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Pulse will introduce you to the patients, healthcare providers, researchers, and donors of The Ottawa Hospital. You’ll hear how they are changing the future of medicine through new discoveries, by expanding treatments and improving the patient care.

Pulse: The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Podcast The Ottawa Hospital Foundation

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

Pulse will introduce you to the patients, healthcare providers, researchers, and donors of The Ottawa Hospital. You’ll hear how they are changing the future of medicine through new discoveries, by expanding treatments and improving the patient care.

    Jill Barr and the next generation of giving

    Jill Barr and the next generation of giving

    Jill Barr is a young professional who has stepped forward to help lead the next generation of philanthropy. As a childhood cancer survivor, Jill has a unique perspective on the importance of having state-of-the-art healthcare. She has raised her hand to support the Campaign to Create Tomorrow and engage others to do the same. 
    Listen to learn about Jill’s first introduction to The Ottawa Hospital at the age of 11 and a special memory that she holds close. You’ll also find out why she wanted to get involved in our Foundation’s Young Leaders Network and how she’ll run her first half-marathon to support TOH at Race Weekend — she’s a part of TOH Trailblazers. (18:05)

    • 18 min
    A Canadian surgical first thanks to VR technology

    A Canadian surgical first thanks to VR technology

    It’s not just the stuff you see in science fiction movies anymore. VR technology is changing the way complex surgeries are planned.
    Picture a virtual reality system taking hundreds of medical images and giving a surgeon a 3D view that allows them to move within the patient’s body — just like a video game — before surgery. It’s a whole new way of surgical planning and this new VR program was used for the first time in Canada right here at The Ottawa Hospital.  
    Dr. Kawan Rakhra, a senior Musculoskeletal Radiologist, takes us behind the scenes of this game-changing technology and the impact it will have on the future of care not just here in Ottawa but internationally as well. (16:37)

    • 16 min
    Getting On Track with psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Brandigampola

    Getting On Track with psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Brandigampola

    The Ottawa Hospital’s mental health team provides early diagnosis and treatment of severe mental illness to patients across Eastern Ontario.
    In this episode, we speak with Dr. Sarah Brandigampola, a psychiatrist at our hospital who works in the On Track: First Episode Psychosis Program. She discusses the three-year program that cares for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, the multi-disciplinary team involved, and why this program is so important, including the fact that Canada has one of the highest rates of schizophrenia in the world. Dr. Brandigampola also shares that treatment options have improved dramatically in the past decade, and today there's a great deal of hope for patients. (24:03)

    • 24 min
    Making sure cancer isn't a big scary word

    Making sure cancer isn't a big scary word

    When Heba Haidar was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, her world came to a grinding halt. She was on maternity leave, with three young children under the age of five, and she worried about what the future might hold for her and her family. Hear Heba’s story – one of our latest in the cancer journey series — and find out why cancer is not such a big scary word anymore.(26:34)

    • 26 min
    A big bang of influence

    A big bang of influence

    As a young boy, Dr. Alvin Tieu likely saw himself becoming a professional athlete because of his love of sports. But there was a shift in grade 7 — science became more interesting, and he decided to write an essay on the Big Bang theory. From there, his interest in medicine and research started to grow. Today, Dr. Tieu is an emerging leader at The Ottawa Hospital and the 2023 recipient of the Worton Researcher in Training Award. (19:14)

    • 19 min
    RN Phil Nguyen’s home away from home

    RN Phil Nguyen’s home away from home

    Registered Nurse Phil Nguyen exudes energy — whether he’s caring for patients on 5W in the Transplant and Cellular Therapy Unit at the General Campus, teaching the next generation of healthcare workers at uOttawa, or busting a move as a hip-hop dancer. 
    In this conversation, Phil talks about why he considers The Ottawa Hospital his home away from home. He reveals what he loves most about his job, his special connection with patients, and how his team will go beyond the call of duty to provide compassionate care — he shares one special story in particular. You’ll also find out why it’s not so unusual to find him dancing with his patients. (18:47)

    • 18 min

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