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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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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In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Auxiliary volunteer Beatrice Lewis reads a story to an infant whose hospitalization is nearly over.
January 2019Spotlight feature

Storytime helps ease premature infants through first weeks of life

Volunteers from the JGH Auxiliary are spending a few minutes each day reading storybooks to babies in Neonatal Intensive Care. Is there any point in reading to an infant who can’t possibly understand what’s being said? Surprisingly, the answer is Yes.

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Joanne Laing with the distinctive blue jackets worn by volunteers at the Jewish General Hospital.
First person singularOctober 2017

Working with volunteers to spread hope, comfort and support

As Director of Volunteer and Pastoral Services, I’m privileged to see volunteers giving freely and generously of themselves to bring hope and comfort to patients and other healthcare users.

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Hinda Goodman
First person singularMay 2017

Becoming a “bridge over troubled waters” in support of cancer patients

Even as a little girl, I knew I wanted to work in a hospital. And this is where I’ve ended up—helping cancer patients and their families at Hope & Cope.

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Sheila Kussner
May 2017Milestones

Hope & Cope Founder Sheila Kussner named a Great Montrealer

Sheila Kussner, Founder and Past Chair of Hope & Cope, has been appointed to the Order of Montreal at the rank of Commander, the highest level of the Order.

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A client arrives at the Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre in a minivan that he owns and drives. The vehicle was adapted to his needs, based on an assessment by the team in the Driving Evaluation and Vehicle Adaptation Program at Constance-Lethbridge, which is now in the same west-central healthcare network as the JGH.
Feature articlesSpring 2015

Clearing the air about Bill 10

The most extensive overhaul of Quebec’s healthcare system in recent memory has left some frayed nerves in its wake. That’s why JGH leaders are suggesting that those with a connection to the hospital take a calm, clear-eyed look at the new legislation.

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