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.
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.
When Antonio José Santiago was at home during the pandemic and showed signs of a stroke, he connected with his doctor by Zoom and was told what to do next.
At first, telehealth seemed like a distant dream. But when COVID-19 hit, the CIUSSS and the JGH made telehealth a part of daily life.
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.
When a physical condition (like cerebral palsy) or developmental disorder (like autism) makes regular dentistry impossible, adult patients at the JGH are fully anesthetized and treated in an operating room.
The inauguration of the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry in 1969 was a pivotal event in the 73-year history of the JGH Department of Psychiatry.
The name says it all: The Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry has excelled for 50 years by seeing the patient not just as an individual, but as someone with complex ties to family and community, against a backdrop of religion, race and ethnicity.
Congratulations to the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, celebrating its 50th anniversary. Though psychiatric services were available previously, the launch in 1969 symbolized the growing prestige and influence of the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Justin Cross has been appointed Chief Digital Health Officer, the first to hold this position in CIUSSS West-Central Montreal. He will plan the network’s bold digital strategy and will implement new technology to improve quality and convenience for users and staff.