The magazine of the Jewish General Hospital

 

Spotlight feature

As a veteran volunteer in the psychosocial group at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, 96-year-old Naomi Weiss (centre)—the oldest volunteer at the JGH—makes good use of her knitting skills to instruct and help members of the group. The group is led by Occupational Therapist Allana Goodman (standing).
March 2020Spotlight feature

Determination to give of herself spurs Naomi Weiss to keep volunteering at age 96

At 96, Naomi Weiss has been volunteering for over 33 years in a psychosocial group at the JGH’s Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry. She has loved giving of herself, ever since she began volunteering as a teenager at a hospital in Israel.

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News

Dr. Mel Schwartz
May 2020News

With private dental offices closed, JGH provides safety net for dental emergencies

During the COVID-19 crisis, while private dentists’ offices are closed, the JGH Department of Dentistry is providing emergency care to members of the public who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn.

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Feature articles

In the JGH Laundry, (from left) Richard Gamble, Hassan Hersi, Onika McIntosh, Marietta Herrera and Linda Klupper are among the employees who are helping the hospital and its patients cope with the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a reliable supply of clean linen, towels, scrubs, gowns, protective clothing and other items.
Feature articlesMay 2020

Fighting COVID by flushing it down the drain

COVID-19 can’t stand being scalded, soaped, beaten and flushed down the drain by a washing machine. Scrubbing it away on a huge scale is the role of the JGH Laundry.

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Research at the LDI

Vera Granikov (left) and Reem El Sherif developed the Online Health Information Aid to guide clinicians and patients to credible and reliable health care web sites.
May 2020Research at the Lady Davis Institute

Health information literacy skills desperately needed

The Online Health Information Aid has been developped to provide advice on conducting better online searches, evaluating the trustworthiness of websites, and using information effectively.

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First person singular

Nancy Rubin, Director of the JGH Auxiliary, with members of Dr. Clown, Zoé (Michele Sirois) and Frankie (Jean-François Leblanc). The Auxiliary raises funds that enable patients and staff to enjoy the troupe’s therapeutic humour on a weekly basis.
First person singularOctober 2018

It’s worth putting retirement on hold to guide The JGH Auxiliary in helping patients

In 2006, Nancy Rubin was on the brink of retiring, when a new opportunity up-ended her plans. Twelve years later, she’s still is at the helm of The JGH Auxiliary, where she works with a dedicated team of volunteers and professionals for the well-being of patients.

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Feature articles

Rabbi Barak Nissim Hetsroni, Chaplain of the Jewish General Hospital.
Feature articlesMay 2020

Zoom, masks and doorway prayers: Offering spiritual comfort during the pandemic

Chaplains at the JGH and in CIUSSS West-Central Montreal have adapted their practices to continue offering comfort and care during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Health tips

December 2019Health tips

Can our friendly antibiotics become our foes?

Does a sneeze or cough send you reaching for self-prescribed antibiotics? Trying to fight the common cold or flu by taking leftover prescription medication can be dangerous, including adverse interactions with other drugs.

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Hope & Cope

A three-part series of books, published by Hope & Cope, advises parents how to speak with their children about the effect of cancer on their family.
Hope & CopeJanuary 2020

Finding ways to speak with children about a parent’s cancer

If a parent has cancer, are children better protected if they’re shielded from the truth? No, say the books in a three-volume series that Hope & Cope has published to explain how to broach the subject with a combination of frankness and compassion.

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Auxiliary

Rhoda Smith, a volunteer in The Auxiliary’s Ante Partum Program, shows Adriana Rosales how to use wooden beads to make a bracelet. This helps Ms. Rosales to pass the time creatively during her lengthy hospitalization, while her high-risk pregnancy is monitored.
AuxiliaryFebruary 2020

Auxiliary program brightens lives of mothers-to-be who spend weeks or months in hospital

Ante Partum Program uses arts and crafts as a creative relief from boredom For Adriana Rosales, being a patient at the JGH initially aroused a mix of sometimes contradictory emotions. On one hand, she felt reassured by the quality of the care that she was receiving for her high-risk pregnancy. …

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