Lucie Lacroix cradles a set of virtual reality goggles in her lap, while telling Rifka Hanfling about the uplifting emotional experience of taking virtual trips to foreign locales.
Feature articlesSeptember 2019

Virtual reality transports Palliative Care patients to inspiring, exotic locales

With support from Hope & Cope, the JGH has become the first hospital in Quebec to use virtual reality goggles to boost the spirits of Palliative Care patients by enabling them to “travel” to foreign locales.

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At a team meeting to discuss medication in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Nurse Kamylle Martin (right) works at her medication cart, while conferring with (from right) Pharmacist Helen Mantzanis and medical student Ellen Dunbar-Lavoie (each using a work-station on wheels), and Dr. Judith Therrien.
Feature articlesSeptember 2019

Digital prescriptions speed medication to patients while boosting safety

Prescription medication is reaching hospitalized patients at the JGH more quickly and safely, thanks to a digital ordering system that has been implemented more extensively than in any Quebec healthcare facility with a comparable patient population.

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HELP volunteer Lorina Bolea helps Viviane Plante to remain limber and to maintain or improve her range of motion.
August 2019Feature articles

Volunteer program honoured for enhancing care of hospitalized seniors

The JGH’s Hospital Elder Life Program has won an award from Desjardins, recognizing the way intensively trained volunteers—supported by Multidisciplinary Services, Nursing and Geriatrics—enhance the quality of care for hospitalized seniors.

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Feature articlesJuly 2019

Special-needs volunteers at the JGH gain as much as they give

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.

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Elisabeth Laughrea, Coordinator of the Specialized Approach to Senior Care program.
Feature articlesMay 2019

Screening rate for delirium surges at JGH

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.

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Olivia Frank, a student volunteer in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, writes an entry in the ICU diary of Jimmy Plevritis, a family member whose father was a patient in the unit.
Feature articlesMarch 2019

“Dear diary: The situation is still serious, but there’s hope … ”

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.

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Jeannette Singerman, a volunteer in Palliative Care, shows a package of rose-shaped soaps to patient Leah Pasechnick, who chose to present them as a gift to a loved one.
Feature articlesFebruary 2019

Palliative Care volunteers give the gift of gift-giving at the JGH

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.

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Richard Auclair, a geriatrics patient at the JGH, gives a treat to Zodiak, a pet therapy dog that is accompanied by its owner, Véronique Binette.
Feature articlesFebruary 2019

Making the rounds with man’s – and woman’s and patient’s and employee’s – best friend

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.

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In the Clinical Access Service, Melanie Zwetkow, a Care Counsellor Nurse, meets with Joseph Gluchy to discuss the results of his medical tests.
December 2018Feature articles

New clinic offers fast track for testing and diagnosis of certain conditions

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.

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Panoram
December 2018Feature articles

One big famiglia: Panoram Italia features article on Italian JGH staff

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.

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