In a brief ceremony at the JGH, Annick Leboeuf (rear, third from left), a Council Member of the Montreal-Laval Branch of the Order of Nurses of Quebec, presented the Close to the Heart Award for Innovation in Nursing to the Outpatient Nursing Oncology team. Holding the award is Mandy Collins (rear, centre), a Nurse Clinician in Outpatient Oncology. Among those joining them were Lucie Tremblay (front, second from left), Director of Nursing; Serge Cloutier (rear, left), Associate Director of Nursing; Erin Cook (front, right), Co-Director of Operations at the Segal Cancer Centre; Kimberly Gartshore (front, second from right), Head Nurse of Outpatient Oncology; and Elisabeth Laughrea (front, left), Chair of the Youth Committee of the Montreal-Laval Branch of the Order of Nurses of Quebec. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.)
NewsSeptember 2020

JGH nursing initiative wins award for helping cancer patients manage their symptoms

A JGH nursing initiative to help cancer outpatients manage their symptoms more effectively has won an award from the Order of Nurses of Quebec.

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In late August, the finishing touches were placed on the painted mural that covers much of the eastern wall of Pavilion G, facing the hospital’s main entrance. The mural depicts a grateful patient and a healthcare worker, who embrace while wearing protective clothing. Swirling around them are large versions of the leaves that appear in the JGH logo. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.)
September 2020Spotlight feature

Mural celebrates emotional ties between patients and staff during pandemic

A new mural near the main doors of the JGH celebrates the emotional connection between patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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At the Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre, Sacha Vincent-Toskin (left), an Occupational Therapist, and Michele Mercier, an Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician, connect via Zoom to a long-term care centre. During this telehealth session, they watch the screen and work with a client (seated) and with Occupational Therapist Patrice Lu to custom-design a wheelchair for the client. Mr. Lu measures him and relays the information to his colleagues, who record the data and check the screen to gain a clear understanding of the client’s physical requirements.
September 2020Telehealth

Telehealth opens new doors—and video screens—to rehabilitation at home

From high-touch to high-tech—that’s the change COVID-19 triggered in rehabilitation. Telehealth is now an option for clients recovering from stroke, getting measured for a wheelchair, and receiving support for autism.

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Home page of the website for the Quebec Medical Appointment Scheduler.
August 2020Health tips

A quicker, easier way to book an appointment with a family doctor

If you need to see a family doctor, the Quebec Medical Appointment Scheduler (RVSQ) lets you conveniently book an appointment online.

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Dr. Allison Pang (left) and Dr. Ipshita Prakash
August 2020Milestones

Three new surgeons join the JGH

Three surgeons have been newly appointed at the JGH in Colorectal Surgery, General Surgery and Neurosurgery.

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Dr. Stephen Robbins
August 2020Research at the Lady Davis Institute

Dr. Stephen Robbins appointed Director of Lady Davis Institute

Dr. Stephen Robbins has been appointed Director of the Lady Davis Institute, effective January 2021.

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Tung Tran (left), Director of the CIUSSS’s Mental Health and Addiction Program, and Dr. Marc Miresco, JGH Director of Adult Psychiatric External Services.
July 2020Telehealth

Using the digital tools of telepsychiatry to forge emotional bonds

Using keyboard and screen to build trust between psychiatrist and patient? Not an obvious choice. Yet, the COVID-19 pandemic helped telepsychiatry take root at the JGH and CIUSSS West-Central Montreal.

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With faces covered to prevent the spread of COVID-19, leaders cut the ribbon to officially open the JGH’s Carole and Andrew Harper Psychiatry Inpatient Unit. From left: Tung Tran, Director of the Mental Health and Addition Program of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal; Larry Sidel, Executive Vice-President of the JGH Foundation; Dr. Karl Looper, JGH Chief of Psychiatry; Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of the CIUSSS; Edward Wiltzer, Past Chairman of the Board of the JGH Foundation; and Bram Freedman, President and CEO of the Foundation.
July 2020News

“Dignity, autonomy and personal recovery” underpin new JGH psychiatry unit

JGH psychiatry patients are now being treated in the newly renovated Carole and Andrew Harper Psychiatry Inpatient Unit. It’s brighter and airier, with private beds and more space that emphasizes privacy and healing.

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Dr. Mark Basik
July 2020Milestones

Dr. Mark Basik to lead Scientific Advisory Committee of Cancer Research Society

Dr. Mark Basik, a surgical oncologist at the JGH and a senior investigator in the Lady Davis Institute, has been appointed President of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Cancer Research Society.

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Shortly after Nicole-Ann Shery (right) gave birth to Kayla on March 3, the COVID-19 lockdown began. She used telehealth to stay in touch with her midwife, Kathleen McDonald (top of staircase), who is shown in the Côte-des-Neiges Birthing Centre with midwife Yvette Munezero (centre) and Maëcha Nault, Head of Midwife Services. (Photo at right courtesy of Reina Price.)
July 2020Telehealth

Pandemic spurs midwives to give birth to new telehealth services

Motivated by COVID-19, midwives have given birth to new telehealth services. Using Zoom to link to moms at home, they’ve continued to provide breastfeeding support and answer questions.

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