The division is sub-divided into three complementary services.
The Marjorie & Gerald Bronfman Division of Palliative Care
This unit specializes in care for patients with complex needs and difficult symptom management. The team includes physicians, nurses, music and art therapists, social workers, psychologists, pastoral care workers, volunteers and other allied health professionals. Amenities include a large family room with a small kitchenette, a kosher kitchen, family bathroom equipped with a shower, and a therapeutic spa for patients. Each room can accommodate a recliner-bed for overnight stays.
Sub-Acute Palliative Care Unit
Adjacent to the palliative care unit, the sub-acute palliative care unit offers care to patients who do not require specialized services. The unit is primarily used as a transition place for patients returning home or for patients awaiting the more specialized care provided on the palliative care unit.
Supportive Care Team
The Supportive Care Team is comprised of a palliative care nurse consultant and a team of family physicians who respond to requests for palliative care consults made by other units within the Jewish General Hospital. In addition, the palliative care consult physicians provide both specialized oncology and palliative care to patients in a variety of oncology out-patient clinics: pulmonary, gynecology, medical, and radiation.
Referrals to Palliative/Supportive care are made through the patient's treating physician.
Director, The Marjorie & Gerald Bronfman Division of Palliative Care: Dr. Bernard Lapointe, 514-340-8222 ext 2845
Head Nurse: Bessy Bitzas, 514-340-8222 ext 5602
Reception: 514-340-8222 ext 5422
Supportive Care Nurse Consultant: Francine Venne, 514-340-8222 ext 3617
Please meet our team at the Jewish General Hospital
blapointe [at] jgh [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Bernard Lapointe) is both the Eric M. Flanders Chair and the Director of Palliative Care McGill, appointed in July 2009. He aslo holds the Chief position of The Marjorie & Gerald Bronfman Division of Palliative Care at the Jewish General Hospital since September 2001. Bernard became involved with the care of the dying in 1985 while working in one of Montreal's busiest AIDS clinics, La Clinique Médicale l'Actuel. From 1989-1991, he served as Chief of the Bureau of Care Treatment and Support at the Federal Centre for AIDS (Health Canada) and continued his AIDS practice in Montreal. In 1991, he returned to the full-time practice of medicine, joining Balfour Mount's team at the Royal Victoria Palliative Care Service. In 1995, he became responsible for the undergraduate program of Palliative Medicine teaching at McGill and in 1998 was appointed Director of the Palliative Care Service at the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal. Since September 2001, Bernard has been an associate professor of Palliative Medicine in the Departments of Family Medicine and Oncology. He was awarded the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Award of excellence in both 2007 and 2009.
bbitzas [at] nurs [dot] jgh [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Bessy Bitzas, PhD, RN, CHCPN(C)) is the Head Nurse at The Marjorie & Gerald Bronfman Division of Palliative Care at the Jewish General Hospital since 2000. She is a graduate of the Direct Entry Master's Program at McGill University's School of Nursing, class of 1997. She began her career at the Jewish General Hospital as a bedside nurse upon graduation, and in 2006 she received her certification in Hospice and Palliative Care from the Canadian Nurses Association. In addition to her administrative duties, Bessy is involved in teaching and clinical supervision of nursing students and registered nurses and has presented on this topic at provincial, national and international conferences. Bessy has also been involved in palliative care research and is a member of the Jewish General Hospital's Research Ethics Board, both the Ethics and Scientific Review Committees. IN 2008, she began her doctoral studies in Nursing at McGill University under the supervision of Robin Cohen. She is funded by FRESIQ and her research focus is on transitions at the end of life.
afeindel [at] jgh [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Anna Feindel) is a registered nurse with a degree in psychology from McGill University and has obtained a diploma with distinction on the Dean's Honour List in Human Relations and Family Life Education in Spring Convocation 2014. Anna has been the Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator with Hope & Cope at the Jewish General Hospital since 2011. She combines her nursing knowledge, neuroscience research experience, and program training to provide volunteers with support, guidance, on-going education and medical understanding of palliative care patients. She also holds workshops on self-care and collaborates to host the McGill Palliative Care Volunteer Training twice a year for new volunteers. She has created innovative and evidence-based projects involving volunteers and patients, while offering psychosocial support and coping with bereavement to families at this time in their loved one's end of life. She is both a member of the Council on Palliative Care McGill and the Programme Committee for the International Congress on Palliative Care.