Health PEI Snapshots

Picture of Joan and Gerard Adams“This makes it someone’s job”   

Joan Adams’ family had planned their holiday in Nova Scotia for a long time. “We had started talking about it during COVID, but we wanted to wait until we all felt safe,”  ...

 


 

People standing in a circle and showing the socks on their feetQ&A: What’s with all the funny socks?   

On June 3, you might have seen a little flash of colour at the ankle of some Health PEI employees. We asked JD Gilmour, Health PEI’s occupational health and safety officer, about where all those colourful socks came from and what the Socks4Docs initiative is all about ...


 

Conor Mullally with Fern Silva, an Adult Outreach Registered Nurse with Community Mental Health EastHelp along the way   

Conor Mullally’s journey with mental health is a long one with many stops along the way, but it’s one he’s not afraid to talk about ...



 

Picture of Ann Millar, Health PEI Stroke Navigator“Life gets flipped upside down. Sometimes people just need guidance.”   

Ann Millar knows first-hand what it feels like to have your life flipped upside down. Thirty years ago, her mother was given a life-altering diagnosis. In the difficult weeks ahead, one of the big hurdles was navigating the health care system ...

 

Picture of Dr. Megan Armstrong at the Kinlock Medical Centre“There’s a better way to do health care. We need to work together.”   

The patient medical home model is working at the Kinlock Medical Centre.  Four years ago, a group of Charlottetown-area doctors came together for a meeting ...
 

 

Picture of Dr. Trina StewartIn the spotlight: Dr. Trina Stewart   

“I don’t know if there was ever a time in my life when I wasn’t thinking about being a physician,” said Dr. Trina Stewart, a family physician in Summerside. “I grew up in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. When I was in Grade 11, I sent letters to medical faculties all over Canada and the U.S. I even sent one to Columbia, for goodness’ sake,” she added with a laugh ...

 


Audiology Services“It’s a breathtaking difference”   

With a second provincial audiologist, wait times are dropping dramatically. Kaitlin MacKay remembers all too well the stress of being PEI’s only provincial audiologist ...

 

 


Picture of Jillian Mosher“It was worth it, even for that one person”   

Public Health Nursing goes out of its way to accommodate everyone’s needs for vaccination. We know vaccines are important, but for some people, the vaccination clinic itself is so intimidating or scary, it can be a serious barrier ...

 

 


Liah and Jumana in front of the QEH holding care packagesSaying “thank you” to health care workers   

Liah Mah and Jumana Elshami had a great idea. The Grade 11 students from Charlottetown Rural just needed to find a way to make it happen ...

 

 


Nurse caringly looking at senior Patient Experience Week Q&A   

April 25 to 29 is Patient Experience Week! What exactly do we mean by “patient experience”? What is “patient and family-centred care”?  Kim Bustard, the Patient Experience Manager for Health PEI, sat down to answer these and other questions for Patient Experience Week ...
 

 


Kaley Knox, Mental Health and Addictions Patient Navigator Someone on your side  

Working as a counsellor at Community Mental Health and Addictions in Montague, Kaley Knox could see firsthand how difficult it can be for people to find the help they need. When she saw the job posting go up for the provincial Mental Health and Addictions Patient Navigator for Health PEI, she knew this would be a position that would make a difference ...

 


QEH, Unit 3 Staff“We didn’t have time to be scared.”  

“For a long time, it felt like all the training we did to get ready for COVID was for nothing,” said Chelsea Chessman, the patient care coordinator of Unit 3 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). “But when the omicron variant started to spread, we could see this was going to become our problem pretty quickly.” ...

 


Link Morgan at the beachThe Social ABCs: support for families while awaiting autism assessment  

Rachel Morgan’s three-year-old son Link has always been a good communicator. He’s just not much of a talker. Link and Rachel Morgan“Oh, he has no problem letting you know what he’s thinking!” said Morgan with a laugh from her home in Miscouche. “We taught him sign language when he was a baby, and he picked it up easily. He’s quite clever ...
 


Leon Robinson walking on a trailCardiac Rehab Program: “I feel like I was given another chance at life” 

Leon Robinson figured he wasn’t having a heart attack. The 74-year-old Charlottetown man woke up early one Saturday morning last May. He and his wife were going shopping for a new car that afternoon, so he decided to clean out the old one. As he vacuumed the seats, he felt a burning in his chest and arms ...

 


Dr. Rosemary Henderson and her dogColorectal cancer screening: it could save your life  

Screening for colorectal cancer works. Just ask Dr. Rosemary Henderson. “There’s no doubt about it,” she said. “The screening program caught my cancer so early, my entire journey with cancer was a minor inconvenience that lasted a few months. It could have been so much worse.” ...
 

 


Betty MacDonald, Pharmacy Procurement Officer Vaxed on PEI? Better thank Betty

Betty MacDonald may not think of herself as a hero, but her boss sure does. “There is no doubt in my mind,” said Alicia McCallum, the temporary pharmacy manager for Health PEI’s Provincial Pharmacy Services. “When I think of unsung heroes of the pandemic, I think of Betty MacDonald. People need to know about her.” ...
 

 


Women's Wellness Program and Sexual Health Services Clinic"I knew right away this place was different” 

Joelene Spencer wasn’t sure what she would find when she arrived at the Women’s Wellness & Sexual Health Services clinic in Charlottetown. A walk-in clinic doctor had prescribed Nexplanon, a new type of birth control which is implanted in the upper arm ...
 

 


St. Eleanor's House“They’re the dream team up there.” COVID-19 outbreak at St. Eleanor’s House declared over

Handling an Omicron outbreak well is a challenge for any health care facility or unit. But when the outbreak occurs in a facility like St. Eleanor’s House, which works with men who need support following addictions treatment, it takes adopting a new set of skills and procedures quickly and effectively to stop the spread ...

 


Dr. Jason Chan standing in front of the Charlottetown Cough and Fever ClinicWhat do I do if I have COVID-19?

A COVID-19 diagnosis can be a scary experience. It’s even scarier if you’re not sure where to turn for help. Dr. Jason Chan and Dr. Trina Stewart, co-leads of the Cough and Fever Clinics at Health PEI, answered some questions about how to access care when you have COVID-19 ...


 


JD Gilmour, Health PEI Occupational Health and Safety Officer sitting at his desk working on his computerHealth PEI staff find help at the COVID-19 Wellness Hotline

Jennifer Bartlett-Bitar was in a tight spot. It was Friday, Jan. 7. The first major winter storm of the season was approaching Charlottetown with forecasts of up to 40 cm of snow. The storm was just starting when her son received the text. “My son was a close contact of a case of COVID-19,” said Bartlett-Bitar ...

 


Angela Carragher, Physiotherapist - Health PEI SnapshotCanadian Physiotherapy Associations Centenary Medal of Distinction Award – Angela Carragher

Health PEI physiotherapist Angela Carragher has been recognized by a national professional association for excellence in her service to Islanders. The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)  created the centenary Medals of Distinction in 2020 to celebrate the association’s 100th anniversary. The centenary ...

 


Evangeline Health Centre - Health PEI SnapshotPrimary Care Collaboration in Wellington

Collaboration between physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses is driving quality care and provides more access to patients in need at the Evangeline Health Centre. Recently, a unique collaborative clinic on PEI has opened to decrease wait times and improve access to care for Islanders. The Evangeline Health ...
 

 


Mary Laura Coady - Health PEI SnapshotNavigating Patients to Available Medical Services

After moving to PEI and leaving her New Brunswick family doctor and specialists behind, Jill McDougall had concerns about maintaining her health and navigating the health care system on PEI. While on the wait list to receive a family doctor, Jill’s NB specialists required follow up testing but did not know where to start ...
 

 


Tranquility - Health PEI SnapshotParents managing anxiety and depression through Tranquility

A new research project is providing parents access to tools to cope with anxiety and other mental health concerns. For parents across PEI, learning how to adapt during a pandemic has not been easy. COVID-19 has provided unique demands and challenges for parents as they manage several roles – parent, teacher ...

 

Published date: 
July 28, 2022
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