Our Stories 2018-05-18T12:43:24+00:00

Our Stories

The MCI Foundation unveils plaque recognizing Raymond James’ tremendous contribution to the MCI

Annual Raymond James Charity Softball Game raises $130,000 for life-changing equipment, clinics and research at the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre Photo (above): Richard Rousseau, Mitch Rosenberg and Martin Leclerc from Raymond James stand next to the financial firm’s new plaque outside the exercise testing equipment room. Funds raised from their charity softball tournament paid for all the equipment in this room, to help patients with COPD. The Montreal Chest Institute Foundation extends a heartfelt thank you to the incredible team at Raymond James, a diversified financial services firm, which over [...]

MCI recruits leading interstitial lung diseases (ILD) specialist

Playing detective is one of the things Dr. Deborah Assayag really likes about her job. The respirologist, who will be joining the team at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in July, specializes in the treatment of interstitial lung diseases (ILD), a group of difficult to diagnose pulmonary diseases that cause scarring (fibrosis) and/or inflammation of the lungs. “I am a bit like Sherlock Holmes. When I meet patients for the first time, I ask a lot of questions and take a very thorough medical history. I ask about [...]

Why I love my nursing job: Joanie Bernier has found her calling

Joanie Bernier predicts her first and last job will be at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) of the McGill University Health Centre. The nurse coordinator loves her job so much she plans to retire from the MCI in 2041! You could say, Joanie has found her niche. The reasons she enjoys nursing so much are many, but key among them are great colleagues and the opportunity to connect with patients and provide them comfort and security when they are most vulnerable. “Every night when I get home, I know that I have made a small [...]

Mikaëlaglaë Tunis, proud member of Montreal Chest Institute’s team of respiratory therapists!

Mikaëlaglaë ‘Mikëy’ Tunis decided to study respiratory therapy because the profession gave her options. She could work in an operating room, an intensive care unit, a laboratory or as part of a home care team. She chose to work at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). That was 13 years ago and while she has tried working elsewhere, the MCI keeps calling her home. She explains the roles and responsibilities of a respiratory therapist (RT) are continuously expanding and evolving. In addition, she says, new medical technologies make the [...]

Chelsea’s story: Young woman with cystic fibrosis waits for the cure that will save her life

Most of us might pop a multivitamin each morning. Chelsea Gagnon swallows 20 to 30 pills per day or 10,000 pills a year. The 27-year-old has cystic fibrosis (CF): her body produces thick, sticky mucous that clogs her lungs, making it hard to breathe. The disease makes her prone to sinus and lung infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Eventually, chronic inflammation triggered by repeated infections will damage her lungs. Chelsea has been a patient of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) of the McGill University Health Centre her entire adult [...]

Giving back and getting back: Why Shannon Cupri loves being a nurse

When Shannon Cupri graduated from high school, she applied to CEGEP to become either a nurse or a police officer. She was accepted in both programs. Tossing a coin, she opted for nursing and has never looked back. Shannon is a registered nurse on the Inpatient Unit at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). She has been a fixture on the ward for 22 years. The MCI was her first job out of nursing school and despite having tried a few other nursing positions over the years, the MCI [...]