It’s back to school for MCH patients too!

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When a child is admitted to The Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), be it for a short or long term stay, they can count on their educational needs being taken care of thanks to the EMSB, which has a team of four teachers assigned full-time there. Three other teachers from the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) work at the hospital as well to provide attention to French-speaking students. “The teachers at The Montreal Children's Hospital really make a difference for our patients who have to be hospitalized for a long period of time,” said Dr. Harvey Guyda, associate executive director of the hospital.
This program, administered by the EMSB, provides educational services to children admitted to the medical wards and those attending the out patient clinics, namely hemodialysis and oncology. Services are provided for the entire range of medical situations, which are treated at the hospital. The school range covers kindergarten to Grade 11, both in regular and special needs programs.
Herb Treffeisen is the veteran of the crew. A native of Philadelphia, he has taught in the Montreal public school system for more than 40 years and spent half of that time at the MCH. He is responsible for high school students in the wards while Robert Ruffolo handles the elementary side. Ruffolo, who has been at the MCH for 15 years, recently had to take some time off and retired teacher Christina Zarebski-Gasior stepped in. Peter Tsatoumas and Dan Novak work with students on the psychiatry wards as part of the IPAS (Intensive Psychiatric Assessment Service) program.
The CSDM teachers are Phillippe Proulx, Sylvie Dubuc and Katy Desrochers. For complete details on this wonderful service and plans to create a virtual classroom please go to