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21.09.2016

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada Opens its Pediatric Simulation Centre

State-of-the-art training centre gives health professionals opportunity to learn and practice skills and re-enact emergency situations

 

The ultimate goal is to enhance quality of care and patient safety

 

Montreal, Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – His name is José. He’s a dummy, literally. José is the mannequin or, more accurately, the high-fidelity, junior-patient simulator that mimics a wide range of conditions, from a healthy, talking child to an unresponsive, critical patient with no vital signs. The patient simulator is just one of many training tools to be found in the newly opened Pediatric Simulation Centre located on the 2nd floor of Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada. It is changing the way health professionals are trained and will ultimately enhance quality of care and patient safety.

The Centre delivers high-fidelity, realistic simulations for surgical, medical, nursing, respiratory therapy and allied health practitioners. It offers a safe, realistic environment, allowing health professionals and students to increase their knowledge, hone their skills, and practice teamwork in the context of realistic patient scenarios. The Pediatric Simulation Centre at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only such centre in the Shriners’ network of 22 hospitals.

“Modern medical education requires novel teaching modalities. Medical simulation has become an integral part of any modern health care curriculum,” says Reggie Hamdy, M.D., Chief of Staff, Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada. “Our goal is to promote excellence in pediatric health care in a family-centered environment by using medical simulation to improve the knowledge, skills, and behaviour of health professionals and establish a culture of continuous professional development. Our intent is to become no less than a nationally and internationally recognized centre of excellence in pediatric medical simulation.”

Practice makes perfect

In addition to José, the simulator that represents a six-year-old boy, the state-of-the-art centre comprises several dedicated rooms for simulation-based education and training. It includes a multipurpose surgical skills lab, with six surgical stations with retractable booms with suction, and hospital-grade air with six radiolucent adjustable beds.

Traditionally, surgical skills have been acquired in the operating room (OR). The complexity of surgical procedures and the premium placed on surgical time have increased. So, rather than taking up precious OR time with teaching, surgical residents can now acquire and perfect their skills in the surgical skills lab. 

“The surgical skills laboratory is revolutionizing surgical training,” says Jean A. Ouellet, M.D., Medical Director of the Pediatric Simulation Centre.  “Using computer simulators and virtual reality technology, as well as specially designed procedure models, surgical residents learn a wide array of surgical skills.

At the instructor’s station, high-fidelity cameras film, record, and transmit the teacher’s directives to the other five surgical stations where students replicate the teacher’s moves. Surgeries can also be broadcast live from the OR and transmitted via secure server to the surgical skills lab and/or the two designated conference rooms.

All health professionals will benefit

“The educational activities we are hosting and developing are based on the educational needs of our health professionals,” says Dr. Ouellet. “We will ensure that we have faculty trained in medical simulation from all disciplines and specialties; including pediatric orthopaedics, pediatric surgery, anesthesia, nursing, and respiratory therapy. This, in turn, will improve the quality of patient care and patient safety in a family-centered environment.”

Inter-professional training sessions are being held in the Pediatric Simulation Centre and in clinical settings such as the operating room, patient rooms or even the hospital cafeteria.  Training sessions may involve José or actors who participate in scenarios that help health professionals learn how to deal with various situations, such as how to calm an anxious parent, how to talk and interact with children of different ages or how to ensure a patient education session is effective. Over the next few months, as the Centre ramps up, simulations will increase progressively.

Key partnerships

There is a growing demand for simulation-based activities to be integrated into the curriculum for residency training, maintenance of skills for current practitioners, nursing training and training in the use of new devices and surgical techniques. Many of the medical specialties have integrated simulation into their curriculum to teach residents. Schools of nursing have developed simulation education modules to teach their students and for professional development for those already in practice. This work will be encouraged through partnerships with McGill University and the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre.

“Simulation plays an essential role on campus in McGill’s new undergraduate medical curriculum, as well as in its other professional health programs,” says Sam Benaroya, M.D., Associate Vice-Principal and Vice-Dean (Health Affairs), McGill University. “In an increasingly complex environment that is continually being enhanced by new knowledge pedagogy and technologies, simulation ensures students learn to deliver the highest quality, safest care in a setting that presents zero risk to the patient. Bringing simulation into the clinical setting represents a major step, and we look forward to working with Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada and the Pediatric Simulation Centre to build on the educational opportunities it offers.”

Generous funding from Kingston District Shine Club of Rameses Shriners

“This is a proud day for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada and the Shriners network. We are very grateful to the members of the Kingston District Shrine Club who are Rameses Shriners.  They donated so generously to the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign in support of the construction of the Pediatric Simulation Centre,” says Gino Berretta, Chairman of the Hospital’s Board of Governors. “Thanks to their generosity, for years to come health professionals can practice medical emergencies and real life-saving procedures that improve safety and the patient experience.”

“I applaud everyone who worked so hard over the last five years to organize fundraisers in support of the Pediatric Simulation Centre,” says Al Berry, Potentate of the Rameses Shriners of Toronto. “I would also like to sincerely thank the members of the Kingston Shrine Club and the late Wilhelmina F. Winney, and her late husband. Several years ago, Mrs. Winney donated a sizable portion of her estate to the club. I believe she would be proud, as we all are on this prestigious day, to know that she contributed greatly to the construction of the Pediatric Simulation Centre which will benefit health care professionals, patients, and their families for decades to come.”

Training the next generation of health professionals

“The centre illustrates the dedication Shriners International attributes to its mission of training future generations of health professionals,” says Brandt Bede, M.D., Hospital Liaison with the Board of Trustees, Shriners Hospitals for Children. “I congratulate everyone who helped realize the Pediatric Simulation Centre.  It provides a safe environment where confidence and competence can be continuously enhanced and where the true beneficiaries will be the young patients in our care.”

 

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About Shriners Hospitals for Children®- Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals. The others are located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada, thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

 

B-roll available upon request.

For more information:

Emmanuelle Rondeau, Communications & Marketing Manager Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, erondeau@shrinenet.org, 514-282-6990

Lisa Dutton, lisa@communicationsshout.ca, 514-264-6514

 

31.08.2016

Check out the September edition of e-Orthopedik newsletter

In the September edition of e-Orthopedik, we celebrate athletes and athletics. Plus, Chantal Janelle, M.D. talks about how to prevent and treat sports injuries. You can also find out about Habs star Brendan Gallagher's awesome softball tournament held in support of the hospital. 

Download the e-Orthopedik newsletter here.

10.08.2016

Habs Star Forward Brendan Gallagher Hosts 2nd Annual Charity Softball Game Benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Montreal Canadiens star forward and local Vancouver hockey favorite Brendan Gallagher hosted his 2nd Annual Celebrity Softball Classic benefitting Shriners Hospital for Children® - Canada on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, B.C.

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Many of the National Hockey League’s bright young stars joined him on the roster including Milan Lucic (Edmonton), Lance Bouma (Calgary), Morgan Rielly (Toronto), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg), Shea Weber (Montreal), Nate Beaulieu (Montréal), Josh Gorges (Buffalo) and Sam Reinhart (Buffalo) as well as former NHLers Paul Reinhart and Dave Babych.

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All proceeds were donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada.

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Gallagher is not only a star on the ice. To young patients at Canada Shriners Hospital; he’s become their personal star, having come to the Montreal-based hospital to meet and encourage them several times. “After taking a tour of this national hospital and meeting some patients and staff, I decided that more Canadians needed to know how wonderful this hospital is and what great work they do,” said Gallagher.

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Indeed the Habs star’s annual softball game seeks to raise both funding and awareness for Canada Shriners Hospital, a national pediatric hospital specializing in orthopedic and neuromuscular disorders such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy.

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If you'd like to support Brendan's goal of raising funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, please click here.

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A little boy ran onto the field during play. Brendan and his team "adopted" him for the evening!

For more information:

Emmanuelle Rondeau

Communications & Marketing Manager            

Shriners Hospitals for Children®- Canada

C: 514-207-1057

erondeau@shrinenet.org

01.08.2016

Patient Jeffrey, 17, Completes Ultra-Challenging Spartan Race to Prove Disabilities Do Not Equal Limitations

 

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17 year old Jeffrey, a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada since the age of 5 months, was born without a right hand or right foot. But that hasn't stopped this young man who wants to prove that disabilities do not necessarily mean limitations. He has now completed his goal: a Spartan Race “Trifecta”, after finishing a gruelling 22 km “Beast” at Owl’s Head, in the Eastern Townships, Quebec. Spartan Races are among the most challenging obstacle courses in the world, usually on mountainous terrain, making them that much more exhausting. Usually only elites do the “Beast”, but Jeffrey was determined to complete it in order to get his “Trifecta” medals (a Sprint (5 km), a Super (13 km) and a Beast (21 km). “I want to show people – those with disabilities and those without – that you can do so much more than you think you can,” says Jeffrey. “I’m also doing this to raise $10,000 for Canada Shriners Hospital,” he continues. “Without their help, I wouldn’t be in a position to do Spartan Races. It’s my turn to give back.” To give to Jeffrey’s fundraising campaign: http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/spartanjeffrey    

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Marc-Antoine Lamoureux (friend), Dany Rochefort (cousin), Patrick Beausoleil (father), Patrice Grenier (uncle), Jeffrey Beausoleil et Selica Sévigny (Spartan Race co-founder)

Jeffrey started the Spartan Race season running a Super in Quebec City and then doing Sprints in Ottawa and Montreal. At the Montreal Sprint, he was joined by fellow patient Spartans Phil and Aurélie and a team of Canada Shriners Hospital employees.

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Our patient Aurélie (who had a leg lengthened by 5 cm two years ago) and friends Manelle, Olivia and Marie-Claire at the Spartan Race Sprint Montreal

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Our patient Phil, born with cerebral palsy, at his 2nd Spartan Race Sprint of the season, this one in Montreal

The Eastern Canada Spartan Races have finished, but there are still races out West. Canada Shriners Hospital is a charity partner of the Calgary Spartan Race Sprint on August 13 and the Red Deer Super and Sprint on September 3 and 4. Join us by volunteering at any of those three races or by running and fundraising for the hospital! The money you raise will go towards helping other kids like Jeffrey, Phil and Aurélie walk, run.. or even complete a Spartan Race! Email moncommunications@shrinenet.org for more information.

Our volunteers are essential to the success of our partnership

Thank you to all of our volunteers who have come to help with Spartan Race tasks or at our tent – often very early in the morning. Your efforts = donations from Spartan Race to help the hospital and all the children we treat. Thank you!

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Our Rameses Shriners volunteers at Spartan Race Toronto

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Our Karnak Shriners from the Eastern Townships club at Spartan Race Quebec

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Our Tunis Shriners at Spartan Race Ottawa

More on Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada’s partnership with Spartan Race

All patients at Canada Shriners Hospital face obstacles: we treat children with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. Our mission is to treat and rehabilitate our patients. Our aim is to convey to them that so much is possible when we put our mind to it.

That’s why, for the second year in a row, Canada Shriners Hospital is a Spartan Race charity partner. Anyone willing to raise a minimum of $200 for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, can get a free entry into the Spartan Race of their choice (adult or junior race) (see our website or Facebook page for details). Why this partnership? Spartan Races challenge participants to make it to the finish line, not necessarily to win. The idea is to help and encourage others during the race, so that everyone can get that coveted “Finisher” t-shirt and medal. Spartan Races have many of the same goals we at Canada Shriners Hospital have: showing compassion, helping others and trying our best to overcome obstacles both physical and psychological. We are using Spartan Races as an example of a challenge kids and adults alike can take on to prove to themselves they can do great things.

For more information: moncommunications@shrinenet.org

In Public Relations:

Caroline Phaneuf, 514-778-5092

Emmanuelle Rondeau: 514-282-6990 or 514-207-1057

22.06.2016

Here is the spring/summer edition of the Orthopedik magazine

  • Meet Mykola who lost part of both legs and an arm when he stepped on a grenade in war-torn Ukraine;
  • Meet Christine Boyle, the new Adminstrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada;
  • Meet some of the generous donors who helped make our new hospital possible;
  • Daphane Brown, a patient in the 1960s says without the hospital she would never have been able to walk.

Download Orthopedik magazine here.

27.05.2016

Three Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada Patients Doing Spartan Races to Prove Obstacles Can Be Overcome

Last year, 17-year-old Jeffrey, a Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada patient, proved that obstacles can be overcome finishing not one but four Spartan Races… with a prosthetic on his right foot and no right hand. “Every race is exhausting, but it is really a question of putting yourself in the right mental space… if I can do it, anyone can,” Jeffrey insists. This year, he will try to go for the “Trifecta” – running a 5 km, a 13 km and a 20 km Spartan Race! Jeffrey says he’ll run races until his team raises $10,000 for our hospital! He has even recruited his parents, grandfather, brothers and friends to run and fundraise with him!

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Jeffrey won’t be running alone. Two more Canada Shriners Hospital patients have been inspired to prove that physical disabilities don’t necessarily mean limitations. Philippe, who’s 18 and has cerebral palsy, ADHD and an intellectual disability, will be challenging himself to a Spartan Race. 14 year old Aurélie will be running a Spartan Race too. She was born with one leg shorter than the other and had to undergo a painful leg lengthening less than two years ago. 

 

Jeffrey, Philippe and Aurélie are also running Spartan Races to raise money for Canada Shriners Hospital. Encourage them and donate to their funds:

http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/spartanjeffrey

http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/SpartanRace_Philippe

http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/SpartanRace_Aurelie

To donate to Canada Shriners Hospital's general Spartan Race fund: http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/SpartanRace2016

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More on Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada’s partnership with Spartan Race

All patients at Canada Shriners Hospital face obstacles: we treat children with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. Our mission is to treat and rehabilitate our patients. Our aim is to convey to them that so much is possible when we put our mind to it.

That’s why, for the second year in a row, Canada Shriners Hospital is a Spartan Race charity partner. Anyone willing to raise a minimum of $200 for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, can get a free entry into the Spartan Race of their choice (adult or junior race).

We’re also looking for volunteers to represent us on Spartan Race days (see below). Why this partnership? Spartan Races challenge participants to make it to the finish line, not necessarily to win. The idea is to help and encourage others during the race, so that everyone can get that coveted “Finisher” t-shirt and medal. Spartan Races have many of the same goals we at Canada Shriners Hospital have: showing compassion, helping others and trying our best to overcome obstacles both physical and psychological. We are using Spartan Races as an example of a challenge kids and adults alike can take on to prove to themselves they can do great things.

To sign-up with our Canada Shriners Hospital Spartan Race team, to volunteer or to become a spokespatient email : moncommunications@shrinenet.org.

 

Where and when are the Spartan Races?

Canada Shriners Hospital is a charity partner in: Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Edmonton, Toronto, Calgary and Red Deer.

June 4 – Quebec City (Stoneham Mountain Resort) – Sprint

June 5 - Quebec City (Stoneham Mountain Resort) – Super

June 18 – Ottawa (Ski Eldelweiss) – Sprint

June 19 – Ottawa (Ski Eldelweiss) – Sprint

June 25 – Edmonton (Oilfield Technical Society Park) - Sprint

July 2 – Toronto (Ski Brimacombe) – Sprint

July 3 – Toronto (Ski Brimacombe) – Super

July 16 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Sprint

July 17 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Sprint

July 30 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Super

July 31 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Beast & Ultra-Beast

August 13 – Calgary (TBD – in Calgary proper) – Sprint

September 3 – Red Deer (Heritage Ranch) – Super

September 4 – Red Deer (Heritage Ranch) – Sprint

For more information on Spartan Races, go to spartanrace.ca

For more information:

Caroline Phaneuf

Public Relations

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

514-778-5092

cphaneuf@shrinenet.org

carolineannephaneuf@hotmail.com

 

Emmanuelle Rondeau

Communications & Marketing Manager

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada

Bureau : 514 282-6990

Cell. : 514 207-1057

erondeau@shrinenet.org

 

26.05.2016

Check out the May edition of e-Orthopedik newsletter

  • Find out the grand total of the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign;
  • Find out how a 9 year oldraised $66-thousand for the new hospital;
  • Hospital administrator CélineDoray says ‘goodbye’ to hospital and discovers retirement;
  • Find out who walked away with the Humour Me Montreal CEO comedy classic trophy.

Download the May edition of e-Orthopedik newsletter here.

19.05.2016

12 year old Mykola, Casualty of War, Gets Care at Our Hospital

12 year old Mykola lost both legs and his right arm when he innocently stepped on an undetonated grenade in his Ukrainian hometown last year on the Russian border. He has undergone several surgeries, is now walking unaided and has received his new prosthetic arm, thanks to Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada.

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His story exemplifies the devastating effects of war on children and families. Yet Mykola’s story has a positive twist as Canadians have come forward to help him. His story would not be the same without Canada-Ukraine Foundation and Canada Shriners Hospital, which provides life-changing orthopaedic care not only to children from this country, but to kids from around the world regardless of the family’s ability to pay.    

Find out more about Mykola's story by watching these news reports:

CTV National News
CTV News Montreal
TVA Nouvelles (French)
The Globe and Mail
Le Journal de Montréal (French)

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has since agreed to pay for all of Mykola’s medical care in Canada, whether it be at Canada Shriners Hospital or at partner hospitals, until Mykola is 21. Canada-Ukraine Foundation has been raising money to pay for Mykola and Alla’s living expenses. They continue to raise money to help fund his care in Ukraine and fund future trips from Ukraine to Canada in order to receive treatment at Canada Shriners Hospital (helpmykola.com).    

11.05.2016

130 million thanks!

Press release

For immediate distribution

 

130 million thanks!

The Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign

is a resounding success

 

Montreal, May 11, 2016 – As the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign comes to a close, the entire Shriners community extends a huge thank-you to its exceptional donors. The Campaign raised an extraordinary $130,650,327, exceeding the goal of $130 million. The funds supported the construction of the new Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada, which opened on October 5, 2015, and the Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research.

“Our goal was not only attained but surpassed thanks to the outstanding leadership of our Imperial Potentate Jerry G. Gantt alongside Richard J. and Carolyn E. Renaud, Peter Letko and Deborah Josephson, M.D., our National Campaign Co-Chairs,” says      Mr. Gino Berretta, Chairman of the hospital’s Board of Governors. “None of this could have been accomplished without the dedication and support of all the business and Shriner volunteers who actively shared our goal to raise funds. Today, we can celebrate the realization of our new "dream" hospital thanks to the overwhelming generosity of over 6,000 donors!”

“Over the past little while, people have been thanking us for volunteering to chair the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign. While it has been an honour to lead this historic five-year initiative, our time as Co-Chairs has shown us that the success of the campaign has been a true collective effort,” says Richard Renaud. “Thanks to every single donor, we were able to construct this beautifully designed and spacious hospital and acquire top-notch medical equipment. Our donors enabled us to open a state-of-the-art research centre which will accelerate discoveries in musculoskeletal disorders. Thanks to all of them, children and families from across Canada, parts of the United States and around the world have access to cutting-edge paediatric orthopedic care.”

“Our new hospital is a beautiful and functional building, one that we can be so proud of within our network of hospitals,” says Dale W. Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “I wish to congratulate our volunteer corporate leaders and staff members who have led the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign to successful fruition.                                                                                                                                  

History of the Exceptional Care for Excetional Kids Campaign

The five-year Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign began in 2011 and launched publically on May 13, 2014. It was the first-ever capital campaign undertaken by the Canada Shriners Hospital and the most successful campaign every undertaken by the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children, which are located in Canada, United States and Mexico.

“With our children and their families in mind, we created a warm and welcoming hospital,” says Imperial Potentate Jerry G. Gantt. “The building itself is beautiful, each floor designed to reflect a different region of Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Great North; each floor is designed to be a place of healing, a haven for the children and families who turn to us for care. But it is much more than a building. It is a place where researchers work side by side with clinicians to find the cause of bone disorders and endeavor to find better treatments and new cures. It is a place where we will offer new state-of-the-art services such as movement analysis and pediatric simulation training. A place where we will focus on improving the lives of the children we treat, the care they receive and the training we provide to up-and-coming healthcare professionals.”  

The construction of the new hospital began in April 2013. The new building is almost three times larger than the former hospital, which was located on Cedar Avenue in Montreal.

The new Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada features a range of new services and technologies including 22 single-patient rooms, four surgical suites including one designed specifically for back surgery and a 200-seat education centre to enhance the hospital’s teaching mission.

Numerous events helped raise funds for the new hospital

Events are part of the success of any fundraising campaign and the Canada Shriners Hospital benefitted from the dedication of many individuals, families and groups who organized walks, dinners and even ran a lemonade stand in support of the campaign.

There were also a number of major hospital fundraising events such as the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada Annual Golf Tournament organized by Gino Berretta, Benito Migliorati Robin Burns, and Michel Poirier. In October last year, Joey and Carmie Saputo were the honorary co-presidents of the dazzling One and Only Ball. And on May 10, National Co-Chairs Richard J. Renaud and Peter Letko made their stand-up comedy debut at the Humour Me Montreal /Fais-moi rire Montréal fundraiser, an event founded by Mr. David Goodman.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children®- Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, The Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

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Note to media: for B-Roll go to Vimeo – password sh15:

First patients:
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Hospital floors :

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Groundbreaking for the new Shriners Hospitals for Children®- Canada!(CNW Group/SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN (CANADA))

 

For more information:

Lisa Dutton
lisa@communicationsshout.ca514-264-6514

Emmanuelle Rondeau
Communications & Marketing Manager Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada
erondeau@shrinenet.org514-282-6990

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photo 2 Gerry Gant

photo 3 Carter Brown

Photo 4 Alyssa Macleod

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09.05.2016

Three of our Patients are Spartans!

Our Patients Prove Obstacles can be Overcome

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Our hospital has three young patients, all in high school, ready to take on Spartan Races this year, proving physical disabilities do not necessarily mean limitations.

We are inviting you to join them and Canada Shriners Hospital-Spartan Race charity team! Whether for a team building exercise or simply as committed citizens, corporate or individual, your fundraising efforts and participation will help more kids walk, run… or even complete Spartan Races!

A little more about our patient Spartans:

Jeffrey

Last year, Jeffrey, now 17 and in secondary 5, proved that obstacles can be overcome finishing not one but four Spartan Races… with a prosthetic on his right foot and no right hand. He has a new goal this year: completing a “Trifecta” – running a 5 km, a 13 km and a 20 km Spartan Race. Jeffrey says he’ll run races until his team raises $10,000 for the hospital! Watch this Spartan Race promotional video featuring Jeffrey to get inspired: https://vimeo.com/152210619

Aurélie

Aurélie just turned 14, is in secondary 2, and was born with a leg length discrepancy. By the age of 12, her left leg was 50 millimeters shorter than her right. She underwent major surgery and eight months of painful leg lengthening. The result? She’s back to all her favourite sports and despite her young age, is challenging herself to an adult Spartan Race this July.

Philippe

Philippe, 18, was born with cerebral palsy. He’s been a patient at Canada Shriners Hospital since he was a baby and has undergone four surgeries and hours of physiotherapy. When 5 years old, Philippe had a selective dorsal rhizotomy and spent two months at the hospital recovering and learning how to walk again. He later had a heal chord extension, a hamstring release and Botox in both legs. The cerebral palsy has also meant an intellectual disability and ADHD, but Philippe has learned to manage it and is challenging himself to a Spartan Race this year.

Join Canada Shriners Hospital’s Spartan Race team!

- Each individual who agrees to raise a minimum of $200 for the hospital gets a free entry into the Spartan Race of his/her choice (junior or adult race).

- Get a free Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada/Spartan Race team t-shirt.

- All funds raised will go to Canada Shriners Hospital and will help us change the lives of children.

- Choose to raise funds individually or as a group.

- Junior Spartan Races are designed specially for kids as young as 4 (5 in Western Canada).

Run for us in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer!

To get your free entry and start fundraising, email moncommunications@shrinenet.org    

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29.03.2016

Overcome Obstacles with Us and Spartan Race!

Want to Help Prove Obstacles Can Be Overcome and Have Fun?

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17-year-old Jeffrey, a Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada patient, proved last year that obstacles can be overcome finishing not one but four Spartan Races… with a prosthetic on his right foot and no right hand. “Every race is exhausting, but it is really a question of putting yourself in the right mental space… if I can do it, anyone can,” Jeffrey insists. This year, he will try to go for the “Trifecta” – running a 5 km, a 13 km and a 20 km Spartan Race. Jeffrey says he’ll run races until his team raises $10,000 for our hospital!

Join Jeffrey and Canada Shriners Hospital’s Spartan Race team!

The goal: have fun!

 

What is a Spartan Race?

A challenging obstacle course, often on mountain terrain. However, the goal is not to win, but simply to finish! You can even get help along the way. Jeffrey had friends helping him with obstacles he had trouble with. Adults can choose from various difficulty levels.

Junior Spartan Races offer kids as young as 4 (5 in Western Canada) specially designed obstacle courses just for them, to get them in the Spartan Race spirit and get them moving outside. Watch this Junior Race promotional video to give you a better idea of what Junior races are like: https://vimeo.com/155003057

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Want to run a Spartan Race and raise funds for Canada Shriners Hospital?

- Agree to raise a minimum of $200 for the hospital and get a free entry into the Spartan Race of your choice (junior or adult race).

- Get a free Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada/Spartan Race team t-shirt.

- All funds raised will go to Canada Shriners Hospital and will help us change the lives of children.

Interested in volunteering?

We need volunteers on each race day. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to give back as Spartan Race will give the hospital a donation for every volunteer (ages 14+) we have. There are volunteering duties suitable for nearly everyone: registration booth (under a tent, seated, must be confident with computers), finish line (giving medals to finishers), course marshalls (encouraging runners along the way and ensuring they do the obstacle properly), among others.

Could you be our next spokespatient?

We’re looking for current or former patients across the country willing to try a Spartan Race (adult or junior race), speak to kids at schools about their Spartan Race goal and become our next media spokesperson! Jeffrey did this last year and spoke at several schools and got media coverage across Canada. This year, it could be you!

Check out this Spartan Race video featuring Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada patient Jeffrey Beausoleil: https://vimeo.com/152210619

To sign-up with our Canada Shriners Hospital Spartan Race team, to volunteer or to become a spokespatient email moncommunications@shrinenet.org.

Where and when are the Spartan Races?

Canada Shriners Hospital is a charity partner in: Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Red Deer.

June 4 – Quebec City (Stoneham Mountain Resort) – Sprint

June 5 - Quebec City (Stoneham Mountain Resort) – Super

June 18 – Ottawa (Ski Eldelweiss) – Sprint

June 19 – Ottawa (Ski Eldelweiss) – Sprint

June 25 - Edmonton (TBD) - Sprint

July 2 – Toronto (Ski Brimacombe) – Sprint

July 3 – Toronto (Ski Brimacombe) – Super

July 16 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Sprint

July 17 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Sprint

July 30 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Super

July 31 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Beast & Ultra-Beast

August 13 – Calgary (TBD – in Calgary proper) – Sprint

September 3 – Red Deer (Heritage Ranch) – Super

September 4 – Red Deer (Heritage Ranch) – Sprint

For more information on Spartan Races, go to spartanrace.ca

To encourage the Canada Shriners Hospital-Spartan Race team, make a donation here. All funds raise will go towards the hospital to help other kids walk, run... or maybe even run a Spartan Race.

11.02.2016

E-Orthopedik

Introducing our new e-newsletter

The Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada is a busy place. We wanted to keep you up-to-date on everything that is going on so we’ve just launched E-Orthopedik.  Our electronic newsletter is filled with tons of information including patient stories, event and fundraising information and hospital news.  The February edition takes a look back at all of the historical events that took place in 2015 including the hospital’s 90th anniversary, the inauguration and opening of the new hospital and the grand opening of the research centre. To take a walk down memory lane and look at the smashing photo albums click http://conta.cc/1SPNOgY.

Also, sign up to receive your free copy of the bi-monthly newsletter by going to exceptionalcare4kids.com and clicking on the Newsletter sign up located in the top right hand corner.  It’s quick and easy. 


04.02.2016

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada named a Montreal top employer

Press release

For immediate distribution

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada named one of Montreal’s top employers 

Montreal, February 4, 2016:  Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada is proud to be named one of Montreal’s top employers for 2016 by Mediacorp who today released the names of the city’s best places to work. This special designation recognizes the hospital as an industry leader in offering an exceptional workplace. 

“Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is an incredible place to work thanks to our employees, volunteers and the Shriners Fraternity. We are like a close-knit family,” says Céline Doray, Hospital Administrator.  “With only 300 employees, you virtually know everyone by name. Thus, when a co-worker needs a little extra help people readily pitch in.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada provides specialized orthopaedic care to children from across Canada, the northeastern United States and around the world.  Some of the common conditions treated include:  scoliosis, brittle bone disease, clubfeet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy.  Many of the children in our care face significant challenges, yet they remain undaunted and courageous. Their resilience and love of life inspires every employee, doctor and researcher to do everything possible to help these infants, children and teens reach their full potential.

“The hospital is being distinguished as one of Montreal’s top employer’s thanks in part to its special culture; its generous education and training opportunities; and its exceptional recognition initiatives,” says Laurence Steck, Director of Human Resources.  “We are proud of our collegial work environment where every employee can thrive and can achieve their goals.”

Now in their new facility, in 2016, the Canada Shriners Hospital will be increasing its activities which will lead the hospital to hire additional staff.

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More about Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

For more information:

Emmanuelle Rondeau 
Communications & Marketing Manager
W: 514-282-6990
C: 514-207-1057
erondeau@shrinenet.org

Anyone interested in applying for a position at the Canada Shriners Hospital can send an e-mail to recruitment@shrinenet.org.



18.01.2016

Students Urged to Overcome Bullying

Children with physical disabilities are twice as likely to be bullied, impacting their educational, physical and emotional development.[1] Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has therefore joined the fight to stop bullying with its #CuttheBull campaign and is touring schools to help get the message out that bullying is never okay.

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Jeffrey with students at Roslyn School in Westmount, Quebec after the presentation. He's accompanied by Caroline Phaneuf, public relations and Trudy Wong, social worker, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, as well as Principal Nick Katalifos.

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada says #CuttheBull:

 

SPEAK OUT against bullying when you see it.

HELP someone being bullied by offering support.

REACH OUT to someone who is alone.

IGNORE a mean comment by walking away.

NOTIFY an adult if you don’t feel safe.

ENCOURAGE kindness with a smile.

REFUSE to tease when others do.

STAND PROUD because you won't bully. 

 

Canada Shriners Hospital patient, 17-year-old Jeffrey Beausoleil, is the star of our bilingual school tour, speaking to students about his bullying experience. Born without a right hand or right foot, Jeffrey was bullied due to his physical differences. Kids began calling him names when he was in grade one – something he was forced to deal with until grade nine. In grade seven, the bullying turned physical one afternoon after school, as he was beaten up by a group of boys. Through it all, Jeffrey turned towards his friends, parents, principal and teachers and sought help. “I blamed myself for a long time,” Jeffrey admits. “But I realized that I don’t have to change for them. They should learn to accept me. I now know that if I can overcome bullying, I can overcome anything… but it took a lot of people helping me to realize that.”

 

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Did you know that 75% of people say they have been affected by bullying?[2] Or that in 85-88% of bullying episodes, peers are present and when they have the courage to stand-up for the victim, the bullying stops within 10 seconds in the majority of cases?[3]

 

Children and adults alike are encouraged to visit CutTheBull.org and see how they can help create a more positive, accepting environment for kids living with disabilities. Supporters can also share their anti-bullying stories and purchase #CutTheBull t-shirts, with proceeds going to Shriners Hospitals for Children to provide life-changing care to kids.

 

Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada has also partnered the ZONED Comic Contest and are encouraging kids and teens to participate. Those of all ages are asked to write about a bullying experience or a superhero brave enough to prevent or stop bullying using non-violent means. The winner gets their story drawn as a comic book by Marvel comics!

 

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The cover of the first ZONED comic book.

 

The second ZONED comic book will be launched at Shriners Hospital in Montreal at the end of February – stay tuned for more info!

 

To learn more about the ZONED Comic Contest go to zonedcomics.com

To view a video about Jeffrey overcoming physical obstacles at a Spartan Race, click here.

 

[1] National Bullying Prevention Center, www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/students-with-disabilities/

[2] Prevnet, http://www.prevnet.ca/research/bullying-statistics

[3] Prevnet, http://www.prevnet.ca/bullying/facts-and-solutions

 

16.12.2015

Rene St-Arnaud, Ph. D.

Following an international search 
Montrealer René St-Arnaud, Ph. D. is appointed
Director of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada Research Centre
and First Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research

Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of René St-Arnaud, Ph.D. as Director of Research and the inaugural Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research.  Dr. St-Arnaud is leading a new growth phase in the history of Canada Shriners Hospital’s Research Centre as he, along with seven investigators and their teams recently moved into a well-planned, spacious and inspiring facility on the 5th floor of the new hospital.

“I am extremely honoured to have received these two appointments. It is particularly poignant to be the inaugural recipient of the Francis Glorieux endowed Chair not only because this is one of the most prestigious academic appointments achievable, but also because Dr. Glorieux is my mentor,” says Dr. St-Arnaud. “I am forever in his debt. He recruited me twenty-six years ago and has been amazingly supportive of my research. When I started my independent career, he generously introduced me to the leaders in our field of research, which led to numerous opportunities for scientific collaboration.”

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The $3-million endowed Chair, established at McGill University and based at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada is amongst the highest distinctions awarded to a scholar in recognition of past and potential original academic contributions. The endowment was made possible thanks to the generous donors who have supported the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Capital Campaign. Donors include private companies and foundations as well as Shriners from across Canada and the North-Eastern United States. Today, representatives from Al Azhar Shriners (Calgary, Alberta), Khartum Shriners (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Mazol Shriners (Newfoundland and Labrador) who collectively donated more than $555,000 towards the Chair proudly represented their region and fellow Shriners.

This is the first endowed Chair in the history of the Shriners Hospitals for Children -Canada. It was established in honour of Francis Glorieux, O.C, M.D., Ph.D., a brilliant scientific leader whose tireless effort and devotion have helped children around the world. Dr. Glorieux served as Director of Research at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada for 37 years until his semi-retirement. This endowed Chair represents a new permanent financial resource to advance the research, teaching, and care of patients.

“McGill is proud of its longstanding association with the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, which has spanned four decades,” says Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of Medicine at McGill. “Today, we are delighted to install Dr. René St-Arnaud as the inaugural Chair named in honour of Dr. Francis Glorieux, the Shriners’ first researcher.  We are confident that under his leadership the Shriners Hospital will continue to conduct ground-breaking research for the benefit of the children and families we serve.”

 Studying metabolic bone disease

Dr. St-Arnaud’s field of scientific research is preclinical models of metabolic bone disease or disorders of bone strength, usually caused by abnormalities of minerals (such as calcium or phosphorus), vitamin D, bone mass or bone structure. He studies bone at the cellular level to better understand the mechanisms involved in the initiation and maintenance of bone and mineral metabolism with the goal of developing efficient drug therapies that will improve the quality and density of bone tissue. Such treatments would benefit numerous patients, particularly those with fractures and low bone mass, such as patients with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease).

Committed to pioneering research

The Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada Research Centre has a history of documented success in bedside-to-bench and bench-to-bedside research in genetics of metabolic bone disease. The research program has generated several major breakthroughs, patents and benchmark protocols, including:

-The world’s standard of care in the medical treatment of children with osteogenesis imperfecta;

-Breakthrough treatment for an inherited form of rickets now adopted globally;

-The only exclusively pediatric bone sampling and analysis laboratory (histomorphometry) in the world allowing for both research and diagnosis of rare diseases;

-Fassier-Duval rods used to reinforce long bones in legs and arms; rods inserted through minimally invasive surgery extend as the child grows and are now the standard in more than 56 countries worldwide.

“In 1989, I recruited Dr. St-Arnaud to the Canada Shriners Hospital and I have had the pleasure of working with him for over 16 years,” says Dr. Francis Glorieux, founder of the hospital’s research program. “Dr. St-Arnaud is an exceptional leader with proven experience. He will guide the centre’s team of dedicated scientists as they continue to make discoveries that will change treatment methodologies and improved the lives of countless children suffering from debilitating bone disorders.”

New research centre and new equipment

At the new Research Centre the team of investigators will build on this tradition of excellence. The 29-thousand square foot facility occupying an entire floor of the new hospital offers twice as much space as at the legacy hospital. It houses eight spacious laboratories allowing the hospital to include researchers who were working off-site as well as welcome new investigators.  Each lab has access to tissue culture facilities and ancillary rooms for bench top equipment and microscopy, allowing scientists to fully utilize their research laboratory space.

A much-welcomed new addition to the research centre is a microcomputed tomography scanner (micro-CT), the most advanced in the McGill network.  It provides high-resolution, three-dimensional images of bone allowing researchers to determine the outcome of their experimental treatments. Previously, Shriners researchers rented time on a lower resolution micro-CT in another research facility.

“This will be a game changer for us. We used to rent time on a micro-CT in another McGill lab. Staff lost a lot of time travelling and waiting for test results. Now, we will have at our fingertips, 24/7, a machine that will provide us with top-notch images. We are quite excited about this new piece of equipment,” says Dr. St-Arnaud. Additional platforms that will be established at the Research Centre include functional loading equipment to study the response of bone tissue to applied forces.

About Dr. St-Arnaud 

Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. St-Arnaud earned his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Université de Montréal and his Ph.D. in Physiology from Université Laval. He then trained as a PostDoctoral Fellow at University of Ottawa and at State University of New York in Stony Brook. He holds cross-appointments as a tenured Full Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Human Genetics at McGill University, where he is also cross-appointed to the Faculty of Dentistry.

He holds seven US patents and has published 120 peer-reviewed articles and 41 book chapters or conference proceedings. He has supervised 41 graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, of which 24 were international.

Dr. St-Arnaud was awarded the Fuller-Albright Young Investigator award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the Outstanding Investigator Award in the Bone Field from the International Bone and Calcium Institute, and the Excellence Award from the Foundation for Research on Children’s Diseases.

About Dr. Francis Glorieux

Francis H. Glorieux’s, O.C., M.D., Ph.D., career at Shriners Hospitals for Children spans 42 years of firsts. Dr. Glorieux, a trained Belgian pediatrician, came to Montreal to complete his doctorate and discovered a fascination for medical research. Richard Cruess, C.C., M.D., then recruited him to establish the first research laboratory in the system at Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada in 1973. In that first year, the hospital’s research staff consisted of Dr. Glorieux and one research assistant, armed with a budget of $150,000, where today the Research Centre’s funding stands at $4 to $5 million with a staff of 50. Dr. Glorieux’s research over the last four decades has been nothing short of groundbreaking. He mapped out the gene responsible for vitamin D-dependent rickets type I and developed a hormone replacement therapy. Further research led to adapting the use of existing osteoporosis medications on children with brittle bone disease, discovering several more types of the disease in the process. From his graduate work under Charles Scriver, C.C., MDCM, he established a treatment program for Familial Hypophosphatemic Rickets which, 35 years later, remains the standard of care for this condition worldwide. Together with Dr. St-Arnaud, he mapped out and cloned the gene responsible for vitamin D-dependent rickets type I and developed a hormone replacement therapy. Further research led to adapting the use of existing osteoporosis medications on children with brittle bone disease, discovering several more types of the disease in the process.

Academically Dr. Glorieux’s published works have had an important influence on a generation of researchers, having published more than 31 book chapters and more than 232 articles in leading scientific journals, including the Neuman Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and Honorary Doctoral Degrees from the Universities of Amiens and Lyons. In 2004, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his outstanding contribution to Canadian society.

30.11.2015

A Victory for Milan on #GivingTuesdayCA

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Six weeks is not a long time to learn how to use your legs after a surgery that puts you back to square one. But the first inpatient at our new Canada Shriners Hospital building, 4-year-old Milan Biasotto, made remarkable progress in such a short amount of time. “He could walk with his walker or quad canes before the surgery,” explains his physiotherapist Chi-lan Tran. “But he was “scissoring” (crossing his legs), was on his toes and couldn’t keep his knees straight. Now, five weeks after surgery, he is no longer scissoring, his knees are straight and he puts his heels down while walking,” she continues. “This more normal walking pattern will facilitate walking independently a lot.” See what Chi-lan is describing by watching this video of Milan - before and six weeks after the surgery.

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Milan was born with cerebral palsy and underwent a radicellectomy (cutting nerves in the lower back that cause spasticity or stiffness in the legs). The surgery opens the door to Milan walking independently one day. But intense rehabilitation for six weeks is crucial as once home, Milan will have physiotherapy 2-3 days a week.

“The goal within those first six weeks is to build muscle strength and improve leg functions,” explains Chi-lan. The spastisity can act as strength in cerebral palsy patients and they often haven’t had the ability to produce muscle mass in the affected areas. It means Milan had to build muscle quickly after the surgery to be able to stand, crawl, bike and walk aided by his walker or quad canes.

“Milan is more motivated than many other kids,” admits Chi-lan. “He loves “practicing” like (Montreal Canadiens goalie) Carey Price,” she says. “When he goes on the treadmill or on a stair exercise, he’s so proud when we tell him he’s training like a professional sports player,” she adds with a smile.

“In the first week, he was crawling,” says Milan’s mom Sonia Groleau. By week 5, Milan was already walking with a walker and was down to one quad cane. “That’s really enormous progress,” states Chi-lan. “Those first six weeks are recuperation time. He has years ahead to improve his walking and overall functionality more, but he’s gotten so far in six weeks.”

Indeed, Milan was doing so well, he got to go home early – five days early.

Milan cannesMilan back home in his bedroom

“We’re of course so glad to be home together as a family,” says Milan’s mother. “But as far as a long-term hospital experience goes, this was exceptional.”

“We wanted to offer Milan a better quality of life,” states Milan’s dad, Jean-François Biasotto. “We’re so pleased that it’s looking very positive.”

After having spent money on yourself or friends and relatives on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, put some money to a good cause – our cause – today, GivingTuesday. Donate now

23.11.2015

Read Part 2 of Milan's Rehabilitation, Leading to #GivingTuesdayCA

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How do you motivate a small child to do two hours of physiotherapy, one hour of occupational therapy, one hour of stretching and over an hour of biking each and every day for six weeks after surgery? A motivated patient like 4-year-old Milan Biasotto, the first inpatient at our new Glen site hospital, helps, as do loving and encouraging parents. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada also believes the answer lies in a caring staff determined to make patients and their families feel at home, an inspiring environment geared towards children and well-trained specialists who among other things, know how to motivate children.

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For Milan, Montreal Canadiens star goalie Carey Price is the motivational key. An avid sports fan, Milan wants to do everything his sports hero does. “When Milan gets tired we ask: what does Carey Price do when he gets tired? He continues working. So Milan does the same,” says Milan’s physiotherapist Chi-lan Tran.

Milan was born with cerebral palsy and underwent a radicellectomy (cutting nerves in the lower back that cause stiffness in the legs). The surgery opens the door to Milan walking independently one day. But hard work in rehab is key: “after the surgery, the patient starts from scratch,” explains Chi-lan.

Ten days into his rehabilitation, Milan began sessions in the pool three days a week. “The new pool is lovely and large – great for Milan,” says his mother Sonia Groleau. “He’d work his balance, practice walking in the water and kicking,” she explains. “At first, he had difficulty kicking his legs, but a few weeks in, Milan was pedaling in the water easily,” continues Chi-lan.

Pool overall

Outside the pool, Milan was progressing as well. He was able to get enough strength in his legs to stand-up without being held – just holding on to something. A week after starting in the pool, Milan began walking with his quad canes, supported by Chi-lan. “The intense therapy is so crucial to their progression,” she insists.

Canada Shriners Hospital has always believed that creating a “second home” for our patients and their families is key to a positive rehabilitation. We wanted to keep that home feeling in our new modern building. “For those of us staying a while, the rooms are much better,” says Milan’s mom. “There’s a single bed for parents in every patient room, and it’s actually rather comfortable,” she admits. “We have our own modern bathroom, a flat screen TV with movies – really for a hospital, it’s very nice,” she continues. “Everything is positive: the specialists, the design... and the food is surprisingly good,” adds dad Jean-François Biasotto, who rotated weeks with his wife, staying with Milan.

Patient room

Milan also took a liking to the outpatient waiting room. On the main floor of the hospital, it is shaped and decorated like a hockey rink – his favorite sport. It provided an ideal place for him to do laps on his adapted bike. “He loved going around and around the rink,” admits his mom.

Ambulatory waiting empty

“Being away from home and the rest of our family for so long was not easy,” confides Milan’s mom. “But the staff is so friendly. They’ve become like a second family.”

Canada Shriners Hospital needed a new building to help more kids like Milan lead better and fuller lives. Now we need your help to pay for it. After spending some money on yourself or friends and relatives on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, put some money to a good cause – our cause – on GivingTuesday, December 1st. Donate on GivingTuesday by clicking here.    

16.11.2015

Help kids like Milan on #GivingTuesdayCA

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On October 7th, three-year-old Milan Biasotto became the first inpatient at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada’s new Glen site hospital. Living over 2.5 hours away from the hospital in Montreal, Milan and his mom or dad (they alternated weeks) stayed with us for six weeks as he underwent intense physiotherapy and occupational therapy. His hope: to walk unassisted one day.

 Milan and Dad

Milan was born with a brain hemorrhage at 32 weeks and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This meant stiff legs and an inability to develop a sense of balance. By age 3 he could walk on all fours, for a short distance with a walker or quad canes and bike with his homemade adapted bike. But his parents wanted more for him. “We wanted to give him a chance at being independent one day,” said his dad, Jean-François Biasotto.

Milan was a good candidate for a radicellectomy, a neurosurgery in the lower back that consists in selecting and cutting the nerves that cause the stiffness in his legs. “The surgery has no guarantees, but offers him a chance to progress and will help him with walking,” said his mom Sonia Groleau. 

As in many cases at Shriners Hospitals, the surgery alone wasn’t enough. He has months of rehabilitation ahead of him. But Milan is a motivated little boy with highly encouraging parents and Canada Shriners Hospital is world renown for its expertise in orthopaedics and neuromuscular disorders. Over much of his 6-week stay, Milan pushed through 2 hours of physiotherapy, 1 hour of occupational therapy, 1 hour of stretching and rounds of biking EACH DAY! Walking on his own will take a while, but Milan’s made great strides. Follow Milan’s progress with us over the next three weeks, until GivingTuesday.

After spending some money on yourself or friends and relatives on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, put some money to a good cause on GivingTuesday, December 1st. By giving to Canada Shriners Hospital on GivingTuesday, you’ll help more kids like Milan learn to walk. Donate on GivingTuesday now.    

15.10.2015

New Hospital Opens

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Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada Officially Opens!

MONTREAL, October 5, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Monday, October 5th, 2015, Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada will greet its first patient at its new state of the art and family friendly home at the Glen site. “We are ready to officially open our new hospital to patients,” proudly announces Ms. Céline Doray, Administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada.

“The first patients will be going to appointments in the ambulatory clinic. Our rehabilitation services are also resuming,” explains Dr. Reggie Hamdy, Surgeon in Chief at Canada Shriners Hospital. “The kids will love coming into the ambulatory clinic area as the counters and walls are adorned with over 750 donated hockey sticks and pucks. It’s so important to add some fun, it helps the healing process.”

The first patients will be seen in the hospital’s outpatient clinics. Over the coming weeks, the hospital will be ramping-up activities gradually. “Indeed we did not have to transfer patients by ambulance,” explains Ms. Doray. “As our surgeries and clinics are elective, we had the opportunity to move employees first, giving them extra time to prepare for patients. That being said, hospital staff and doctors have been familiarizing themselves with the new hospital, training on the new equipment and preparing the hospital to welcome patients and families since mid-August.”


An Impressive Past, A Promissing Future

After 90 years at its Cedar Avenue home, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada said goodbye on Friday, September 25th, 2015. “The building served us well, but we needed more space and greater technology, and our new Glen site home provides that and more,” says Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International. “Since 1925, the only Shriners Hospital in Canada has become known as a world leader in research and teaching as well as a model for collaboration with other pediatric centres and Shrine Hospitals. That outstanding record will only improve in our new, modern, facility,” adds Mr. Gantt.
“We’ve made numerous advancements over the past 90 years,” explains Dr. Hamdy. “Our Canadian hospital has become a world leader in treating osteogenegis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), scoliosis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, club feet, chest wall deformities and many other complex or rare bone conditions. I am confident we will see continued achievements over the coming years in this new high tech home.”


More about Shriners Hospital at the Glen Site

The new Glen site building nearly triples the size of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, allowing the hospital to offer more services to an ever growing number of young patients. The 207 000 sq. ft. facility includes 22 single-patient rooms and four surgical suites - including one equipped with an O-arm surgical Imaging System for spine surgery.

As education is one of the pillars of the hospital’s mission, a new Education Centre has been incorporated as well. This new 200-seat conference room, which is equipped with the latest multimedia technology and linked to the operating rooms and surgical skills laboratory, will be a unique training and communications centre.
Generous Community Support

The Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Capital Campaign aims to raise $130-million ($127-million for construction and equipment and $3-million for the Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research). Thanks to the incredible support of the community, we have raised over $124-millon, leaving us just under $6-million to go before Spring 2016 when the campaign ends. A huge thank you to the thousands of individuals and corporations who have contributed so far.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

Information for families and patients

For information about the new hospital or questions, please call our community line
514-282-8548 or email Shrinerscanadainfo@shrinenet.org

You may also visit our website for more details on our move and accessing the new hospital at:
http://shrinersexceptionalcampaign.ca/we-are-moving/

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Information for media

Emmanuelle Rondeau
Communications & Marketing Manager
W: 514-282-6990
C: 514-207-1057
erondeau@shrinenet.org

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Audreanne L'heureux, 10 years-old, is officially greeted as one of the first patients at the new Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada at the Glen site. She is accompanied by her mother, Karina Munoz, and her grand-father, José Munoz. Greeting her are Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International, his wife, Lady Lisa Gantt, Andr Igbhy, architect, Sharon Brissette, Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services, Shriners Hospital foChildren - Canada, Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada and Ms. Céline Doray, Administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada.

Jerry Gantt, Lisa Gantt, Andre Igbhy, Sharon Brissette, Gino Beretta, Celine Doray

The first patients at the new hospital building were officially greeted by: Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International, his wife, Lady Lisa Gantt, Andr Igbhy, architect, Sharon Brissette, Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services, Shriners Hospital foChildren - Canada, Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada and Ms. Céline Doray, Administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada.

Patient Chloe Youwakim and Cast technician Stephanie Thierry

Patient Chlöé Youwakim was also amongst the first patients. She is with cast technician Stephanie Thierry.

Patient Marc-Étienne Pigeon, mere Marie-France Boulet avec Dr Reggie Hamdy

Patient Marc-Étienne Pigeon with his surgeon,  Dr. Reggie Hamdy, Surgeon in Chief at Canada Shriners Hospital, and his mother, Marie-France Boulet.

15.10.2015

Inaugural Ball Surpasses its Fundraising Goal!

 

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Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada’s Inaugural Ball Surpasses Goal and Raises $1.2 million

Montreal, October 4, 2015 – Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada’s Inaugural Ball was a great success, raising $1.2 million, which will go directly towards the construction of the new Glen site hospital. “The ball’s goal was to raise $1 million and we surpassed that,” announced ball honorary co-chair and President and Co-Founder of the Montreal Impact Joey Saputo. “All of that money will go towards the hospital’s capital campaign and will fund Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada’s extraordinary new hospital at the Glen site,” he added.

“This hospital does wonderful things for children and their families,” remarked ball honorary co-chair Carmie Saputo. “Joey and I have been so impressed with this world-renown hospital and have been honored to co-chair the inaugural ball together. We should all be proud to have such a great institution here in Canada.”

“I would like to salute Carmie and Joey Saputo for taking on “The One & Only” Inaugural Ball and for their generosity towards all of the families we help,” said Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. “I would like to thank them for the time, determination and leadership they have shown in making this event such a success,” Beretta continued. “It is clear we need to raise money to pay for our new hospital. But it is important to remember it’s more than a building. To observe a child who could only crawl take their first few steps after surgery and therapy is breathtaking. To see a young adult who is a double amputee dance on Broadway is mindboggling. To meet a nurse who was once a patient herself is a true testimony of the work we do,” he added.

“We consider this new facility the flagship of our network of 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children here in Canada, in the US and Mexico,” said Imperial Potentate Jerry G. Gantt, Shriners International. “As its consruction is financed entirely by donations, the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign is crucial,” he pointed-out. “The campaign’s goal is $130 million and we’re now at $124.4 million, thanks in good part to the ball. Thank you to all our generous sponsors and donors for pushing us closer to our goal, which we aim to achieve by Spring of 2016.”

“The One and Only” ball would not have been such a success without the support of all our donors and sponsors, in particular our Diamond sponsors: Letko Brosseau, Placements Borsa | Famille Elina et Giuseppe Borsellino, Roasters Foundation, Saputo Inc., Fondation Mirella et Lino Saputo and The Rossy Family Foundation, as well as our Platinum sponsors: Carmie & Joey Saputo Foundation and J.E. Hanger Inc. de Montréal. We would also like to thank our Gold sponsors: Broccolini Construction, Giuseppe Monticciolo Senior and Family, MEGA | MATTEL, Placements Benirosa and Power Corporation.

“This inaugural ball has been such a great way to toast the official opening of our new hospital on Monday,” said Ms. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada. “We should all be proud to have an institution offering children from not only Montreal, Quebec and the rest of Canada, but from around the world, ground-breaking care and research in the field of pediatric orthopaedics and related fields.”

More about the Inaugural Ball

“The One and Only” Inaugural Ball took place Saturday, October 3rd at Uniprix Stadium. A champagne cocktail was followed by a five-course meal. The theme of the ball - reminiscent of the founding of Canada Shriners Hospital in 1925 - was Hollywood Glam and many guests dressed for the occasion. The evening’s emcee was Michel Lacroix, known to most as the voice of the Montreal Canadiens. Mr. Lacroix has had a distinguished broadcasting career over the past 35 years on both radio and TV, which has also included as announcer, commentator and reporter at Olympic Games, various World Championships, tennis games at Jarry Park and several other major events in Montreal, as well as on RDS.

Jimmy Vali brought his big band from New York City to keep with the theme and kept the evening moving on the dance floor. Vali Entertainment has earned a worldwide reputation over 50 years for providing superior quality music and entertainment for the likes of parties and weddings hosted by actors Glenn Close and Seth Rogan, author Tom Clancy and former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, as well as highly regarded institutions such as NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The evening’s DJ, Montreal’s own Vito V, ensured guests kept dancing into the wee hours. The DJ, producer and radio host is one of the most sought-after talents in the nation and has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest acts, having even earned a residency with David Guetta at the famous Wet Republic in Las Vegas. He has released four albums and has found big success with singles “Billionaire” and “Live Tonight”. Vito V began his radio career with a syndicated show on Canada’s NRJ radio stations and is now an announcer on Montreal’s most prestigious hit music station, Virgin Radio 96, four nights a week.

 


More about Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensusuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

For information about the new hospital or questions, the general public may call our community line at 514-282-8548 or email Shrinerscanadainfo@shrinenet.org

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Contact:
Caroline Phaneuf
Public Relations, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada
514.778.5092
carolineannephaneuf@hotmail.com
cphaneuf@shrinenet.org

Emmanuelle Rondeau
Manager, Communications and Marketing
514.207.1057
514.282-6990
erondeau@shrinenet.org

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The presentation of the $1.2 million check, from left to right: Imperial Sir Dale Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Shriners International, Mrs. Carmie Saputo, honorary ball co-chair, Mr. Joey Saputo, honorary ball co-chair, Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada and Imperial Potentate Jerry G. Gantt.

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From left to right: Mr. Joey Saputo, ball honorary co-chair, Mrs. Carmie Saputo, ball honorary co-chair and Mr. Michel Lacroix, the ball’s emcee and voice of the Montreal Canadiens.

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Jimmy Vali brought his big band from New York City to keep with the theme and kept the evening moving on the dance floor.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada’s Inaugural Ball was a great success, raising $1.2 million, which will go directly towards the construction of the new Glen site hospital.

14.09.2015

Inaugural Ball

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Carmie and Joey Saputo Honorary Co-Chairs of  Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada’s Inaugural Ball

Montreal, September 15, 2015 – Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada will be greeting its first patient at its new hospital on October 5th and is honoring the occasion with an inaugural ball. “The One and Only Ball will celebrate the exceptional care that this orthopaedic hospital offers to exceptional kids from across Canada and around the world,” says ball co-chair and President and Co-Founder of the Montreal Impact Joey Saputo. “Carmie and I are proud to co-chair this first ever ball for Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada.”

“We have healthy children who have not required the care at Canada Shriners Hospital, but we know several people who have benefitted from this outstanding hospital,” adds co-chair Carmie Saputo. “Sports plays a big role in our lives. The fact that Shriners Hospitals for Children can help some kids – who at first never had hope to walk – play sports or run around with their friends, is amazing. This hospital’s expertise changes the lives of thousands of children every year,” she adds.

“The goal for the ball is to raise $1 million, which will go towards the hospital’s capital campaign,” explains Mr. Saputo. “As the new hospital consruction is financed entirely by donations, the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign is crucial,” he adds. The campaign’s goal is to reach $130 million, which includes $3 million for the Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research and $127 million for construction and equipment. “The campaign is now at $123 million, meaning there is $7 million to go between now and the end of the campaign in the Spring of 2016,” says Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. “I’m confident this ball will help the hospital reach that goal.”

“We are so very lucky to have the one and only Shriners Hospital in Canada right here in Montreal,” says Mr. Gerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International. “We should all be proud to have an institution offering children from not only Montreal, Quebec and the rest of Canada, but from around the world, ground-breaking care and research in the field of pediatric orthopaedics and related fields.”

Special Thanks to our Generous Supporters, Participants and Donors

Our inaugural ball would not be possible without the generous support of all our donors and sponsors. We would like to express a special thank you to our Diamond sponsors: Letko Brosseau, Placements Borsa | Famille Elina et Giuseppe Borsellino, Roasters Foundation, Saputo Inc., Fondation Mirella et Lino Saputo and The Rossy Family Foundation, as well as to our Platinum sponsors: Carmie & Joey Saputo Foundation and J.E. Hanger Inc. de Montréal. We would also like to thank our Gold sponsors: Broccolini Construction, Giuseppe Monticciolo Senior and Family, MEGA | MATTEL, Placements Benirosa and Power Corporation. Thank you to all of the participants and donors that have contributed to this event.

More about the Inaugural Ball

Taking place on Saturday, October 3rd at Uniprix Stadium (two days before the new hospital greets its first patient), the theme of the ball will be reminiscent of the founding of Canada Shriners Hospital in 1925: Hollywood Glam. The evening’s M.C., Michel Lacroix, is known to most as the voice of the Montreal Canadiens. Mr. Lacroix has had a distinguished broadcasting career over the past 35 years on both radio and TV, which has also included as announcer, commentator and reporter at Olympic Games, various World Championships, tennis games at Jarry Park and several other major events in Montreal, as well as on RDS.

Jimmy Vali and his band from New York City will be going back in time to the ‘20s in their repertoire to keep the evening moving on the dance floor. Vali Entertainment has earned a worldwide reputation over 50 years for providing superior quality music and entertainment for the likes of parties and weddings hosted by actors Glenn Close and Seth Rogan, author Tom Clancy and former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, as well as highly regarded institutions such as NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The evening’s DJ will be Montreal’s own Vito V: DJ, producer and radio host. Vito V is one of the most sought-after talents in the nation and has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest acts, having even earned a residency with David Guetta at the famous Wet Republic in Las Vegas. He has released four albums and has found big success with singles “Billionaire” and “Live Tonight”. Vito V began his radio career with a syndicated show on Canada’s NRJ radio stations and is now an announcer on Montreal’s most prestigious hit music station, Virgin Radio 96, four nights a week. 

More about Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensusuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

For information about the new hospital or questions, please call our community line at 514-282-8548 or email Shrinerscanadainfo@shrinenet.org

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Contact:

To donate to the Inaugural Ball, for more information or to purchase tickets, please call Emmanuelle Rondeau at 514-207-1057.

 

Media contact:

Caroline Phaneuf
Public Relations, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

514.778.5092
carolineannephaneuf@hotmail.com

cphaneuf@shrinenet.org

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13.09.2015

Dedication Ceremony

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Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Officially Opens New Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada!

MONTREAL, Aug. 20, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Over 2000 people attended the Shriners Hospitals for Children®- Canada dedication ceremony this afternoon and watched as Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Shriners Hospitals for Children® leadership cut a huge red ribbon officially opening the Montreal-based facility. Also present were Quebec Health and Social Services Minister Mr. Gaétan Barrette, M.D., Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, , Mme. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada, Mr. Normand Rinfret, Director General and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, Mr. Dale Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International and many other dignitaries. Patient representatives helped make the grand opening and hospital tours poignant. 

The new hospital is modern, bright and spacious. The 207 000 sq. ft. facility allows the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada to provide infants, children and young adults with state-of-the-art care and rehabilitation in a warm and friendly environment.  It features a realm of new services and technologies including 22 single-patient rooms, four surgical suites including one designed specifically for back surgery and a 200-seat education centre to enhance the teaching mandate as well as the care offered to current and future patients.


 

To view a video of the new Shriners Hospital, click here: https://vimeo.com/139741391  password: sh15

To watch the dedication ceremony in its entirety, click here: https://vimeo.com/139250744


 

Highly specialized pediatric orthopaedic care

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada provides full investigative, therapeutic and rehabilitation services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital treats patients in need of complex pediatric orthopaedic care for disorders such as osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), scoliosis and spinal deformities. It also cares for patients with neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy. In addition, the hospital's highly skilled health care providers help children with limb length discrepancies and those who need reconstructive hand or plastic surgery. Other areas of specialization include the treatment of metabolic and heritable bone, rheumatology and urology diseases.

The project was completed on time and on budget and was overseen by André Ibghy Architects Inc. and a construction committee composed of representatives of Shriners International and the Montreal hospital.  The conventionally financed facility was built by SNC-Lavalin.

Home away from home

From the reception area to the recovery room, the hospital sets new standards in pediatric orthopaedic care, surgery, research and teaching.  The hospital includes numerous new features such as an ambulatory care infusion room in which children with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) can receive drugs intravenously and an operating room equipped with an O-arm surgical Imaging System for spine surgery. This system gives surgeons unprecedented two- and three-dimensional images of the patient's anatomy making the placement of surgical rods and screws more precise.   

High tech with a human touch

The new hospital was designed with a deep understanding that it will be a home away from home for several of the children and families served. Many of them will have travelled from across Canada, the northeastern U.S. and from around the world for treatment. The overarching objective was therefore to make the facility welcoming and friendly. To this end, each floor features the colours and attractions of a different region of Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Artic. Whimsical touches are found throughout. In the reception area, iconic maple leafs float down from the ceiling. The inpatient rooms located on the fourth floor have a beach theme with huge murals of sand castles and lights shaped like portholes. Also on the fourth floor, the Child Life Department has an under-the-sea theme with a huge sea life mural and lights that look like bubbles lazyly floating to the ceiling.  The Child Life Department also features a classroom with a huge picture window and an impressive view of the Montreal skyline and Mount Royal. There is even an indoor zen garden bathed in light where parents can enjoy a few minutes of quiet respite. The building's interior design is bright and airy, with a generous amount of large windows and several skylights inviting natural light deep into the heart of the structure. Altogether, this creates a unique healing and caring environment. 

The six-floor building located on Décarie Boulevard punctuates the west end of the MUHC Glen site.  The Canada Shriners Hospital is linked to the Montreal Children's Hospital on two floors, which will facilitate greater collaboration, operational efficiencies and ease of access for patients and families.

Welcoming patients in October

On October 5, 2015, the first patient will be greeted in the ambulatory clinic, which has been designed to resemble a hockey rink, with a scoreboard to direct patients to their exam room and red hockey goal lights hanging from the ceiling. The walls are adorned with over 750 donated hockey sticks and pucks.  Between now and October 5, employees and physicians will get to know their new hospital as they receive training on new equipment and protocols, and start preparing the hospital to welcome the first patients and their families 

The hospital is nearly three times bigger than the Cedar Avenue building and as a consequence, the new Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is in the process of recruiting and hiring 40 full-time nurses, nurses aids, cleaners and other employees.

Generous Community Support

Thanks to the incredible support of the community, the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids capital campaigned has raised $123-million, with the goal of reaching $130-millon ($127-million for the hospital and $3-million for the Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research) by May 2016. A huge thank you to the thousands of individuals and corporations who have made this hospital possible. Your generosity will allow our dedicated health care professionals to care to help our patients reach their full potential.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

SOURCE Shriners Hospitals For Children

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Image with caption: "Dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony held Thursday to open the new Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. From left to right: Stéphane Billette, Chief Government Whip, Kathleen Weil, Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Robert Poëti, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for Montreal, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Shriners patients Marie-Pierre Paquet and Carter Brown, Mr. Dale Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Mr. Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Health and Social Services Minister, Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, Mme. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. (CNW Group/Shriners Hospitals For Children)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150820_C4264_PHOTO_EN_481972.jpg

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Image with caption: From left to right: Kathleen Weil, Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Robert Poëti, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for Montreal, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard Shriners patients Marie-Pierre Paquet and Carter Brown, Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate, Shriners International, Mr. Dale Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Mr. Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Health and Social Services Minister, Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, Mme. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada.

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Image with caption: "During tour of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard talks to Kaleb-Wolf De Melo Torres, a young patient with brittle bone disease being treated at the hospital. (CNW Group/Shriners Hospitals For Children)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150820_C4264_PHOTO_EN_481973.jpg

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Image with caption: Dr. Jean Ouellet, Deputy Chief of Staff and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, gives a tour of the new hospital's state-of-the-art operating rooms.

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Image with caption: From left to right: Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, Mme. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, Mr. Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Health and Social Services Minister, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate, Shriners International.

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Image with caption: The Karnak Shriners Patrol Unit leads the way from the ribbon-cutting ceremony to the tent, where the official inaugural ceremony takes place.

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Image with caption: The Karnak Shriners Patrol Unit leading the way to the inauguration ceremony.

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Image with caption: "Close to 2000 people attend dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada and Mme. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada are at the podium (CNW Group/Shriners Hospitals For Children)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150820_C4264_PHOTO_EN_481974.jpg

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Image with caption: Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard during his inauguration ceremony speech.

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Image with caption: "Exterior of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. The pediatric orthopedic hospital is based in Montreal but treats children from across Canada (CNW Group/Shriners Hospitals For Children)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150820_C4264_PHOTO_EN_481975.jpg  

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Image with caption: The exterior of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, seen from Décarie boulevard.

 

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07.07.2015

A True Spartan!

16-year-old with Prosthetics Proves Obstacles can be Overcome:

To Run Spartan Races until $10,000 Raised for Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada

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To encourage Jeffrey and donate to his fundraising efforts: http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/spartanjeffrey

 

16-year-old Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada patient Jeffrey Beausoleil wants to get the word out that you can do anything you set your mind to. So far this season, the teen with a prosthetic on his right foot and no right hand has completed three Spartan Races – with the huge obstacles, mud and fire. He now plans to keep running Spartan Races until he’s raised $10,000 for the hospital that’s been caring for him since he was five months old. “Ever since I was little, I have tried obstacles several times, convinced I can overcome them, despite being differently-abled,” Jeffrey says. “These Spartan Races are no different – just more challenging,” he admits. “Every race is exhausting, but it is really a question of putting yourself in the right mental space… if I can do it, anyone can.”

It’s this message: ‘obstacles can be overcome’ that Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada wants to highlight in its new partnership as a charity recipient with Spartan Race. The hospital is encouraging adults and children to follow Jeffrey and try the challenge of a Spartan Race. Participants in any race in Eastern Canada this year can choose to raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada. The money will go to the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign, raising funds for Canada’s new state-of-the-art Shriners Hospital, which will be able to help even more kids like Jeffrey walk, run… or even accomplish a Spartan Race. To get a special Shriners Hospital promo code reducing the Spartan Race registration fee to $60, email cphaneuf@shrinenet.org. Participants will be sent links to start fundraising. 

Follow Jeffrey’s $10,000 Spartan Race Quest

Jeffrey tried his first Spartan Race at Mont-Tremblant May 23rd… and finished it. He has since run the Quebec City Sprint and the Ottawa Sprint. He is now preparing for the Toronto Sprint and will be heading back to Ottawa for the more challenging Super Spartan Race in August.

Saturday, July 18th: Toronto Sprint Spartan Race, Ski Brimacombe, 4098 Ganaraska, Clarington, ON, L0B 1M0

Saturday, August 8th: Ottawa Super Spartan Race, Mont Ste-Marie, 76 Rue De La Montagne

Lac-Sainte-Marie, QC, J0X 1Z0

More about Jeffrey

Jeffrey was born with a congenital malformation of both the right hand and foot and his limbs did not properly form. He was first seen at Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada when he was five months old. He underwent his first surgery at 16 months to correct webbed fingers on his left hand. He continues to be followed at the hospital and each growth spurt is equipped with new prosthetics.

More about Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada

Located in Montreal since 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children® –Canada is a bilingual, short term, acute care centre providing pediatric orthopaedic ultraspecialized care for complex disorders such as osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), severe spinal and limb anomalies, reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation. Children from Quebec and across Canada, the U.S. and around the world have benefited from the hospital’s ground-breaking research and innovative treatments, both in Montreal and in their own communities. This fall, the hospital will be moving to a brand new $127 million facility at the Glen site.

More about Spartan Race

Founded in 2010 by eight sports and fitness enthusiasts including Joe De Sena and Selica-Marie Sévigny, Spartan Race is the first obstacle course of its kind in the world. Spartan Race originated in Quebec, but has gained popularity worldwide: there will be 240 events in over 25 countries on all six continents this year. Already over one million participants around the globe have taken part in a Spartan Race. Spartan Races provide the perfect opportunity to challenge oneself and are based on the values of self-esteem, team spirit and respect.

Media Inquiries:

Caroline Phaneuf, Public Relations

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

cphaneuf@shrinenet.org

514-778-5092

 

 

                                                                        

14.05.2015

Shriners Hospital for Children Canada Patient Proves Obstacles can be Overcome

Jeffrey en entrainement

Montreal, Monday, May 11, 2015 - 16-year-old Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada patient Jeffrey Beausoleil wants to get the word out that you can do anything you set your mind to. He will be proving that once again by running a Spartan Race on May 23rd at Mont-Tremblant - with mud, water and huge obstacles – and with prosthetics on his right foot and hand. “I ran a regular race last year and realized it was 90% mental and 10% physical,” he says. “I know that if I want to do it, I can.”

In the lead-up to his Spartan Race, Jeffrey will be speaking to elementary school students at several Montreal schools about what it’s like to have prosthetics, how he is simply differently abled, what’s motivating him to try a Spartan Race and how facing challenges head-on is key to succeeding and getting ahead.

“A lot of people are surprised hearing I’m doing a Spartan Race,” Jeffrey admits. “Even friends ask me whether I can do it. But I plan to try every obstacle, and try it again if I can’t the first time. If I realize I really can’t do that obstacle, I’ll just keep going and try the next one.”

It’s this message: ‘obstacles can be overcome’ that Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada wants to highlight in its new partnership with Spartan Race. They’re encouraging adults and children to follow Jeffrey and try the challenge of a Spartan Race. Participants in any race in Eastern Canada this year can choose to raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada. The money will go to the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign, raising funds for Canada’s new state-of-the-art Shriners Hospital being built at the Glen site that will allow them to welcome more patients every year.

Media event:

Jeffrey will speak to elementary school students about overcoming obstacles, despite challenges. He will be available for media interviews afterwards.

 

Date:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Time:

9:50 a.m.

Where:

Edinburgh School, 500 Avenue Hudson, Montreal-West, QC H4X 1X1

 

Media are then invited to watch Jeffrey train for his Spartan Race with Athletic Therapist and Personal Trainer Danny Di Michele, President and Founder of PROstudio in Montreal-West.

 

Date:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Time:

11:15 a.m.

Where:

 

Edgar Davies Park, off Westminster corner Ainslie, Montreal-West

Follow Jeffrey’s quest to finish a Spartan Race

Date:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Where:

Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort

Forchette du Diable, 1 Chemin Charles Duncan, Mont Tremblant, QC J8E 0B4

Time:

12 :30 p.m.

 

More about Jeffrey

Jeffrey was born with a congenital malformation of both the right hand and foot and his limbs did not properly form. He was first seen at Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada when he was five months old. He underwent his first surgery at 16 months to correct webbed fingers on his left hand. He continues to be followed at the hospital and each growth spurt is equipped with new prosthetics.

More about Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada

Located in Montreal since 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children® –Canada is a bilingual, short term, acute care centre providing pediatric orthopaedic ultraspecialized care for complex disorders such as osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), severe spinal and limb anomalies, reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation. Children from Quebec and across Canada, the U.S. and around the world have benefited from the hospital’s ground-breaking research and innovative treatments, both in Montreal and in their own communities. This fall, the hospital will be moving to a brand new $127 million facility at the Glen site.

More about Spartan Race

Founded in 2010 by eight sports and fitness enthusiasts including Joe De Sena and Selica-Marie Sevigny, Spartan Race is the first obstacle course of its kind in the world. Spartan Race originated in Quebec, but has gained popularity worldwide: there will be 240 events in over 25 countries on all six continents this year. Already over one million participants around the globe have taken part in a Spartan Race. Spartan Races provide the perfect opportunity to challenge oneself and are based on the values of self-esteem, team spirit and respect.

 

Media Inquiries:

Caroline Phaneuf, Public Relations

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

cphaneuf@shrinenet.org

514-778-5092

Gemma Bélanger, Public Relations

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

gbelanger@shrinenet.org

514-282-7222

 

30.04.2015

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada and Spartan Race: Obstacles can be Overcome

 Spartan Race

Spartan Races are all about big obstacles, fitness, adventure and outdoors – no matter what your fitness level. And we at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada are here to confirm that nearly anyone can do them. 16-year-old patient Jeffrey Beausoleil will be running a Spartan Race - with mud, water and obstacles - with prosthetics on both his right foot and hand. This inspiring young man proves that you can do anything you set your mind to!

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is a charity registered with Spartan Race this year, wanting to get the message out that obstacles can be overcome. When you decide to run one of the Spartan Races in Eastern Canada this year, you can raise money for Canada’s Shriners Hospital. The money will go towards our new state-of-the-art hospital that will allow us to welcome thousands more patients every year from across Canada, the United States and around the world.

What’s more, if you agree to fundraise for Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada by participating, we’ll send you a Special Shriners Hospital Promo Code, reducing your entrance fee significantly to $60 (instead of $90-150, depending on the race).

More about Spartan Race Canada and view the race schedule

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13.04.2015

Esso Campaign

Maya

Esso Marché Express in collaboration with Tunis Shriners (Ottawa), Karnak Shriners (Montreal) and the hospital’s public relations department have launched a fundraising campaign in support of Shriners Hospitals for Children- Canada! At the 76 participating retailers across the province of Quebec, you can make a donation in the coin boxes at the cash register or purchase your very own "ortho-sticker", sign it and add it to the display. You can also take a moment to thank the retailer for supporting the hospital! To see the list of participating retailers click here: https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=1391157#  

07.11.2014

ARE YOU CREATIVE? HAVE AN AMAZING COMIC BOOK IDE A? SUBMIT YOUR STORY TODAY!

Tell us your idea for a story about how to prevent or stop bullying (no drawings needed, Marvel will do that part for us!). The solution must be peaceful and respectful, no “bully the bullies” stories please. If your story is chosen, it will be made into a new Marvel comic book, with YOU as a main character, to be released at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto in November 2015! Submission deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  

Submissions can be emailed to deb@greenzonemovement.com, online at 

www.greenzonemovement.com/contests/zoned/ or mailed to 

 

Deb Slatterie, Manager ZONED Comic Contest,

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

C/O Public Relations Department Zoned Comic Contest

1529 Cedar Avenue

Montreal, QC

H3G 1A6


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04.11.2014

T-shirt Campaign to benefit new Shriners Hospital for Children - Canada

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31.10.2014

Legendary Alouettes QB Anthony Calvillo named Hon. Chair of upcoming Canada Shrine Bowl between McGill and Concordia to benefit patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada


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31.10.2014

A 2014 Fiat 500 Pop-S edition raffle to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children- Canada!


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20.08.2014

Canadian Medical First: 17 year-old patient becomes first in Canada to undergo minimally invasive surgery for a chest wall deformity

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18.07.2014

The Exceptional Care Odyssey reaches end of the road Our 65-day voyage was momentous, memorable and moving!


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16.07.2014

Media invitation - Victoria


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Media invitation - Penticton


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Media invitation - High River


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Media invitation - Calgary


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26.06.2014

Media invitation - Red Deer


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Media invitation - Medicine Hat


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Media invitation - Winnipeg


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Media invitation - Edmonton


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Media invitation - Kenora


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Media invitation - St. Albert


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Media invitation - Ponoka


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Media invitation - Thunder Bay


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Media invitation - Dryden


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30.05.2014

Media invitation - Peterborough

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29.05.2014

Media invitation - Belleville

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29.05.2014

Media invitation - Vermont

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28.05.2014

Media invitation - Troy

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28.05.2014

Media invitation - Concord

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28.05.2014

Media invitation - Watertown

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28.05.2014

The launch of the Exceptional Care Odyssey a coast-to-coast voyage marking one year anniversary of the beginning of construction of the new Canada Shriners

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28.05.2014

Media invitation - Sutton

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27.05.2014

Media invitation - Fredericton

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26.05.2014

Media invitation - Miramichi

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26.05.2014

Media invitation & Press release - St Andrews

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26.05.2014

Media invitation - Bathurst

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25.05.2014

Media invitation - Moncton

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23.05.2014

Media invitation - Charlottetown

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23.05.2014

Media invitation - Kensington

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23.05.2014

Media invitation - Amherst

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22.05.2014

Media invitation - Halifax

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22.05.2014

Press release - Sydney

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21.05.2014

Media invitation - Sydney

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21.05.2014

Media invitation - Pictou

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21.05.2014

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20.05.2014

Press release - Gander

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20.05.2014

Media invitation - Corner Brook

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20.05.2014

Media invitation - Baddeck

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16.05.2014

The launch of the Exceptional Care Odyssey a coast-to-coast voyage marking one year anniversary of the beginning of construction of the new Canada Shriners Hospital

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16.05.2014

Media invitation - East Port

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16.05.2014

Media invitation - Marystown & Burin

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16.05.2014

Media invitation - St-John's

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16.05.2014

Media invitation - Gander

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01.12.2013

The Orthopedik Fall Winter 2013

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22.09.2013

Laying the cornerstone - A tradition moving forward

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02.06.2013

Accreditation Report

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01.06.2013

Executive Summary

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01.06.2013

The Orthopedik Summer 2013

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15.05.2013

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada - Opens tender process and will begin to build in Spring 2013

NOTE : For architectural renderings 
please refer to bottom of release

MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - This morning, Shriners Hospitals for Children® announced the next steps in the construction of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada in Montreal.  Hospital leadership reported that the building planning process is now complete, including final plans, interior and exterior design and the engineering schematics. In the next few days the hospital will launch an open call for tender.  "We intend to award the contracts in January 2013 and have targeted to begin the excavation process and foundation work in the spring of 2013. The ultimate goal is to commission the building, as planned, at the same time as the McGill University Health Centre in 2015." said Jerry Gantt, who is the member of the Shriners International Board responsible for overseeing the Canadian construction project.

"We will begin to build in the spring of 2013 and move in by fall 2015. Our project is on schedule and on track", affirmed Douglas Maxwell, Chairman and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Tender process

Mr. Jerry Gantt shared the timeline of the tender: "The bidding documents will be issued today to pre-qualified invited bidders. All the sealed bids will be deposited at the public depository. We will open and tabulate the bids onDecember 14th. We will qualify the bids by mid-January 2013 and award the contracts." At this time, SNC Lavalin has been given the mandate to manage the tender process for Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Mr. Gantt further shared that building costs are expected to be within the established budget of $127 000 000 and which has been validated multiple times during the planning process.

The new 207 000 square foot hospital, designed by André Ibghy Architects, will feature 8 floors, 2 below ground and 6 above.

A new hospital that reflects its pan Canadian clientèle and base for support

Administrator Céline Doray revealed the extraordinary interior design of the new hospital. From the Pacific to the Atlantic, each floor will feature the colours and attractions of a different region of Canada. These concepts have not only been incorporated into the decor of the floors, but have also been cleverly integrated into the design of the various service, treatment and waiting areas.  The building's interior design is also bright and airy, with a generous amount of large windows and several skylights inviting natural light deep into the heart of the structure. Altogether, this creates a unique healing and caring environment.

Our patients and families will benefit from 22 single patient rooms, meeting all the highest standards for infection control. We have planned for several areas dedicated to families. There will be 4 operating rooms, which is double from our current facility. The new hospital will also include state of the art technology for teaching as well as expanded space dedicated to basic and clinical research.

"Our hospital is a home away from home for the children and families we serve. They come to us from all over the entire country as well as the north-east U.S.A. The new facilities will allow us to continue to give exceptional care, while at the same time expanding our services, research and teaching" concluded Paul E. Frank, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada.

About the hospital:

Shriners Hospitals for Children®- Canada has delivered pioneering, patient centered, compassionate care to patients and their families from Canada, the United States and beyond in a healing environment since 1925. Based inMontreal, it is a bilingual institution providing pediatric orthopaedic treatment for patients with highly complex conditions, including scoliosis, spina bifida and other spinal malformations, osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), metabolic bone disease, skeletal growth abnormalities and congenital anomalies of the musculoskeletal system. Every member of our staff, from surgeons to therapists, nurses to educators, is committed to helping children reach their full potential.

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada may be small, but its reach is great. Children from across Canada, the U.S. and around the world have benefited from the hospital's ground-breaking research and innovative treatments, both inMontreal and in their own communities. Above and beyond world-class care, they have found a home away from home, a place where their disability does not define who they are, but is merely a stepping stone to becoming the most productive, active and autonomous adults possible.

 

Image with caption: "Céline Doray, Administrator, Shriners Hospitals for Children- Canada, André Ibghy, ANDRÉ IBGHY ARCHITECTES, Jerry Gantt, Member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children and Liaison for the Montreal hospital construction project, Douglas Maxwell, President & CEO and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Shriners Hospitals for Children and Paul E. Frank, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children- Canada. (CNW Group/SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN (CANADA))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121114_C8027_PHOTO_EN_20651.jpg

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Image with caption: "Céline Doray, Administrator, Shriners Hospitals for Children- Canada, André Ibghy, ANDRÉ IBGHY ARCHITECTES, Jerry Gantt, Member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children and Liaison for the Montreal hospital construction project, Douglas Maxwell, President & CEO and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Shriners Hospitals for Children and Paul E. Frank, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children- Canada. (CNW Group/SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN (CANADA))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121114_C8027_PHOTO_EN_20649.jpg

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13.05.2013

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada - Opens tender process and will begin to build in Spring 2013

This morning, Shriners Hospitals for Children announced the next steps in the construction of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada in Montreal. Hospital leadership reported that the building planning process is now complete, including final plans, interior and exterior design and the engineering schematics. In the next few days the hospital will launch an open call for tender. "We intend to award the contracts in January 2013 and have targeted to begin the excavation process and foundation work in the spring of 2013. The ultimate goal is to commission the building, as planned, at the same time as the McGill University Health Centre in 2015." said Jerry Gantt, who is the member of the Shriners International Board responsible for overseeing the Canadian construction project.

01.03.2013

The Orthopedik Spring 2013

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01.12.2012

The Orthopedik Winter 2012

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01.09.2012

The Orthopedik Fall 2012

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01.06.2012

The Orthopedik Spring Summer 2012

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01.12.2011

The Orthopedik Winter 2011

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01.09.2011

The Orthopedik Fall 2011

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01.06.2011

The Orthopedik Summer 2011

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01.03.2011

The Orthopedik Spring 2011

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01.12.2010

The Orthopedik Winter 2010

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01.09.2010

The Orthopedik Fall 2010

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The Orthopedik Summer 2010

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01.03.2010

The Orthopedik Spring 2010

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01.12.2009

The Orthopedik Winter 2009

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01.09.2009

The Orthopedik Fall 2009

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The Orthopedik Summer 2009

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The Orthopedik Spring 2009

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The Orthopedik Winter 2008

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The Orthopedik Fall 2008

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The Orthopedik Summer 2008

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The Orthopedik Spring 2008

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The Orthopedik Winter 2007

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The Orthopedik Fall 2007

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The Orthopedik Summer 2007

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The Orthopedik Spring 2007

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01.12.2006

The Orthopedik Winter 2006

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