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My vision for the creation of a McGill Health Network

On October 19, at the behest of the Minister of Health and Social services and in his presence, I outlined the concept of creating an integrated McGill Health and social services network before a room full of representatives of all McGill University related health and social service institutions. The Gazette reporter was also present. The text of my presentation was widely circulated by the Ministry to all stakeholders as part of a consultation undertaken by Dr. Arvind Joshi at the request of the Minister. In that context, I recently took the initiative of summing up the content of this presentation …

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A voice on the inside

Health care is so ubiquitous and ever-changing that the latest news pops up on TV, on Facebook, in the newspaper—practically everywhere you look. But those voices come from the outside, not the inside. I’d like to introduce a new voice to the mix—my own, a voice on the inside. Every Monday, I look forward to sharing my thoughts and reflections with you about the healthcare landscape, what we’re doing to improve it, and what lies ahead for us. My reflections will be about us—the patient, the resident, the caregiver—and what inspires us all to keep going. As the great Vince …

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A historic moment in the life of the Jewish General Hospital

Dear members of the JGH community, Needless to say yesterday, January 24, was an historic moment in the life of the Jewish General Hospital. Not only for the hospital, our patients, the community and the healthcare network, but notably for those of us who were privileged to participate in the movement of patients into Pavilion K. In inaugurating Pavilion K, we finally harvested the fruits of seeds of imagination, persistence, resilience and community fellowship, that had been planted some eight years ago. Truly, we were reliving what the founders of the original hospital must have experienced when they first opened …

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The perfect (transformational) storm

We are in the midst of a storm. The transformation of the healthcare system and of health care delivery will undoubtedly leave in its wake an entirely new world. It is a time of transition. As writer Erica Brown has said, at times of transition, we are neither here nor there. It can be hard to believe that temporary difficulties are only temporary. If we believe that transitional places are permanent, we are no longer on a journey of transformation; we are stuck in a place of frustration. Confusing transition with destination adds needless layers of anxiety. The future will …

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Nursing: past, present and future

This is Nurses Week. What a wonderful opportunity for us all to acknowledge the incredibly important role our nursing colleagues have in the care of our patients and clients, and to recognize their significant contribution to the strengthening of the social fabric of our caring community.  Although the origins of nursing predate the mid-19th century, the history of professional nursing traditionally begins with Florence Nightingale. Nightingale, the well-educated daughter of wealthy British parents, defied social conventions and decided to become a nurse. The nursing of strangers, either in hospitals or in their homes, was not then seen as a respectable …

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A new beginning blooms

As I sit in the still of the night to compose this blog entry, I am struck by the symbolism of the week at hand. April 1st marks the official start of operation of our new CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest. Rather than this conjuring up thoughts of April Fool’s Day, I would prefer to think that the date was chosen because it is the start of the new fiscal year! But then again… This is also the beginning of spring, a time when things begin to blossom and to grow anew. So too with our new organization, which is finally being …

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The times they are a-changin’

Law 10 is clearly a transformative moment in the history of healthcare legislation in Quebec. As the PDG for our region, I am not satisfied with the current state of healthcare delivery. I know that we can do much better! It is for this reason that I publicly declared my support from the beginning, when Bill 10 was unveiled. The fundamental goal, which we must strive toward, is to improve value for patients. Here, value is defined by the results that are important to patients in relation to the cost associated with realizing these results.  We have an opportunity to build …

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Thank you and best wishes
for the new year

As another eventful and challenging year comes to an end, I would like to extend my appreciation to everyone on staff at the JGH for your priceless contribution in enhancing the healthcare experiences of our patients in 2014. This has been my vision for the hospital since I became Executive Director a little over a year ago—a vision to be renewed in 2015 and in the years to come. The concepts behind this vision are summarized in the JGH video “Compassion by Design”, whose title symbolizes the approach that you have used in safeguarding the well-being of our patients, while …

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The JGH will still be the JGH

I hosted two CEO Open Forums for staff earlier this week to introduce Bill 10, the most profound piece of healthcare legislation ever enacted by the National Assembly. Here is a video of the second session, for those of you who were unable to attend, or who wish to once again view my presentation and subsequent Q&A. Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.—Sir Winston Churchill

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