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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.
I begin this week with a message of appreciation to all TeamUHN members for their efforts to put patients first and advance A Healthier World, particularly all those who worked over the holidays.
It's no secret that this remains a very challenging time for our healthcare system, one that continues to test the dedicated and talented people who come through our doors each day. I know that we will continue to meet the moment and that UHN will continue to be a shining light in our system – for care, research, and education – because of the people who make up TeamUHN.
I am immensely grateful to our staff for not only working so hard but for lifting each other through tough times. I also want to recognize the many learners who have chosen UHN as the place to gain the knowledge they need to fulfill their career ambitions.
I would also like to thank our Board of Trustees, comprised of accomplished individuals from different walks of life who volunteer their time to help us pursue our bold strategic objectives. I am so appreciative of the wise counsel and frank feedback I get from our Board.
Finally, I again thank our patients for counting on UHN to help them when they most need it. That is a privilege that we must never take lightly.
Eleanor Roosevelt said: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." I believe profoundly in TeamUHN and the remarkable things we can accomplish together.
Happy New Year!
January is Glaucoma Month. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness around the world. It is an irreversible eye disease that involves progressive damage to the optic nerve. Today, more than 400,000 Canadians are living with glaucoma. The Glaucoma Clinic at the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute treats more than 5,000 patients a year with the latest technology in optic nerve imaging, visual fields, treatments, and surgery. Dr. Jeremy Sivak, a Senior Scientist at the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute, recently published a new study, in collaboration with Dr. Mark Reed, Director of the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery at Krembil Research Institute, which synthesized a molecule called Lipoxin B4 that has neuroprotective properties and may serve as a potential treatment for glaucoma. Read the full study here.
Canada Blood Services (CBS) has issued an urgent call for blood and plasma donors. CBS says that while patients' needs are being met by the "smallest donor base in a decade," it is not sustainable and that more life-saving donations of all types are needed. CBS also says appointment cancellation rates jump in the winter due to severe weather and cold and flu season. If part of your resolution this year is to do a little more to help others, consider booking an appointment today. Visit the Canada Blood Services website for more information.
And now.. our TikTok of the week. This
video takes us into Toronto General Hospital's Rapid Assessment Centre – an extension of the emergency room.
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