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It was also shared that all UHN sites will have designated lactation rooms to provide new mothers with a secure, clean, private space to express and store milk during working hours. For more than two years, a multi-disciplinary team has worked to identify accessible locations and standards to ensure a relaxing, soothing environment in all rooms, including lounge chairs and uniform lighting. UHN begins the tendering process this month and seeks to have substantial completion in August 2023. These rooms will be booked much the same way TeamUHN already books meeting spaces.
Congratulations to UHNWomen for another meaningful IWD event and for all you do to advocate for change and inspire TeamUHN. Please watch a recording of the IWD event by
clicking this link.
March 13-19 is Brain Awareness Week and we're recognizing teams across UHN, who are supporting patients, through research and care, at every step of a patient's journey. One in three Canadians will experience a brain-related condition such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Epilepsy, Stroke, or Concussion, in their lifetime.
The Krembil Brain Institute (KBI) is a world-leading hub for brain-related research and care, where researchers and clinicians uniquely work hand-in-hand to prevent and confront problems of the brain and spine. Season 2 of KBI's podcast, Your Complex Brain, launches March 21st. Get a sneak peek here! In Toronto Rehab's Brain Program, interprofessional teams provide specialized rehabilitation for adults whose lives have changed because of brain injury, stroke, and related neurological conditions. Toronto Rehab is home to the leading brain rehabilitation program in Canada, where care focuses on improving patients' functional abilities so they can live as independently as possible. At The Kite Research Institute, The Brain Discovery & Recovery (BDR) team focuses on Canadians with enduring effects of traumatic brain injury – effects that can be debilitating and life-long. This team has been at the forefront of research that re-conceptualizes moderate-severe TBI as a chronic and progressive disease process rather than a one-time event. Read about a recent study that provides a detailed view into how the brain changes after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury over the long term. At UHN Altum Health, the Neurology Assessment and Treatment teams support clients with mild/moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to get back to work and life. Altum's interdisciplinary care teams address the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial challenges related to brain injury – driven by the clinical expertise of physician specialists and various registered health care professionals across 12 locations.
March is Epilepsy Awareness Month in Canada, and we celebrate Purple Day – a day of action for those living with epilepsy and those working for the epilepsy community – on March 26 th. UHN continues to be a leader in epilepsy research and care. The Krembil Brain Institute is home to one of the largest Epilepsy Monitoring Units in Canada, where individuals are observed closely to locate the source of their seizures. The data is then used to develop individualized treatment plans for patients. The staff, scientists and researchers at the Krembil Brain Institute continue to be on the cutting edge of epilepsy research and innovation.
Listen to episode 3 of Your Complex Brain to learn how researchers are using Mozart to reduce the frequency of seizures. For more information on UHN's Epilepsy Program and special lectures on epilepsy-related topics,
Celebrate our exceptional nurses at UHN by submitting a nomination for
Hospital News' 18 th annual National Nursing Hero Awards. Nominations can be submitted by colleagues, managers, patients, and patient family members until
April 1. To enter, submit a nursing hero story of at least 500 words, highlighting how a nurse went above and beyond the call of duty. Submissions can be made to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Along with having their story published, the top prize is $1,500. Be sure to include the full name of the nurse, the facility where he or she worked at the time, and your contact information. Winners will be unveiled during National Nursing Week from May 8 to 14.
Be sure to check out
this UHN News story on how The Michener Institute of Education at UHN is focused meeting the health-system needs "we don't even know we need yet" with its Fundamentals of Health Care diploma program. This
new program, which begins in September 2023, aims to give learners the skills they need to work in careers across the healthcare spectrum and meet current and anticipated health human resource pressures. It's just another example of how Canada's only “school with a hospital" is creating the right programs at the right time.
And now… our
video of the week. In this clip, we follow
a cancer patient at the Princess Margaret through her radiation therapy journey.
Note: Last week, the Ontario government
banned TikTok on government devices. UHN's Public Affairs and Communications team is exploring other platforms to best tell the stories at UHN in short-form video. Also, in the text promoting our video last Monday, we did not properly identify our physician assistants (PAs). We apologize to our much-appreciated PAs!
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