Sainte-Justine UHC

Sainte-Justine UHC
ORT Montreal

ORT Montreal

May 25, 2006 15:18 ET

New On-Line Services Now Available for Patients at Sainte-Justine's, Thanks to a Gift of $95,000 from ORT Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 25, 2006) - The hospitalization of a child can be a traumatic event for the whole family. Having the possibility of preparing themselves first, in the comfort of their own homes, can significantly improve how young patients and their families experience this stay in hospital. The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre has therefore created the Virtual Tour Web service to meet this need. What's more, as part of the on-line services available, new mothers can now post a photograph of their newborn in the bebeCAM (babyCAM) section of Sainte-Justine's Web site (at

"Through the generous gift from ORT Montreal, the Virtual Tour and our bebeCAM picture gallery were created and contribute to improving our services and care for the family," explained Francois Brochu, head of communications for the CHU Sainte-Justine.

Preparing for hospitalization improves the experience

The Virtual Tour lets patients at Sainte-Justine's and their families familiarize themselves with the medical team for a specific program or unit, and with what the hospital looks like inside, while learning more about the sophisticated equipment utilized by hospital personnel. Such knowledge, it is hoped, will reduce their level of anxiety and foster the positive mindset necessary to the success of a medical procedure.

The following eight hospital units each have a section in the Virtual Tour: Day Surgery, Haematology-Oncology, Immunology-Rheumatology, Mother-Child and Neonatology, Multi-speciality and Transplant, Infectious Diseases, Psychiatry and Intensive Care.

Each section informs the families on how to prepare for the procedure, helps them understand anaesthesia, lets them see the operating room in a 3-D view, offers a video that presents the unit and helps them plan for returning home.

The bebeCAM picture gallery

Sainte-Justine's new on-line picture gallery lets new parents introduce their baby to friends and family, regardless of whether they are at the hospital. At the request of the parents, a photograph of the newborn is posted to the Web site along with the baby's name, the names of the parents, and the birth weight.

Sainte-Justine's team of volunteers are involved in this project, taking pictures of the newborns every day. Since this service was launched last November, the photographs of more than 260 babies have been posted and visitors from around the world have visited the picture gallery. The number of visits to the site is growing, and in March more than 1,255 people visited the bebeCAM picture gallery.

A major contribution

The funds that have made the Virtual Tour and bebeCAM Web sites possible were raised during an evening that featured the William Jefferson Clinton, the former president of the United States. Following this event, ORT Montreal made a $95,000 donation to the Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation. "This unique project is in perfect harmony with our educational mission for children," explained Jo Assedou, co-chair of the ORT Montreal board. "What's more, we are particularly happy to see the enthusiasm with which families have welcomed this new service and we are thrilled to be able to contribute to making their hospitalization more pleasant," he continued.

About World ORT

Founded in 1880, World ORT is one of the largest non-governmental education and training organizations in the world. ORT's mission is to educate students so they can develop the necessary capacities to realize their dreams. Active in nearly 60 countries, ORT's technical and vocational schools train more than 260,000 students per year.

About Sainte-Justine's

The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre is the largest mother-child centre in Canada, with 450 beds, 19,000 admissions annually and 260,000 patients in ambulatory clinics. It has more than 4,000 employees and is one the four most important paediatric centres in North America. Associated with the Universite de Montreal, Sainte-Justine's is by far the biggest paediatric training centre in Quebec and a leader in Canada, with more than 4,000 students each year. The CHU Sainte-Justine and its research centre have considerable impact internationally. Sainte-Justine's will be celebrating its centennial in 2007.

Contact Information

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    CHU Sainte-Justine
    Sophie Allard
    Communications Agent
    (514) 808-9474