Newsletter, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

In celebration of this day of love and friendship, we would like to introduce you to a few people with big hearts. In their own way, they remind us why it’s important to give back: to help make the Montreal General Hospital a special place where our patients and their families feel cared for, reassured and understood. 

Thank you for your support and enjoy the stories! 

For the Love of Our Patients

Unique in North America, The Peri Operative Program (POP) relies on a simple concept: the better shape you are in going into surgery, the faster your recovery will be after surgery. The program is based on three pillars: exercise, nutrition and psychological care. Baptised ‟The Happy Clinic” by its patients, the program makes a significant difference in lives of people like Pennie, who have regained their health and smiles through this program supported entirely by community donations.

Learn about the program and Pennie’s story.

Want to know more? Listen to our interview with Dr. Carli and Dr. Minnella in this episode of the CODE LiFE podcast.

Loving others has no age

June and her husband, Dr. Cooke, are both Montreal General Hospital volunteers. Every Thursday, they get up before dawn to be at their jobs by 6:30 a.m. After practicing for many years at the MGH, she as a nurse and he as an obstetrician, the Cookes now donate their time to help patients and staff, driven by their dedication to their profession, the community and the MGH. Their kind faces hold some incredible stories. Read about them here.

Little Mechanical Angel

It was on a September day in 2017 that the unthinkable happened: while Yoan was finishing his lunch hour at work, his heart stopped beating. Unthinkable because he didn’t have any known heart condition, because he wasn’t in the middle of a hockey game or going through a time of great stress, and especially because he was only 18 years old. Luckily, he was able to receive cutting-edge care at the Montreal General Hospital — care that led to better understanding of what caused the incident and avoiding the worst for his little brother Logan, who is barely seven years old. Learn about their story.


For six years, a group of volunteers led by Maria D’Iorio has organized a big fundraising dinner in support of the MGH’s Colorectal Cancer Surgery Centre. On March 24, 2019, guests will enjoy a gourmet five-course meal, music and a silent auction. Please join us! You will leave with full stomachs and light hearts. Reserve your tickets.