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IN THE NEWS
PODCASTS: FACTS FROM THE FRONTLINES
Over the coming weeks, Dr. Bob Howard, Former President and CEO, St. Michael’s Hospital, will interview world-class health experts to keep you and your loved ones informed and up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 developments and what St. Michael’s is doing to address the pandemic. Read a recap of episodes.
Featuring: Dr. Eliane Shore, Obstetrician Gynecologist at St. Michael’s Hospital
St. Michael’s obstetrician gynecologist Dr. Eliane Shore explains how St. Michael’s OB teams protect pregnant moms from COVID-19 before, during and after delivery. New moms can follow the Pandemic Pregnancy Guide on Instagram to get advice from St. Mike’s pregnancy and labour experts.
Featuring: Dr. James Maskalyk, Emergency Room Physician
St. Michael’s Emergency physician Dr. James Maskalyk worked on the frontlines of epidemics in Ethiopia and Sudan. In this episode, he tells us what it’s like to battle COVID-19 at St. Michael’s, from comforting patients despite masks and isolation to using meditation and meaningful action to help himself cope with stress.
Featuring: Dr. Ori Rotstein, VP of Research and Innovation at Unity Health Toronto and the Keenan Chair in Research Leadership at St. Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Ori Rotstein, VP of Research and Innovation at Unity Health Toronto and the Keenan Chair in Research Leadership at St. Michael’s Hospital, explains how St. Michael’s is positioning itself as an international research force in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.
Featuring: Fergus Cubbage, RN, Medical Surgical Intensive Care, St. Michael's Hospital
Fergus Cubbage, who has 15 years of nursing experience at St. Michael’s Hospital, tells us how he and his colleagues are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. He shares a typical day in the ICU, which includes protocols for donning and doffing their PPE, and ends with an uplifting story about all the support nurses have received from hospital leadership, colleagues and the St. Michael’s community.
Featuring: Dr. Matthew Muller, Medical Director, Infection, Prevention and Control, St. Michael's Hospital
We talk about COVID-19 overwhelming the health-care system. After all for every 100 new cases, 10-20 people will be hospitalized, and half of those will end up in the ICU. But, as Dr. Matthew Muller, Medical Director of Infection, Prevention and Control, who has been on the frontlines of pandemic preparedness at St. Michael’s, explains, in comparison to some other countries, Canada is better off because we’ve have more time to prepare. Still, he cautions, that doesn’t mean we can relax physical distancing measures. In this episode, Dr. Muller also sheds light on diagnostic testing and where we are in vaccine development.
Featuring: Dr. Stephen Hwang, Director, MAP Centre for UrbanHealth Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital
The closure of the community centres and meal programs and the restrictions around maintaining physical distance are compounding the stresses on people who are homeless. The cost of doing nothing about homelessness and accepting the status quo has never been more starkly apparent. Will COVID-19 force us to change how we deal with this pressing issue? Dr. Stephen Hwang, Medical Director of MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, talks about the challenges and what St. Michael’s scientists are doing to end chronic homelessness.
Featuring: Dr. Karen Weyman, Chief of Family Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital
Linda Jackson, Senior Clinical Program Director for Primary and Community Care, St. Michael's Hospital
Dr. Karen Weyman, Chief of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital, and Linda Jackson, Senior Clinical Program Director for Primary and Community Care, talk about how family practice is changing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the hospital’s six family health team clinics are protecting patients, health-care providers and the community by conducting patient visits by phone or video conferencing wherever possible.
Featuring: Dr. Arthur Slutsky, Former Vice-President of Research, St. Michael's Hospital
Dr. Art Slutsky, one of the world’s leading experts on mechanical ventilation and acute respiratory distress syndrome, explains what ventilators do and why they’re essential to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients.
Featuring: Dr. Joel Lockwood, Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader, St. Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Paul Das, Family Medicine Physician, St. Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Paul Das, a family physician, and Dr. Joel Lockwood, an emergency physician and trauma team leader, share what it took to get the Assessment Centre up and running, how it works, who should go and when you should go directly to emergency instead.
Featuring: Dr. Carolyn Snider, Chief of Emergency Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
This week, Dr. Carolyn Snider, Chief of Emergency Medicine, talks about how life and procedures have changed in one of the country’s busiest emergency departments to get ready for the influx of COVID-19 cases, and the unsung heroes who are on the frontlines and behind of the scenes at St. Michael’s.
Featuring: Dr. Tom Ungar, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital
This week, Dr. Tom Ungar, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, talks about how to maintain good mental health during a pandemic and what to do if you’re not coping. He also reminds us of the importance of “social connection” in an age of “physical (not social) distancing.”
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
I hope you and your family are in good health and in good spirits. This week, I have an exciting new initiative to share with you.
Over the last two months, more than 2,300 of you have given a remarkable $10.65 million to St. Michael’s Courage and Power Funds. Your donations are a testament to this community’s relentless spirit of compassion.
You’ve made sure our frontline health-care teams have a safe place to sleep at night, so they don’t put their own families in danger. You’ve made sure that our homeless community has food and clothing. You’ve made sure our palliative care patients have tablets to connect with loved ones who can no longer be by their sides. And you’ve made sure our scientists have what they need to find ways to stem the spread of the virus, design new treatments and develop programs that will change how residents in long-term care facilities are treated....
Your support for our Mother’s Day campaign has been equally amazing. You sent more than 250 virtual hugs to your moms, loved ones and friends. Each hug you sent meant more funding for St. Michael’s cuddling program, where volunteers cuddle fragile newborns when their own families can’t. Because the campaign was so successful, we’re extending it, so if there is someone you’d like to send a hug to for any reason, just click here.
May 11-17 is National Nursing Week, and what better time is there to shine a spotlight on our courageous nurses, who stop at nothing to provide compassionate care to every single patient? The celebration marks the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. So please join me in thanking the nurses in our lives for their tireless efforts, day in and day out, to take such good care of us, especially during this extraordinary public health crisis.
On behalf of all of us at the Foundation, I wish you and your family a great, relaxing holiday weekend.
President, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation
The St. Michael’s community says THANK YOU to our courageous health-care teams who are stopping at nothing to care for us as they tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Want to show your appreciation? Send us a video with your words of encouragement and we’ll pass it on! Email Andrea Smith at SmithAnd@smh.ca or tag us on social #THANKS4STMIKES.
Have your kids or grandkids create a card with a message of thanks that can be given to a hospital worker! They can decorate it any way they like. We will pass the cards on to those staff who have done something above and beyond in their relentless efforts to keep our community safe. To get involved, contact Fiona MacAlpine at MacAlpineF@smh.ca.
Take some time at home to exercise your body, mind, spirit ...and culinary skills.