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Please join me in congratulating Toronto Rehab on the launch of their 2022-2025 strategic plan. As our rehab leaders often say, there’s never been a more exciting time to reimagine and redefine rehabilitation and complex continuing care. And the Toronto Rehab Strategic Plan 2022-2025 will take us there. With an emphasis on investing in the wellbeing of our people; creating seamless rehabilitation experiences for patients; further integrating research and care; and harnessing the power of technology, this plan sets the priorities that will guide our work over the next three years, and represents an extension of both UHN's 2019-23 Strategic Plan, and Strategic Research Plan 2019-23. I'd like to send my thanks to Janet Newton, Clinical Vice President; Dr. Mark Bayley, Physiatrist-In-Chief and Program Medical Director; Dr. Milos Popovic, Director, The Kite Research Institute; and their interprofessional teams, for their vision, commitment to excellent patient outcomes, and support of A Healthier World.
Congratulations to Marian Milanovic who is retiring after a remarkable 45-year nursing career at UHN. Marian first started at Toronto General Hospital in 1977 in the Respiratory Care Unit/Recovery Room after completing her training in Montreal. Marian has worked in a variety of areas within UHN, spending the majority of her career in the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU) before moving to the Preadmission Clinic in 2011. In PACU Marian collaborated with her colleagues on a qualitative study to explore the patient experience around surgical cancellation. Through this work, a process was developed to guide and support patients when their surgery is cancelled or postponed. The principles, values, and workflow that were developed through this work are still practiced today in Perioperative Services. Marian has been a tireless champion for nurses throughout her career and we wish her well as she embarks on her next adventure.
Congratulations to Gunda Cottreau on her retirement after 43 years at UHN! Gunda first started at Toronto Western Hospital in 1979 as a Respiratory Therapist, and eventually found her home at Toronto General Hospital. Gunda has witnessed many changes in her career, including the formation of UHN and the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario themselves. Gunda's legacy is her infallible patient advocacy and always asking the questions to ensure the right care for the right patient at the right time. This is embedded in the countless number of staff and learners who were fortunate to have had Gunda as a mentor and every patient she cared for. Her colleagues nod back at Gunda and hope she fits in some rest in between focusing on her grandchildren (anūkai), foodie exploits, and travel.
Last week we bid farewell to Berit Cameron, who retired from UHN's Laboratory Medicine Program after 57 incredible years. A pillar of our community for nearly six decades, Berit witnessed some remarkable changes at UHN while working in several administrative roles in hematology, surgical pathology, and gastrointestinal pathology. We are thankful for her professionalism, her commitment to TeamUHN and the patients we serve, and her deep institutional knowledge of her department. Learn more about her remarkable service to UHN right here.
June is Stroke Awareness Month. According to the Ontario Stroke Network, stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in Canada and the third leading cause of death. Every year in Canada, there are over 50,000 new strokes—that's one stroke every 10 minutes. The Stroke Team at Krembil Brain Institute (KBI) at Toronto Western Hospital, is a leader in stroke research and patient care, having achieved 'Stroke Distinction' from Accreditation Canada twice ('Stroke Distinction' is granted to organizations that demonstrate national leadership, clinical excellence and a commitment to continuing to improve the level of care for patients). Watch this video to learn more about the KBI Stroke Program and click here to listen to a recent 'Your Complex Brain' podcast episode, featuring the Stroke Team. At Toronto Rehab, where the team within our specialized Stroke Rehab program has achieved Stroke Distinction 3 consecutive years in a row, patient care focuses on improving patients' functional abilities so that they can live as independently as possible – and over at the KITE Research Institute, UHN has many rehab scientists engaged in neurotechnology research designed to help restore motor function for patients living the long-term effects of stroke.
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