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    IWK Health, Cisco Canada and OnX Canada power critical connections between babies and families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    August 30, 2022
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    Epidural catheter supply stable

    August 4, 2022
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    IWK statement on infant formula supply

    May 27, 2022
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    Electrical System Upgrades at IWK set for Feb 9th

    February 8, 2022
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    Putting smiles on the faces of patients and families at IWK Health - Smilezone Foundation revitalizes several busy children’s clinics and family newborn lounge

    October 14, 2021
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    IWK approach to treating preterm infants with PDA being studied across North America

    September 17, 2021
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    Study finds flu vaccine during pregnancy does not adversely affect early childhood health

    June 22, 2021
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    Virtual Reality allows health care workers to experience patient’s perspective

    June 1, 2021
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    Statement from IWK Health on the Tragedy at the Kamloops Residential School

    May 31, 2021
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    Researchers compile mounting research on Covid variants

    May 26, 2021
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    New surgical approach corrects common hip disorder in adolescents

    May 6, 2021
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    Changes to visitor restrictions at IWK Health

    May 2, 2021
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    IWK Health to temporarily reduce elective surgeries

    April 30, 2021
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    National study looks at the effect pandemic-related restrictions on family presence has on PICU patients

    April 28, 2021
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    Statement from the Provincial Pediatric Advisory Committee about the importance of maintaining face-to-face in-classroom learning in Nova Scotia

    April 26, 2021
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    National Poison Prevention Week is March 21-27, 2021

    March 22, 2021
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    IWK to open first multidisciplinary endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain clinic in the Atlantic Provinces

    March 16, 2021
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    First of its Kind Quality and Patient Safety Research Chair at IWK Health

    March 8, 2021
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    IWK Health lab using PET scanner for COVID-19 research

    February 1, 2021
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    Read to Me Encourages Parents to Request Book Bags

    January 26, 2021
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    IWK Health’s 41st Christmas Tree lit thanks to Christmas magic

    December 9, 2020
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    Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health launch swish and gargle video for kids who need COVID-19 testing

    December 1, 2020
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    Changes to visitor restrictions at IWK Health

    November 26, 2020
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    State-of-the-Art MRI Helping IWK Patients and Families

    November 9, 2020
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    Handheld ultrasound leads to safer, more accurate diagnosis in IWK ED

    November 6, 2020
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    Pediatric Chairs of Canada recognizes Dr. Jeannette Comeau with leadership award

    October 28, 2020
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    IWK looks to genome sequencing to provide faster, more accurate results

    October 27, 2020
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    IWK Health rolling out online booking service

    October 6, 2020
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    September 20-26, 2020 is national Child Passenger Safety Week

    September 22, 2020
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    Changes related to visitation restrictions

    September 15, 2020
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    IWK research asks Maritime moms about effects of COVID restrictions on their postpartum experience

    September 10, 2020
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    IWK Research Study recruiting first time moms to receive text messages after birth

    August 6, 2020
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    Nova Scotia Health, IWK to require patients and visitors to wear masks in health care facilities

    July 17, 2020
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    IWK eases additional restrictions on support persons

    June 17, 2020
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    IWK/NSHA resumes normal parking operations and fees on Monday, June 1

    May 27, 2020
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    IWK eases some restrictions on support persons

    May 22, 2020
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    IWK urges Nova Scotians to continue to seek health care

    May 4, 2020
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    New Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition responds to global pandemic with $1.5 million collective investment

    April 17, 2020
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    IWK Health Centre to Issue a “No Visitors” Policy - effective March 18

    March 18, 2020
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    IWK Health Centre to suspend all non-urgent services - effective March 18th

    March 17, 2020
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    IWK to limit visitors

    March 12, 2020
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    Innovative Work Leads to Better Mental Health and Addictions Care for Children, Youth and Families

    February 13, 2020
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    Edible Cannabis– IWK experts share concerns

    October 15, 2019
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    September 15-21, 2019 is Child Passenger Safety Week in Atlantic Canada

    September 16, 2019
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    IWK Research awards scholarships to budding health researchers

    August 28, 2019
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    Notice to patients & families

    April 12, 2019
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    Notice to patients & families

    February 26, 2019
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    IWK Health Centre Warns Parents of Knock-off Car Seats Available Online

    February 19, 2019
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    Statement from the IWK Regarding the Office of the Auditor General’s Performance Audit (Chapter 2)

    December 11, 2018
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    Breast Density

    December 7, 2018
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    IWK Health Centre welcomes new president & CEO

    October 9, 2018
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    IWK first health centre in the Maritimes to receive Baby-Friendly Initiative designation

    October 1, 2018
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    Rebagliati’s cannabis claims unfounded, misleading and harmful say health experts at IWK

    July 3, 2018
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    Newborn screening of Sickle Cell Disease ensures lifesaving treatments

    June 19, 2018
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    IWK neonatologist’s findings may prevent risky heart surgery for preemies

    April 17, 2018
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    IWK Health Centre unveils first phase of new state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    April 10, 2018
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    National Poison Prevention Week March 18-24, 2018

    March 19, 2018
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    Departure from traditional surgery preparation leads to faster recovery, better patient experience

    January 30, 2018
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    IWK recognized as one of Nova Scotia’s top employers.

    January 25, 2018
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    IWK recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s top employers

    January 3, 2018
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    IWK doctors join national project to give young people across the country a fighting chance against high risk cancers

    November 23, 2017
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 15, 2017
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    November 13 to 19 is World Antibiotic Awareness Week – what you should know.

    November 14, 2017
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    Sepsis PedsPacs introduced in the IWK Emergency Department

    November 7, 2017
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    Carbon monoxide poisoning is entirely preventable

    November 3, 2017
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    Op-ed by Karen Hutt, Chair, IWK Board of Directors: We are overcome with concern over breach of trust

    September 28, 2017
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    IWK Board of Directors Releases Independent Review of CEO Expenses

    August 31, 2017
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    A Message from Karen Hutt, Chair, IWK Board of Directors

    August 23, 2017
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    IWK's Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo recognized as health innovation pioneer

    July 21, 2017
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    Maritimers pledge record-breaking $6.4 million during 33rd annual IWK Telethon for Children

    June 6, 2017
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    Patient voices to be heard for first time at Canadian Pain Society meeting

    May 23, 2017
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    IWK Researchers win Governor General’s Innovation Award

    May 8, 2017
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    Dr. Richard Goldbloom inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

    May 4, 2017
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    IWK attracts brain research grants

    April 26, 2017
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    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in IWK Emergency Department first of its kind in province

    March 22, 2017
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    National Poison Prevention Week March 19-25, 2017

    March 20, 2017
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    Investments in Innovative Neonatal Care Help Families Bond

    March 1, 2017
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    Weather Related Service Update

    February 16, 2017
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    Public Health investigating confirmed cases of measles in Halifax area

    February 15, 2017
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    3D printed heart model allows cardiac surgeons to rehearse complex procedures

    February 8, 2017
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    NSHA & IWK Look Forward to Moving Ahead with the Bargaining Process

    January 19, 2017
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    Cineplex Theatre to Open at the IWK Health Centre

    January 18, 2017
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    Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program celebrates 25th anniversary

    December 6, 2016
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    Online tool aims to improve surgical experience for children with ASD

    November 29, 2016
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    Tracy Kitch, President & CEO of the IWK Health Centre named a WXN 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

    November 23, 2016
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 15, 2016
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    Study shows switch from mask to portable inhaler improves pediatric emergency department (PED) visits.

    November 8, 2016
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    Need a Family Practice?

    November 4, 2016
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    Online community connects youth at the IWK with others at health centres across Canada.

    October 17, 2016
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    Dal Grad students attract prestigious national research awards to support their continued studies at IWK’s Centre for Pediatric Pain Research.

    October 5, 2016
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    ‘Sex after baby’ studies focus on the couple rather than individual parents.

    October 3, 2016
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    September 18-24, 2016 is national Child Passenger Safety Week

    September 19, 2016
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    Dr. Andrew Lynk appointed head/chief of the Department of Pediatrics

    September 13, 2016
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    #ItDoesntHaveToHurt celebrates first anniversary with special event at Twitter Canada

    September 12, 2016
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    Dr. Alexa Bagnell new Chief of Psychiatry at the IWK Health Centre

    August 25, 2016
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    The Health of Maritime Women and Children is Everyone’s Business

    June 21, 2016
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    The IWK’s Dr. Pat McGrath receives National Legacy of Leadership Award

    June 10, 2016
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    IWK’s BIOTIC imaging lab offers unique clinical mandate in Canada

    April 6, 2016
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    IWK researchers members of three out of five networks in $62.5 million pool

    April 1, 2016
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    Maritime Newborn Screening Program expands to include screening for SCID

    March 22, 2016
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    Canadian Center for Vaccinology launches Maternal Immunization Study

    March 8, 2016
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    Imaging Adventure Program at IWK Health Centre first of its kind in Canada

    December 16, 2015
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    Dr. Leslie Anne Campbell appointed new Sobey Family Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes

    December 16, 2015
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    Juno award-winning artist JRDN Visits IWK

    November 30, 2015
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    IWK Announces Wessex Scholarship

    November 30, 2015
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    Halifax hospitals score high in open-visiting policy study

    November 10, 2015
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    #ItDoesntHaveToHurt Launch Marries Science and Media to Benefit Parents

    September 28, 2015
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    IWK Leaders Lend a Helping Hand in Habitat for Humanity Women Build

    September 22, 2015
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    Back to School: Pedestrian Safety

    September 8, 2015
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    Alex Tagliani brings Summer of TAG to the IWK

    August 17, 2015
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    Dr. Bruce Crooks cycles 7,000 Kilometres for Kids Cancer Ride

    August 10, 2015
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    Youth Advisory Council making changes at the IWK

    August 10, 2015
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    IWK Researchers awarded coveted CIHR New Investigator Awards

    July 6, 2015
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    MRI App developed at the IWK wins award at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California

    July 6, 2015
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    Join the IWK Research Registry

    May 11, 2015
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 17, 2014
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    Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at IWK to conduct Phase I Ebola Vaccine Trials

    November 14, 2014
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    It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Helping Children Prepare for Medical Procedures, Appointments, and Surgeries

    October 24, 2014
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    IWK Ebola Virus Disease Response Planning Underway

    October 16, 2014
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    Pain in Child Health Training Program announces the release of paper and video

    October 6, 2014
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    Psychology For You - Anxiety in Young Children: How to Help

    September 26, 2014
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    Prominent physician bringing “Three Big Ideas” about health care to new innovation speaker series

    September 25, 2014
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    IWK’s smallest patients receive big donation from construction association

    September 23, 2014
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    Come celebrate our 104th annual Kermesse Fun Fair for the IWK

    September 4, 2014
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    Psychology for You - Bullying Prevention and Intervention

    August 28, 2014
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    IWK NICU implements new breast milk scanning, storing and tracking system

    July 29, 2014
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    July 22 Labour and Delivery Class Cancelled

    July 22, 2014
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    Women's and Newborn Health Program Planning

    June 23, 2014
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    Coping with major tragic events

    June 5, 2014
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    Dr. Isabel Smith appointed Dalhousie’s Joan and Jack Craig Chair in Autism Research

    June 4, 2014
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    Maritimers donate $6.1 million to the 30th IWK Telethon for Children on CTV

    June 2, 2014
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    New Mental Health Unit Will Enhance Patient and Family Care at the IWK Health Centre

    May 2, 2014
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    Planting the Seeds of Partnership: Hope Blooms and IWK Recreation Therapy

    April 7, 2014
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    Maritime Newborn Screening Program Expands on April 1, 2014

    April 1, 2014
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    March 13 Pre-Natal Class Cancelled at the IWK

    March 13, 2014
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    Psychology For You - Food for Thought: Mealtime strategies for pre-schoolers

    February 27, 2014
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    Innovative research grants poised to transform health care in Atlantic Canada

    February 17, 2014
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    IWK Health Centre celebrates African Heritage Month with a special lecture

    February 12, 2014
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    Patient and Family Centred Care Survey 2014

    February 6, 2014
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    Psychology For You: Eating Disorders & Pathways to Recovery

    January 30, 2014
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    Food After Baby Launches at the IWK Health Centre

    January 28, 2014
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    January 29, 2014 Pre-Natal Class Cancelled at the IWK

    January 22, 2014
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    Bust a Move 2014: a celebration and an announcement

    January 15, 2014
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    Three IWK psychiatrists receive awards at 2013 CACAP conference

    December 16, 2013
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    All Welcome at IWK Tap the Tap Celebration

    November 18, 2013
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day

    November 15, 2013
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    Tightly Knit: IWK Health Centre hosts its 2013 AGM and releases latest report to the community

    October 16, 2013
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    Parents and Families Support Pregnancy and Infant Loss through 5th Annual Halifax Walk to Remember

    October 15, 2013
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    IWK Health Centre Celebrates its 2013 Annual General Meeting

    October 11, 2013
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    5th Annual Halifax Walk to Remember at the IWK

    October 10, 2013
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    Celebrating the Mi’kmaw Language with Music and Song

    October 7, 2013
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    Families invited to Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge and Family Fair on October 5

    September 30, 2013
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    IWK researchers awarded highest honour from the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

    September 30, 2013
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    Psychology For You: Promoting a Good Night's Sleep - Monday October 7, 2013

    September 26, 2013
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    Midwifery at the IWK: IWK will offer home births starting Monday, September 23

    September 20, 2013
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    Save the date for the IWK Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    September 11, 2013
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    Well known philanthropist makes surprise $1 million donation at IWK 250

    July 22, 2013
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    Capital Health and IWK Health Centre Celebrate Pride Week 2013

    July 22, 2013
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    Awards of the Board of Directors

    July 18, 2013
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    Public Service Announcement - Regular Power Restored at IWK

    July 16, 2013
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    Psychology for You - Bedwetting 101: Helping Your School-Aged Child or Adolescent Learn to Stay Dry through the Night

    April 1, 2013
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    Shambhala's royal family announces birth of second child

    March 14, 2013
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    Patient and Family Centred Care Survey

    March 6, 2013
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    The IWK Health Centre Foundation invites applications for the Robbie and Jean Shaw Scholarship

    March 6, 2013

IWK Health, Cisco Canada and OnX Canada power critical connections between babies and families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

August 30, 2022


Halifax, Canada, August 30, 2022 – IWK Health announced the success of its web-delivered application – Chez NICU Home – and securely powered Cisco Webex technologies to connect NICU families to education, supports, and resources they need to become more active participants in the care of their babies, driving healthier outcomes for families. Leveraging technology to provide critical support and virtual connections has helped more than 450 families thrive during their stay in the NICU.

Chez NICU Home offers families evidence-based education related to NICU care that can be accessed anytime, anywhere at their convenience. From daily care activities, feeding and nursing, to the discharge process and understanding common NICU conditions, Chez NICU Home provides families the information and resources they need, while also tracking their baby’s daily progress.

“Our research team found that babies in the NICU do better when parents are present and more actively involved in care. Chez NICU Home was designed to inspire, connect, and support families throughout their NICU experience,” said Denise Lalanne, Director, Innovation, Technology and Redevelopment , IWK Health. “Along with Cisco and Webex video devices, we’re delivering a virtual care model at scale that involves families in their baby’s daily care to ensure healthier outcomes for all.”

Chez NICU Home was developed with the support and financial contribution from the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the IWK Foundation, which was announced on March 1, 2017. The project was a collaboration across IWK Health that included Innovation Services, a team of researchers, clinicians, and IT – in partnership with Cisco Canada and OnX – to launch the web-based application.

“This project represents Government of Canada support working as intended – translating innovative collaborations into real-time applications with life-saving implications,” said Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Member of Parliament for Halifax. “But the incalculably important benefit is the reassurance, the connection and the peace of mind it provides the parents of children at their most vulnerable during an emotional and challenging time for the entire family. There is an equal emphasis on health and care in this equation, as it should be.”

Each NICU room is equipped with a high-quality Webex video device and collaboration technology that connects families to appointments with healthcare providers and local health professionals, or to family members who are unable to be there in person. For example, if spouses need to care for other children out of town, they can virtually participate in clinical rounds via Webex to get the latest update on the baby’s progress.

“Powering a family’s connection to their newborn and critical support during their stay in the NICU is a special thing. We are proud to help make a family’s stay in the NICU less stressful,” said Shannon Leininger, President, Cisco Canada. “Virtual care has removed boundaries and barriers to information and healthcare. The Chez NICU Home model allows families to actively participate in their baby’s health regardless of their location, while keeping them connected to healthcare providers and loved ones outside of the NICU during those long days and nights.”

The feedback from patients has been overwhelmingly positive, demonstrating the effectiveness of virtual care, education, and resources to families. Parents are grateful to receive additional support and learnings during a stressful time, with 97% of users agreeing that the lessons delivered through the project were helpful.

“Through the support of our donors, the IWK Foundation is proud to be a part of Chez NICU Home,” said Jennifer Gillivan, President & CEO, IWK Foundation. “The past two years have truly demonstrated the power and importance of connection. Chez NICU Home is able to bring the IWK’s NICU team and patient families together during this critical time in their child’s life.” 

OnX Canada, a Cisco Gold partner and a trusted collaboration solution provider to IWK, was engaged at all levels to design a highly tailored communication solution that harnessed the full capabilities of Webex. 

“Our team took this program to heart, knowing that the technology would positively impact so many lives throughout the NICU,” said Paul Khawaja, President, OnX Canada. “By taking the time to understand the range of needs of healthcare providers and families, the specialized healthcare collaboration solution we provided will deliver lasting benefits for all.”

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