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For everything you need to know about West-Central Montreal Health, be sure to check out the latest issue of 360°, the network’s bi-weekly staff newsletter. To find it, go to, click on “English” and look for 360° at the top right.

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Jimmy Holden, Operations Manager of the warehouse, uses the new fork-lift.

Centralized warehouse boosts efficiency in Pavilion K

To a significant degree, the ability to provide patients with safe, efficient treatment and care means getting the right supplies to the right clinicians as quickly and efficiently as possible. Achieving that goal has been much easier since October 23, when the JGH warehouse moved to Pavilion K.

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Major road work on the way

Starting in May and throughout the summer, major road work will be conducted by the City of Montreal on Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road between Westbury Avenue and Côte-des-Neiges Road.

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Annie Danino got a first-hand look at how Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg spent a typical day, in the JGH’s Walk in the CEO’s Shoes competition.

Seeing the JGH with new eyes by walking with the CEO

Social Worker Annie Danino says she has always been aware of the complexity of running a healthcare institution as large and diverse as the JGH, but watching the hospital’s executives in action gave her a new appreciation for their efforts.

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With gratitude to the JGH

A note of appreciation for the wonderful care I received at the JGH following an unexpected fall in May 2015.

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The team heading the implementation of the Patient Order Sets consists (from left) Bob Lapointe (IT Lead), Gosia Radaczynska (representative, Think Research), Dr. Elizabeth MacNamara (Medical Lead), Geneviève Beaudoin (Clinical Lead) and Serge Cloutier (Nursing Lead). Projected on the screen behind them is a sample Patient Order Set.

Making instructions for patient care clearer, faster, safer

New digital Patient Order Sets are ready to use and customizable

Imagine that you’re a doctor and you want to issue comprehensive instructions for nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists and other members of healthcare staff who are providing care for your patient. Normally, you’d fill in a form by hand, relying on your experience and expertise to determine the measures that the healthcare team ought to implement.

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Four out of four doctors recommend Patient Order Sets

Standardized care: “If, for instance, surgeon A uses one antibiotic and surgeon B uses another, there’s a greater possibility that the right antibiotic at the right time may not be delivered to the patient. Patient Order Sets eliminate this variation and standardize care, making it possible to consistently apply policies and procedures, and making it easier to provide safe, high-quality care.”

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Members of the Humanization of Care Committee—(from left) Jane Feldman, Marisa Rodi, Belinda Amodio, Alan Maislin, Rosalie Johnson, Vivian Konigsberg and Josina Van Den Nieuwenhof—gather in the main lobby for the launch of the Respect campaign.

New initiative emphasizes importance of respect for patients

Respect of patients for staff and among employees is equally essential, staff told

For four months in late 2014 and early 2015, George Mullings came away amazed after every visit to the JGH. He and members of his family were looking in on his hospitalized mother-in-law, and they were continually surprised—and grateful—that the respect they received from staff enabled her to maintain her dignity and good spirits.

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Members of staff conduct a simulation exercise in one of the new treatment areas in Pavilion K

A key moment for the JGH

Hospital takes ownership of Pavilion K as staff prepare to move.

After five years of construction, it’s done! The JGH has been handed the keys to Pavilion K—a symbolic gesture that means the hospital now formally owns its newest wing.

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In support of the new initiative by the Humanization of Care Committee to encourage respect in the workplace, Team Canada generously lent the JGH its practice hockey jerseys with the word “Respect” on the back. Special thanks to Alan Maislin, Chair of the Users Committee, for arranging to borrow the jerseys, which are modeled by (from left) Vivian Konigsberg, Rosalie Johnson, Élaine Morin, Marisa Rodi, Aggie Sbardi, Belinda Amodio, Dr. Lawerence Rosenberg (President-Director General), Danièle Rioux, Alan Maislin, Fernanda Parente, Marco Fuschini, Dr. Anne Lemay (Associate Director General), Guy Lessard, Kia Morrison, François Gagné and Glenn J. Nashen

Respect is yours to give and expect, social worker tells staff

“How can we provide good patient care if we feel that we ourselves are not being well cared for?” social worker Frema Engel asked members of JGH staff during a February lecture. No sooner had she posed the question than she answered it: Respect your co‑workers and be sure they do the same for you.

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Patient’s room with ante-chamber under construction on the 8thfloor of Pavilion K.

Countdown to K: Construction nearly complete

The countdown continues to January 24, 2016, when 18 departments will complete the move to their new homes in Pavilion K. The entire process will take a week, with patients relocated on January 24.

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Streamlining the ethics review process

The ethics review process is being streamlined for clinical research that involves patients, with new regulations set by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

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Getting ready for Pavilion K – right on schedule

With the move to Pavilion K fast approaching, the stress level is naturally rising for those involved in the relocation in January 2016. “That’s why the Transition Team is here,” says Joanne Côté, Director of Transition. “We’re always available to lend a hand and we’ll ensure that everyone receives enough training and orientation.”

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Nurses from the Post Partum unit show off their pink scrubs in support of Pink Shirt Day

JGH staff take a stand against bullying on International Pink Shirt Day

The majority of children and adolescents are either victims or perpetrators of bullying, according to statistics, and has become easier and more prevalent than it used to be in the schoolyard or at the playground. This is why the JGH participated in Pink Shirt Day on February 25; a day that calls attention to the cause on an international level.

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Wondering about Bill 10? Here are the basics

A new era in public health care was launched on April 1, when Bill 10 took effect in Quebec. Outlined in the new legislation are the broad goals and general structure of the reorganized healthcare system.

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