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.
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.
Dr. Bernard Lapointe, JGH Chief of Palliative Care and an internationally recognized leader in his field, has been honoured with a 150th Anniversary Medal by the Senate of Canada.
Even though Jewish tradition considers life to be sacred, extraordinary measures do not always need to be taken to prolong the life of a dying person, an expert on Jewish medical ethics explained at a JGH lecture.
Quick thinking and tight teamwork by dedicated staff were crucial in granting a wish for a dying patient: To spend her final weeks in comfort in a bed that best suited her needs.
Dr. Bernard Lapointe, Chief of the JGH Division of Palliative Care, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Euthanasia that is permissible under Quebec’s Bill 52 could be avoided in many cases if more terminally ill patients had access to high-quality palliative care, says a JGH family physician.