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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Rabbia Akhtar-Tariq, a student volunteer in Medical-Surgical Intensive Care, assists a patient’s family member into the unit.
Feature articlesMay 2018

Student volunteers embrace emotional intensity of Intensive Care

A McGill University psychology student who volunteered in the JGH’s Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit was introduced to a patient who ended up making a lasting impression on her.

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Martine Gagnon (left), Nursing Education Consultant in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and Pina D’Orve, Social Worker in the unit, display a pillow with the imprint of a deceased patient’s hand, as requested by the patient’s family.
Feature articlesMay 2018

A heartfelt memento for grieving families

At the request of family members, staff of the JGH’s Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit can create a special memento—a heart-shaped pillow bearing the painted imprint of the hand of a loved one who has passed away while in the hospital.

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