hdhEnews issue: December 19, 2013

Welcome - Inside this issue:

A Christmas Message
Clinics, pediatric walk-in clinic closed during holiday season
Paul Belliveau deemed top Canadian undergraduate surgical educator
Basketball tournament supports the future of breast cancer treatment
Stitching together the gift of comfort
Stock up with music & stock up the Food Bank this holiday season

A Christmas Message

During this holy season of Christmas we give thanks for the rich gift of caring at Hotel Dieu Hospital, which brings such comfort to all who enter our doors.

In this month’s newsletter you will read of just a few examples of the spirit of caring at Hotel Dieu—the care that a surgical educator takes in readying the next generation of surgeons; the generosity of high school students who play their hearts out in an annual basketball tournament to raise money in support of breast cancer patients; and the care that prompts relatives of a Hotel Dieu patient to crochet armfuls of cozy afghans for other patients and families.

And in their daily work and even at the busiest times, each and every one of our staff, physicians and volunteers honours our mission of making visible the compassionate healing presence of God to our patients and families. Whether housekeeper or physician, registration clerk or volunteer, each contributes generously to the well-being of those who come to us, caring for them in body, mind and spirit.

We are grateful to our caregivers and support staff, as well as to those in our community whose caring and generosity touches our patients and families in so many ways. Together, we are living our hospital’s mission and creating a caring and just community truly inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

This year, as always, we are blessed at Hotel Dieu Hospital. May those blessings extend to you and your loved ones during this holiday season and into the coming new year.

Sherri McCullough, Chair
Board of Directors

Dr. David Pichora
Chief Executive Officer

Clinics, pediatric walk-in clinic closed during holiday season

Our specialized outpatient clinics are closed during the holiday season from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 inclusive, with the exception of specially book clinics. The Pediatric Urgent Care (walk-in) Clinic is also closed Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 inclusive.

Paul Belliveau deemed top Canadian undergraduate surgical educator

SurgeoPaul Belliveaun Dr. Paul Belliveau has received The John Provan Outstanding Canadian Surgical Educator Award from the Canadian Undergraduate Surgical Education Committee. The award is one of the most prestigious national awards of its kind, given biannually to honour exceptional contributions to undergraduate surgical education in Canada.

“I’m overjoyed but at the same time humbled by the fact that many other deserving candidates did not get it,” says Dr. Belliveau, an attending physician at both Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital. “It’s an inspiration to continue to strive for excellence in our Undergraduate Education Competencies program.”

Widely known for his deep commitment to his patients and to Queen’s University medical students in the Department of Surgery, Dr. Belliveau has served for many years as a member of the Queen’s Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. As a longstanding Course Director in year two of medical school, he began the implementation of small group learning as a teaching/learning method. He has also served as a Course Director in Clerkship, as well as a frequent and well-regarded teacher of surgery. He has served as Chair, Undergraduate Surgical Education Committee, a member of the Undergraduate Admissions Committee, and a founding member of the Undergraduate Evaluation and Assessment Committee.

“This is a very prestigious national honour and we’re thrilled that Paul Belliveau’s outstanding contributions to surgical education have been recognized,” says Richard Reznick, Dean of the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences. “The efforts of innovative educators like Dr. Belliveau are a big reason why a seat in Queen’s M.D program is the most sought-after in Canada.”

Basketball tournament supports the future of breast cancer treatment

basketball donationCoaches and players involved in the annual PH Classic Girls’ Basketball Tournament took their game to Hotel Dieu Hospital on Dec. 9, when they presented proceeds from the tournament to this year’s beneficiary—Queen’s University surgical resident Dr. Jessica Maxwell. She will use the generous $7,000 bursary to support an additional year of fellowship training to specialize in breast surgical oncology and the care of breast cancer patients.

The October PH Classic is a friendly basketball tournament featuring the girls’ basketball teams at rival Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School and Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School. The event targets breast cancer awareness and is named after Paul Halligan, a Regi grad and pharmacist who died of cancer in 1997 at the age of 34 after packing loads of sports, coaching and volunteer work into his life. The Classic was launched 12 years ago to bring together the school communities and to promote programs such as the Breast Assessment Program at Hotel Dieu and the Ontario Breast Screening Program.

Now in her fifth and final year of general surgery residency at Queen’s University, Dr. Maxwell is applying for an additional year of fellowship training to become a breast oncology surgeon, training that would qualify her to be a combined breast cancer and breast reconstruction surgeon. She would become only the second such surgeon in the province.

“I believe having this option is incredibly important for some women,” she says. “Many studies state that breast reconstruction after cancer surgery can improve the patient’s quality of life. Often, the patient would have to see and be operated on by a completely different surgeon in order to have reconstruction. My goal is to provide both services to my future patients.

“I’m fascinated with the advances in breast cancer treatment and excited about the innovative future of a field where novel techniques are resulting in improved patient outcomes.”

Stitching together the gift of comfort

afgan donationRuth Bauder and Donna Walker are a dynamic mother-daughter duo who brought the gift of warmth to Hotel Dieu in December when they dropped off armfuls of snuggly afghans for patients and families needing a bit of comfort.

With 40-plus years of crocheting between the two busy ladies, Donna said they were delighted to find a new home for the richly-coloured afghans, which will be distributed by the Pastoral Care Department to a number of areas within the hospital including the Child Development Centre, Children’s Outpatient Centre and Diabetes Education & Management Centre.

“We both love to crochet and we have a family member who has received wonderful care at Hotel Dieu, so this is great match for us,” says Donna, who also makes afghans for children connected with the Make A Wish Foundation. “We wanted to show the same caring to other patients and families, and to let them know that others, along with their care team, are thinking about them.”

Rarely without yarn and crochet hook at hand, the Harrowsmith ladies are admittedly partial to granny square afghans, small and large, which they produce at lightning speed in a dazzling display of colour. And while they keep a sharp eye out for the bright yarns—sometimes they luck out and find whole bags of the stuff at yard sales—they welcome donations of more.

“We’ll take any donation, even odds and ends,” says Donna. “We can find a way to use even the smallest bits. Just pass it along and we’ll make something of it!”

If you would like to donate some yarn—and play a role yourself in bringing some cozy comfort to patients and families in our community—please contact the Pastoral Care Department at Hotel Dieu Hospital at 613-544-3400, ext. 2231.

Stock up with music & stock up the Food Bank this holiday season

Looking for a gift for the music lover in your family this season? Look no farther than the Partners in Mission Food Bank latest seasonal CD—A Soul Survivors Christmas—and help support the Food Bank during the high-demand holidays.

An awesome collection of favourite holiday tunes, A Soul Survivors Christmas features the showband Soul Survivors, which is fronted by Food Bank Executive Director Sandy Singers.

This is the second seasonal CD for the Food Bank, The 2010 record, which featured well-known singers and musicians such as Sarah Harmer and Emily Fennell, raised more than $22,000 for the Food Bank. When the Soul Survivors re-formed recently, they decided to take a run at their own holiday CD and ended up with 12 Christmas classics.

The CD is now on sale with all proceeds supporting the Food Band. You can pick it up for only $15 at the following locations:

  • all 3 Kingston RBC branches
  • Cooke's Fine Foods and Coffee and Coffee, 61 Brock St. and 2395 Princess St.
  • Sunrise Record, Cataraqui Mall
  • Bread and Butter Bakery, 1530 Bath Road
  • Partners in Mission Food Band,140 Hickson Ave. Visit the Partners in Mission Food Bank web for more information about the CD or how you can support.