia magazine shines the spotlight on Italian employees at the JGH, many of whose faces and comments are featured in a four-page spread about the family feeling at the hospital.
Denis Coderre, Montreal’s former mayor, has found a new calling: He has joined the JGH Foundation as Ambassador, drawing on his experience and political savvy to provide advice and help open doors to a broader and more varied pool of potential donors.
A former JGH “preemie” looks forward to helping others: 24 years after being born prematurely, Angelo Rizzolo is back at the JGH as a medical student, on a career path that may lead to a specialty in pediatrics or neonatology.
Tiny, colourful knitted hats are comforting prematurely born infants and are bringing smiles to parents and families in the JGH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, thanks to a gift from employees at CLSC Benny Farm.