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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.

Photo of a custom, resin-cast checkerboard and pieces made by Tania Scott.
Patient gifts a piece of home to Indigenous Cancer Program

Inuit patients can now see and hold a piece of their traditional territory in the Windòcàge Room at the General Campus, thanks to an interactive gift donated to The Ottawa Hospital by a cancer patient.

Volunteers help customers in the gift shop, La Boutique, at the General Campus
These volunteers turn chocolates and stuffed animals into MRI machines

We all know that a gift has the power to bring a smile to someone’s face. But did you know that the gifts you buy at our gift shops also have the power to help us buy important medical equipment? Our shops are run by a group of fundraising volunteers and staff from The Ottawa Hospital Auxiliary. Here are some other ways their efforts help make meaningful change.

Cindy Gill, social worker with The Ottawa Hospital, and Scott Farrell, primary care paramedic with the Ottawa Paramedic Service.
Mental health professionals and paramedics team up to help people in crisis

Seven days a week, a mental health professional from The Ottawa Hospital hits the road with a paramedic from the Ottawa Paramedic Service. Together, they respond to 911 calls for mental health emergencies across the city. Social worker Cindy Gill and paramedic Scott Farrell share how the Mental Wellbeing Response Team provides quality care for patients out in the community.

Firefighters from Ottawa Fire Services and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staff
Watch: NICU babies and staff receive special Challenge Coins from Ottawa Fire Services

This may be the feel-good video of the year! After helping carry our tiniest patients out of harm’s way on October 27, firefighters return to the General Campus NICU to present staff, families and babies with a special gift.

Internationally educated nurse Renz Jerome De la Cruz working at The Ottawa Hospital
How we’re helping internationally educated nurses return to doing what they love

When internationally educated nurses Marde and Renz moved to Ottawa, they had to go through the Ontario qualification process. Our Supervised Practice Experience Program was a welcome opportunity because it gave them the practice hours needed to become fully licensed nurses in their new home country. So, where are they now? Read this article to find out.

Megan Vitols-Mckay and her dog, Ponyo at Capital Pride.
Loud and proud: The Ottawa Hospital at Capital Pride 2023

“You belong! We belong! Together we are strong!” Come behind the scenes at Capital Pride 2023 to see how we celebrated with the 2SLGBTQI+ community in this super-colourful photo essay.

The city of Iqaluit at sunset
A team from The Ottawa Hospital helps organize first-ever oncology conference in the North

When it comes to cancer treatment, there’s no place like home. This spring, a team from The Ottawa Hospital helped organize Nunavut’s first-ever oncology conference to figure out how to bring oncology care closer to home for patients.

Eleni Georgitsos (left) and Cassandra Thomas (right)
Nursing graduate receives ceremonial pin from her mentor

The Ottawa Hospital is proud to carry on the “pinning” ceremony to mark a nursing student’s transition into the profession. Read this heartwarming story of how one nursing student received a pin from someone very special to her.

Don Wisme
Second Chance: Don’s song for the people who saved his life

Making music has always been a big part of Don’s life, so when the staff and doctors at The Ottawa Hospital saved him from the brink of death, he could think of no better way to thank them.

The Ottawa Hospital’s land acknowledgement sign with artists Simon Brascoupé (left) and Mairi Brascoupé (right) in the foreground
A land acknowledgement that honours the land and the medicines it provides

Visitors to The Ottawa Hospital are now greeted by a prominent land acknowledgement, which has been installed by the main entrances at each of our three main campuses. It is paired with artwork by Simon Brascoupé and his daughter, Mairi Brascoupé, both from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg.

From left to right: Dr. Julian Surujballi, Anya Marion and Patrick Dusabimana
A more intentional approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion

If there is one thing we have learned as an organization, it’s that equity, diversity and inclusion isn’t something you set out to achieve. Rather, it is an ongoing process that requires adequate resources to allow for continuous dialogue, listening – and action.

The pride flag at The Ottawa Hospital
“Stewards of hormones”: Our Gender Diversity Specialty Clinic guides medically complex patients on their affirmation journey

Often, trans and non-binary patients struggle to find health-care providers to support them on their affirmation journey. It is even more difficult for patients with complex medical needs. That’s why we launched our Gender Diversity Specialty Clinic, one of the first of its kind in Canada.

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