Community event profiles French language services at Hotel Dieu
Accessing healthcare services in French at Hotel Dieu Hospital is the topic of a community event from 7-8 pm, Tuesday, March 4 at the Centre culturel Frontenac in Kingston.
“Hotel Dieu is an ‘identified agency’ under the French Language Services Act, which means we’re working hard to improve access to French-language services at our organization,” says Elizabeth Bardon, Chief of Public Relations and Community Engagement.
“This work will take time, although we’re been moving forward quickly with components of an implementation plan such as installing bilingual signage, introducing a bilingual automated switchboard, developing bilingual recruitment materials and assessing the French-language skills our staff.”
She says the March 4 community event—which will be conducted entirely in French—will be a chance for the Francophone community to learn how Hotel Dieu is working to improve access for French-speaking patients and families and also to meet a bilingual clinician from Hotel Dieu: Dr. Julie Blais, a psychologist in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Program, will give a brief overview of the program, discuss the warning signs of mental illness in children and focus on how parents can seek help. Also speaking that evening is Jeannine Proulx, Planning Officer for the French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario.
“We know we have a long way to go when it comes to implementing French-language services,” says Elizabeth, “but we’re committed to ensuring that we progress on our promise to provide excellent care and an excellent experience to all of our patients, Anglophone and Francophone.”
For more information about this event, please contact Elizabeth Bardon at 613-544-3310, ext. 2656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HDH mental health experts join Olympian Clara Hughes
Six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes will join a handful of local experts, including members of the mental health team at Hotel Dieu, for an evening of stories and sharing on Monday, March 24, when she stops in Kingston on her big bike ride across Canada to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Organized by the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, the event celebrates Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk. An expert panel, which includes Hotel Dieu psychiatrist Dr. Sarosh Khalid-Khan, will talk about mental health care services for youth in this area. A featured speaker will be Nicholas Axas, a Social Worker in the hospital’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Urgent Consult Clinic, who will relate his own personal journey around mental health and suicide as an adolescent.
Proceeds from the event will be directed toward research into depression by Dr. Roumen Milev at Providence Care.
The event starts at 7 pm on March 24 at the Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre. Tickets are available at $12 (students), $20 (adults) and $40 (family, maximum 3). For tickets and details, please contact the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation at 613-549-5452.
Leadership Breakfast features thought leader on managing change
Hotel Dieu Hospital’s next fundraising Leadership Breakfast, scheduled for Thursday, May 15, 2014, will feature Dr. J. P. Pawliw-Fry, a thought leader on the subject of leadership, performance and managing change. An expert in emotional intelligence, he is one of the world’s most sought-after speakers on the subject as well as one of the highest rated lecturers at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management Executive Education Program. Dr. Pawliw-Fry will be speaking about Redefining Leadership.
The Leadership Breakfast is slated for 6:30-9 am, Thursday, May 15 at the Residence Inn by Marriott, Kingston Water’s Edge, 7 Earl St., Kingston. Tickets at $110, with an early-bird rate of $100 until April 1, can be obtained by calling 613-549-5452 ext 5916.
New teen room supported by patient-centred care funds
Teens attending the Child Development Centre (CDC) at Hotel Dieu Hospital now have a space to call their own. On Feb. 11, the CDC opened its new “Teen Room,” a cozy space that features comfortable seating and inspirational artwork, plus soft, low lighting that respects youth with acquired brain injury. The new furnishings were supported by a Patient & Family-Centred Care Grant, which targets one-time projects or initiatives designed to enhance the patient and family care experience at Hotel Dieu.
“This is a teen-friendly space that we furnished to feel like a comfortable room at home rather than in the hospital environment,” says Darlene Derbyshire, an Occupational Therapist in the CDC.
“We paid attention to comfort and also made sure that the lighting could be controlled by those using the room since some kids with brain injury have trouble with light. It will be a great space to meet with teens. It respects their particular needs and it provides a setting that is more conducive to their participation and collaboration.”
Ask the Expert: What is vital in treating an eating disorder?
Dr. Brad MacNeil, Clinical Psychologist with the Adult Eating Disorders and Mental Health Programs replies: An interpersonal support system is very important during treatment and recovery from an eating disorder because eating disorders don’t occur in isolation. They can negatively affect spouses, partners and other family members of the person who is struggling with the illness. Most of our evidence-based treatments today rely heavily on a person’s support system. Whether it’s getting their loved one in for an assessment and treatment, ongoing emotional support or therapeutic meal support, a person’s support network is vital to recovery. Family Based Therapy (FBT) is a form of treatment for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa that places primary emphasis on empowering families to take on the eating disorder with their loved one. In the Adult Eating Disorder Program at Hotel Dieu we also recognize the importance of the interpersonal support system. Our program offers a Family and Friends support group and our team works closely with the individual’s support system to move them along in the process of recovery.
For people that may have a friend, partner or family member that might be struggling from an eating disorder here is my best advice:
- Act now. The sooner the eating disorder is recognized and assessed the easier it is to treat and move toward recovery.
- Get your loved one into treatment. A person’s eating disorder may be so “loud” they are unable to hear what you have to say but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t say it. Through treatment the eating disorder will become “quiet” and then the person that you care about will be more present and thankful you took the time to care and support them at the time when they needed you most.
Have a high school student who needs community volunteer hours?
Looking for a great volunteer opportunity to support an amazing cause? The University Hospitals Kingston Foundation needs volunteers for the Kids for Kids Hockey Tournament on March 28-29.
This event raises funds for pediatric heath care in Kingston’s hospitals. Select rink venues across Kingston are looking for volunteer greeters for 3-hour spots!
Interested? Contact Gary Melnikov via email or call 613-549-5452, ext. 5915.