Good afternoon, TeamUHN!

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.

Key reminders and updates

  • The V Foundation for Cancer Research, in partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), has granted $800,000 to Dr. Gelareh Zadeh for her cancer research lab at UHN. This is the first research grant awarded through Hockey Fights Cancer, a partnership between the V Foundation, the NHL, and the NHLPA. Last Thursday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHLPA President Marty Walsh, and leaders from the V Foundation and UHN toured Dr. Zadeh's lab at the Princess Margaret Research Tower to learn more about her work and present a cheque. This grant will be used to help drive research that seeks to dramatically improve the treatment of meningiomas, the most common adult brain tumours, and represents a major shift forward in neuro-oncology. This exciting development was also announced during the NHL All-Star Game in Toronto on Saturday. Read more at UHN News later this week.
  • University Health Network has been recognized as the top-ranked academic medical centre in Canada by Brand Finance, a leading independent brand valuation consultancy. UHN was also ranked 12th overall in Brand Finance's second annual Global Top 250 Hospitals ranking for 2024, recognized for excellence in patient care, research and development, innovation, and staff training. This recognition speaks to our reputation as an innovative and inclusive organization that is not only leading in Canada but always seeking to make a global difference and build A Healthier World. I was happy to speak with Brand Finance for their report and explain what I think makes our brand so strong – our ability to put the needs of our patients first while continuing to push scientific boundaries and achieve excellence in research and education. Read my full interview online and learn more about Brand Finance's global rankings.
  • UHN is pleased to announce a new partnership with YouTube Health to produce high-quality and accessible health information validated and presented by UHN's medical experts. As Canada's # 1 Hospital, UHN is profoundly aware of its role as a thought leader and champion of our health care system and healthy living. TeamUHN is internationally recognized for providing compassionate, world-class care, educating the providers of tomorrow, and leading-edge medical research. It's all part of our mission to help Canadians live healthy lives, and, build “A Healthier World". Accurate and reliable information is a huge driver of health outcomes, and this initiative spearheaded by UHN Communications and Brand Strategy amplifies this important work. The first collaboration, a series of 31 French-language videos, launched last week. Read this press release for more on this partnership. Learn more about YouTube Health online.
  • Don't miss this important UHN News story highlighting how Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at UHN is accelerating and advancing breast cancer research in Black communities. As Dr. Danielle Rodin, Head of the Global Cancer Program at the Princess Margaret, told UHN News, Black women have been historically underrepresented in this research, spurring discrepancies in cancer survival rates between Black communities and their Caucasian counterparts. “What we're trying to do at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is build an important global evidence base around how we can improve the experiences, care, and treatment outcomes for Black women with breast cancer both here in Canada, and around the world," Dr. Rodin told UHN News. Learn more about four different research projects designed to address these inequities, an important conversation in light of both Black History Month and World Cancer Day.

Closing Notes

I was also very happy to join Deloitte last week for the “Future of Health" webcast to discuss how UHN is at the forefront of reimaging care. From our pioneering work on integrated care to our focus on understanding the power and potential of Artificial Intelligence, UHN is focused on finding solutions for our patients and paving the way for new models of health delivery. Please watch the recording from Deloitte online.

And now… our video of the week. This clip shows how Speech Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorders Assistants work together to help patients who may have hearing difficulties.


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