May 15, 2018
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Happy Tuesday!

It's been an exciting two weeks at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare since our last E-Connect publication. Of course that means more great stories to share!

Continue reading to hear about a special service to remember a long time patient, the growth of a new feature to our campus, the awesome work of Our People, and the many events coming up for HDGH!

Have a beautiful day,
Our Patients
In Memory of José
It was emotional and candy-filled afternoon when staff from Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and Windsor Regional Hospital gathered to celebrate the life of a super hero patient.

Since the early 2000s, staff at both organizations had the privilege of getting to know and caring for long-term mechanical ventilation patient, José.

A non-verbal patient diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, José is known by many throughout our organization and greater community for his bright eyes, happy spirit, and love for super heroes, his room covered in memorabilia. 

On April 18 th , José’s earthly mission was completed.

The tremendous love for José was evident as staff filled our Chrysler Room on Friday, May 4 th for a memorial service led by Spiritual Care Chaplain Hilton Gomes. A number of staff shared teary-eyed stories about José.

“He was the best listener and you could always trust him with your secrets,” said Sara Girimonte, a Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare nurse who helped organize the service along with fellow nurse Danielle Girard and Respiratory Therapist Melanie Campbell.

“No matter what, he always had a smile on his face,” says Sean Labute, one of José’s Respiratory Therapists. “He makes you realize the good things you have in life.” 

Following the service, staff gathered outside of our Dr. Y. Emara Centre for Healthy Aging and Mobility to release a special Spiderman balloon.

“He wasn’t just a patient; he was a part of our family.”
Growing a healthy and happy future
The sun broke through the clouds and bounced off the newly installed glass of the brand new Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair Children's Greenhouse on Thursday May 10 th as dozens gathered for the official grand opening.
Located in the green space immediately south of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Regional Children’s Centre playground equipment, abutting the chain link fence backing onto the Dr. Y. Emara Centre for Healthy Aging and Mobility, the 20' by 40' structure was made possible by the generous donation of $150,000 from our Rotarian friends.
The new space will provide a therapeutic environment for special events, plant and vegetable growing and other project opportunities for the children and youth of our various programs.
"There is a level of self-confidence that comes when you can produce something," explains Renee Gilliam, Operations Manager of Outpatient Treatment Services at our Regional Children’s Centre. "The fact that the children can produce something they can eat or see or take home to enjoy brings a real sense of accomplishment."
Thank you Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair and Amico Affiliates for your integral role in making this project grow into something beautiful.
Caring for the body and mind; Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare celebrates Mental Health Week
At Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, we take pride in providing the best possible physical care to our patients, making their experience with us as comfortable and beneficial as possible. But more than that, we recognize the importance of treating the entire patient, from head to toe, and all that's inside.

Our organization strives to be a Centre of Excellence for Mental Healthcare for all as we continue to develop programs and create proactive treatment plans to keep our patients and clients mentally and physically healthy.

During last week's National Mental Health Week and Children's Mental Health Week, we welcomed our staff and community to learn about the importance of mental wellbeing along with some tips and resources to promote positive mental health.
Our People
L-R: Monica Staley Liang, WRH Regional VP, Erie St. Clair Cancer Program, Kailyn Desjardins, Colleen Adams, Vlad Giurca, Karen Duval, Shannon Omar, Suzanne Ladouceur, and Marg Campigotto HDGH Interim Chief Nursing Officer.
Local nurses honoured for excellence
Nurses at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and Windsor Regional Hospital were honoured Wednesday, May 9th at the annual Nursing Awards Celebration, a special ceremony to recognize nursing excellence and continuing education efforts.

Winners of the Jeanne Mance Extraordinary Nursing Care Award, which is given to a nurse who continually goes above and beyond to provide compassionate and professional care to patients and exemplifies teamwork, compassion, stewardship, social responsibility, and respect:

  • From HDGH: Shannon Omar, RN, Inpatient Rehab and Rafet Al-Sayiegh, RPN Complex Medical Care 3 South
  • From WRH: Karen Duval, RN, Met Campus Emergency Department and Colleen Adams, RN 8th Floor.

Four nurses were also named as the recipients of the annual Lori Dupont Bursary, which assists staff with continuing education costs. Each successful candidate is awarded up to $1,000. The Bursary recipients were:

  • From HDGH: Suzanne Ladouceur, Charge Nurse, Complex Medical Care 3 North
  • From WRH: Vlad Giurca, RN, 4 Medical and Kailyn Desjardins, RN Paediatrics.

Congratulations to all of our excellent nurses across Windsor's hospital system!

A number of other fun events took place throughout Nurses Week at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Heathcare, including a special Blessing of the Hands, Guest Speaker, and the all time favourite: Ice Cream Social.
The spirit of Volunteering is celebrated at
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
To thank our volunteers for their precious time, energy and passion, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare held the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon yesterday.
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's 330 volunteers and 857 student placements range from the ages of 15 to 92 and have contributed more than 52,000 hours of service and have raised $32,000 for the organization's greatest equipment needs in just one year!
This year's celebration included special recognition of our volunteers who dedicated milestone hours including Deborah Mills at 1,000 hours, Margo Bailey at 3,000 hours and Judy Menard at 13,000 volunteering in our Emara Gift Shop!

Congratulations and special thanks also goes to Labiba Hassan who was this year's Ronald J. Truant Spirit of Volunteering Award recipient for her unwavering dedication and passion for improving our patients' experience while in our care.

As President and CEO, Janice Kaffer writes, "There is no kinder act than helping someone in need and the volunteers at HDGH without question do this every day without hesitation and without any expectation of recognition...we thank you for your devotion and efforts."
Our Identity
An event to put your Heart & Soul into
We are excited to share with you the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network’s (ESC LHIN) latest publication, Getting Better . This community publication highlights the positive changes that the ESC LHIN and healthcare partners are making locally and gives the reader practical information on services available.

In the Spring 2018 publication, check out what Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and other community organizations are doing to fight the opioid crisis.
An event to put your Heart & Soul into
Join Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's Changing Lives Together Foundation for the 2nd Annual Heart and Soul Walk honouring the late Mike Rohrer. The Walk will be held on Saturday, May 19th at Lakewood Park in Tecumseh. All proceeds from this event support the Cardiac Wellness & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at our organization.

The Michael C. Rohrer Heart & Soul Walk began in honour of a man who was a dear husband, loving father and dedicated member of our community.

Click the event poster for more information or to register. 
FORE! Charity Golf Classic happening this June
Registration is now open for the 2018 Charity Golf Classic. This exciting event benefiting HDGH, in partnership with In Honour of the Ones We Love, Inc. is taking place on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the beautiful Essex Golf and Country Club.
Event fee is $300 per golfer and includes 18 holes with cart, lunch, dinner & panini and coffee stand on the course all day.
Lucrative sponsorship opportunities and dinner only tickets are also available. 
Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a shot gun start at 10 a.m. 
Join us on the links as we Change Lives Together, one putt at a time.
For more information and to register click the event poster or contact the Foundation office at 519-257-5234. 
The Probert Ride is roaring into town