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Good Monday morning,
1) Let's start by focusing on great news for safety and our patient experience:
2) Next, I had a chance to discuss
artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare at the 2018 TECHNA Symposium chaired by Dr. David Jaffray (Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation). Canada is fortunate to have one of the highest concentrations of AI talent in the world and UHN is proud to support that talent and partner with renowned leaders in AI including the Vector Institute. If we are to truly live up to our purpose, though, we must maximize our efforts to unleash the power of innovation and technology at UHN. A key ingredient will be partnering with frontline staff and patients and unlocking their potential as vital contributors to research and scholarship.
3) I also had the privilege of attending the 2018 Haifa University Mount Carmel dinner
honouring Dr. Michael Baker, Physician-in-Chief Emeritus at UHN and the Rose Family Chair in Palliative Medicine and Complex Care. He was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Haifa University for his lifetime contributions to science and medicine and to the State of Israel. Michael has UHN in his blood – which is good since he's a hematologist! And, when you meet him, you can immediately tell he embodies everything we value at UHN – so this dinner was a joyous occasion and something many of us looked forward to attending. Michael is respected across UHN for his significant contributions to healthcare and we are grateful to have his wise counsel.
4) Speaking of remarkable members of TeamUHN, we celebrated some of our longest serving staff at
UHN's annual 25-year long service dinner. Serving 25 years at any organization is remarkable but to do so in healthcare – at UHN no less with some of Canada's most complex patients – is something else. I'll take this opportunity to thank you all for your enduring commitment to those we serve and for helping us deliver excellence across care, research and education.
This is a high performing organization and that relies on your very hard work – so thank you for coming in every day and giving our patients and communities so much of your energy and passion.
Have a good week,