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University Health Network has grown to be one of the largest research and teaching hospital networks in Canada - pioneers in improving the lives of patients. Our long history of health professions education at Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals has consistently advanced the science of education.
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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.
UHN's Executive Leadership Forum (ELF) represents a broad range of voices and skill sets from across the organization and provides direction and oversight in service of patients, TeamUHN and our vision of A Healthier World. See the full membership on
The last ELF meeting was held on Thursday, Oct. 6.
October 10 was World Mental Health Day. We are talking more and more about our mental health — particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic — and this has been enormously positive. But stigma and silence persist. Mental illness still affects 1 in 5 Canadians and is the leading cause of disability. It is routinely not recognized and undertreated. Our colleagues at UHN's Centre for Mental Health oversee Canada's largest medical psychiatry team and are at the forefront of designing and implementing strategies that bring physical and mental health care closer together. Outcomes are poorer for those with physical and mental comorbidities – a patient's life expectancy can be shortened by as much as 15 to 20 years. To help address this problem, the Centre created the new Mental Health in Medicine Clinic to ensure that all UHN outpatients receiving medical or surgical care can also access mental health supports. (A similar service exists for UHN inpatients and those in areas such as Psychosocial Oncology or multi-organ transplant.) Expanding our clinical services in this direction underlines our commitment to a future where mental and physical health are treated together and not separately, resulting in better outcomes for our patients.
It's Healthcare Security and Safety Week (Oct. 9-15), an important moment to express our gratitude to the dedicated professionals who work to keep staff, patients, and visitors safe at UHN sites each day. This year's theme – "Leading with Excellence. Protecting with Care" – highlights both the diligence and thoughtful compassion that UHN's safety and security professionals show while responding to challenges. UHN's Security Operations team safeguards our community, including the privacy and confidentiality of patients, and helps thwart acts of vandalism and theft with an approach centred on prevention and risk management. UHN security guards respond to 200,000 calls a year, ranging from security incidents to requests for site access. UHN's Security Operations team also offers two incredibly valuable safety initiatives: the Walk-Safe program, with which a security guard will safely escort staff, students, volunteers, and visitors between UHN's sites, and the Call-Safe Program, which sees a member of the Security team place hourly safety-check calls to staff, students, or volunteers who are working alone or feel they are in high-risk situations.
Learn more on the Corporate Intranet (Corporate Intranet > Departments > Security Operations > Walk-safe & Call-safe Programs)
It's also the 100th annual
Fire Prevention Week. This year's theme – "Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape" – highlights the importance of preparing a fire escape plan in your home, something that could be as simple as identifying two ways out of every room and sketching a floor plan including rooms, windows, and exits. Last week, I had a chance to meet with UHN Fire Marshall Vito D'Amico to review our departmental fire procedure for the first floor of the R. Fraser Elliott Building and, of course, pose with "Sparky," the fire safety dog. Be sure to review your own departmental fire procedure, which you can find on the
Fire & Life Safety (FLS) Corporate Intranet page, under the Resources section. (Corporate Intranet > Departments > Fire & Life Safety) Also be sure to visit the
FLS Fire Prevention Week Intranet page to learn more about fire safety, contests and prizes this week. (Corporate Intranet > Departments > Fire & Life Safety > Fire Prevention Week)
Season 4 of UHN's acclaimed "Behind the Breakthrough" podcast launches this Wednesday, Oct. 12. This season includes 10 new episodes, dropping every Wednesday until Dec. 14, featuring in-depth conversations with UHN scientists about their groundbreaking discoveries -- from the invention of a perfusion machine that sustains and repairs damaged lungs outside the body to a toolkit that has gone global as a standard of care in long-term care. Hosted by Christian Cote and co-produced by UHN Research and Public Affairs and Communications, "Behind the Breakthrough" has been nominated in two categories at the 2022 Canadian Podcast Awards, including "Outstanding Health and Fitness Series" and "Outstanding Science Series." Visit this website or click on the photo below to learn more about the show, listen to past episodes, and subscribe. Be sure to check out UHN's other excellent podcasts while you are at it.
The Government of Ontario passed an amendment to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) in April 2022 known as Bill 88, The Working for Workers Act, 2022. Bill 88 introduced the requirement for employers to develop an electronic monitoring policy. In accordance with the amendments to the ESA, the requirement for compliance and issuance of the policy takes effect October 11, 2022. UHN's People & Culture team has prepared and
launched the new policy to ensure compliance with new legislation. If you have any questions, please contact
your People Consultant. (Corporate Intranet > Departments > People & Culture > Contacts > People Consultants)
A study from Public Health Agency of Canada scientists estimates as many as 800,000 people would have died from COVID-19 in Canada if not for public health measures and vaccines. The report, co-authored by Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam, was published in the Canadian Communicable Disease Report. The researchers also compared Canada's approach to the pandemic to other countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, France, and Germany. It's interesting food for thought and another reminder about why UHN will continue our policy to mask at our sites, as it is another layer of protection for particularly vulnerable patients and our staff.
The full report can be read online.
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