A Year in photos

News / General
By Matthew Manor / John Periera

Our favourite images from 2018

Each year, KHSC's editorial team works to find and tell stories about the people, as well as the amazing care that takes place at our KGH, Hotel Dieu and satellite sites.

As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and a feature of our storytelling are the images we capture to illustrate our everyday actions, significant moments and exciting breakthroughs. Of the more than 20,000 pictures we took in 2018, these are some of our favourites.

KHSC is #HumboltStrong

On April 12, 2018, staff, patients and family members joined thousands of other healthcare providers and first responders from all over the country in wearing hockey sweaters to show support for the community of Humbolt, Saskatchewan as they mourned the loss of 16 community members following a tragic bus accident involving their local hockey team. Here a group of patients, families, staff and physicians show off their team colours. Photo by Matthew Manor/KHSC.

A real-life superhero

On August 2, 2018, staff in the pediatrics unit and throughout the hospital prepare for the arrival of our superhero window washers from Elite Window Cleaning to appear outside their hospital room windows. On this day, the father of one of our pediatric patients became a true superhero, dressing up himself and then carrying his child to the window of the common room so she could participate in the exciting visit. Read more about our annual Superhero Day. Photo by Matthew Manor/KHSC.

A special guest

On November 20, 2018, Chair & Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario on Improving Healthcare & Ending Hallway Medicine, Dr. Ruben Devlin (R) met with KHSC President and CEO Dr. David Pichora (L) and various others throughout the organization to learn about how we are working to transform healthcare in southeastern Ontario. Photo by Matthew Manor/KHSC.

Our people

On on August 23, 2018, as KHSC was preparing to launch a new strategy to guide our organization, the Strategy Management and Communications team assembled a group of 15 individuals, including a patient and family member, to visually represent everyone who works, learns, and contributes to our goal of transforming care, together. Learn more about our new strategy, mission, vision and values. Photo by Matthew Manor/KHSC.

A special visit

On August 22, 2018, a patient at our KGH site mentioned to his care team that one of his final wishes was to spend time with a horse - and true to form, the care team organized a special surprise, working with Kingston Police to bring 'Murney' by for a visit outside of our main Kidd/Davies entrance. Photo by John Pereira/KHSC.

Code Silver

On November 19, 2018 the unthinkable happened in our Emergency Department and a Code Silver was declared at KHSC's KGH site. The following day, on November 20, 2018, Dr. David Messenger, Head of Emergency Medicine (at the podium) participated in a media conference at Kingston Police headquarters to provide further details on the shooting. Read more about our Code Silver response in a message from our CEO Dr. David Pichora. Photo by Matthew Manor/KHSC.

Sharing the cancer experience

Each year in the fall, members of the Cancer Care team at KHSC assemble with those from our community who have been touched or affected by breast cancer. This past year, BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day took place on October 23, 2018 at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts as health care providers and patients gathered to share support and stories in hopes of inspiring and improving the lives of those still fighting. Here one of our patients speaks to the crowd about her experience with breast cancer. Read more about BRA day. Photo by Matthew Manor/KHSC

A special delivery

March 20, 2018 marked the official arrival of two new birthing tubs in the Labour and Delivery unit at the KGH site of KHSC, offering mothers-to-be the option to of an in-hospital water-birth or water therapy for pain control. The tubs were made possible thanks to a donation from the Lions Club of Kingston and allow for more choice during labour for women such as the mother pictured above with her midwife. Read more about the tubs. Photo by Matthew Manor/KHSC.

All eyes

Watching over both sites of KHSC is no small task. Approximately 60 Protection Services staff members provide support, protection and other types of security services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. Here Kaylee McIntee and Jozanne Middleton work in the Security Operations Centre at our KGH site. In December the team was awarded with humanitarian medals from G4S Canada for their work. Read more about the award. Photo by: Matthew Manor

That special touch

KHSC Physiotherapist Kyle Vader shares a smile and special moment with a patient as they work together on their care and rehabilitation plan in the Chronic Pain Clinic at our Hotel Dieu Hospital site on June 14, 2018. Read more about our Chronic Pain clinic. Photo by Matthew Manor/KHSC.

A life changing first

2018 was the year for a number of remarkable achievements at KHSC - one of which was launch of our new live donor kidney transplant service. This milestone was the result of tremendous efforts by numerous people working together to bring better patient care closer to home. In the photo above surgical teams in the foreground prepare a kidney for transplantation while the team in the background closes the donor patient's incisions. Read more about the Live Donor Kidney Transplant program. Photo by Matthew Manor/KHSC.