During surgery at the JGH, Dr. Jason Bayne (left) and Dr. Robert James Doonan—both vascular surgeons—use IVUS technology to determine whether a tear exists in an artery where a stent had previously been placed. To generate images of the patient’s vascular system with heightened clarity, a catheter with an ultrasound probe at its tip is inserted into an artery in the groin and is then guided to the iliac artery in the abdomen. After examining the IVUS images on a high-resolution screen, the surgeons discover a tear that had not been visible in an angiogram (a type of x-ray). As a result, the surgeons decide to implant a new stent near the older one. {Click on the image to enlarge it.)
January 2024News

JGH is first hospital in Quebec to use ultrasound imaging in vascular surgery

For the first time in Quebec, vascular surgeons are using ultrasound imaging to view blood vessels with greater clarity to improve the quality of surgical procedures.

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Dr. Ali Abualsaud (right), an Interventional Cardiologist, performs a minimally invasive procedure at the JGH to replace a patient’s failing aortic valve. Working with Dr. Abualsaud is Dr. Felix Ma, a Cardiac Surgeon. Dr. Abualsaud wears a HoloLens headset, which connects him—via a communications platform developed by Auger Groupe Conseil—with Caroline Merineau, a clinical specialist at Medtronic Canada in Trois-Rivières. So advanced is the headset’s digital technology that Dr. Abualsaud and Ms. Merineau feel almost as if they are side by side in the JGH’s hybrid operating room, as they discuss the fine points of the artificial valve, which Medtronic manufactures. (Click on any photo to enlarge it.)
June 2021News

In a world first, JGH enables Toronto specialist to virtually attend Montreal surgery

Innovative use of HoloLens technology has enabled the JGH to greatly enhance the ability of surgical experts at remote locations to view JGH operations and offer guidance.

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Delina Maghakian, a Nurse Clinician in the JGH Heart Failure Clinic, adjusts a wristwatch-style monitor, a type of telehealth device that helps her track her patient’s vital signs remotely. (Click on any photo in this article to enlarge it.)
October 2020Telehealth

Telehealth becomes vital nursing tool in monitoring patients’ health at home

JGH nurses in many fields are playing a key role in using telehealth to maintain contact with patients and provide the support they need at home.

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Dr. Jill Pancer (left) and Dr. Maude Peretz-Larochelle
MilestonesOctober 2020

Two new doctors appointed in the Department of Medicine

Two new physicians have been appointed at the JGH—Dr. Jill Pancer in the Division of Endocrinology and Dr. Maude Peretz-Larochelle in Division of Cardiology.

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Dr. Paola Habib
MilestonesNovember 2017

Appointments and congratulations

The JGH Centre for Child Development and Mental Health has a new Director of Child Psychiatry, Dr. Paola Habib.

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Dr. Jonathan Afilalo
November 2017Research at the Lady Davis Institute

Assessing the impact of frailty on outcomes of cardiac surgery

Research by Dr. Jonathan Afilalo has revealed that frailty is a major risk factor for death and disability after two types of cardiac surgical procedures.

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Cutting the red ribbon to inaugurate the Azriel Heart Centre are (from left) Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal; Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre; Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services; Edward Wiltzer, Chair of the JGH Foundation; Stephanie Azrieli of the Azrieli Foundation; Naomi Azrieli, CEO of the Azrieli Foundation; and Dr. Lawrence Rudski, JGH Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Azrieli Heart Centre.
NewsSeptember 2017

Major boost to JGH’s cardiovascular program through new Azrieli Heart Centre

The Azrieli Heart Centre has been launched at the JGH, as have upgrades to Intensive Care, through a combined $25 million gift that ranks as one of the most generous acts of philanthropy in JGH history.

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Dr. Emmanuel Moss (far left) performs robot-assisted cardiac surgery while seated at a special console. As he views a magnified panorama of the area in and around the patient’s heart, Dr. Moss uses the console’s hand and foot controls to remotely manipulate the robotic arms (centre) and perform the operation. Meanwhile, members of the surgical team surround the patient to assist in the procedure and to ensure that it is proceeding as planned.
April 2016News

Robotic surgery gaining ground at the JGH

As the benefits of robot-assisted surgery gain wider recognition, robotic procedures are being undertaken more extensively at the JGH.

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Among the first patients to be moved to Pavilion K was expectant mother Chantal Piché, who was taken to the new Family Birthing Centre. Accompanying her on her brief journey were Alan Maislin (left), President of the Board of Directors of West-Central Montreal Health; Board member Alyssa Yufe (second from left); Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg (third from right), President and CEO of West-Central Montreal Health; and members of the healthcare and transport teams.
April 2016Spotlight feature

Journey to Pavilion K reaches its climax

Pavilion K has become the new home of Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, the Family Birthing Centre, the operating rooms and numerous other units and services.

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