Time for a checkup! Shaun McMahon hosts Your Health, a podcast about healthcare news and insights from CIUSSS West-Central Montreal (the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal).
Got a topic suggestion or a health question? Let us know!
October 13, 2020
Having a baby is a life-changing experience, but presents itself with a whole new set of challenges in 2020. On the latest episode of the Your Health podcast, Cecilia Finoli, nurse clinician and lactation consultant at CLSC Benny Farm, shines a light on how telehealth has revolutionized breastfeeding consultations during a pandemic. Listen now!
October 1, 2020
October 1st is National Seniors' Day - A day that also marks the 10th anniversary of the Elder Mistreatment Helpline; one of the hidden gems of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal.
In the last ten years the helpline has grown and continues to play an especially significant role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, in helping protect vulnerable seniors from across the province.
Rachel Thadal, Program Coordinator at the Elder Mistreatment Helpline also joined Shaun McMahon for the latest episode of the Your Health podcast.
The Elder Mistreatment Helpline offers a free, confidential and bilingual service from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
September 22, 2020
Can you imagine what it must feel like to be in the thick of the action in a healthcare setting at the height of the pandemic? Journalist Dominique Forget found out first-hand, when she was given special access to the Jewish General Hospital for a special documentary report on ICI Radio-Canada’s Découverte.
September 10, 2020
Masks, hand hygiene, social distancing...
These are just some of the elements that our new COVID-19 Prevention Team verifies with partners throughout our area — including day camps, schools, day care centres, community organizations and more — to help prevent the spread of the virus. But what happens when a COVID-positive case is reported? What if there's an outbreak?
Listen to the latest episode of Your Health with special guest Valérie Lahaie, Public Health and Partnerships Coordinator - Directorate of Frontline Integrated Services, to understand how the Prevention Team is dealing with a constantly moving target.
August 31, 2020
Talking to our little ones about COVID-19 hasn’t been an easy task. That’s why two Montreal moms got together to write an inspirational new children’s book, to help kickstart the conversation and alleviate some of the fears young children may have.
Claudia Amato (author)and Jennifer Nozzolillo (illustrator), join Shaun McMahon for the latest episode of the Your Health Podcast! Stay Safe Little One: A story about a big virus and many little warriors is available now on Amazon in English and French, with more languages on the horizon. Proceeds will go to the Jewish General Hospital Foundation.
July 21, 2020
To say that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge would be an understatement, but even the darkest clouds can have a silver lining. OROT is that ray of hope. Technically, it's known as a connected futures hub. But what it really is, is a beacon for the future of health care -- and it's being set up across CIUSSS West-Central Montreal.
How will it change the user experience? What innovative new technology will pop up next?
Danina Kapetanovic, Strategic Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is spearheading the cutting-edge project. She’s the latest guest on the Your Health Podcast with Shaun McMahon.
June 16, 2020
As we gradually prepare to return to a new normal, something as simple as how we eat lunch together may not be the same for quite some time. Now just imagine having to make critical decisions, both big and small, to ensure the safety of roughly 10,000 employees across an entire health network.
On this episode of the Your Health Podcast, the second part of our special series on support, Stefanie Brisson and Audrey Durocher-Jourdain of the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal Prevention team join Shaun McMahon to reveal the details of what they’ve been living, what they’ve learned and what they now feel prepared to do.
June 16, 2020
From the front lines to behind-the-scenes, healthcare workers have been working tirelessly over the last several months, battling COVID-19 with everything they’ve got. Over time, that can take a toll, both physically and emotionally. Thankfully, CIUSSS West-Central is doing everything possible to take care of those who take care of everyone else.
The latest episode of the Your Health Podcast is the first part of a special two-part series on support. Host Shaun McMahon is joined by social worker Sandra Callender and Emergency Department nurse Rebecca Tremblay, who take us behind closed doors with a glimpse of what it’s like to answer questions and concerns on our COVID-19 and Crisis Counselling hotlines.
For staff support: ciussswestcentral.com/support
For the general public: 1-877-644-4545 (for COVID-related questions) or Info-Social 811 (free and confidential psychosocial support line)
June 5, 2020
When COVID-19 first started spreading across the globe, inching closer and closer to home, the Digital Health team at CIUSSS West-Central Montreal sprang into action and managed to roll out key parts of a long-term plan in a matter of weeks.
The goal was to limit the number of people on-site, thereby limiting the spread of the virus, while maintaining services and the highest possible quality of care. Now the pieces are in place to take the digital revolution into the future.
On the latest episode of the Your Health Podcast, Dr. Justin Cross, Director of Digital Health for CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, joins Shaun McMahon for a behind-the-scenes look at what his team has been up against.
May 25, 2020
Mistreatment and mental health, two key issues facing our elderly population, have been exacerbated by the increased isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a quest for solutions on the latest episode of the Your Health Podcast, Shaun McMahon welcomes Sarita Israel, social worker and coordinator in the area of expertise to counter the mistreatment of older adults with CREGÉS (Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology) as well as Dr. Alexandre Allard, Senior Psychiatry Resident at the Jewish General Hospital, who is leading the charge on a new volunteer-based phone project that is helping to break the isolation and screen for key risk factors. A panel discussion not to be missed!
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May 8, 2020
Dealing with COVID-19 is hard enough. Now imagine having to navigate it while dealing with cancer. Erin Cook, Clinical Administrative Coordinator, Oncology and Cardiovascular Services and Co-Director of Operations for the Segal Cancer Centre, joins Shaun McMahon for the latest episode of Your Health.
Thanks to a highly-skilled team of healthcare workers, adjusted services and telehealth options, no one has to face their cancer journey alone, especially now.
May 5, 2020
May 5 marks the International Day of the Midwife. On this special occasion, we want to highlight the amazing that’s work being done at our Côte-des-Neiges Birthing Centre. The team, consisting of 15 midwives who follow over 400 expectant mothers each year, plays a key role in our healthcare system by enabling moms-to-be to have a natural birth experience.
Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 pandemic, expectant mothers have many extra questions and concerns about their pregnancy and childbirth. To shed some light on the new measures that safeguard everyone’s health and safety—mom-to-be, baby and midwife alike—Maëcha Nault, Head of Midwife Services, joins Shaun McMahon for the latest episode of the Your Health podcast.
April 29, 2020
When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s working on the front lines… and then there’s being at the very front of the line. While recent days have shown encouraging signs, there are still obvious concerns and one of the doctors treating Montreal’s most gravely-ill patients checks in with what life has been like in an ever-evolving ICU.
Dr. Paul Warshawsky, Chief of the Division of Adult Critical Care Medicine at the Jewish General Hospital, joins Shaun McMahon for the latest episode of the Your Health Podcast.
April 20, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone has a role to play and heroes come in all forms.
On the latest episode of the Your Health podcast Anthony Turi, Chief of Housekeeping at the Jewish General Hospital, explains the pivotal role his team has to play, at a time when cleanliness can literally be a matter of life and death.
April 17, 2020
Looking for work? Would you love to make a real difference in the community? CIUSSS West-Central Montreal is open for business as a number of positions urgently need to be filled in order to provide vital care to patients and residents across our territory.
Call 514.293.0526 or visit designyourcareer.ca for more info. Maria Monaco, Chief of Talent Acquisition and Staffing for our CIUSSS joins Shaun McMahon for the latest episode of the Your Health Podcast with details on which positions need to be filled, what incentives are being offered and how you can help.
April 13, 2020
When will a COVID-19 vaccine or treatment arrive? Dr. Brent Richards, Senior Investigator at the JGH Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, is involved in a new province-wide COVID-19 BioBank project.He answers that question and explains how the fundamentals of virus research works on the latest edition of the Your Health podcast.
April 6, 2020
From health-care workers to hospital patients and everyone in between, the COVID-19 pandemic can easily impact one’s mental health.
Luckily, thanks to telehealth, adapted emergency and follow-up programs, hotlines and more, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal is already working hard to alleviate those concerns. Ngo Thanh Tung Tran, Director of the Mental Health and Addiction Program, explains more on the latest episode of the Your Health podcast.
April 3, 2020
We are currently living a complex situation, with many details to be assessed on a daily basis. Despite the importance and magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, remains confident in the face of adversity.
In this episode of the Your Health Podcast, Dr. Rosenberg also reassures us about the management of our medical equipment and reminds us of the main prevention tips and appropriate actions to take in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
March 30, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present a number of challenges across CIUSSS West-Central Montreal.
Luc Méthot and his multidisciplinary team have their hands full, as they fight tirelessly to provide for and protect the most vulnerable members of our community, not to mention the very people who serve them. Méthot, the Interim Associate Director of the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors (SAPA), joined Shaun McMahon on the latest episode of the Your Health Podcast.
After working in her field for decades, Francine Dupuis, our CIUSSS’s Associate CEO, has seen it all…almost. Now the COVID-19 pandemic has presented her—as well as other healthcare administrators—with unforeseen challenges.
Even though our understanding of the virus continues to evolve, some timelines remain unclear, and equipment may sometimes be scarce. However, Ms. Dupuis remains confident that society’s collective strength will prevail.
She joins Shaun McMahon, of the Communications Team, to discuss her views and deliver her insights on the latest edition of the Your Health podcast.
March 24, 2020
Mount Sinai Hospital is a unique establishment, combining palliative care, pulmonary care, post-acute care and long-term care.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put an intense spotlight on those daily challenges, but Dr. Suzanne Levitz, family physician and Associate Director of Professional Services for CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, says she incredibly impressed with how patients and residents are being looked after despite the circumstances.
Dr. Levitz joined Shaun McMahon for more special COVID-19 coverage on the Your Health Podcast.
February 20, 2020
Dr. Mark Basik of the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) is a world leader in the research and treatment of breast cancer, the second leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women.
He is currently conducting an international study with the goal of treating breast cancer without surgery. In addition, Dr. Basik and his team have discovered what causes resistance to chemotherapy in some patients.
To help us understand these important breakthroughs, Barry Morgan welcomed Dr. Mark Basik, Surgical Oncologist and Medical Director of the Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Team at the Segal Cancer Centre and a researcher at the Lady Davis Medical Research Institute at the JGH of the ICSUHC West Island of Montreal.
February 6, 2020
You may be familiar with the 8-1-1 Info-Santé telephone service that allows you to speak to a nurse that provides advice and answers to questions about health concerns.
But did you know that there is an equivalent number to talk to a social worker should you or a loved one feel distress or experience difficulties? 8-1-1 Info-social is a free and confidential telephone consultation service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To tell us more about this service, Barry Morgan welcomed Paul Fortugno a social worker at 8-1-1.
January 23, 2019
A child's life is not always simple and full of joy. Sometimes kids and teenagers have difficulties of all kinds that surpass even their parents.
But we must not despair. Our CIUSSS offers services to help our children, teens and the adults in their lives.
To tell us more about these services, Barry Morgan welcomed Sandra Blot, a social worker at CLSC de Benny-Farm.
December 12, 2019
The decision to have a baby is certainly an important one. But even before conceiving a child, there are things to do and others to avoid for an easy pregnancy.
To learn more about what is known as preconception planning, Barry Morgan welcomed Dr. Judy Hagshi, a family doctor specializing in low-risks obstetrics at the Jewish General Hospital.
November 28, 2019
We hear a lot about personal data and confidentiality in the news. But the concept of confidentiality does not only apply to the banking world or social media.
This principle also exists in the field of health and social services. To explain what it consists of, Barry Morgan welcomed Angélique Tsasis, Complaints Officer in CIUSSS West-Central Montreal's ombudsman office.
November 14, 2019
According to Health Canada, there are an estimated 3 million people living with this disease in Canada.
To learn more about diabetes, Barry Morgan spoke with Martine Dugazon, Program Manager for General Services at CLSC de Parc-Extension
October 31, 2019
The Quebec flu vaccination campaign begins on November 1 and ends on December 15.
It is also the time of year when social media is getting excited with messages from the anti-vaxxer movement.
To dispel the myths conveyed by this movement, Barry Morgan welcomed Dr. Karl Weiss, Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the JGH.
See also the Public health section.
October 17, 2019
When you need health care, you are usually dealing with doctors, nurses and orderlies. However, in various CIUSSS West-Central Montreal sites, patients and residents can benefit from the presence of music.
To explain what music therapy is all about, Barry Morgan welcomes Sam Minevich, a music therapist at the Jewish General Hospital.
October 3, 2019
It has now been a year since CIUSSS West-Central Montreal became a member of Planetree International, a patient-centred care model. But what is this way of delivering health care and social services?
To tell us more, Barry Morgan welcomed Chantal Bellerose, Associate of the Directorate of Quality, Innovation, Evaluation, Performance and Ethics Directorate (DQIEPE) responsible for quality, risk management, accreditation, patient experience and Planetree in our CIUSSS.
September 19, 2019
In November 1994, the Maison de naissance de Côte-des-Neiges (Côte-des-Neiges Birthing Centre) opened its doors to women who wanted to have their baby with the help of a midwife; a first in Quebec. Twenty-five years later, 390 babies are born each year in this facility.
To tell us about this anniversary and the history of the Maison de naissance de Côte-des-Neiges, which is part of CIUSSS West-Central-Montreal, Barry Morgan welcomed the head of Midwife Services, Maëcha Nault.
September 5, 2019
Have you ever wondered what a Nurse Practitioner does? With so many different roles in healthcare, it’s easy to lose track.
Listen in as Nadia Doiron, a Specialized Nurse Practitioner at CLSC Côte-des-Neiges, explains everything you need to know - and why.
July 25, 2019
CIUSSS West-Central Montreal has a new Complaints and Quality of Care Commissioner: Maude Laliberté.
Also known as the ombudsman, the Commissioner's mandate is to receive and review complaints about the care and social services that our CIUSSS provides to its patients, users and residents.
To further explain her work, Barry Morgan welcomed Ms. Laliberté in our studio.
July 11, 2019
If there is a vitamin that generates a lot of questions from the public and is the subject of a lot of scientific research, it is vitamin D.
To answer these questions and unravel what science says about vitamin D, Barry Morgan welcomed Dr. Brent Richards in our studio. Dr. Richards is an endocrinologist at the Jewish General Hospital and a researcher at the Lady Davis Institute of Medical Research.
June 27, 2019
It is almost inevitable that a child will be confronted one day with advanced illness or imminent death of a loved one. As parents, what can one say to one's child in such circumstances?
To explain how to communicate well with our children during these difficult times, Barry Morgan welcomed in our studio Mrs. Vivian Myron, a social worker in palliative care at the CIUSSS West-Central-Montreal Jewish General Hospital.
June 13, 2019
To learn that one has cancer is a shocking ordeal. The reaction to this diagnosis varies from person to person. Sometimes one will feel anxiety at the time of diagnosis, another while waiting for medical results or at the beginning of treatment. Despite this stressful feeling, it is possible to act upon it.
To tell us more, Barry Morgan welcomes Mona Wizenberg, who survived two cancers. She is now a volunteer at the Hope & Cope Wellness Centre, where she provides peer advice.
May 30, 2019
Did you know that it is not always necessary to travel to the clinic or hospital to access a health care professional?
If you or someone close to you does not feel well, just pick up your phone and dial 8-1-1.
To tell us more about this not so well known service, Barry Morgan welcomed in our studio Kamelie Truong, an Info-Santé 8-1-1 nurse-clinician, a regional service managed by CIUSSS West-Central Montreal.
May 16, 2019
"You are what you eat" is a well-known adage that is even truer when it comes to cancer.
But what are the links between what we eat and disease prevention? Can our diet have an impact while receiving cancer treatments?
To tell us more about these issues, Barry Morgan spoke to Dr. Michael Pollak, Director of the Cancer Prevention Centre the Jewish General Hospital Segal Cancer Center.
May 2, 2019
According to the Quebec Institute of Statistics, 1 out of 5 teens spends 35 hours or more per week in front of a screen for entertainment. The phenomenon is such that the Quebec government will launch an awareness campaign led by an organization that also fights against smoking!
Meanwhile, another study confirms that children who spend too much time in front of screens (TV, tablet, smartphone and/or game console are more at risk of developing an attention deficit disorder and behavioral problems.
To tell us more about this phenomenon, Barry Morgan of Your Health Podcast speaks with Dr. Paola Habib, Director of the Division of Child Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital.
April 18, 2019
April is Autism Awareness Month. This is the 35th year that the Quebec Autism Federation is raising awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. To tell us more about this, Barry Morgan of Your Health Podcast speaks to Shari Joseph, Psychologist and Rehabilitation Coordinator, Miriam Home and Services, a rehabilitation and support centre of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal
April 4, 2019
Did you know that a health and social services organization like ours has a Clinical Ethics Service? This service aims to improve the experience of patients, clients, residents, their families and staff, and enhance the integrity of the organization as a whole.
To talk about the role played by an ethicist in a health network like ours, Barry Morgan from Your Health Podcast talks with Kevin Hayes, a clinical ethicist for CIUSSS West-Central Montreal.
March 21, 2019
The 14th Annual Research Day of the Department of Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) will be held on March 29 and will focus on “Building Better Bridges: Assessment and Treatment of Immigrant Mental Health Problems.” To tell us more about this issue, Barry Morgan, host of Your Health Podcast talks to Dr. Laurence Kirmayer, Director of the Culture & Mental Health Research Unit at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry at the JGH.
March 7, 2019
This week on Your Health Podcast, Barry Morgan speaks to Dr. Bernard Lapointe, Chief for the Division of Palliative Care in our CIUSSS.
You'll earn more about palliative care offered in our network.
February 21, 2019
This week on Your Health Podcast, Barry Morgan speaks to Lilly Luan, Program administrator with the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors (SAPA). You'll learn more about digital health through services offered in the comfort of your home such as telehomecare, teleconsultations and telerehabilitation.
February 8, 2019
During White Cane Week, we're raising awareness of the challenges facing Canadians that are blind or living with vision loss. Tune into Your Health Podcast. Our host Barry Morgan speaks with Annie Gouveia, a rehabilitation specialist in visual impairment at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre.
January 30, 2019
Tune into Your Health Podcast today for Bell Let's Talk day. Barry Morgan speaks to Lee Haberkorn of Virgin Radio Montreal, bringing focus on the importance of mental health awareness and putting an end to its stigmatization.
November 29, 2018
It is time to get vaccinated against the flu! Did you know that this year you can book your flu shot online? Listen to our Public Health Coordinator, Dominique Dufour to learn more about this year's campaign, how to book your appointment online and where vaccination clinics are offered.
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal commemorates World COPD Day, which is November 21st, sharing information concerning COPD, which stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
- Dr. Nathalie Saad, a respirologist at the Jewish General Hospital and the Director of the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Mount Sinai Hospital
For more information contact Albert Sicondolfo via email at:
or visit the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program website.
October 15, 2018
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal commemorates Global Handwashing Day, which is October 15th, sharing information about the importance of handwashing.
- Adila Zahir, the Chief of Service in Infection Prevention & Control for the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal
September 27, 2018
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal discusses the issue of learning disorders and the signs that your child might have problems in comprehending what they need to know in school.
- Dr. Ashley Wazana, an Associate Professor at the Centre for Child Development and Mental Health at the Jewish General Hospital.
September 13, 2018
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal talks about backpacks for school kids and the health dangers they may face for using a backpack that isn’t properly suited to their size and also used properly.
- Léonie Blanchette, an Occupational Therapist in the Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Program at the Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre
August 30, 2018
This edition of Your Health talks about the anxiety some kids feel as they go back to school, especially those who are entering high school for the first time.
- Perry Adler, Associate Director and Teenage Health Unit Director at the Herzl Family Practice Centre of the Jewish General Hospital.
Teenage Health Unit at the Herzl Family Practice Centre: 514-340-8242
August 16, 2018
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal talks about the role of the midwife and many expectant mothers look for an alternative to giving birth in a hospital.
- Chloe Markgraf, who is a midwife at the Côte-des-Neiges Birthing Centre
Maison de Naissance Pointe Claire
180, avenue Cartier
Maison de Naissence Côte des Neiges
6560, Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges
Maison de Naissence Jeanne-Mance
1822 rue Ontario Est
514 527-2361 poste 2530
August 2, 2018
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal talks about the innovative work being done in the field of robotic surgery at the Jewish General Hospital.
- Dr. Shannon Salvador, a gynaecological oncologist at the Jewish General Hospital
Jul 19, 2018
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal talks about nutrition for your baby, specifically making your own baby food.
- Josiane Cyr, a dietician with the Child, Youth & Family Program at the CLSC Parc-Extension
7085 Hutchison Street
514-273-3800 x 6350
July 5, 2018
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal is the second of two parts dealing with the medical care of infants. Should a baby be seen by a pediatrician or by the general practitioner who monitors the health of your entire family? This episode focuses on the GP.
- Dr. Barbara Evans, a Family Doctor at the Herzl Family Practice Center
Herzl Family Practice Centre
5858 Cote des Neiges
June 21, 2018
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal is the first of two parts dealing with the medical care of infants. Should a baby be seen by a pediatrician or by the general practitioner who monitors the health of your entire family? This episode focuses on the pediatrician.
- Dr. Apostolos Papageorgiou, Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, McGill University, and the Chief, of the Department of Pediatrics & Neonatology at the Jewish General Hospital.
June 7, 2018
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal is the second part of a two part series on the first 48 hours of a baby’s life. Part two features the first 48 hours after the baby goes home.
Cristiana Anghelescu, Assistant Head Nurse, for the Child, Youth and Family Program for CLSC Parc-Extension and Côte-des-Neiges
May 24, 2018
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal is the first part of a two part series on the first 48 hours of a baby’s life. Part one features the first 48 hours at the hospital from the point of birth.
- Michelle Douglas, Registered Nurse at the Jewish General Hospital
The Tiny Tots Book contains valuable information.
May 10, 2018
This edition of Your Health – A Podcast of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal discusses the oral hygiene needs of babies and when that first trip to the dentist should be.
- Isabelle Daoust, a public health dental hygienist with the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal
Baby Dental Clinics
CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges – 514-731-8531
CLSC de Parc-Extension – 514-273-9591