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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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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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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During a simulation in the JGH Emergency Department, an expectant mother—played by Emily Churchill-Smith (second from left)—experiences severe pain during labour. She is accompanied by her spouse—played by Andrea Willett (left)—while receiving care from Emergency Nurses Victor Uscatescu and Mélika Charbonneau.
August 2018Spotlight feature

Simulated emergency yields real-life benefits

JGH staff from a wide range of specialties were immersed in a simulated, yet remarkably life-like scenario to see how healthcare teams interact in stressful, unexpected situations, and how the quality of their treatment and care can be improved.

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A pelvic cancer patient undergoes single-site incision surgery, with the instruments of a surgical robot inserted through a special device and into a one-inch incision in the navel.
March 2018Spotlight feature

JGH leads Canada in performing advanced robotic surgery for gynecologic cancer

The JGH has become the first hospital in Canada to perform an advanced type of robotic surgery for gynecologic cancer, in which all of the medical instruments are inserted into the abdomen via a single, tiny incision in the navel.

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