Teri Polesky with her son

From Northern Ontario to Hamilton General Hospital

For 35-year-old Teri Polesky, living in Northern Ontario means that many specialty health care services are not available locally. Read more

Head shot of Lori St. Onge

A New Grandmother Takes Cardiac Health to Heart

For Lori St. Onge of Niagara Falls, winter 2015 had more than enough excitement already. On top of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, she had just become a grandmother and was looking forward to spending time with her new grandson. Then her chest pains began. Read more

Nick Morrison standing at the burn unit desk

Helping in the Recovery

It’s a call no one wants to receive. When Tanya was told that her husband Phil had been injured in a serious building fire, she rushed to meet him at the Emergency Department of the local hospital in St. Catharines. Phil had suffered third- and fourth-degree burns to 50 per cent of his body. Read more

A doctor looking through a pupillometer towards a patient's eye.

Pupillometer: An Eye on Brain Function

The practice of checking a patient’s pupils to determine how well their brain is functioning has existed for more than 100 years. It’s an important exam because it can give the health care team clues about brain activity and indicate whether urgent surgery might be necessary. Read more

Nicole Freer in her nursing outfit at the hospital

The Best of Both Worlds with the Hybrid Operating Suite

Time is of the essence for resource nurses, who coordinate cases, ensure that required equipment and supplies are available, and provide support for complex cases. Read more

A view of an empty trauma suite

Emergency Department Redevelopment Campaign

You never know when you or a loved one will need it. Read more

Trauma team working on a patient

Striding for Essential Equipment

Enhanced patient care. It’s the reason why participants from around the region have laced up their running shoes in the last six years for Strides for The General. Read more

Head shot of Lorna Rowell

“I Never Thought it Would Happen to Me”

Life for 57-year-old Lorna Rowell took a dramatic turn in November 2015. She was sitting at the computer with her husband in their Hamilton home on a video call with their son in Thunder Bay. When Lorna went to stand up, her strength suddenly left her. Read more

Barry Goldman, Dr. Adel Dyub and Joe deTuba together inside an office

Bringing Innovations to Heart Surgery

Imagine a place where aortic valves can be replaced through a five-centimetre incision between two ribs rather than breaking breast bones; where a 10-day hospital stay is reduced to no more than four days; where a patient feels less pain and has a lower risk of post-operative infection. Read more

Head shot of Margie Durrant

Keeping a Memory Alive for Care Today, and Tomorrow

Margie Durrant fell down the stairs in her home and was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital, where she had surgery for a brain injury. Read more