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Good Monday morning,
I'll start with last week in safety at UHN:
some good news about our clinical transformation supported by a new Health Information System (HIS): our journey for a new system to support the care and research of tomorrow has officially started!
This news was shared at last week's
Open Forum. Thank you to those who were able to attend and for submitting and voting on questions.
I've heard from our nurses that staffing is one of their biggest concerns. We know we run the risk of less-than-ideal patient experiences when staffing doesn't match our patient care requirements – and that the likelihood of poor quality of work life is increased when this is the case – so we are addressing this with our new
Acuity-Based Staffing tool.
I also toured our
Laboratory Medicine Program (LMP) and had the pleasure of meeting two staff members with more than 100 years of service combined between them. Thank you
Marie Wilson and
Berit Cameron for sharing your secrets on leading a long, successful career at UHN. I'm keeping those in my back pocket! It was especially great to meet with the LMP group again – I joined their strategic planning retreat prior to my first day at UHN and learned about their vision to be Canada's premier academic laboratory medicine program. Based on what I saw in my tour, I have no doubt they're well on their way.
Finally, I had the opportunity to attend a number of celebrations and recognition events including: Congratulating
Toronto Rehab Foundation on the success of their
$100 million Where Incredible Happens campaign; a dinner to honour the remarkable
Jim Leech, who is passing the torch as Chair of the
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation; attending the
3rd annual Krembil Nursing Awards Showcase; the opportunity to participate in a remarkable Indigenous history lesson alongside colleagues in Human Resources and CAP (Collaborative Academic Practice) through
a blanket exercise co-organized by our Indigenous Council at UHN; and a dinner to celebrate Gaétan Tardif, who is retiring as UHN's Physiatrist-in-Chief at Toronto Rehab and leaving behind a lasting legacy.
Thanks for reading,