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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso

Current news and events

Breaking the cycle of trauma

The Covenant Health Foster Care Clinic helps foster children flourish by providing consistent, trauma-informed care. ...
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Rebuilding jaws for function and dignity

Surgeons from all over the world come to the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine to learn how to rebuild jaws of head and neck cancer patients. ...
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Two generations of care

Sarah Savard knew she wanted to be a nurse in grade nine when she shadowed her mom, Sylvia, at the Royal Alexandra’s orthopedics unit. ...
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Missing patient training

Grey Nuns Hospital staff search for Mr. Smith during a Code Yellow (missing patient) practice drill to ensure they can find loved ones quickly. ...
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Special Oilers fans surprised with playoff tickets

Edmonton General residents Tim Bearhead and James Stubbs, both avid Oilers fans, never dreamed they would get to see their team live at Rogers Place. ...
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Hand hygiene saves lives

Our hands are responsible for transmitting 80 per cent of infections. Hand hygiene, a very simple action, is the best way to reduce healthcare-associated infections. ...
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Language interpreters

Mandeep Kaur Cheema receives care at the Grey Nuns Centre for Diabetes Care to manage her gestational diabetes. Her interpreter, Anjali Rawat, bridges the language barrier ...
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Volunteers and staff help families heal after losing a baby

Misericordia staff and volunteers try to comfort families who have lost a baby by making burial clothing, tiny caskets and memory boxes to honour some of the hospital's smallest patients. ...
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The key to keeping those with dementia independent

The Adult Day Program at St. Michael's Health Centre helps people with dementia stay active and live as independently as possible. ...
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iRSM Annual Research Forum - May 24, 2017

iRSM is having their 2nd Annual Research Forum, Patient Powered: the latest research and innovation in head & neck cancer treatment & rehabilitation. ...
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Coming full circle: Giving back after receiving compassionate care

Jim O'Neill works for Chrysalis and spends Fridays at the Misericordia Hospital, where he once spent months recovering from a car accident. ...
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On a mission of health, hope and healing

Grey Nuns Hospital staff traveled to Rwanda to share their knowledge with local healthcare workers. Their work included teaching neonatal resuscitation at a hospital that delivers 6,000 babies each year. ...
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Candles of remembrance

The Misericordia Hospital's quarterly memorial service helps families heal after losing a loved one. Amberlee Gadke describes how the service gave her space to grieve and remember her father. ...
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Covenant Health Designated as a World’s Most Ethical Company™ for 2017

Covenant Health has been designated by the Ethisphere® Institute as a World’s Most Ethical Company for the second consecutive year. ...
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Covenant Health Capital Priorities

Building on our participation in ongoing service planning and capital planning discussions and activities over the past several years ...
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Women's Wellness 2017 Osteoporosis Workshops

Invest in your bones by signing up for one of our osteoporosis workshops! We'll talk about risk factors, bone density, nutrition, exercise and treatment options for osteoporosis. ...
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Misericordia opens state-of-the-art unit to care for pre-term babies

Edmonton -The Misericordia Community Hospital is celebrating the opening of a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) which will ...
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Canadians call for Palliative Care to be enshrined in Health Act

After hearing from more than 1,500 Canadians in a national survey and meeting with experts for three days in Ottawa, a citizens’ lay panel has delivered a Consensus Statement ...
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Continuing the face of mercy after the Jubilee Year

Mercy has many faces. I have witnessed mercy often during thirty-seven years in Catholic health care. Sometimes etched on the faces of those impacted by unspeakable tragedy; ...
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Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW), Oct 24 - 28, 2016

Join us in celebrating Canadian Patient Safety Week October 24 – 28th! Improving patient care safety and quality in Canada requires everyone’s involvement ...
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Editorial Response to Edmonton Journal Columnist Paula Simons

Today's Edmonton Journal features a guest editorial from the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada on Catholic health care's commitment to patient-centred care ...
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Patient & Family Centred Care (PFCC) Week, Oct 17 - 21, 2016

The 2016 PFCC Week runs October 17-21. This year, the provincial theme is 'growing partnerships' that enhance patient experience. Celebrate Covenant Health PFCC initiatives. ...
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Canadians Strongly Support Access to High Quality Palliative Care

Edmonton ‐‐‐ Palliative Care Matters has released the results of an Ipsos survey on palliative care. ...
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Covenant Health and National Partners launch Palliative Care Matters

Palliative Care Matters is creating a national strategy and roadmap by asking Canadians what they want to see happen. ...
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Vascular Health Day

Covenant Health's Northern Alberta Vascular Centre (NAVC) is holding a Vascular Health Day on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital. ...
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Women's Wellness Fall 2016 Newsletter

Women's Wellness Fall 2016 Newsletter ...
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Annual Primetime for Women Conference

Looking for an opportunity to re-energize and lift up your spirits? Attend the annual Prime Time for Women Conference. ...
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Killam redevelopment project transforms seniors care: Keeping couples together one of the highlights

August 9, 2016 –Today Covenant Health and the Honourable Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health, officially announced the $13-million redevelopment of the Killam Health Centre. ...
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Moving Forward in Wound Management Conference: Engaging Learners, Motivating Change, and Inspiring Action

In partnership with members of Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health acknowledges the importance of providing continuous education opportunities for team members in the area of skin and wound care. ...
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Helping premature babies get home sooner with family-centred care

“Family-integrated care empowers the parents to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence in taking care of a premature infant,” says Jill Larocque, Neonatal Nurse Practioner. ...
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Covenant Health Response to Medical Assistance in Dying

Covenant Health has now officially introduced its new policy to the organization, Responding to Requests for Medical Assistance in Dying. ...
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Steinhauer School Celebrates 20-year partnership with St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital

It was a special day at Steinhauer School! Residents of St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital arrived to join the students in an assembly celebrating the 20-year partnership between the school and hospital. ...
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What is a good death?

We only die once. In humility, answering what is a good death is part anticipatory; what I hope it will be for me. ...
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Covenant Health staff adopt evacuees

“Welcome to Edmonton!” smiles Geoff Hoeppner as he and his Covenant Health Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) team give donated items to four new Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre residents. ...
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Heart patient‘s ordeal eased by great care

Randy Veness was in the intensive care unit at Northern Lights Regional Health Centre waiting for word about travelling to Edmonton for heart tests when, as he says, “it went crazy” ...
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A birth story to remember

When Susan Harty went into labour on Tuesday, May 3 in Fort McMurray, she called 911. ...
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Edmonton General responds at a moment's notice to Fort McMurray evacuees

Expect 14 new continuing-care residents, before sunrise. ...
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Nurses welcome new Fort McMurray moms, babies, with open arms.

Welcoming a child into the world is supposed to be one of life’s most wonderful experiences. ...
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Three Covenant facilities provide care to Fort McMurray patients and residents

The patients forced to flee the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre because of wildfires have been flown to Edmonton and are being triaged at the Edmonton International Airport. ...
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Catholic Health Legacy Strong and Vibrant in Alberta

The history of Catholic health care in Alberta by Dr. Owen Heisler was published in Vital Signs (March 2016), a newsletter for the members of all Zone Medical Staff Associations in Alberta. ...
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Wedding wish granted in intensive care

In our health care system, we do a lot to keep people from dying, but not as much to help them die with dignity. That’s where I come in. ...
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Mock training for rural emergencies

It was all hands on deck for a specialized learning opportunity at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Vegreville. ...
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Continuing Care EXPO

For anyone who has an interest in continuing care and independent living, including parents/families with children with special needs, ...
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Covenant Health puts its ethics to the test

Covenant Health is one of seven health care organizations and the only Canadian company recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company. ...
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St. Michael’s Health Centre opens new beds starting March 21

Additional supportive living beds will open next month for local and area seniors, providing supported independence with on-site health care... ...
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Edmonton Journal Letter to the Editor

Re: “If Covenant Health won’t obey law, it should not get public funds” Paula Simons, February 13, 2016 ...
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Ed Stelmach announced as new Covenant Health Board Chair

The way Ed Stelmach sees it; he owes a debt of gratitude to the Catholic Sisters for leaving a good impression on him at a very early age. ...
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Statement: Physician Assisted Death

Covenant Health embodies the long standing moral tradition in Catholic health care that neither prolongs dying nor hastens death, while also championing quality, compassionate care to all. ...
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Baby doll trumps antipsychotics

Gerry Harvey and her daughter Laura Krefting laugh as they sit near a sun-lit window in the long-term care unit at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre. ...
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Persistence pays off for hospital home lottery winner

The Padua family has been buying ticket packs for the 2015 Caritas Foundation Lottery for the last nine years. They have won small prizes along the way like gift certificates and a watch. ...
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CODE White: Aggression and violence on the frontline of healthcare

Global Television recently aired a provocative feature on violence against nurses. It shines the light on the verbal and physical abuse health care workers can suffer on the job. ...
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Deck the halls at Grey Nuns NICU

Santa quietly enters baby Merlin’s room. Her mom, Manju Wilson places the precious little girl whom she dressed in a festive sleeper for the occasion into the cradled arms of the Jolly Old Elf. ...
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Santa brightens Misericordia NICU with charismatic Christmas cheer

For parents Allison Dillon and Tyron Jimmy, the birth of their baby girl Aubree-Anna in Edmonton was not planned... ...
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Oilers make pre-Christmas rounds with patients, residents

For a few Edmonton Oilers hockey players, a visit to Covenant Health may be their most memorable assist of the year. ...
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Former patient transforms into super volunteer

After spending four months in intensive care and four months in rehabilitation at the Misericordia Community Hospital ...
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Youville Home Resident Calendar showcases the best of Old Hollywood

The Shining Stars calendar is now available at Youville Home for $20 each. Funds from the calendar sales will help build a greenhouse for Youville Home residents to enjoy year round. ...
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Reflecting on The Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has announced a special year-long reflection and call to prayer on mercy, known as a Jubilee. ...
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Santa helps celebrate World Prematurity Day at Grey Nuns Hospital

The World Prematurity Day celebration at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital is filled with laughter and Christmas cheer as Santa Claus poses for photos with babies born prematurely at the hospital this year. ...
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Q&A: Really? I should still get the vaccine?

We caught up with Dr. Curtiss Boyington, a medical doctor in Alberta specializing in Infectious Diseases at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, to help us gain a better understanding of the influenza vaccine. ...
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BRA Day - eye-opening and empowering for breast cancer patients

After being diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago, Karla Karch is excited to share her story in hopes of informing women of the options available to them when it comes to breast reconstruction. ...
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Help shape care that honours seniors

The Covenant Health Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness is hosting a conversation related to care that honours seniors, and we want your feedback. ...
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Examining the 'Francis Effect' in Catholic healthcare

What influence has Pope Francis had on Catholic healthcare and how can frontline workers in hospitals and care facilities relate his words to the tough stuff, the messes they deal with daily? ...
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Inspiring young medical minds

A dozen grade eight students slip into lab coats as they arrive at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose. ...
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Even Healthy People Can Get the Flu: H1N1 Survivor Advocates for flu shots

It was almost two years ago, when Lance McNamara nearly lost his life to influenza. ...
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Women's Wellness Program - Annual Prime Time for Women Conference

Annual Prime Time for Women Conference - Feeding Your Soul! ...
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Women’s Wellness Fall 2015 Newsletter

Women’s Wellness Fall 2015 Newsletter ...
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Modern home supports modern health care

The Caritas Home Lottery has unveiled its 2015 grand prize, a $1.7 million, three-bedroom dream home in Edmonton’s Windermere community. ...
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Residents experience colourful new world

The Lethbridge Artists Club has left its mark on the walls of St. Michael’s Health Centre. ...
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Beaumont Covenant Care residents delighted by the renaming of their home to “Chateau Vitaline”

For residents at Covenant Care’s supportive living centre in Beaumont, the renaming of their home to Chateau Vitaline means a renewed sense of connectedness with the community. ...
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Stars of the Silver Screen Shine in Resident Calendar

Now this really is what you call old Hollywood. The residents at Youville Home in St. Albert have recreated some of their favourite Hollywood films for a resident calendar. Check out their classic poses… ...
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Schizophrenia Open Minds Walk/Run

Come out and support the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta’s OPEN MINDS WALK AND RUN September 19, 2015 in Rundle Park. ...
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Pulmonary Rehab Program empowers COPD patients to improve lung wellness close to home

Fort McMurray resident overcomes limitations of COPD with a smile thanks to the WBPCN Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. ...
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Putting the Power in the Patient’s Hands

The comfort of a whiteboard by Nancy Ward’s bedside has meant the world to her. “The whiteboard tells me everything I need to know, you can lose track quite easily in here.” ...
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St. Mary’s Hospital staff and volunteers pedal for Heart and Stroke Foundation

St. Mary’s Hospital staff and volunteers pedal to celebrate the permanent funding the hospital received for the Stroke Unit Equivalent Care and Stroke Early Supported Discharge Program. ...
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Teepee teachings – three questions to Kyle Campiou, Aboriginal Cultural Helper for Covenant Health

Throughout the summer people are welcome to explore the healing energy of the teepee erected in the outdoor courtyard of the Misericorida Community Hospital cafeteria. ...
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Healing more than hips

Chella Ross and Elvi Jensen embrace like old friends. Chella asks, “How are you?" Ninety-three-year-old Elvi responds with a big smile and a twinkle in her bright blue eyes, “I am very good." ...
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Opinion: Staff are Misericordia’s beating heart. By Mark Mullaly, Edmonton Journal

It can certainly be argued Alberta’s health-care system has its challenges. It has also been argued that Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital suffers its own inefficiencies and dysfunction. ...
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Local physician recruitment committee successful in Bonnyville

Six new physicians have been recruited to Bonnyville in less than a year, thanks to efforts of the Bonnyville Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee. ...
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Uncovering 25 years of Misericordia history

A Misericordia Community hospital time capsule was almost lost forever. “It was like a month of ‘Where’s Waldo’,” said Jan Schimpf, Senior Operating Officer of Acute Services at the Misericordia Community Hospital. ...
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Mock crash demonstrates dangers of impaired driving

Edmonton junior high students witnessed first-hand the consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and not wearing a seatbelt at a simulated crash scene. ...
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A new perspective: from worker to patient

When Michael Reesick, Stores Attendant, Misericordia Community Hospital began to feel pangs in his heart, it didn’t occur to him that in just a few short days his coworkers would save his life. ...
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Surgeons worldwide flock to iRSM to learn technique to give patients better results

Nine delegates from around the world came to Edmonton to learn how to execute a digital surgical planning technique for reconstructive jaw surgery ...
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Covenant Health's 2015 Mission Awards

Mission Awards showcase staff, volunteers and physicians who continue the healing ministry of Jesus and live Covenant Health's six values in all they do. ...
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Researchers working to improve quality of life for head and neck cancer patients

Thanks to the legacy of an Edmonton surgeon, new research will help restore quality of life for head and neck cancer patients. ...
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Women’s Wellness Spring 2015 Newsletter

Women’s Wellness Spring 2015 Newsletter ...
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Spring 2015 Lecture Series

Have you ever felt scattered, distracted, disorganized, preoccupied, out of control… out of your mind? ...
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Annual Primetime for Women Conference

Please mark your calendars! Our annual Prime Time for Women Conference will take place Saturday November 14, 2015. ...
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Staying Cool at Menopause Workshops

Our new spring classes are as follows: ...
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Osteoporosis Workshops

Workshop dates for the 2015 as follows: ...
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Nurse practitioners join two local continuing care facilities

Pilot project aims to reduce preventable emergency department visits. ...
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Palliative Education & Research Days Call for Abstracts

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the conference is Sunday, March 15, 2015 ...
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Patient and family survey

Our job is to support your health and wellbeing. Your ideas can influence our vision. ...
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One of Alberta's Top Employers

We have been named as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures by Waterstone Human Capital and we are, once again, on the list of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers. ...
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Grey Nuns is saving newborn's lives with app

Grey Nuns is the first hospital in the world to use Eve application to screen for congenital heart defects in newborns. ...
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Clitar Heroes Foundation presents a cheque to Unit 43 at the Grey Nuns

The Clitar Heroes Foundation presents a cheque for $147, 397.63 to leadership, staff and physicians of unit 43 at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital on Nov. 20. ...
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Covenant Health staffing changes focus on resident needs and sustainability

Covenant Health is changing how it delivers care at its three Edmonton area seniors’ facilities. ...
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Misericordia open for full services after water pipe leak

Thursday morning at the Misericordia Community Hospital a three-quarter inch pipe broke in an area under construction. The hospital remains open for full service, including emergency services. ...
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Santa comes to the Grey Nuns early to celebrate World Premie Day!

Santa arrived early to celebrate World Premie Day with some babies that were born early at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital this year. ...
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Devastated local family urges people to get the flu shot

“I really just don’t want to see anyone go through this, ever.” See this family's heart-wrenching story of what happened when a 27 year-old Alberta man got influenza ...
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Misericordia outpatient services fully operational and back on site after flood

The Endoscopy, Cytoscopy and Day Surgery units at the Misericordia Community Hospital are back in their respective units and working at full capacity. ...
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Covenant Health restructures to enhance resident experience and ensure stewardship

Covenant Health is realigning general support services within its Edmonton and St. Albert continuing care facilities to enhance resident experience and ensure stewardship in its operations. ...
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Palliative Care Education and Research Days, October 27-28, 2014

A Legacy of Pride and Progress: Leading Practice Through a History of Excellence. We are pleased to announce our plenary speakers ...
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Dedicated team restores surgical supplies

"After how well our team worked to solve this, I think we could handle anything!” - Fatima Kovalenko, Covenant Health Surgical Reprocessor/Technician. ...
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Patient care restored following flood at Misericordia

We have made tremendous progress restoring full patient care since heavy rains caused a drain pipe to crack early Saturday morning on July 5, 2014. ...
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Temporary disruption in select surgeries and procedures

UPDATE: Misericordia Community Hospital working towards returning to regular services. ...
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