Members of staff demonstrate the components of the da Vinci Surgical System. During an operation, the patient lies on the surgical table (left), and robotic arms, each equipped with a tiny surgical tool, extend into the patient’s body. The operation is performed by a surgeon at a special console (right) connected to the robot. Surgery is monitored by electronic equipment on a separate cart (centre). During an operation, the robot and its arms—but not the surgeon’s console—are covered in sterile plastic sheeting.
85th Anniversary - ArchivesJune 2019

From the archives: Introducing … Dr. Robot!

Robot-assisted surgery, the most exciting and revolutionary form of surgery ever performed at the JGH, got under way in December 2007.

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Courses
85th Anniversary - ArchivesJune 2019

From the archives: What every good nurse should know

Page from a promotional booklet in 1955 highlighting the courses offered to students at the JGH School of Nursing.

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The JGH’s first birthing room featured a comfortable double bed, a rocking chair and a crib for the baby. There was also an adjoining room where the new parents could relax with visitors.
85th Anniversary - ArchivesMay 2019

From the archives: JGH’s first birthing room opens in 1980

In 1980, the JGH became the first McGill University teaching hospital to open a birthing room, in whose home-like setting mothers went into labour, delivered their babies and recovered.

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At lunchtime in the JGH Centre for Child Development and Mental Health, Educator Monica Arnaldi (left) and Nurse Clinician Mia Grillakis engage their students in a discussion about the highlights of a story they recently read together.
85th Anniversary - ArchivesMay 2019

From the archives: Child Psychiatry: 50 years of caring for children and their families

After years of planning, the Child Psychiatry Program was launched at the JGH in 1967 to provide children with the same kind of compassionate treatment and care that adults had been receiving in the hospital since the mid-1950s.

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Dr. Howard Chertkow (left), with co-developers of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment—Dr. Ziad Nasreddine, a Montreal cognitive neurologist, and Dr. Natalie Phillips, a researcher in neuro-psychology at the Lady Davis Institute.
85th Anniversary - ArchivesMay 2019

From the archives: JGH test for early detection of dementia goes into world-wide use

In 2005, the world adopted the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, a simple, yet refined, questionnaire that had been developed by Dr. Howard Chertkow, founding director of the JGH Memory Clinic.

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Booklet
85th Anniversary - ArchivesMay 2019

From the archives: Promotional booklet for the JGH School of Nursing

A promotional booklet published during the 1950s touted recreational aspects of the JGH School of Nursing, including sunbathing on the roof of Pavilion A, swimming privileges at the YM-YWHA, dances and an elegant drawing room.

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Kathleen Margaret (“Peggy”) Lahaie
85th Anniversary - ArchivesMay 2019

From the archives: Canada’s first patient representative is appointed at the JGH

The JGH made national healthcare history in February 1973 with the appointment of Kathleen Margaret (“Peggy”) Lahaie as what is believed to be the first patient representative (ombudsman) in a Canadian hospital.

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Cover and agenda page from the commemorative program booklet that was distributed at the ceremony to open the JGH on October 8, 1934.
85th Anniversary - ArchivesApril 2019

From the archives: A witness to history recalls the realization of a dream

JGH News marked the hospital’s 75th anniversary by publishing the reminiscences of Bernard J. Finestone, a Past President of the hospital, about the opening ceremony in 1934.

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Auxiliary
85th Anniversary - ArchivesApril 2019

From the archives: The Auxiliary is created in 1936

When the JGH opened in 1934, it had two crucial, ongoing needs: a steady source of funding to purchase medical equipment and supplies, and a pool of dedicated volunteers. Both were delivered by the JGH Auxiliary.

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Chanukah celebration for children in the hospital in the 1950s.
85th Anniversary - ArchivesApril 2019

From the archives: A time to celebrate

Many Jewish festivals are observed in the hospital over the course of the year, including Rosh Hashanah (New Year), Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), Chanukah and Passover.

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