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Good Monday morning, 

We have an Open Forum on July 3 at 12:00 p.m. (Michener Institute auditorium, livestream here). It’s the first event in our “A Healthier World” series and will focus on the first of UHN’s five Strategic Priorities: “Inspire, invent an deliver tomorrow’s care.” Ask and vote on questions.  

1. Highlights on UHN's Essentials

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. 

People and Culture  Proud to raise the Pride flags across UHN: The flag was first raised in 1978 and has since been a symbol of hope for a better world and a better tomorrow – which ties in with our vision of A Healthier World. UHN is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity for all. This means making a conscious, consistent effort to ensure we have representation at our decision making tables (i.e. diversity). Then, we must ensure we’re engaging people in a meaningful way and valuing their contributions (i.e. inclusion). From there, it’s recognizing the privileges and barriers that different groups face and working to provide everyone with access to the same opportunities (i.e. equity). Let’s all do our part to learn from one another and grow as a united TeamUHN. 

Partnerships  Changes to Premier Doug Ford’s Cabinet: For those who missed the news, here is the official news release. Thanks to those Ministers’ changing roles, and welcome and best of luck to the new additions. As always, UHN stands ready to help.  

People and Culture  UHN housekeeper Manny Antunes helps save a patient’s life: Last week, Manny noticed a washroom that was locked for an extended period at our Toronto General site. Feeling concerned, he contacted Security who investigated and found an unresponsive patient. Thankfully, the code team was able to stabilize the patient and brought them to the Emergency Department. My thanks to Manny, UHN Security, the code team and the Toronto General Emergency Department for the great teamwork and quick, professional response.  

People and Culture  Congratulations to our latest Emerging Leader graduates: Great to see so many outstanding next-generation leaders gathered together and hear about their capstone projects. Take a look at the faces below because these are some of the people who will be leading us into the future of healthcare! If you’d like to learn more about the Emerging Leaders program and how it prepares members of TeamUHN for future leadership roles, visit their Intranet page

UHN’s 2019 Emerging Leaders graduates
UHN’s 2019 Emerging Leaders graduates

2. Reflections on organizational design, collaboration and leadership 

I’ve been thinking deeply about TeamUHN (more so than usual) thanks to a sequence of seemingly unrelated events last week. First, I had the pleasure of speaking about leadership and followership plus respect and civility at the University of Toronto’s graduation ceremony for residents of the Department of Anesthesia. Next, we discussed collaboration at UHN’s Finance retreat and the importance of building trust with others. 

Then, we held a workshop on organizational design and it was here that the themes of leadership, respect, equity and collaboration really came together. The workshop was attended by members of UHN’s Executive Leadership Forum and our Site Vice Presidents, and led by Morley Katz, who manages a firm that specializes in organizational design. Here are the 12 principles we discussed.

Recently, the Site Vice Presidents announced changes to the portfolios of UHN’s clinical directors in an effort to realize greater continuity across programs and in support of teams and patients throughout the care journey. I know that some of you are wondering “what’s next?”. Over the coming three to four months, we’ll continue to work towards an evolving structure that helps deliver on our strategic and operating plans and reinforces the goals and values of UHN.

3. Connecting with members of TeamUHN: Krembil Brain Institute strategic planning group and Toronto Rehab physicians      

Pleasure to attend Krembil Brain Institute’s strategic planning session and Toronto Rehab’s physician retreat. What I witnessed was a shared commitment to excellence in service of A Healthier World and the generation of remarkable ideas. Thank you to both groups for welcoming me and for sharing both your achievements and challenges with me. It’s truly my privilege to hear and learn from the minds of many talented individuals every day at UHN. 

Have a good week,  

Kevin

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