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 2020Spotlight feature

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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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 2020Spotlight feature

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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When Antonio José Santiago (left) began exhibiting symptoms of a stroke at home, his wife, Eunice Gomes Santiago, used Zoom to connect to Dr. Mark Karanofsky, who confirmed what was happening and advised them what to do next.
June 2020Spotlight feature

Family medicine teams defy COVID-19 by linking to patients via telehealth

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.

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Members of the Digital Health team gather online for a video conference. Top, from left: Michael Shulha, Dr. Justin Cross and Sabine Cohen. Bottom, from left: Danina Kapetanovic, Anna D’Ambra and William Laurin (of the Telehealth Support Centre).
June 2020Spotlight feature

How COVID-19 yanked telehealth out of the future and into our daily lives

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.

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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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In a JGH operating room, Dr. Robert Karanofsky (left) provides dental treatment to Naomie Joseph-Dandurand, who is under general anesthesia. Working with him are team members Dr. Estelle Azzi (centre), a dental resident, and Dushyanthi Alagaraju, a dental assistant.
November 2019Spotlight feature

When a patient just can’t sit still, what’s a dentist to do?

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.

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In 1968, ground is broken to start construction of the ICFP. Leading the ceremony are (from left) Samuel Steinberg, President of the JGH Board of Directors; Dr. William Slatkoff, JGH Executive Director; Allan Bronfman, founding President of the Board of Directors; Bernard Bloomfield, community leader and philanthropist; and Dr. Henry Kravitz, Chief of the Department of Psychiatry.
August 2019Spotlight feature

ICFP’s 50th anniversary is a highlight of Psychiatry’s JGH timeline

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.

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By summer 1968, work is well under way to simultaneously erect the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry (rear) and the Lady Davis Institute (foreground), both of which opened in 1969. The buildings are separated by Légaré Street, with Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road just past the photo’s left-hand border.
August 2019Spotlight feature

Seeing the psychiatric patient as more than an isolated individual

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.

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Members of Psychiatry staff gather on the steps of the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry to commemorate the ICFP’s 50th anniversary.
August 2019Spotlight feature

Celebrating five decades – and more! – of pioneering psychiatric services at the JGH

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.

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Dr. Justin Cross, Chief Digital Health Officer for CIUSSS West-Central Montreal
June 2019Spotlight feature

Dr. Justin Cross to oversee bold, new wave of digital technology

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.

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