Mission

To limit and facilitate the logistical work that distraught visitors must endure when visiting a family member in the ICU, all the while providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere to an often intimidating environment.

History

The ICU Bridge Program (ICUBP) is an initiative started on December 28, 2015 by two McGill students, Adamo and Milanka, in collaboration with Dr. David Hornstein, an internist/intensivist at the Montreal General Hospital Intensive Care Unit (MGH ICU). At the time, Adamo and Milanka were co-directors of the McGill Medical Direction Shadowing Program and had approached Dr. Hornstein to ask if he would be willing to let students shadow. Instead, Dr. Hornstein proposed the idea of a program meant to target the lack of patient communication in the ICU, a traditionally confusing and emotionally charged environment for both patients and family members. This program was meant to continue the mission of the Lauren Alexander Foundation of providing simple, heartfelt gestures to help alleviate the stress that family and friends experience when visiting their loved one in critical condition. Thus, the ICU Bridge Program was born

History

The ICU Bridge Program (ICUBP) is an initiative started on December 28, 2015 by two McGill students, Adamo and Milanka, in collaboration with Dr. David Hornstein, an internist/intensivist at the Montreal General Hospital Intensive Care Unit (MGH ICU). At the time, Adamo and Milanka were co-directors of the McGill Medical Direction Shadowing Program and had approached Dr. Hornstein to ask if he would be willing to let students shadow. Instead, Dr. Hornstein proposed the idea of a program meant to target the lack of patient communication in the ICU, a traditionally confusing and emotionally charged environment for both patients and family members. This program was meant to continue the mission of the Lauren Alexander Foundation of providing simple, heartfelt gestures to help alleviate the stress that family and friends experience when visiting their loved one in critical condition. Thus, the ICU Bridge Program was born

Ms. Bita Danechi, RN — Nurse Clinician in the Intensive Care Unit at the Montreal General Hosptial.  Ms. Danechi is responsible for the support of patients and family members of patients in Intensive Care.  In addition, she supports the medical and nursing staff in all manner of interactions with patients and families.

Ms. Georgia Bakos — Administrative assistant in the Intensive Care Unit at the Montreal General Hospital.  Ms. Bakos has been an integral part of this project since its beginning, providing inestimable logistic support and creative input.  Ms. Bakos is extremely devoted to helping us help family members in any way we can.

Ms. Gabrielle Raill —  Creative designer and owner of Railldesign Inc. Lifetime family friend of Dr. Hornstein, Ms. Raill enthusiastically embraced this project, took it under her wing, and has been pivotal in the elaboration of its outreach through the design of our website and facebook pages, our visual material, and our event planning.  Gabrielle continues to work exhaustively to ensure that we capture the spirit of Lauren Alexander so that we may respect it and represent it faithfully in our endeavours. You can see more of her work on her website.

The ICU Bridge Program (ICUBP) is an initiative started on December 28, 2015 by two McGill students, Adamo and Milanka, in collaboration with Dr. David Hornstein, an internist/intensivist at the Montreal General Hospital Intensive Care Unit (MGH ICU). At the time, Adamo and Milanka were co-directors of the McGill Medical Direction Shadowing Program and had approached Dr. Hornstein to ask if he would be willing to let students shadow. Instead, Dr. Hornstein proposed the idea of a program meant to target the lack of patient communication in the ICU, a traditionally confusing and emotionally charged environment for both patients and family members. This program was meant to continue the mission of the Lauren Alexander Foundation of providing simple, heartfelt gestures to help alleviate the stress that family and friends experience when visiting their loved one in critical condition. Thus, the ICU Bridge Program was born

History

2 silhouettes holding hands, one lifting the other up. ICU Bridge Progam and Programme de Liaison de l'USI are written underneat
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