Chez nous - The MCH Employee Newsletter

Welcome to the Web edition of Chez nous! Here you’ll find all the articles from the current printed edition of Chez nous as well many news items, events and other information found only on the online edition. 

Januray 15, 2009 Edition


Dr. Emmett Francoeur steps up for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ 
The MCH’s own Dr. Emmett Francoeur is set to wow the judges on Thursday, February 5, at the third annual “Dancing with Stars” in support of The Just for Kids Foundation. +

Long time CSCA board member steps down
Mary Ann Ferguson, a devoted MCH volunteer and health professional, recently resigned as vice-chair of the Council for Services to Children and Adolescents (CSCA). +

Moving to the Glen is a series of articles about how the various departments and services at The Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC are preparing for the move to our new hospital. We all know that we will not be able to provide all of the same services in our new facility and therefore, each department, program and service is developing ways to reduce and reorganize the workload.

MCH ENT partners with Verdun General Hospital
Children who need their tonsils removed or who need ear tubes inserted are having these outpatient procedures done at the Hôpital de Verdun rather than at The Montreal Children’s Hospital thanks to a partnership agreement between the two hospitals. +

Stepping back in time: Finding the history of the MCH
Many of you may not realize that in the F wing there was a room, which contained papers, books, pictures and many other mementos of the history of The Montreal Children’s Hospital. +

Reminder about publishing photos
Please note that when you take photos of any patient, patient’s family, or employee for publication in Chez nous, on the MCH web site or in any other MUHC publication or web site, you must ask for their written consent to use the photos.

For more information, contact Public Relations and Communications

New! Call For Patient Education Materials Grant Proposals 2009 
The Patient Education Network Committee, which reports to the Central Executive Committee of the Multidisciplinary and Nursing Councils of the MUHC, is calling for submissions of grant requests for the development and production of projects for patient education. +


Family Literacy Day
Imagine: Lire/Read, the literacy promotion project at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, will hold a Family Literacy Day activity on Wednesday, January 28. Starting at 8:00 in the Amphitheatre, author Roch Carrier will address doctors and nurses at Pediatric Medical Grand Rounds. Mr. Carrier, who was the National Librarian of Canada from 1997 to 2004, has written many stories, books and plays including Le chandail d’Hockey / The Hockey Sweater. After Grand Rounds, Mr. Carrier will stop at several hospital units to read The Hockey Sweater in French and English.

Volunteers will give books to children on the units. There will also be a draw for a hockey sweater, as well as a hockey stick donated by the Montréal Canadiens and autographed by every team member. Proceeds will support the project.

Info and raffle tickets: Jan Larivière. ext. 23091

Everyone is welcome to attend the Pediatric Medical Grand Rounds
Literacy, Reading and Children’s Health. +

Lunch & Learn
Join Melanie Richards - certified yoga teacher and owner of HappyTree Yoga Studio - as she helps you discover new ways to manage stress and increase productivity at work.

Concrete tips and exercises will be shared on how to alleviate back, neck, wrist and shoulder strain, as well as improve breathing and increase energy levels. Upon signing up at HappyTree, you’ll receive a complimentary consultation and carefully selected yoga class to benefit your needs.
RSVP: Terry at 24307.
Date: Wednesday, January 21
Time: Noon
Room: D-162
Presented by the MCH Quality of Life at Work committee


See the list of grand rounds and other continuing education events happening at the MCH in the coming weeks.

Meet some of your MCH colleagues.

Are you addicted to work?
You work hard, put in extra hours and make sure every task is completed to perfection. So what if you skip lunch, miss dinner with your family, or miss sleep on occasion? You may be a workaholic. +


Dr. Adrian Dancea has accepted the position of Director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the MCH effective January 1.

Dr. Paul R. Goodyer earns The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s 2008 Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Paul Goodyer was recently honoured for his world-renowned body of work on the genetic basis for renal disease. +


Go, Go, Go!
Terry Séguin enjoys every minute of her busy life. +