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Good Monday morning,
I'll start with my safety update and what happened across UHN last week.
Some good news related to safety and quality –
we're opening a new General Internal Medicine (GIM) unit today at Toronto General (TG). We know our staff in our Emergency Departments (ED) and inpatient units have been feeling compromised in their ability to deliver safe, quality care because of the increasing demands for our services. Our hope is this unit – which serves as a key piece of UHN's new bed map – will relieve some of those pressures and help ensure patients are in the right place and receiving care from providers in the right area of practice. Thank you to the teams at
TG, FM-PRO (Facilities Management - Planning, Redevelopment & Operations),
Scott McIntaggart (Senior Vice President, Executive Lead at TG),
Mike Nader as well as
Decision Support and
Brenda Kenefick for the incredible amount of work they've done this past month to manage the multiple moves and required logistics. Also a shout out to the
Department of Surgery who have accommodated more than a little inconvenience in the interest of demonstrating the needs of the patient does come first.
Next, quality of work life is an ongoing priority for all on TeamUHN and here are three ways to support that:
I met with some members of the JDMI (Joint Department of Medical Imaging) and – in addition to learning about their impressive footprint in the imaging world –
was thrilled to hear how their team is contributing to the culture of academic practice at UHN. They've created an environment where frontline staff are empowered to present at conferences, lead and support research, and teach clinicians at UHN and beyond. These are practices we want to see in every department here. Also impressed by their success in partnering with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to address issues affecting Ontario's patients.
I also had the chance to share a few thoughts on leadership and building relationships at a session for
Emerging Leaders at UHN and a breakfast with
Young Leaders at Princess Margaret. Always exciting to connect with bright, forward-thinking minds!
Have a good week,