January 22, 2019
Welcome to E-Connect
Hello E-Connecters,

Despite the frigid weather, HDGH is hard at work sharing warmth, compassion, and life changing care throughout our organization and community.

In today's E-Connect you will learn how you can keep patients safe at an international event, two touching letters from a former patient and client, how we warmed up cold hearts during Blue Monday, and a few ways you can change lives together with us in the very near future.

Keep cozy,
Our Patients
2019 International Patient Safety Symposium
The International Patient Safety Symposium is a cross-border event that brings together industry experts from the Windsor Detroit regions. Here, healthcare professionals will share best practices, foster relationships and create a collaborative approach for building international patient safety, knowledge, and resources.

Keynote address by Ken Daniels of the Jamie Daniels Foundation, as he shares his family’s story One Life Lost to Addiction is One Life Too Many, Together We Can Share Light on Addiction Care. How can individuals and families who are struggling with addiction receive the education, resources, professional guidance, and financial support they need to make recovery possible?

Bridging International healthcare; by Detroit Medical Center, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College and Douglas Marketing Group. Please join us February 8th at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts.

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is proud to share that three members of our team are presenting at the event: President and CEO, Janice Kaffer, Director of Health Information Management, Alison Murray, and Manager of Quality and Clinical Projects, Kathy Quinlan. In addition, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare will have a few information booths set up featuring general organization information and projects of our Infection Prevention and Control, Environmental Services, and Professional Practice teams.

Visit  IPSSDetroitWindsor.com  to register and purchase tickets.

 Use promo code INDUSTRY for $50 off your ticket price.
Our People
Our People are Changing Lives Together
Changing Lives Together is the mantra that we aim to uphold at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare through our values, programs, and partnerships throughout our community.

We are always humbled when we receive special notes of thanks, such as the two below, that remind us that we are truly achieving our goal of doing life changing work.
This first letter is from a former patient of Inpatient Rehab. Teri Woodrow is the Social Worker of the unit where this patient was receiving care.

Hi Teri,

I was a patient after I had my stroke in March. Things are going good except my eyes which are still giving me a problem. My stamina is great. I am back to doing all the things I used to do which I am very proud of.

I came across your card yesterday and started thinking back to having a rough time adjusting with the stroke when you came in to talk to me. That was a real eye opener for me as you helped me put things into perspective. That day you came into the room to talk, I felt like I was talking to a family member as you made me feel at ease. It was the start of my recovery.

I am thoroughly amazed at all aspects of customer care you have, and that is why I am giving the hospital my unused wheelchair for you guys to have…Another thing I am doing is getting involved with the March of Dimes to come and talk to the patients, as you know. It’s amazing how things have come full circle. It was Sean on the home care team that first suggested I would be a good candidate for volunteering. Guess I have to give him a message too. Guess I will be thanking a lot of people now.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of the hospital and you. Thank you.
Patty Lauzon is a Chemical Dependency Counsellor with our Withdrawal Management Centre. She recently received this letter from a recovering client.

Dear Patty,

I am so glad you were there for me through my ups and downs. I can't adequately express how meaningful your guidance and support were in helping me with my addiction. I wouldn’t be doing as well right now if it weren’t for your insights into my problems. Thank you for your care and kind attention over the past months, my meeting with you proved to be eye-opening. I gained the skills I needed to start this new life being free from addiction. Thank you for guiding me towards the right path.

I so appreciate the effort and time you invested in me. Your concern and genuine desire to help me become a good influence in other's lives was tremendous. Thanks again for your advice, your words had a real impact on my life, and you are the best counselor I have ever known. Please know your work is both meaningful and appreciated!

I wanted you to know that I am now living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying life to the fullest.   
Thanks again for all that you've done to help me.
Making the 'Saddest Day of the Year' a little less Blue
With the holidays officially ending, the cold, dark, wintery weather settling in, and various other reasons, the third Monday of January has been crowned the 'saddest day of the year'.

Referred to as Blue Monday, individuals and organizations across the world continue to provide extra support and kindness in an attempt to alleviate some of this sadness.

This year, as a way to lift spirits at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, our Spiritual Care team toured our campus providing a special Blessing of the Hands to all staff to say thank you and to bless the work they do every day.

The uplifting verses of the blessing evoked smiles, words of thanks, and tears from many members of our team.

To all of you who continue to change lives together with us at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, we share the blessing with you now:

Let this blessing be a reminder of the care and healing you offer our patients. May you be empowered to use your hands and your heart in a healing way, wherever you go and whatever you do.

May the work of your hands bring compassion to all those you touch.
May they be guided to bring the healing touch of life.
May these hands be instruments of peace and healing.
Blessing and appreciation upon these hands for the many tasks they do.
Our Identity
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and the University of Windsor to offer Partners in Research Seed Grant Program
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is excited to team up with the University of Windsor to offer staff, physicians, students, and faculty the Partners in Research (PiR) Seed Grant Program.

The Academic Research Centre (ARC), the formal partnership between the two organizations, has established the annual funding program, which will invest in collaborative patient-centred research that is aligned with Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s programs and services and the University of Windsor’s research priorities.

The Seed Grant Program will enable teams comprised of staff or physicians of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and faculty and students from the University of Windsor to pursue high quality research, offering $10,000 in funding to two successful projects.

Project proposals and completed Application Forms are to be submitted by emailing Research@hdgh.org by February 28 th at 5:00 p.m.

For more details on the PiR Seed Grant Program, view the Program Guidelines here or contact Marla Jackson , Manager of Research and Evaluation Services at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare or Natasha Wiebe in the Office of Research and Innovation Services at the University of Windsor.

To stay up-to-date with projects and opportunities to get involved with Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's Department of Research and Evaluation Services, visit our website .
Vote today for the Regional Children's Centre
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's Regional Children's Centre is honoured to be in the top seven Charity Finalists for the 2019 Windsor Corporate Challenge.

We need your help to get us to the top three! 
You can vote by clicking this link >  https://woobox.com/ccckmf   and selecting the Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare logo! Note, voting is done through Facebook so you must have a Facebook login to vote. 

Voting is open now until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 31st. You can vote once per day.
L-R: Barb Sebben, HDGH Manager of Philanthropy and Corporate Events, Jesse Bettany, HUB Employee, Paulette Jagatic, HDGH Manager of Volunteer Services and Spiritual Care, Kari Auby, HUB Employee, Katie Grieve, HUB Employee, Adriana Hebert, HUB Employee, Leslie Durocher, HUB Employee, Shelley Conrad, HUB Employee, and Bill Mara, Executive Director of the Changing Lives Together Foundation.
HUB International support Child and Youth Mental Health
On Thursday, January 10th, we were visited by staff of HUB International Ontario Limited who presented a donation of $1,000 in support of Children’s Mental Health to Bill Marra, Executive Director of our Changing Lives Together Foundation. 

Adriana Hebert, Manager of Personal Lines at HUB International, and her colleagues saw a need to support the children in our community who access the programs and services at the Regional Children’s Centre. They made the decision to do their part and together raised the life-changing gift.

We would like to thank the employees of HUB that chose our Foundation for this generous donation and Gore Mutual Insurance for making it possible. We are truly Changing Lives Together!
Changing Lives Together Foundation to team up with
In Honour of the Ones We Love for International Women's Day
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's Changing Lives Together Foundation is teaming up with In Honour of the Ones We Love Inc. for a very special evening celebrating Windsor's unsung female heroes.

International Women's Day is celebrated across the globe every year on March 8th, honouring and celebrating all that it means to be a woman. For this momentous day, gather the female heroes in your life and join us at Windsor Yacht Club for delicious hor d'oeuvres and dinner.

Tickets to this event, emceed by CTV Windsor's Michelle Maluske, are $100 each and will benefit women's mental health programs at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.

Call 519.257.5111 ext. 76910 to get your tickets today.
Windsor Christian Fellowship to offer one day
Mental Health Seminar
To further support frontline workers as they deal with the increasing strains and stresses of everyday work, Windsor Christian Fellowship is offering a mental health seminar this February.

Focusing on the topic of Emotional Resilience and Self Care, the seminar will welcome Dr. Harrison Mungal as keynote speaker. Dr. Mungal is a leading cognitive therapist workshop presenter.

The workshop takes place on Wednesday, February 6th.