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Foreseeing the Unforeseeable: Daily Life in the Operating Room
Friday May 11th, 2018

Assistant Head Nurse Luc Binet who oversees thoracic, general and bariatric surgeries has been working at the Montreal General Hospital for 35 years. While the place has stayed the same, the practice has evolved significantly over the years – much to his delight as a professional who is passionate about his job. From the very …

The Pivot Nurse, a Key Resource for High-Risk Patients
Friday May 11th, 2018

Mary Diovisalvi is a pivot nurse in oncology (PNO). For patients with oesophageal, stomach and lung cancer, she is a central and invaluable resource. In fact, Mary is the patient’s primary contact for matters pertaining to their condition and more. At the hospital and, more generally, within the McGill University Health Centre, she works in …

Life in the Intensive Care Unit
Wednesday May 9th, 2018

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is distinct from all others in that the patients are in critical condition. They need focused and ongoing treatment, are often unconscious or under sedation, and are hooked up to several machines. That’s why ICU nurses are assigned to no more than one or two patients at a time. They …

The Nursing Profession
Monday May 7th, 2018

The emergency room: from triage to severe trauma management Carole Filteau has been working at the Montreal General Hospital for thirty-eight years and has spent the last thirty-three in the emergency room. The things that first drew her towards the specialization still hold true today: the search for challenges, the constant change, and the love …

Well Done, Ladies
Monday April 30th, 2018

This May, a chapter in history will draw to a close when the Alumnae Association of the Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing winds up its operations. The end of the Association is understandable, given that the School’s last cohort of nurses graduated in 1972, when the training program was transferred to CEGEPs. For decades, …

Oral Health: Your Teeth and More!
Tuesday April 24th, 2018

Many people don’t realize that a dentist or dental specialist may be your first line of defense against oral cancer.  Although we routinely brush our teeth and floss — we don’t think to check our mouths for abnormalities as we would with other parts of our body. The mouth is an organ in itself, just …

Congratulations Dr. Gfeller
Thursday April 19th, 2018

As partner foundations of the MUHC, we wish to congratulate Dr. Pierre Gfeller on his appointment as the new President and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and extend our support to him. We have confidence in the excellent choice made by the MUHC Board of Directors and the Health Minister and look …

The Balancing Act
Friday March 9th, 2018

  Dr. Paola Fata wears many hats in and out of the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), where she is mainly known as a general and trauma surgeon. She also serves as Assistant Dean, Resident Affairs, and has been elected President of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS). Where does she find the time to …

For the Love of Nursing
Wednesday March 7th, 2018

Nursing is a particular profession. It requires an important knowledge of the human body as well as psychosocial skills. To fulfill all that is required in a given day, from filling paperwork, providing care to patients and other related tasks, nurses have to be organized, efficient but also caring. Nurse Manager Georgia Niarchos is a …

75 Is the New 65!
Tuesday March 6th, 2018

Seniors and the elderly are the pillars of our families and the hearts of our communities. Investing in their wellbeing and in helping them remain active for as long as possible is important. The Division of Geriatric Medicine has established five innovative clinics at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) in order to adapt care to …