October 2013 Archives

Getting the Compassion back

Posted by Christina Harnett

This week we hear some reponses to Penny Ericson's report about the care her husband received at the Dr Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton.

And the head of the Candian Medical Association gives us his thoughts on why "patient-centred care" is an idea whose time has come.

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Penny Ericson

Posted by Christina Harnett

Carl Ericson spent the last seven months of his life in a hospital, and his wife Penny was with him the entire time.
She was well qualified to play a role in her husband's care; Penny is a retired nurse and nursing professor from Fredericton.
But while Carl was in the Dr Everett Chalmers hospital, Penny wasn't just looking after him, she was taking notes about their experience on the other side of the health care system.
And it wasn't pretty.
In September, Penny released a scathing report, outlining the problems she saw - complete with examples - and suggested solutions.
Pauline spoke with her last week.

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The Main Monk

Posted by Christina Harnett

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Followers of Unvirtuous Abbey on Twitter and Facebook are used to seeing prayers such as...
"For those who say that they've made a 360 degree change, when they mean 180,....we pray."
And, "For automatic sliding doors that make you feel like a Jedi, we give thanks. Amen."
And, "For those who are living in a powder keg and giving off sparks, we pray."

Unvirtuous Abbey is a social media phenomenon,describing itself on Facebook as "Digital monks praying for people with first world problems."
Freelance reporter Dave Atkinson introduces us to the man behind the account, Moncton's Aaron Billard.

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The Rev. Aaron C Billard

Listen here to our interview with Rev. Lawrence DeWolfe from the Atlantic School of Theology

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