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Good Monday morning – we have some photos in this week's edition!
1) Here are our safety highlights from last week at UHN:
2) Last week, I celebrated my 6-month anniversary at UHN and received a grand gift:
Our Board of Trustees approved our 2019-23 Strategic Plan! Thank you to everyone on TeamUHN – including staff, physicians, researchers, learners and volunteers – for sharing your valued insights through our anonymous online survey, annual site BBQs, various focus groups and beyond. I'd also like to thank our
Patient Partners, peer hospitals and external partners for playing an important role and guiding our strategic work. We're making a few small adjustments at the request of the Board and will share the results shortly. What I'll say for now is that our priorities reflect what you've told us, so I hope you all see yourselves in the published work. Stay tuned!
3) I' ve worked in healthcare for two and a half decades yet I still have the pleasure of experiencing many firsts at UHN. My next will be my first
Facebook Live with Adalsteinn Brown, Dean of the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health. During the 15-minute live broadcast, we'll discuss what's happening in Ontario healthcare and the opportunities we have to guide our changing health system. You're invited to join us
this Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., the broadcast will be streaming on
UHN's Facebook page and will be posted on YouTube after the event.
4) Giving Tuesday is tomorrow and I'll be reflecting on how far UHN has come thanks to our remarkable donors. UHN wouldn't be the place it is today without their generosity or our three Foundations, who set the national gold standard for fundraising. So, let's thank our colleagues at
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation,
The Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, and
Toronto Rehab Foundation, for the valuable work they do!
5) Congratulations to
Darlene Dasent, our Chief Financial Officer, who was named one of Canada's most powerful women last week!
[Editor's Note: Link is no longer available] Darlene shared one of her early lessons learned at the celebration last week and it completely reflects what I know of Darlene's style: "Everyone has something to offer. Put in the extra effort to make people feel comfortable being around you and encourage them to be themselves – this helps amazing ideas and perspectives come forth." Thanks Darlene for setting a great example for all. Also congratulations to our esteemed colleague
Gail Robinson from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and
Julia Hanigsberg, President & CEO of Holland Bloorview. We work closely with Julia and her team and are delighted to see her recognized.
6) Last week, I also spent some time on the hot seat with Michael Burns (President & CEO, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation) for
"Meet the CEOs", an event held for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre's
Till & McCulloch Society. CTV news anchor Sandie Rinaldo was our gracious interviewer – thankfully, she seemed satisfied with our answers about the future of care!
7) Saving the most bittersweet for last: Many of us gathered to
say goodbye to Charlie Chan at his retirement tea and celebrate his 23 years of remarkable service. Charlie delivered a heartfelt speech about how TeamUHN has personally helped his wife and mother and didn't leave many dry eyes in the room. I owe Charlie a great deal for making my transition to UHN so easy and welcoming. He will be missed by many but I suspect we can count on him for his counsel should we need it. If you haven't had a chance to read the UHN News story on Charlie's career and many, many contributions,
I suggest you take a look here.
Have a good week,