Good Monday morning,
I'll start this message with the shooting last night on the Danforth. It is a terrible thing to wake up to the news that so many people have been affected and that there is loss of life. We will know more in the days ahead but it underlines our need to be familiar with our emergency responses. I know that our team in the Emergency Departments are always ready and I can only hope that they do not have to put their training into practice.
Last week, I was invited to join
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation's monthly town hall. Before attending I was able to look back on the stupendous achievements of The PMCF over the past few years. What a humbling experience to see the profound generosity of donors and the dedication of caregivers, educators and scientists.
Of course, survival rates aren't the only indicator of successful care. I had the chance to tour more of the Princess Margaret last week and was deeply impressed by the work being done to support our patients –
not only in terms of managing their oncology needs but also from a psychosocial and mental health perspective. My sincere thanks to the teams and individuals I met for generously educating me on the work they do.
Next, I'll share an encounter that remains on my mind. When returning to Toronto General, I saw a recently treated patient lying outside of their Emergency Department on the sidewalk.
My next topic is one of major concern to UHN – burnout in healthcare. Quality of work life is a demonstrated means of addressing this issue and must be an ongoing priority for UHN. The urgency of this was emphasized through some great work I saw last week from two highly impressive medical students. While their work focused on physicians, we know this is true for all healthcare workers.
I'll end this week's note with a reminder that we have much to celebrate at UHN: highlights about some of our Local Impact Award nominees. Hats off to these remarkable people and the thoughtful colleagues who took the time to nominate them.
Thanks for reading,