Two staff members from the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) won awards for their outstanding contributions to the unit.
Francine Walsh Award for Excellence in Critical Care
The MSICU team created this Nursing excellence award in 1994 to honour Francine Walsh, who worked as an Intensive Care Nurse at the JGH from 1984 to 1994. Ms. Walsh was celebrated by her colleagues for her knowledge, skills and dedication. She passed away at the age of 44 following a battle with cancer. Any ICU nurse is eligible to receive this award.
Lyne St-Louis, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Intensive Care, recipient of the 2017 Francine Walsh Award
Ms. St-Louis began working at the JGH in 1989, and joined the MSICU in 2000. “Lyne is a pillar for both junior and senior nurses on the unit,” says MSICU Interim Nurse Coordinator Stephanie Petizian. “She never hesitates to share her exceptional knowledge with her peers.” Ms. St-Louis thrives under the pressures of the MSICU and loves a good challenge, she added. “Her commitment to a high standard of care is shown in her day-to-day interactions with patients, families, and the MSICU team.”
Melanie David ICU Leadership Award
Melanie David was the JGH Intensive Care Assistant Head Nurse from 1979, a position she held for three decades. The MSICU team established this leadership excellence award in 2009 to commemorate Ms. David’s passion for her field, her ability to comfort families in crisis, and her support to nurses in providing excellent care to patients. Any member of the critical care team is eligible for this award.
Pina D’Orve, JGH Social Worker, recipient of the 2017 Melanie David Award
Ms. D’Orve began working at the JGH in 1986, and moved to the MSICU in 2014. “Even though I’ve been here for more than 30 years, I’m still learning,” she says. “I’m awed by our patients and our families, and their resilience and courage to walk through these doors.”
Alongside her interdisciplinary team, Ms. D’Orve’s goal is to ensure that every patient in the MSICU is seen as a person and treated with respect. “We aim to show compassion and empathy in the hopes that when patients or families leave us, they’ll look back on this challenging period in their lives and remember our kindness.”