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Finding information about your health shouldn’t be complicated. Healthy Tomorrows is a collection of health stories, insights and tips from experts at The Ottawa Hospital to help you and your family live healthier lives.

Theresa Brideau (left) and Josianne Gagnon
Type 2 diabetes: Are you at risk?

Type 2 diabetes is a serious health condition that affects nearly two million Canadians (and rising), but there are actions you can take today to reduce your risk. Our experts offer evidence-based tips on how to support your body’s blood sugar balance system and keep yourself healthy.

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A dietitian’s not-so-common tips for healthy eating on a budget

Food prices are on the rise, and many people are feeling the pinch. Mistralle Brouillard, a registered dietitian at The Ottawa Hospital, offers some tips on how to eat well on a budget – and some reassuring words to those who feel like they might be missing the mark.

Trina Onofrio, living kidney donor, and her brother, Antonio
Becoming a living kidney donor has never been easier: Trina and Antonio’s story

Kidney donors like Trina usually face many months of tests, but a new program at The Ottawa Hospital allowed her to complete nearly all of them in just one day. Trina shares her experience as a living donor and how this new program made it easier to give her brother the gift of life.

Baby Alya
The Ottawa Hospital administers world-first in-utero treatment for rare genetic disorder

Before Ayla was born, she had already made history. Last year at The Ottawa Hospital, she received a world-first in-utero treatment for Pompe disease, a rare genetic disorder that had taken the lives of two of her siblings. Now 17 months old, Ayla is healthy and happy.

From left to right: Mary Lowery, Lina Tripudio-Comba, Trevor Bell, Cecile Kershman, Chantal Dewar, Ranjeeta Malik.
Staff, physicians, volunteers celebrated at The Ottawa Hospital’s Long Service Awards

In this day and age, it’s rare to see an employee stay at the same organization for five years, let alone 30 or more. This year, The Ottawa Hospital recognized more than 1,900 employees at its Long Service Awards. In celebration of everyone receiving an award this year, we bring you the stories of six Long Service Award recipients.

The General, Civic and Riverside Campuses
A look to the future: Six innovations coming to our campuses

As we set out to build one of the most advanced hospitals in the country, we’re often asked what we have planned for our existing campuses. From installing new equipment to opening long-term care homes, we have a number of projects in the works to enhance and expand our world-class services at all our locations.

Stefan Mayer
After 31 years of service, Stefan Mayer will soon hang up his blue volunteer jacket

For more than 30 years, volunteer photographer Stefan Mayer has captured important moments at The Ottawa Hospital, from awards ceremonies to newborn photos. Soon to turn 97, he will leave behind an incredible legacy when he retires from his volunteer career with us later this fall.

Dr. Marco Solmi, Dr. Gayatri Saraf Dr. Saumil Dholaki, Dr. Anne Mary Abe
Our mental health team is growing to meet the need for better access to care

We hear it almost every day: people in our community need better access to mental health care. The Ottawa Hospital has recruited 20 new psychiatrists since October 2020 to meet this ever-growing demand. In this article, meet four of our new team members who have come from around the world.

Gary Davis and Pierre Charbonneau
Former patient seeks out the man behind “the voice”

During a vulnerable time in his recovery from leukemia, Gary Davis found comfort in the most unexpected place—the voice on our recorded telephone system. Five years later, he set out on a mission to find and meet the person on the other end of the line.

Pride rainbow mask
How patients and family members are helping to infuse pride into The Ottawa Hospital’s DNA

Learn about four initiatives spearheaded by our Rainbow Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) that are helping to create safer spaces for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

A patient sitting in a chair talk to her health-care provider
How to talk to your doctor: Tips to make difficult conversations a little easier

Do you ever feel nervous about talking to your doctor? A doctor and a patient advisor from The Ottawa Hospital share practical tips to help make difficult conversations a little bit easier.

Dr. Andrew Seely
Made-in-Ottawa tool helps decide when critically ill patients can breathe on their own

Over the past two years of the pandemic, more Canadians than ever have required mechanical ventilation to help them breathe. The Ottawa Hospital is the first hospital in the world to evaluate an innovative medical device that uses artificial intelligence to predict when critically ill patients are ready to breathe on their own.

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