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May 9, 2018

St. Joe’s Hamilton implements internationally recognized Safewards program

Patients often come to hospitals at a vulnerable point, sometimes in distress. The unfamiliar setting combined with unknown faces can cause feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and even tension. Krystal Rioux, the Charge Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, works to connect with patients quickly to build a relationship of understanding.

“We know that speaking with each patient within a specific time frame after they arrive on our unit can ease tension before it builds,” Krystal explains. “Also being mindful to remove medical jargon from the conversation can relieve confusion.”

That building of respect and connection between patients and staff is part of an internationally recognized program called Safewards, implemented in St. Joe’s Mental Health and Addictions Program. It focuses on building the therapeutic relationship between staff and patients and creates a purposeful path for everyone to work together to make the environment safer and more welcoming for patients, staff and visitors.

Derek Stokke, a Registered Nurse and project lead for the program implementation, explains that Safewards is a model of care designed to promote collaboration and decrease potential confusion and misunderstandings. The model takes into consideration a variety of themes and situations that patients and staff are influenced by and, in turn, identifies key strategies to mitigate tensions that may arise.

A welcoming conversation between a nurse and patient can help to alleviate anxiety by providing information and updates of the process while in hospital, such as who the patient will speak with and how long the stay might be. Derek explains that this conversation is part of St. Joe’s culture of respect upon which Safewards is built.

Krystal notes: “It is important that our expectations place a great focus on respect – for patients, families, and our staff.”

Derek explains that the Safewards model is made up of a number of modules, all of which encourage staff and patients to work together. Patients take a very active lead role in some modules, such as one called ‘discharge messages,’ in which patients leaving the unit provide messages of support and encouragement for those being admitted.

Derek says that the many elements throughout the Safewards model are now found as common practice and conversation on the units, a sign of the collaboration and purposeful approach taken in every unit since its implementation over a year ago.

To learn more, visit stjoes.ca/safewards.

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May 8, 2018

Our nurses are the heart of Hamilton

May 7th to 13th we celebrate National Nursing Week and the big role registered nurses, registered practical nurses, and nurse practitioners play across St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. From the bedside to the boardroom, our nurses advocate for...

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May 4, 2018

St. Joe's Spiritual Garden now open

When you're looking for an oppotunity to get outdoors, enjoy the warmer weather and fresh air, the Spiritual Garden at Charlton Campus is just a few steps away.  Originally opened in June 2005, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton Spiritual...
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May 3, 2018

It’s going tibia OK – St. Joe's celebrates National Physiotherapy Month

May is National Physiotherapy Month — time to celebrate, promote and show appreciation for our hardworking Physiotherapists, Physiotherapy Assistants, Administrative Staff and Researchers. Physiotherapy is the treatment to restore, maintain and make...

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May 3, 2018

The Hidden Heroes of St. Joe’s

When we think of organ and tissue donation, the staff who are involved that we tend to think about first are the surgeons, doctors, nurses, and Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) coordinators who are directly involved in the patient’s care. While...

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Apr 20, 2018

Video tour of St. Joe's energy conservation efforts

It’s easy to make one of our newest employees smile. Commit to turning off your office lights at the end of the workday and that’s enough for Mike McKnight to flash a 100-watt grin. As Energy Manager, he’s responsible for improving how...

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Apr 17, 2018

Filling a void that familes aren't always able to

Pictured above: Heather Ready, Volunteer, left, and patient Mike Gilroy, right When Heather Ready retired six years ago, she wanted to do something more for the community. She got involved in many programs initially but quickly decided to focus her...
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Apr 10, 2018

Living a new ‘normal’ as an organ recipient

Forgetfulness, loss of appetite, high blood pressure, and the feeling of being tired all of the time was something that Christine Stone experienced as sudden symptoms. It wasn’t long after feeling these symptoms, along with shortness of breath,...
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Apr 9, 2018

Need A Doc? St. Joe's and partners launch campaign to help people find a doctor

  We’re fortunate to live in a city with such a wide array of medical services and medical specialties. Unfortunately, some of these services are underused, while others struggle to keep up with demand. Our hospital emergency departments (EDs)...
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Mar 28, 2018

WEEK 3: McMaster students design, build and activate innovation for St. Joe's ICC program

Pictured above: Winners of the first Integrated Comprehensive Care (ICC) program Innovation Sprint with judges and organizers of this inaugural competition McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Health System partnered to have 30...

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Mar 23, 2018

Public sector salary disclosure list 2017

March 23, 2017  The Ontario government today released its Public Sector Salary Disclosure list for 2017. St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton believes in public transparency. View the Public Sector Salary Disclosure List for 2017 here.
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Mar 21, 2018

On the Job with Leigh Wilson

Dr. Leigh Wilson is a Business Development Manager, Life Sciences at the McMaster Industry Liaison Office. In this role, she helps researchers to commercialize their inventions by partnering with companies and government organizations. Leigh spends time...
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Mar 19, 2018

From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Our new statue of St. Joseph at the West 5th Campus

St. Joseph is now overlooking the West 5th Campus of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. A new statue of St. Joseph has been placed in the south-east, second floor outdoor alcove of the West 5th building. He holds the infant Jesus in his arms. The...

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Mar 16, 2018

WEEK 2: McMaster students design, build and activate innovation for St. Joe's ICC program

Pictured above: McMaster University students/Alumni problem solving on Day 2 of the Innovation Sprint McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Health System are partnering to have 30 undergraduate students, graduate students and Alumni from a...
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Mar 12, 2018

Dr. Kevin Smith named new President and CEO at University Health Network

Dr. Kevin Smith will be stepping down as President & CEO, SJHS and Niagara Health (NH) effective May 21, 2018, after 23 years of distinguished service with St. Joseph's Health System, and seven years with Niagara Health.  Dr. Smith has accepted...

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Mar 10, 2018

McMaster students design, build and activate innovation for St. Joe's ICC program

Pictured above: McMaster University students/Alumni diving into the first day of the Innovation Sprint learning about St. Joseph's Health System's Integrated Comprehensive Care (ICC) Model. McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Health...
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Mar 9, 2018

Special delivery: Surprise miracle comes in threes

The stuffy nose and fatigue seemed to Lotoiya Ranger like the start of a simple cold. She left work, stopped at a store for cough syrup and went straight home to bed. In the early hours of the next morning Lotoiya woke to feelings unlike any routine cold....
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Mar 9, 2018

Hiring Fair: St. Joe's is looking for Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs)

  Are you an experienced Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)? Join us on Tuesday, March 27 between 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Level 2, Conference Centre, Block B, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s West 5th Campus in...

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Mar 5, 2018

There's a domino effect to discovering your health profile

Headed into her first health profile assessment, Ashley didn't know what to expect. She felt like she was out of her element, a bit nervous and wary of unwanted pressure, demands or fees. "I've always been curious to have this done but stayed away," said...

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Feb 28, 2018

#PinkItForward: Put a block on cyberbullying

Bullying has become a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. With the rise and rapid change of digital technology, there has been an increase of cyberbullying. In honour of #PinkShirtDay, St. Joe’s Youth Wellness Centre aims to...

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