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UHN's Essentials are essential to the work we do as a leading academic health sciences centre – hence the name! Read here to learn more. Below, you'll find highlights on UHN's Essentials from last week.
Quality and Safety Outstanding work in response to the COVID-19 situation from TeamUHN – and a reminder of what you need to know. When faced with potential challenges, people across the health system look to UHN to help solve problems and this is a responsibility we embrace. Thanks to our colleagues in IPAC
(Infection Prevention & Control) and
Occupational Health & Safety, we've been proactively updating our pandemic planning and exchanging best practices with Toronto's academic hospitals. As we see the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, it is this preparation and evidence-based approach that will best prepare us to serve patients and protect TeamUHN. This is what we do at UHN when confronted with potential challenges. We step up and do whatever it takes to keep people safe. Thanks to all colleagues involved and a special shout out to the COVID-19 Steering Committee and
COVID-19 Planning and Operations Committee for the hard work. We are very proud of your leadership and commitment. TeamUHN representing public service at its best!
I'll reiterate some key points for keeping patients, TeamUHN and Canadians safe below:
Compassionate Care and Caring Update on UHN's 2019 holiday drive: TeamUHN coming together to help the most disadvantaged patients we serve. Last winter, many of you spoke up and asked how we can support fellow Torontonians who are in most need (in addition to the United Way campaign). One of the opportunities was created in partnership with
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation and involved collecting funds which would go towards the purchase of winter boots and coats. Thanks to your initiative and generosity, we were able to purchase many and will hopefully make a tangible difference in some peoples' winters. Kudos to
Rebecca Fulton (Discipline Head – Social Work, Collaborative Academic Practice, UHN) and
Kevin Rodrigues (Bioethicist, UHN) for creating guidelines on the use of the donations so they will be equitably, respectfully and ethically distributed. We hope to build off this initiative in alignment with
UHN's Social Medicine Program and look for ways of better supporting those most in need within the community, including those facing socioeconomic barriers and those who are vulnerably housed. The other opportunity presented during last year's holiday drive was donating funds for grocery gift cards, which were distributed to some of the most vulnerable patients we serve. The total amount raised for this initiative, led by
UHN's Centre for Mental Health, was $5,500.
People and Culture Renowned environmental activist David Suzuki stopped by UHN's Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory (CEAL) at The Kite Research Institute. As part of an episode on aging well for his CBC show "The Nature of Things", David put his sensory abilities to the test by navigating the virtual roads of DriverLab and walking the streets of StreetLab. DriverLab and StreetLab are state-of-the-art simulators at UHN used by scientists to research the effects of aging on safety and mobility. Thank you to
Jennifer Campos (CEAL Chief Scientist and The Kite Research Institute's Academic Director) for sharing her expertise with David and the public for the episode.
Read more on UHN News and watch the full episode.
I wanted to share this set of guidelines shared by Helen Bevan (Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons in the U.K.) on Twitter
[Editor's Note: Link is no longer available]. This is timely as we recently entered the second year for
UHN's 2019-23 Strategic Plan – which was designed by patients, partners and TeamUHN in service of A Healthier World. The "elements" in the image below present a useful checklist for any initiative, not just formal strategic plans. I've highlighted three parts that stand out to me below, and encourage everyone to use this as a framework to evaluate their own initiatives. You might find an opportunity for improvement – something we should seek often at UHN!
• Distinctive: Adds unique value to existing efforts.
• Human-scale: Grounded in empathetic understanding of the needs of everyone in the system of concern.
• Integrated: Aligned with UHN's unique assets, connections and identity. Our 2019-23 Strategic Plan serves as a helpful guideline for assessing this alignment.
It's always a pleasure to celebrate the people appointed to the Order of Ontario. These are Ontarians who have been recognized for substantially making our province a better place for all. On behalf of UHN, we offer our congratulations to all recognized this year with special shout out to
Emmanuelle Gattuso who is one of UHN's greatest and most passionate philanthropic supporters. We also shout out
Peter Menkes, who lends his talents to UHN's Board of Trustees, as well as
Salah Bachir and
Philip Epstein, who are dedicated philanthropic supporters of UHN. I'd also like to recognize my colleague
Michelle DiEmanuele (CEO, Trillium Health Partners). See the full list of appointees here.
Have a good week,