Bold new strategy sets the future path for Kingston Health Sciences Centre

In early 2016 Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital announced plans to create a new academic health sciences centre that would bring together the operations of the two hospitals. As a result of that announcement Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) became the official integrated organization, bringing together the KGH and HDH hospital sites.

To help shape the vision for our new health sciences centre, everyone who works, learns, volunteers, partners with and receives care at KHSC was challenged to dream big and help map out what the future of KHSC could be.

KHSC joins international study looking at aortic valve surgery

Patients with aortic valve disease have a new option for treatment at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. The treatment approach, first used at Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s (KHSC) Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site in 2016, involves a keyhole surgery to replace a diseased valve with a new prosthetic one that needs no stitching to keep it in place.

Blues times two: OPP officer does double duty as KHSC volunteer

Dave Canty is no stranger to wearing blue after 28 years with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and now three years as a volunteer at the KGH site of Kingston Health Sciences Centre.  For him, the colour serves one simple but important purpose:  it’s an icebreaker.

Thanks to his OPP blues, Dave has packed almost three decades of helping strangers in his back pocket, a skill that helped him make a smooth transition when he first pulled on a blue volunteer vest to lend a hand to the Hospital Elder Life Program and Information Desk at KGH.

Serious illness conversations benefit patients with life-limiting illness

Beginning a conversation with patients diagnosed with a progressive life-limiting illness is challenging, distressing and unsettling for the patient, their family, caregivers and health care providers.  However, having these conversations has been shown to have tremendous benefits for patients and results in improved quality of life.

From molecules to populations and back: KGHRI clinician-scientists highlight translational medicine at Queen’s

Health research is entering an exciting new phase at Kingston’s academic and medical research institutions, and three clinician-scientists from the KGH Research Institute have taken to the airwaves to talk about it.

Drs. Stephen Archer, Paula James and Mark Ormiston were recently profiled on Blind Date with Knowledge, a new Queen’s radio program highlighting Queen’s University research.

Special event honours those who gave the gift of life

Outside the chapel in the Kidd 2 hallway of the Kingston General Hospital site, there is a special glass wall  that changes a little bit every year. Known as the Organ and Tissue Donor Memorial Wall, it recognizes those who pursued the opportunity to give others the gift of life through organ and or tissue donation.

Twice a year the Critical Care team hosts an intimate event where the friends and families of donors are invited to return to the hospital to place the name of their loved one onto the memorial.

KHSC team first to find possible cause of delirium

A new study out of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) is helping to shed some light on a serious but often misunderstood health condition. Delirium has been shown to have critical long-term impact on the most seriously ill patients, but still has no known cause.

For former KHSC patient Robert, the first sign that something wasn’t quite right was when he began noticing fruit flies in his home. However, he was the only member of his household to see them.