May 29, 2018
Welcome to E-Connect
Welcome to another edition of E-Connect,

Today we bring to you the third edition of E-Connect for the month of May which means more great stories about Our Patients, Our People, and Our Identity.

Continue reading to see how much fun we've been having throughout event season, learn about an initiative that is helping our patients take a step into a healthier life, learn how you can get your voice heard as a valued member of our Patient and Family Engagement Council, and more!

Until next time...
Maciah
Our Patients
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is seeking members
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's Patient and Family Engagement Council (PFEC) is currently looking to recruit additional community members who have received services as a patient or family member/caregiver at our organization within the past two years. This can include services as an inpatient or outpatient. 

This council, which is an advisory committee to the Executive Leadership Team of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, identifies current and future opportunities to improve the care experience at our organization. They aim to ensure that the perspective of patients, family members and/or their caregivers is always considered and incorporated into organizational activities while actively listening and learning from these individuals to embed the patient voice throughout the organization and its culture.

Members must be able to commit to a minimum of 1.5 hours per month for meetings and possibly extra hours depending on the involvement of related committee work. Regular meetings are held September to June on the third Thursday of each month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at our Prince Road campus. There are additional opportunities to participate with working groups throughout the hospital programs as the voice of the patient.

To learn more or to apply to the Patient and Family Engagement Council, please  visit our website .
A day of reading, learning, and fun!
Each year teachers, staff, and students invite special guests into their classrooms at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Regional Children’s Centre (RCC) for a special read-a-thon.

The visitors, a number of local professionals, read stories to the children and share information about their jobs.

This year’s guest readers included Principal MacMillan, an active Firefighter (pictured bottom right), RCC’s beloved pet therapy dog Prince and his owner Rick, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s own Dr. Nicole Freeman and Nurse Caroline from our Palliative Unit, and more!
“It’s a great day where the kids get to practice their literacy skills while stimulating their creative minds,” says Tammy Calic, Coordinator for Intensive Treatment Services at RCC. “The best part is that they have the opportunity to talk with actual working professionals who are so willing to answer any questions they may have, even if it is ‘do you get paid a lot?’.”

Local author Shelley Awad (pictured top right), also stopped by and enthralled the children with her mystery stories as part of her "The Greenhouse Kids" book collection. Shelley offered to take part in the fun-filled day after joining Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair at the Children's Greenhouse ribbon cutting, where Shelley donated a number of books to RCC.

In addition to the guest readers, the students enjoyed dressing in their pajamas and participating in other reading activities throughout the day such as buddy reading, group reading, and stories on audio. 
Our People
Changing Lives, one step at a time
As we wrap up another National Physiotherapy Month, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's determined physiotherapy team would like to thank the community, staff, and visitors who generously contributed to their " Donate your Kicks " initiative.

The importance of proper footwear is so important when trying to get patients up standing, transferring, and walking. A lack of proper footwear can significantly impede a patient’s ability to become more mobile. Often we see patients during their hospital stay who may not have family members in the area, or whose financial constraints make it difficult for them to access good footwear.

Over the month of May, with your help, our physiotherapists collected dozens of pairs of gently used running shoes for their patients at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, with more still coming in.

With a few days left in May, it's not too late to support the cause. View the poster to find out where you can donate your shoes at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.

Together, we are supporting the goal of helping our patients step into a healthier life.
Our Identity
Local Candidates debate on Mental Health and Addictions
On Thursday, May 24th Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association of Windsor-Essex to host an all-candidates debate with a focus on mental health and addictions.

The debate brought candidates from our three local ridings - Windsor West, Windsor-Tecumseh, and Essex - to share their views and plans for mental healthcare in our community if elected.
'Thank you kindly' for another great
Michael C. Rohrer Heart & Soul Walk
On Saturday, May 19th, hundreds gathered to celebrate the fun-loving, community driven, family man that was Mike Rohrer.

Family and friends arrived at Lakewood Park in Tecumseh for the second annual Michael C. Rohrer Heart & Soul Walk hosted by Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's Changing Lives Together Foundation. A 5 km journey, brought participants through the town Mike was so proud to have had a hand in developing as a well-known Councillor.
 
The rain held off as Mike's family took to the podium to say their thanks. "I am so grateful for the outpour of love and support our entire community has shown us throughout these past two years," expressed Diane (Deedee), Mike's wife. "Mike would have loved seeing you all here today enjoying each others' company in this beautiful park." 

Proceeds raised by the Heart & Soul Walk will once again benefit the Cardiac Wellness and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. Last year, the walk raised more than $20,000 for the programs.
No heart break at this year's muddy Challenge
Close to 1,500 participants strapped on their best mud gear and braved the hills and trails at Malden Park on Saturday, May 26th for the 6th annual Heart Breaker Challenge.
 
This year's Challenge was no joke, covering a span of 5 km, featuring over 20 obstacles that challenged endurance, tested balance, and of course, got participants covered in mud.
                       
The motto "get fit, get dirty, give back" captures the Heart Breaker experience. As an untimed event, Heart Breaker is fun for individuals of all fitness levels. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the event stay local, benefiting the Cardiac Wellness and Pulmonary Rehab Programs at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.
 
Before the race began, the Heart Breaker Challenge Organizing Committee presented Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's Changing Lives Together Foundation with over $109,000, funds raised from the 2017 event. Since its debut in 2013, the Heart Breaker Challenge has raised over $400,000 for the programs, with this year's tally still be counted.
 
We hope to see you all next year for more fun and mud!

All photos taken by the Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare team can be viewed on our Facebook page .
FORE! Charity Golf Classic happening this June
Registration is open for the 2018 Charity Golf Classic. This exciting event benefiting Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, in partnership with In Honour of the Ones We Love, Inc. is taking place on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the beautiful Essex Golf & 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 Changing Lives Together Foundation office at 519-257-5234. 
The Probert Ride is roaring into town
It's that time of year again to lace up your boots and buckle your helmets for the always thrilling Bob Probert Ride!

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's Changing Lives Together Foundation, along with presenting sponsors UNIFOR Local 444 and 2458, are ready to kick-off the 8th annual  Bob Probert Ride with the official Media Launch happening tomorrow, May 30th  where this year's celebrity Road Captain will be announced.

Happening on Sunday, June 24th, the Probert Ride roars through Essex County touring along the waterfront with stops at four fantastic locations including the Fort Fun Centre, Colchester Bar and Grill, Wolfhead Distillery and the final stop at the beautiful Ciociaro Club patio.

Raising significant funds for the Cardiac Wellness Programs at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, the Ride is not only a ton of fun, it also benefits a great cause.

For everything else Probert, including this year's official Ride Route, visit our website or check out the  Ride's Facebook page .