Good morning, TeamUHN!

It is a pleasure to connect with you across care, research, and education through this weekly CEO update – all in service of A Healthier World.

Key reminders and updates

  • The 2023 UHN Research Report – 'Reaching Our North Star' – showcases how the researchers at Canada's largest research hospital are laser-focused on creating A Healthier World. This report and dynamic website highlight a year of remarkable achievements and breakthroughs from across UHN's research institutes and foundations that have had a global impact, including research advancements, milestones, awards, and other highlights. With $539 million in total funding (2022/23) and more than 5,000 TeamUHN members in Research as staff, principal investigators, and students and postdoctoral researchers, UHN is proud to exemplify the rich scientific potential in Canada and to continue to be a world-leading institution seeking answers on behalf of our patients. Read the full report online.
  • It was a pleasure attending UHN's second annual Quality and Safety Summit last Wednesday. More than 200 TeamUHN members gathered in the MaRS Discovery District for a full day of in-person collaboration opportunities and breakout sessions, while another 100 joined virtually. The event also featured an insightful keynote address by Drs. Justin Waring and Graham Martin of The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute in Cambridge, England on “The puzzles of cultivating a patient safety culture: Lessons from the U.K." As UHN seeks to become the safest hospital in the world, it is critically important that we continue to build a strong safety culture where everyone feels empowered to speak up and challenge traditional hierarchies to ensure the patient's needs always come first. My sincere thanks to Quality, Safety, and Clinical Adoption at UHN for organizing this very meaningful day. Reminder: Please complete the UHN Safety Culture Survey
  • The 2SLGBTQIA+ Committee will host a virtual service at noon today to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance for all those who have died because of anti-transgender violence. You can access a MS Teams link here. TDOR was started nearly 25 years ago to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a Black transgender woman murdered in Boston in 1998. We are asked on this day to remember all transgender, Two-Spirit, and non-binary people who have lost their lives to hatred and pledge to stand united against transphobia and discrimination of any kind. We thank the 2SLGBTQIA+ Committee for hosting this important event and for its efforts throughout Transgender Awareness Week spotlight important issues facing the trans community, particularly in health care. Visit the 2SLGBTQIA+ Sharepoint site for more details.
  • I was happy to co-write a piece for the Toronto Star last week with Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto, calling for the return of hospital report cards in Ontario. The data yielded from these reports, which included scores on patient satisfaction, health outcomes, and managerial practices, helped hospitals improve performance. As we head toward a more integrated system, with hospitals such as UHN working closely with community partners and providers, we believe such report cards would be useful to measure success. Read the full column in The Toronto Star.

What happened at the Executive Leadership Forum meeting

UHN's Executive Leadership Forum (ELF) represents a broad range of voices and skill sets from across the organization and provides direction and oversight in service of patients, TeamUHN and our vision of A Healthier World. See the full membership on The last ELF meeting was held on Thursday, November 16.

Project Agile

This week's ELF meeting included a comprehensive update on the status of the Project Agile, a transformative project to implement modernized systems and processes for all areas of Finance and Procurement and Supply Chain. Go-live on December 4th is just weeks away. The ELF team will be working with their respective direct and indirect reports to ensure completion of all necessary training to support a successful launch.

Closing Notes

Tomorrow is "Giving Tuesday," a global generosity movement and a chance to give back to causes that are important to you. This year, consider donating through I Give @ UHN. By giving right here where you work, you can make an even greater impact on life-saving research, educating the next generation of healthcare workers, and the enhancement of patient care at UHN. Together we are building a healthier world. Learn more at

And now.. our video of the week. In this clip, we learn how a Toronto Rehab occupational therapist performs a wheelchair prescription.


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