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Juravinski Cancer Centre

699 Concession Street Hamilton, ON L8V 5C2

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McMaster Children’s Hospital

1200 Main St W Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5

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Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre

325 Wellington St N Hamilton, ON L8L 0A4

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West End Clinic/Urgent Care Centre

690 Main Street West Hamilton, ON L8S 1A4

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Every smile has a story

When Karen Reis found out she was pregnant with her second child in the fall of 2019, she and her husband were blissfully unaware of the challenges that were to lie ahead. Not only did the pandemic reach Canada a few months later, but they also received an in-utero diagnosis for a craniofacial abnormality. “We...

Mike VanNetten - Discharge from RRC
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A remarkable relay: How one team is striding for healthcare heroes

Mike VanNetten nearly lost his life to COVID-19. In April 2021, the 45-year-old chicken farmer from Simcoe caught the virus and his health quickly deteriorated. “Mike was always such an active and healthy person,” recalls Mike’s wife, Sarah. “It was tough seeing him so weak in bed, completely unresponsive.” The original fundraising goal for the...

managing COVID anxiety
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Coping with an uncertain COVID future

Just when it looked like the pandemic’s end was in sight, along came the fourth wave —  and with it rising swells of frustration from both vaccinated and unvaccinated Canadians. “Today: no mask, no entry. Tomorrow: no vaccine, no job; Someday soon: no microchip; no rights,” read a sign waved by an angry protester greeting...

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Broken heart can’t stop HHS patient from voting in federal election

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) patient David Veri has voted in every federal election since he was 18 years old. So when Veri, 58, found himself in HHS’ Hamilton General Hospital (HGH) this month for an extended stay after heart surgery, he wondered how he would manage to vote in the Sept. 20 election. “I believe...

45-year employee Lori Pokoradi
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Variety brings satisfying 45-year career for HHS nurse

During her 45-year career at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), registered nurse Lori Pokoradi has helped patients manage everything from labour pain to chronic pain. “I started my career in labour and delivery,” says Pokoradi, now a charge nurse for the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic, located at HHS’ McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC). Variety: the...

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Health Tips

Eating Healthy with M2P – Back to School Berry Chia Pudding

This year’s back-to-school experience is understandably filled with varying emotions for many parents and their children. The last two school years have been largely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with classrooms either being closed due to outbreaks or in-person learning being shifted to remote learning. As elementary and high school students return to the classroom,...

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Health Tips

Tick bites and Lyme disease

Just like other insects, ticks will bite – and one type of tick can carry and transmit an infection called Lyme disease.

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Health Tips

Eating for better sleep

By: Sarah Shpurko, dietetic intern at Hamilton Health Sciences Current Public Health Agency of Canada sleep recommendations encourage 7-9 hours of sleep for adults ages 18-64, and 7-8 hours for adults age 65 and over; however, many of us are not getting enough. Shift work, busy schedules, stress and the environment we sleep in all...

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Updates

Pregnant? The time is now to get your COVID vaccine.

We tell pregnant people to be careful of everything they put in their bodies, from alcohol to sushi to soft cheese. And then when the COVID-19 vaccine first came out, it hasn’t specifically been tested on pregnant people so there was a delay in offering it to them. Of course people are hesitant. But the...

Don't delay care
Updates

The other side of COVID-19: Fewer emergency visits and more missed appointments

Even during the pandemic, it’s important for parents to keep up with their children’s routine medical appointments and to bring them to the emergency department if they are seriously unwell. Experts at McMaster Children’s Hospital remind parents to seek medical attention as appropriate. During the first two waves of the pandemic, visits to McMaster Children’s...

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Media Room , Updates

Hamilton’s COVID-19 Testing Centres increase capacity to meet community need

HAMILTON, ON – With an increase in daily COVID-19 cases, demand for testing and anticipation of increased volumes in September as students return to school Hamilton’s COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centres are increasing capacity to meet the needs of Hamilton residents. Yesterday, the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Mountain COVID-19 Testing Centre located at Mohawk College...

Stories

Every smile has a story

When Karen Reis found out she was pregnant with her second child in the fall of 2019, she and her husband were blissfully unaware of the challenges that were to lie ahead. Not only did the pandemic reach Canada a few months later, but they also received an in-utero diagnosis for a craniofacial abnormality. “We...

Mike VanNetten - Discharge from RRC
Stories

A remarkable relay: How one team is striding for healthcare heroes

Mike VanNetten nearly lost his life to COVID-19. In April 2021, the 45-year-old chicken farmer from Simcoe caught the virus and his health quickly deteriorated. “Mike was always such an active and healthy person,” recalls Mike’s wife, Sarah. “It was tough seeing him so weak in bed, completely unresponsive.” The original fundraising goal for the...

managing COVID anxiety
Stories

Coping with an uncertain COVID future

Just when it looked like the pandemic’s end was in sight, along came the fourth wave —  and with it rising swells of frustration from both vaccinated and unvaccinated Canadians. “Today: no mask, no entry. Tomorrow: no vaccine, no job; Someday soon: no microchip; no rights,” read a sign waved by an angry protester greeting...

Our People

Introducing a principal trainer for Project Odyssey

Much like Project Odyssey itself, Mohannad ‘Mo’ Abusamhadaneh’s journey to becoming an Epic certified principal trainer is one for the ages. Project Odyssey is Hamilton Health Sciences’ (HHS) two-year venture to implement Epic, a state-of-the-art electronic hospital information system that will keep the organization at the leading edge of health care, research and innovation. Abusamhadaneh...

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Our People , Stories

Emergency doctors stepped up beyond the hospital during pandemic

“Emergency doctors at HHS have a ‘can-do’ attitude — for whatever is needed,” says Hamilton Health Sciences’ (HHS) Chief of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Kuldeep Sidhu. More than 50 emergency department (ED) doctors work at HHS. Many have been the first point of contact for people seeking hospital care for COVID-19 symptoms. “ED docs stepped up,...

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Our People

Nursing at HHS an “absolute dream” with lots of opportunity

Nurse: patient, kind, resilient professional who is trained to care for others; a superhero At Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), the nursing profession is at the heart of the care team. We employ over 4,000 nurses across the province’s most complex and comprehensive healthcare system. Our nurses provide specialty care throughout the entire life cycle, from...

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