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Social Services Department: Helping Families Through Illness
Support the MUHC’s Social Service Department.
The stress and anxiety of a diagnosis and illness can turn a person’s world upside down. From tests and procedures to waiting for results and wondering what comes next, the journey that lies ahead can be daunting. Without meaningful support networks, some of our population’s most vulnerable patients including low-income families, newly-landed immigrants or refugee claimants face an enormous struggle on their journey to recovery. With no one to rely on for emotional and financial support, they can be left feeling extremely isolated.
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The MUHC’s Social Service Department
"The most important thing that we do is to make our patients feel understood and cared for. We work together as a team to make them feel comfortable and at ease. Part of that is making sure that they are well fed. This level of poverty is often hidden in our city, but it is there." -Cristian Machuca, Nurse Manager, Chronic Viral Illness Service, MUHC