QEII Health Sciences Centre anesthesiologist Dr. Michael Schmidt and his research team have received funding of almost $350,000 to support their work in developing measures that will help improve outcomes for older surgical patients. The Toronto-based Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation recently awarded the grant for a two-year project titled: Computerized assessment for Post-Operative Cognitive Decline (POCD) in elderly surgical populations – a multi-centre study.
The annual Wellness Fund celebration hosted by Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Southeastern Community Health Board was buzzing with the excitement of 11 non-profit organizations that have received grants to improve health in their communities. Among this year’s deserving grant recipients is Family SOS’s BEEA Honey with Heart, “a youth-led social enterprise project” that give participants ranging in ages 12 through 17 the responsibilities of “managing beehives, ensuring the well-being of the bees, and educating their community on the importance of bees on a global level.”
If there is a problem related to medication safety in in Halifax, Eastern Shore and West Hants, Holly Carver is there to find a solution. Should the wrong medication be loaded in automated dispensing cabinets or administered to patients, the medication safety pharmacy practice assistant reviews the process and investigates the health care team’s involvement to understand how to address the issue.
For charge nurse Kendra McCarthy, patient safety is a vital part of every task her team takes on at the Halifax Infirmary’s medical surgical intermediate care unit. McCarthy is constantly striving to ensure patients on her unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre site receive the best care possible.
Visitor restrictions are in place on 2 East & West, an acute care unit at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. The restrictions are in place to help limit the spread of flu-like illness among patients on the unit.
After a decade of moving around in administrative jobs, Janice Buchanan decided it was time to change her career. At 39 years old, she came to the world of health care from a variety of administrative jobs in banking and technology. She needed to make a change and a chance bout of soul searching with her mom led her to consider nursing.
Whether she’s hiking or sea kayaking at her cottage in Liverpool, or jumping from emergency department shifts at Queens General Hospital to inpatient care at Dartmouth General Hospital, variety is the spice of life for Dr. Christina Morgan. But being a hospitalist at DGH is a particular passion. “We have a very collegial group here. The nurses, the care workers; everybody here gets along very well – it’s a true community hospital.”
All of us at NSHA – those in direct care roles as well as those in administrative roles – like all Nova Scotians, want to ensure the best services are in place and accessible to people with mental illnesses and that the harmful effects of those illnesses are minimized.