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Let’s keep running

Not many people know this about me, but I’m an avid runner. Over the course of a week, I log a few 8k runs on the treadmill, because it’s all about staying active in body and mind. I’m methodical in my running—constantly looking to improve, but not so hastily as to open myself up to injury. As I put on my running shoes the other day, I took a moment to reflect on what CIUSSS West-Central Montreal has accomplished over a period of just under two years. And I realized that, in many ways, my work with our CIUSSS has …

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Circles vs. rectangles

In my office hangs a cityscape of Montreal, with the focal point being the landmark Orange Julep. It’s unusual shape, and bright colour distinguishes itself from any other building in Montreal – or the province for that matter. To me it is symbolic of change: when everyone else is building rectangles, sometimes you have to look at things in a different way, and build a circle. Last Friday, I was fortunate to find myself in a room filled with “circle” thinkers. Some brilliant health care minds from across North America congregated at a morning-long conference to discuss the future of …

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Refugees

Over the last couple of months, the daily headlines have consistently focused on the stories of refugees who are making their way into Canada, whether by plane, train or the now high-profile Roxham Street in Champlain, New York. Regardless of how a refugee or asylum seeker enters our country, many end up in the excellent care of our staff at the Regional Program for the Settlement and Integration of Asylum Seekers (PRAIDA). I want to take a moment to publicly single out the work of this supportive, informative and, in some cases, life-saving program, and its dedicated staff. Our nurses, …

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Global exchanges

One of the great benefits of working in healthcare is having the opportunity to meet other professionals who have a willingness to share insights and trade knowledge. The result: improvement isn’t limited to one site, but is experienced all over. For example, I’m fortunate to have had some wonderful exchanges over the past 10 days during a visit to Clalit, the largest HMO in Israel. I’ve had the pleasure of learning first-hand about their triumphs and setbacks, and how the lessons that they learned can benefit our network. As I prepare to return home, I’m especially encouraged by the health …

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