Chez nous - The MCH Employee Newsletter

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

April 2, 2009 Edition 


Biblio Express: Books to go!
An exciting new literacy project is under way at the Montreal Children’s Hospital that will provide books directly to children who are spending time in the hospital. This mini mobile library is called Biblio Express, but unlike a normal lending library the children will be allowed to keep the books. +

New MCH-RVH protocol helps wean infants from ventilators sooner
In an effort to reduce the number of days that infants need mechanical ventilation, the respiratory therapists (RT) and neonatologists at both the MCH and RVH have developed a protocol which aims to harmonize ventilator weaning practices of premature and term infants in the neonatal intensive care units (NICU). +

The Launch of Accreditation 2010
Phase one: self-assessment

MUHC accreditation starts soon. In anticipation of Accreditation Canada’s visit in September 2010, the first phase of the process called “self-assessment” will take place from the beginning of April until the end of September 2009.  Your contribution is at the heart of the Accreditation process’ success. Here, in brief, are the highlights of the phase one of the 2010 accreditation process: self-assessment. +
Plastic surgery at The Montreal Children’s Hospital more than just nose jobs
Many people think that plastic surgery is something only celebrities and “would-be” celebrities are doing. We think of Hollywood starlets getting facelifts, Botox injections and other, um, enhancements. But that’s definitely not the whole story. +

MCH Mighty MUCHers triumphant once again!
Saturday afternoon was gorgeous for weather and was a fine time for the MCH Mighty MUCHers to play the CJAD Mighty Yuks in a charity hockey game to benefit the MCH Foundation. Led by Captain Saba and Coach Blair Whittemore, the MCH team outlasted the competition by a score of 7-4.

With three lines and two sets of defense, the MCH team played without the use of oxygen or performance-enhancing drugs (despite two endocrinologists on the squad). The CJAD Mighty Yuks were clearly the younger group but proved vulnerable to being out of position.

Goals for the winning team were scored by Boom-Boom Barnes, Silky Smooth Saylor (two), Leave Him Alone Legault, Swisher Saba, Med Student Matt and the opener came from Caput Capolicchio. Goalie Red Light Shaw stopped a penalty shot after Boom Boom tripped a girl one-half his size (but twice his speed, he claimed).  Other contributors to the effort included: Fancy Hands Francoeur, Shifty Shiller, Mucker Mitchell, Jet Speed Johnson, Joltin’ Jednak, Sam “Mommy” Shemie, and the Coach’s son (also named Blair, so no nickname). 

The Mighty MUCHers wish to thank the Mighty Yuks for their hospitality and congratulate them on raising more than $1,000,000 over many seasons to help children’s causes.

Correction: In the previous issue of Chez nous, we reported that “Dr. John Little was recognized for his involvement in a number of charitable fundraising activities, including the Montréal Canadiens Old Timers Hockey Team.” The text should have read that Dr. Little works with the Pointe Claire Old Timers Hockey Club. We apologize for the error.

Thanks from the Quality of Life at Work Committee
The Valentine’s Day Coffee Break event on Friday, February 13, was a huge success.  We want to say a special thanks to our donors whose generosity made this day possible.

Délinoix: chocolates
Cantors: muffins
Sodexho: coffee
IGA Alexis-Nihon: clementines
The MCH Foundation for their continued support

And thank you to everyone who completed the MCH Quality of Life at Work survey. The data from your responses is being compiled and the results and will be published in the next issue of Chez Nous. A big thank you to the helpers and participants alike—it was a fun day for everyone! 
The Quality of Life at Work Committee


On Sunday, March 8, the Radio-Canada (channel 2, cable 4) program "Découverte" featured a news story about the Neonatal Intensive Care team at the MCH on the subject of total body cooling.

On Sunday, March 22, CTV News (channel 12, cable 11) ran an interview with Dr. Franziska Baltzer, Director, Adolescent Medicine and Gynecology Program at the MCH, on the subject of children and adolescents who are victims of sexual abuse in childhood.

The March editon of Quebec Science features an article titled À l’Hôpital de Montréal pour enfants, on guérit des nouveau-nés avec le médicament vedette de la chirurgie esthétique. The article talks about the work of Dr. Sam Daniel, Director of MCH Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, who is using Botox injections to help children who hypersalivate.


Run in support of our young patients!
To all runners, mark Sunday, April 19, in your agendas. The Scotiabank Charity Challenge in support of our hospital awaits you! Come and run either 5 km or 21 km (half marathon) and contribute to the construction of the new Montreal Children's Hospital for the well-being of all our young patients. Each participant has the opportunity to raise money for their race, and each dollar raised brings us closer to our objective: a new MCH, of which construction is due to begin in early 2010.

Visit to register and to learn more. Get your friends and colleagues to support each kilometre you run. On your marks, get set, GO!

The Caring for Kids Radiothon is around the corner
On Thursday, April 30, the talented and dedicated broadcasters from Astral Media Radio’s CHOM 97.7, CJAD 800 and Virgin Radio 96 will host our annual Caring for Kids Radiothon to raise funds for the hospital. +
Classics and Discoveries Concert to benefit the MCH Foundation
From opera to jazz with a stop on Broadway…
Four talented musicians from the MCH— Isabelle Milette, Pascal Comeau, Christelle Jacquet and Luke Quin—will join a group from the West Island Conservatory of Music to perform a number of beautiful and well-known pieces in an evening of song to benefit the MCH Foundation.

Don’t miss this special event!
Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m.
St-Joachim Church, 2 Ste-Anne St., Pointe Claire (at the bottom of Cartier Ave.)
Tickets: $10 (phone 514-428-5080 to reserve)
Sign up today to take part in ‘Pedal for Kids’
The 18th edition of ‘Pedal for Kids’ will take place from June 8 to 12, 2009. In order to plan the number of bikes required for hospital staff, we need to receive all registrations by the deadline of April 30. A minimum of $325 in pledges is required to reserve each seat. If you’re not able to raise that amount on your own, get together with colleagues in your department and choose the athlete who will pedal for you.

Send your name, department name and telephone number to either:

The Happy Gang Team: Terry Séguin (24307) or Louise Martin  at 22332

The Multi-Disciplinary Group Team: Antoinette Angelini (22280) or Nathalie St-Pierre (22215).

Pilates for employees - Spring session
A new session of Pilates at the MCH begins the week of March 30. Do something good for yourself and enroll today!
Sign up for one or both of the following classes:
Mondays starting March 30, 2009, or Wednesdays starting April 1, 2009, from 5:00-5:55 p.m. for 10 weeks
Men and women are welcome
$100 for one session per week (10 classes total)
REGISTRATION: Contact Karen @ 514 489-7717
Take a Step to De-Stress
The MCH Quality of Life at Work Committee lunch walks are back this spring to help you manage your daily stress.

These group walks are 30 minutes long and will be held twice a week. Suggested times are: Monday from 12:25 to 12:55 p.m., and Thursday from 1:25 to 1:55 p.m. (times can be flexible). The meeting point will be at the front entrance of the hospital on Tupper St.

Over a four-week period, we will explore four different routes: The Gladstone Route, The Busy Buzzing Route, The Charming Route and The Challenging Route! The idea is to walk one route per week covering the four different itineraries over a month’s time.

You can tailor this opportunity to fit your needs and schedule. Come when you can and when you feel like it – once a week, twice a week or once in a while.

You can also bring a friend or two. You can walk with the group or behind the group, walk with your friends or make new friends. Our aim is for you to get outside, breathe and stretch while meeting people, having fun and benefiting your mind and body.

Info: Martine Nagy, ext. 24442

MCH staff @ work
Meet some of your MCH colleagues. +


Dr. Micheline Ste-Marie receives CMA honourary membership
Congratulations to Dr. Micheline Ste-Marie, MCH Associate Director of Professional Services, who recently became an honourary member of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). +


MCH Respiratory and Anesthesia Services Manager keeps things cooking
Pina Diana always seems to have a smile on her face. When you enter her office and see the family photos and beach scenes on her wall and screensaver, you get a sense of what she’s like: happy, family-centered and a sun-loving goddess! +