2017

New residency program boosts profile of clinical psychology at KHSC

In this year of milestones, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has added one more with the launch of a new residency program in adult clinical psychology, an opportunity to train the next generation of professional psychologists while boosting patient access to care.

Clinical psychologists currently work in KHSC patient care programs such adult eating disorders, chronic pain and bariatrics.  However, only now is formalized training available, says clinical psychologist Dr. Brad Mac Neil, training director for the new program.

Opening new doors for people living with chronic pain

Living with chronic pain can reduce a person’s quality of life to the point where the pain seems to have total control and the individual none.  Now, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) is providing people living with chronic pain a treatment option aimed at turning that notion on its head.

Going the extra mile for patients

It’s not unusual for 83-year-old Barbara Pusch to venture out on a long bike ride–it’s actually her goal to ride at least 10,000 kilometres each year. Unfortunately, Barbara’s cycling season was cut short two weeks ago when she was hit by a vehicle while crossing County Road 38.

“It could have been an atomic bomb that hit me,” says Barbara. “It happened so fast– all I knew was that I was hit.”

New call display better supports KHSC patients, families

Patients and families glancing at their telephone’s call display will soon be able to spot that Kingston Health Sciences Centre is trying to reach them.

Starting Tuesday, August 29, both the Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) and Kingston General Hospital (KGH) sites of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) will begin displaying a new caller ID for outbound calls.  It will read either “Hotel Dieu-KHSC” or “KHSC-KGH,” depending on the originating site of the call. 

Donors team up to raise funds for endoscopy suite renovation

Every year approximately 250 volunteers generously donate almost 20,000 volunteer hours throughout the Hotel Dieu Hospital Site at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. These volunteers take their commitment even further by raising money to fund the purchase of much-needed hospital equipment, supplies and patient comfort measures. Last week, the volunteers announced a gift of $80,000 towards the renovation of the gastroenterology (GI) recovery suite.

Family says thank you to Cancer Centre staff through fundraising

For her birthday, seven-year old Aleighia decided to ask for money in lieu of gifts so she could help the Cancer Centre purchase additional thermometers. This year, her brother Aidan decided to follow her example and raised $1,000 to help purchase patient care equipment. For Aleighia and Aidan, raising this money is an important way for them to thank, recognize and help the people that they have come to know more as family.

Once again, superheroes save the day at KHSC

Located on the tenth floor of our Kidd-Davies wing, the view from Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s Pediatrics Unit is normally hard to beat. It got even better recently when our young patients were greeted by a team of superheroes who jumped off the pages of the comic books and dropped by our KGH site to say hello.

Rose of Hope Tournament is a record setter

This year's annual Rose of Hope Golf Tournament was a record setter. Organizers announced that the 19th annual event raised $135,000 to support cancer care and equipment in Kingston's hospitals.
 

HDH and KGH annual reports now online

There’s no doubt that the 2016-2017 fiscal year will be one to remember for everyone that works, learns and volunteers at our two hospital sites. Between the creation of Kingston Health Sciences Centre and all the continuous work to improve the patient experience, there was much to celebrate.

MPP announces funding for KHSC infrastructure projects

Kingston Health Sciences Center’s (KHSC) older facilities will be soon undergoing some important upgrades following a funding announcement by Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala.

Last week, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins announced that 131 Ontario hospitals would be receiving $175 million for repairs this year as part of the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).

Wi-Fi goes live at HDH site of KHSC

Person using smart phone

On July 4, right on schedule, the Hotel Dieu Hospital site of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) flipped the switch on its new Wi-Fi service, welcome news for patients, families, staff and learners across KHSC who can now jump online with their mobile devices at HDH, access ground-breaking educational tools and benefit from a big boost to internet access and speed.

Southeastern Ontario leading the way in stroke care

Staff looking at computer image

A new provincial report is showing that patients and families from across Southeastern Ontario are benefiting from improved access to stroke care. In fact, according to the new data released by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Ontario Stroke Network (OSN), our region showed the biggest improvement in survival rate for patients following an acute stroke.

Physicians honoured for creating an excellent patient care experience

A strong commitment to putting patients and families at the centre of care has earned two physicians a special honour at the Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) site of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).

New education model being rolled out for medical residents at KHSC

Dr. Dagnone and Dr. Ruberto

In just over a month, Kingston Health Sciences Centre will be welcoming about 130 new medical residents. Once they arrive, they will be spending the next several years with us, completing their training to become full physicians while helping care for patients and families at both our Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital sites.

KHSC specialists take part in eConsult project

It’s not unusual for a visit to a family physician to end in a referral to a specialist in the quest for more information or treatment for a health concern.  These days, long wait lists mean it may take some time before the patient actually sees that specialist.  A new pilot project in our region is aiming to reduce or eliminate that wait. 

Province announces funding boost for KHSC

Patients and families in Southeastern Ontario will soon be benefitting from a focus on healthcare in the 2017 Provincial budget. Recently unveiled at Queen’s Park, the budget guaranteed a minimum two per cent increase in base funding for each hospital in Ontario. It also included an increase of 3.8 percent in total healthcare spending.

Special week honours unseen heroes of public safety

Communication Officer at her work station

You may never want to hear Anita Pearce’s (left) voice at the other end of the line but if you do, listen closely.  She could save your life.

Kingston Health Sciences Centre officially launched

After months of behind-the-scenes preparations, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital have now joined together to create Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC). The new hospital corporation became an official legal entity on Saturday, April 1.

“This is an exciting time for everyone at both hospitals and for health care in Kingston,” says inaugural President and CEO Dr. David Pichora. “Together, our two hospitals will be able to make the most of our shared resources to deliver better access to care and provide our communities a broader range of services close to home.”

A sight to see: Hotel Dieu Hospital welcomes more than 100 refugees to one-day vision screening blitz

Dr. ten Hove with Syrian patient

You could say that refugee families in our community now have a better focus on their new home thanks to a one-day vision screening blitz at Hotel Dieu Hospital that provided eye care to more than 100 recently settled Syrian children and adults.

Awards will honour philanthropic leadership, volunteer excellence in Kingston’s hospitals

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Davies and Ian Wilson awards, honours presented annually by the University Hospital of Kingston Foundation, the joint fundraising arm of Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care.  The awards will be presented June 14 at UHKF’s annual Celebration of Giving.

Inaugural Board of Directors appointed for new Kingston Health Sciences Centre

The integration between Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) and Kingston General Hospital (KGH) to create the new Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has just taken another big step forward. The people who will sit on the KHSC’s inaugural Board of Directors to govern the new health sciences centre have now been selected.

Counting down to 21st Annual Run/Walk for KidsInclusive

Known equally for its incredible spirit and for the number of kids and families who hit the streets to raise funds for children with special needs, the Annual Run/Walk for KidsInclusive is gearing up another amazing event Sunday, April 2.

Registration is now open for the 21st annual event, which raised $28,000 last year to purchase equipment, support specialized education and training, initiate new programs, and assist families with the exceptional costs associated with raising a child with special needs.

New award recognizes excellence in providing patient and family-centred care

Patients, families and staff have a new way to honour the caregivers at Hotel Dieu Hospital, a first-of-its-kind award spearheaded by the hospital body that champions patient and family-centred care.

Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital announce executive team to lead new integrated organization

A major milestone in the work to formally integrate Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) and Kingston General Hospital (KGH) has been achieved. Current HDH CEO and Inaugural CEO of the new Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) Dr. David Pichora has announced the make-up of the executive team that will lead the new integrated organization.

Music to the ears: New implantable hearing aid program underway at Hotel Dieu Hospital

A. Pennock showing his BAHA hearing aid

 

Hotel Dieu Hospital has started a new program for people with hearing loss who cannot be treated with regular hearing aids.

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