Health Matters Newsletter Winter 2017

Help bring holiday cheer to those who need it

For many people, the holiday season is their favourite time of the year. Surrounded by the warmth of family and friends, it is a time to relax and create cherished memories.

But for many patients at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), this is not possible. The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for bedridden patients, knowing they are missing out on precious moments with their loved ones. I have seen firsthand how lonely this time of year can be for many of our patients, and how a kind word, or a simple gesture can make a difference for their morale.

Which is why, this year, we are asking the supporters of the MUHC Foundation to help bring some holiday cheer to these patients. We’ve created a special greeting card (pictured above) that we will hand deliver to patients on behalf of people who make a donation to our Foundation. This compassionate gesture will show these patients that they are not alone and that there are people who care.

If you would like to take part in this initiative, you can either visit our offices at the Glen site of the MUHC (S1, block E), or you can click here.

Together, you and all of us here can make this holiday season a bit brighter with kindness and hope.

May you and your loved ones share a warm, wonderful, and healthy holiday season!


Julie Quenneville
McGill University Health Centre and Royal Victoria Hospital Foundations

Spotlight on care: Dr. Tuong-vi Nguyen supports women when they need it most

Pregnancy – it’s a time when women are supposed to feel excitement and anticipation. However, for hundreds of women each year, their experiences are filled with grief and heartache. Some may not be able to conceive, some may suffer from anxiety or depression, and some may go through infant loss, but what unites them is that when they need help, they turn to Dr. Tuong-Vi Nguyen of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).

Dr. Nguyen is a reproductive psychiatrist who specializes in treating psychiatric disorders during reproductive stages, such as the premenstrual, pregnancy, and postpartum periods. A graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, she completed a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland before returning to the MUHC. “I see between 300 and 400 new cases per year,” Dr. Nguyen explains. “I often see many referral cases from other hospitals related to miscarriages and genetic anomalies, among others,” she says.

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Looking at the bright side of life

Retinitis pigmentosa: two words that have shaped the course of Shawn Maloney’s life. Diagnosed with this degenerative eye condition at age 5, he knew early on that it was only a matter of time until he would become completely blind. “I started having trouble with my vision when I was about 7 years old,” the now 35-year old Cornwall, Ontario native explains. “My peripheral vision became problematic and it slowly but progressively impacted my ability to see well, especially at night,” he says.

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Bal Rouge

Save the date for the second annual Bal Rouge. All proceeds from the Gala will support the Dr. Gerald M. Fried Chair in Surgical Innovation.
When: Friday, January 19, 2018
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Montreal

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Click here to read about the success of last year’s Bal Rouge


On October 12, 2017, over 200 guests attended the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation’s first-ever Enchantée cocktail dinatoire.  Co-chaired by volunteers Cynthia Price Verreault, JoAnne Kelly Rudy, and Anna Capobianco-Skipworth, the event celebrated the six MUHC breast surgeons who care for women with breast cancer: Dr. David Fleiszer, Dr. Antoine Loutfi, Dr. Ari Meguerditchian, Dr. Robert Salasidis, Dr. Francine Tremblay and Dr. Sarkis Meterissian.

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