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AnnStewart

You just can’t do what we do, for such a complex patient population, without a strong and experienced team with a variety of perspectives. A sense of humour helps too.

Dr. Ann Stewart, MD, Casey House Medical Director

First and foremost I am inspired by the resilience of the people we care for. Too often they are written off or told their disease is too advanced to be treated. But they have a lot of hope, and they persevere and often they find joy in life and make many valuable contributions.

I think health care workers must be open to the needs and challenges of this patient population. The team at Casey House continues to rise to the occasion – and that inspires me too. The staff here have such wisdom and experience to draw on. We have terrific nurses, but additionally, other professionals including social work and physiotherapy provide insights at our team meetings.

Casey House treats some of the most medically complex people with HIV in our city. Our clients can present huge challenges for diagnosis, let alone treatment. Some symptoms can lead you to have a certain diagnosis that you get stuck on, and then the tests all come back negative and you’re back at square one. But frequently it will be someone on the team – one of the nurses, or the nutritionist or physiotherapist or social worker, for example – who will have a suggestion, and you pull on that thread and find that it leads to the solution.

You just can’t do what we do, for such a complex patient population, without a strong and experienced team with a variety of perspectives. A sense of humour helps too.