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Jan 17, 2018

Dr. Lynn Megeney’s research team found that the protein cardiotrophin could repair heart damage and improve blood flow in animal models of heart failure. Sharon MacDonald’s parents taught her to finish what she started. But living with heart failure has taught her a different philosophy. “Pace yourself,” said the 68-year-old Ottawa resident. “If you can’t finish what you start, don’t worry about it. Take a rest first.” Like many patients with heart failure, MacDonald’s heart […]

Jan 10, 2018

Clinical Research Coordinator Nancy Tremblay takes blood samples from a patient as part of the clinical trial. When John Henry spent three weeks cycling across Great Britain last summer, he didn’t need to take along a three-week supply of antiretroviral pills for HIV. Instead, Henry receives an injection once every eight weeks. “Replacing daily pills with something that is injected and slowly released into the body – it amazes me that it’s possible, but it […]

Jan 3, 2018

His colleagues use words like “humble,” “compassionate” and “inspiring” to describe a man who many view as larger than life. This photo essay offers a glimpse into a day of rounds with Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull at some of Ottawa’s shelters and hospices. After nine years as Chief of Staff at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull retired on Dec. 31 from hospital life to spend more time helping Ottawa’s most vulnerable populations. As medical director […]

Dec 20, 2017

In recognition of his efforts to improve life-saving skills and services, Dr. Justin Maloney received the Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General Julie Payette in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Dec. 12. Through the Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation, Dr. Maloney has ensured that more than 3 million students have received CPR training. Photo courtesy of the Governor General’s office. For more than 30 years, The Ottawa Hospital’s Dr. Justin Maloney has been a leader […]

Dec 13, 2017

Clinical Manager Maureen McGrath (right) and Clinical Care Leader Katelynn Carroll are proud of their 7 East nursing team. Ian Asquith doesn’t miss being in the hospital for two months with a perforated colon, but he does miss the special nurses on 7 East at the General Campus, who he nominated for the annual team nursing award because they bring to life The Ottawa Hospital’s core values of compassion, respect, teamwork and quality. “Personal warmth […]

Dec 6, 2017

Baby Abigail was born at 22 weeks’ gestation, weighing barely over a pound. In the isolette, a tiny, week-old baby lifts her index finger-sized arm. Baby Abigail weighs 498 grams – barely over a pound. She was born four months early, at 22 weeks, 6 days’ gestation. Extremely premature babies like Abigail are at high risk of dying, regardless of medical intervention, and of having neurodevelopmental and other physical disabilities. A few years ago, those […]

Nov 30, 2017

The bright colours and natural light in the new Special Care Nursery create a peaceful environment for patients and their parents. Some of The Ottawa Hospital’s smallest patients have a new home. The Special Care Nursery at the Civic Campus recently moved into a new space, just across the hall. Not only does this new nursery provide a safe, quiet environment for these little patients, but it also offers parents more room and privacy, as […]

Nov 22, 2017

Baby Avalina Sousa was born at 24 weeks and spent her first 127 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Ottawa Hospital is renovating its current NICU facilities at the General Campus to give each baby a separate room. Sarah and Lorenzo Sousa were happily expecting their second child. Sarah Sousa was 24 weeks pregnant when she woke up at 1 a.m. on March 23, 2016, with labour pains. Lorenzo bundled her into the […]

Nov 15, 2017

Dr. Xiaohui Zha gained a new appreciation for life while recovering from a stroke. “I realized that if you want to make a difference in the world or in science, you need to do it today, because there might not be a tomorrow.” Dr. Xiaohui Zha was listening to one of her students present at an international research conference in 2015 when she suddenly lost hearing in one ear, and then the other. Although she […]

Nov 8, 2017

Marc-Olivier Deguise hopes to change the way that specialists and researchers think about a childhood muscle-wasting disease called spinal muscular atrophy. Traditionally considered a disease of the nerves controlling the muscles, Deguise found that this condition also affects other organs. He was awarded the hospital’s 2017 top research trainee award for his work. Growing up as an only child with a peanut allergy and a concerned mother, Marc-Olivier Deguise spent a fair amount of time […]