For Bloom Program coordinator Dr. Laura Miller, the most important medication many patients take away from their local pharmacies is often positive “connection with other human beings.” Miller started in June as Nova Scotia Health Authority’s provincial lead for the Bloom Program, which aims to improve the health and well-being of people living with mental illness and addictions by connecting them directly with pharmacists.
The Crossroads Clubhouse in Sydney, a mental health and addictions program since May 1994, is part of an international community that redefines what it means to live with mental illness and promotes unique recovery through genuine relationships and a deep commitment to working together.
Larry Baxter looked after his father for four years. He’s also been a part-time home care worker for 12 years. That experience, as well as his background working in the non-profit sector, made him an ideal candidate to be a volunteer patient family advisor (PFA) with Nova Scotia Health Authority’s continuing care team.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” It’s that quote by Maya Angelou that motivates 27-year-old Kevin Acheson each and every day that he’s on the job as a registered nurse (RN) on the surgical unit of Yarmouth Regional Hospital.
Joana Eyong is one of 25 local university students who received a Diversity in Health Care Bursary funded by the QEII Foundation at a celebration held in the Bethune Ballroom at the QEII Health Sciences Centre on Wednesday evening. The bursaries are one way in which the QEII Foundation and Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) are working to encourage further education and greater diversity in the workforce. The $1,000 bursaries are earmarked for students who are African Nova Scotian, Indigenous, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and/or a persons with a disability.
Work on the next phase of a project to add a fire sprinkler system to the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital will begin in the coming weeks. In preparation for the work that will need to be done, the hospital’s emergency department (ED) will temporarily close starting Friday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. The ED will reopen when the work is completed, which is expected to be in the new year.