Good Monday morning,
1. Highlights on UHN's Essentials
UHN’s Essentials are essential to the work we do as a leading academic health sciences centre – hence the name!
Read here to learn more. Below, you’ll find highlights on UHN’s Essentials from last week.
Quality and Safety Despite being first in line to get my flu shot, I managed to fall ill and was out of the office last week. I attempted to come in once or twice but was reminded how important it is to stay home when sick. The words “go home!!” are still ringing loudly in my ears! Thanks to my concerned colleagues for caring safely. When you aren’t feeling well, it can be tempting to go to work – but you risk spreading illness to others including patients and colleagues. If you are well enough to work but worried about infecting others, take advantage of UHN’s Work from Home policy if your role permits. Some final reminders as we prepare for peak flu season:
People and Culture I was unable to attend last week’s Fall Long-Service Tea for Princess Margaret and Toronto General due to my aforementioned bug. I am sure our long-serving colleagues were glad to receive their pins without me coughing all over them! Please join me in a round of applause for all recipients – and allow me to extend a special shout out to the remarkable colleagues who have served more than 40 years:
Technology World-first robotic assisted aneurysm treatment helps advance UHN’s role on the global stage! Last week, our colleagues in interventional neuroradiology performed this world first at UHN’s Toronto Western site. Congratulations to Vitor Pereira (Neuroradiologist), Timo Krings (Division Head, Neuroradiology), Nicole Cancelliere (Medical Radiation Technologist) and the multi-disciplinary team of nurses, physicians and medical radiation technologists from the Joint Department of Medical Imaging for bringing our mission of advanced care, research and education to life! The procedure will eventually help enable remote stroke treatment for patients in rural communities – and is thus a great step towards A Healthier World. To learn more about this treatment and its potential, see the
Globe and Mail story.
2. What we discussed at our Executive Leadership Forum meeting
Here is what we discussed at last week’s Executive Leadership Forum (ELF) meeting. See who attends these meetings
3. Preparing UHN’s Corporate Command Team for GTA Unified
Our Corporate Command Team – which includes several leaders at UHN – came together to prepare for the GTA Unified Code Orange Exercise on Nov. 28 and receive training for managing incidents. GTA Unified is a GTA-wide Code Orange drill that involves 22 hospital sites including UHN. I was absent for this training since I was sick but getting up to speed this week. To make the training more engaging (and thus effective!) for everyone, I am told our colleagues in Emergency Preparedness tapped into TeamUHN’s competitive spirit. Everyone was asked to use their phones to log into a game-based learning platform and answer as many questions as quickly as possible. Congratulations to John Shannon (Director, Safety Services) for emerging as our reigning champion! We are all working to match John’s level of emergency preparedness knowledge so we can build a safe, prepared and resilient TeamUHN.
Have a good week,