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Good Monday afternoon,
1) I'll start with last week in safety at UHN:
2) Now for some great news:
UHN's Centre for Mental Health received a $5 million philanthropic gift – the largest gift it has ever received – from Poul and Susan Hansen to establish the Poul Hansen Family Centre for Depression. Our deepest thanks to the Hansen family for their generosity and for bringing us closer to providing more accessible and integrated mental health care for the Greater Toronto Area. I know
our newly re-appointed Mayor John Tory has expressed his concern over Toronto's mental health crisis and we look forward to finding solutions together.
I'll remind everyone to get your flu shot. Thanks to
Kamala Haciyeva (Occupational Health Nurse) for giving me mine and making it a (relatively!) painless process.
I'm told more than 4,000 of our staff have also received their shots – looking good in comparison to last year when 3,721 was reported after the first week. I look forward to seeing even more flu shot stickers on more ID badges in the coming weeks. Also pleased to receive my chocolate bar of choice, Coffee Crisp, although I'm told it's the Kit Kats that are flying off the carts.
4) Last week, I also had the privilege of attending the
2018 Canada Gairdner Awards Gala to recognize Dr. Frances Shepherd's work in improving the survival outcomes of lung cancer patients worldwide. Hearty congratulations to Dr. Shepherd on her global translational impact and for demonstrating why it's so important to fund science which impacts society and humanity. Also
great to see our Board member Dr. Janet Rossant there as well – for those who don't know, Dr. Rossant is the former Chief of Research at SickKids, current President & Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation, and brings her impressive insights to our Board of Trustees.
She has also been honoured with the L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science award – a 20-year-old program committed to recognizing women in science, math, engineering and math fields – so we have many reasons to be excited about Dr. Rossant's contributions to TeamUHN's future.
Have a good week,