Inhalation therapist Brian Camacho checks his equipment in the room of a COVID-19 patient in Pavilion K. Note the spacious room’s ability to accommodate numerous medical tools and instruments. Since much of the equipment can be suspended from the ceiling by mechanical arms, staff can move around with ease and safety. (Click on this or any photo to enlarge it.)
April 2021Feature articles

On its fifth anniversary, Pavilion K emerges as the silent hero of the pandemic

When Pavilion K opened in 2016, it was an instant game-changer. Now, on its fifth anniversary, it has exceeded expectations, becoming the silent hero of the pandemic.

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CIUSSS West-Central MontrealFebruary 2021

Third year in a row! CIUSSS West-Central Montreal among Montreal’s top employers

For the third year in a row, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal has been named one of Montreal’s Top Employers.

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Presentations at the CIUSSS’s Public Information Meeting were made via Zoom by (top, from left) Francine Dupuis, Associate CEO; Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO; Alan Maslin, President of the Board of Directors; (bottom, from left) Carrie Bogante, Director of Finance; Dan Gabay, Assistant Executive Director; and Maude Laliberté, Commissioner of Complaints and Quality of Service.
NewsNovember 2020

CIUSSS staff praised for dedication to healthcare users in battling COVID-19

Professionalism, leadership and person-centred care will enable CIUSSS West-Central Montreal to prevail against COVID-19, attendees were told at the fifth annual Public Information Meeting.

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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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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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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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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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Dr. Blanca Vacaflor
June 2020Research at the Lady Davis Institute

Telehealth intervention to reduce isolation of older adults

The elderly are especially prone to depression during the COVID-19 lockdown. That’s why the Telehealth Intervention Program for Isolated Older Adults is providing emotional support.

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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 2020Telehealth

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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