St. Mary’s In the News

Read about archived St. Mary’s news items.

November 30th, 2017

St. Mary’s Continues as a Top Hospital in Canada for Patient Safety

November 30, 2017 (Kitchener) – St. Mary’s General Hospital continues to be recognized as one of the safest acute care hospitals in Canada, achieving the third best score for Hospital Standardizedmore info…

May 9th, 2013

Online ER wait-times clock working for St. Mary’s hospital in Kitchener

KITCHENER — When St. Mary’s General Hospital started posting current emergency room wait times online, it expected patients with less-serious problems to come when the department wasn’t as busy. Whatmore info…

April 30th, 2013

Local hospital staff score well on handwashing

WATERLOO REGION — St. Mary’s General Hospital staff are being far more diligent about cleaning their hands after scoring poorly last year on hand hygiene compliance. Grand River Hospital improvedmore info…

April 29th, 2013

Emergency room wait times: Online, real-time listings get mixed reviews

An experiment in online listings for emergency room wait times has produced some surprising results. A year into Ontario’s first experiment with an online real-time emergency room wait time calculator,more info…

March 21st, 2013

Early colorectal cancer detection program at local hospitals saves lives

WATERLOO REGION — Selwyn Gundy didn’t feel sick when he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. “I was a healthy person on the outside, but you can’t see what’s going onmore info…

February 28th, 2013

St. Mary’s sees success with program to wean patients from ventilators

KITCHENER — St. Mary’s Hospital is getting more money to continue a pilot program that frees beds in intensive care units by moving out patients who’ve been on ventilators formore info…

December 27th, 2012

Hospital honours doctor’s devotion to regional sexual assault centre

KITCHENER — When St. Mary’s General Hospital opened a regional centre for sexual assault victims 20 years ago, the innovative approach was welcomed by Dr. Violet Shadd. “It was suchmore info…

December 14th, 2012

St. Mary’s reports lowest death rate for all Canadian hospitals

WATERLOO REGION — St. Mary’s General Hospital has the lowest death rate of all hospitals in Canada, and this area ranks among the country’s safest for admitted patients. “We getmore info…

November 8th, 2012

St. Mary’s gets funding for life-saving heart-monitoring device

KITCHENER — St. Mary’s General Hospital got a funding boost of more than $2.3 million to implant and monitor a life-saving heart device that until now required patients to travelmore info…

May 23rd, 2012

Kitchener hospital displays ER wait times on its website

St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener has become the first hospital in Ontario and the second in Canada to provide the pubic with emergency department wait times on its website.more info…

May 23rd, 2012

Live ER wait times may be coming to a hospital near you

Imagine knowing how long you’ll have to wait at your local emergency department before you get there. It’s information that is now online at a Kitchener hospital. Check out thismore info…

May 23rd, 2012

Toronto area hospitals may soon post live ER wait times online

You know how long you will wait to ride your favourite roller-coaster at the amusement park, and the number of minutes you’ll spend standing until the next train pulls intomore info…

April 18th, 2012

Hospitals should ignore the quibblers in wait-times innovations

In the realm of upgrading the health care industry, someone has produced a good idea. So naturally there are complaints. Read this column in the National Post.

April 18th, 2012

Hospitals turn to Internet to fight emergency room wait times

St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener has become the first hospital in Ontario to post wait times for emergency care on its website. A smartphone app is coming soon.  Read the story inmore info…

April 8th, 2012

Re-admission rates low at local hospitals

WATERLOO REGION — Patients are generally suffering fewer complications after discharge from local hospitals than the Canadian average, according to a new national report. The Canadian Institute for Health Information’smore info…

February 23rd, 2012

St. Mary’s surgeon pioneers heart surgery techniques

KITCHENER — Innovative heart surgery techniques are being pioneered by a surgeon at St. Mary’s General Hospital cardiac centre, including what’s likely the world’s first surgery through only a smallmore info…

February 8th, 2012

Heart transplant patient plans new-found future

Looking forward to a future is now possible for Andrea Clegg. Andrea Clegg Andrea Clegg and her dog Chili cuddle inside her Cambridge home. Clegg now has enough energy tomore info…

February 3rd, 2012

Kitchener hospitals hone lab for faster cancer testing

Kitchener hospital patients waiting to hear if they have cancer are getting answers faster as wait times for pathology reports dropped dramatically with a recent overhaul of lab services. Readmore info…

January 22nd, 2012

Medical house calls part of geriatric pilot project

A nurse practitioner, specially trained in geriatrics, will visit frail elderly patients in their home, accompanied by a geriatrician if more expertise is needed. The goal of the project, whichmore info…

January 18th, 2012

1000 Better ways – video

St. Mary’s launched a campaign to be better in 1000 ways. To empower our staff, physicians and volunteers to suggest and implement new ideas that will add value for ourmore info…

December 8th, 2011

Local hospitals continue to improve mortality rate

WATERLOO REGION — Local hospitals continue to significantly decrease their death rates, ranking this region among the safest in the province.  St. Mary’s General Hospital holds one of the lowestmore info…

November 4th, 2011

3-D Echocardiagram: real-time view of a heart and greater success – video

Doctors Kassem Ashe and Tim Aye cardiac surgeons at St. Mary’s, explain the “1000-times difference” in data and results that 3D, real-time scans of the heart produce when trying tomore info…

May 16th, 2011

St. Mary’s staff reunite and share some history

More than 250 people came to Monday’s celebration at the Waterloo Inn to mingle with old friends and colleagues, and to hear from speakers including astronaut Dr. Dave Williams —more info…

March 25th, 2011

St. Mary’s Hospital rooted deeply in community

St. Mary’s has a venerable history in Kitchener-Waterloo. Starting with the Sister’s of St. Joseph through to its status today as a cardiac care leader, take a walk through timemore info…

March 18th, 2011

Recognizing and reacting to a heart attack – video

Clive Smith and James Gregg are two St. Mary’s patients with two different reactions to their heart attack symptoms. Would you recognize the symptoms of a heart attack? Watching thismore info…

January 18th, 2011

St. Mary’s improves efficiency and wait times – video

St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario embarked on implementing their ambitious new vision this with their 1000 Better Ways initiative. In the Emergency area, looking to optimize every stepmore info…

December 22nd, 2010

St. Mary’s outreach program helps save lives of those with COPD – video

COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the second leading cause of hospital admissions for chronic illness in Canada. More than 10,000 Canadians die from this respiratory disease every year.more info…

November 18th, 2010

St Mary’s introduces new colon cancer screening pilot project – video

St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario has introduced a new colon cancer screening pilot project. Known as a flexible sigmoidoscopy, it is preformed by 2 specially trained nurses onmore info…

December 19th, 2009

St. Mary’s receives innovation award from province – video

St. Mary’s was recognized by the province with an Innovation in Health Care Award for Nurse Practitioner Matt Dubuc’s role in surgery. A Registered Nurse, Matt received additional training tomore info…

February 18th, 2008

St. Mary’s saves lives by treating heart attack patients faster – video

Innovation is at the core of St. Mary’s status as a national leader in cardiac care. This video illustrates how St. Mary’s drive for quality and efficiency is saving livesmore info…