Good morning, TeamUHN!

It is a pleasure to connect with you across care, research, and education through this weekly CEO update – all in service of A Healthier World.

Key reminders and updates

  • We begin with a note of sincere thanks to all TeamUHN members who worked on Canada Day. Thank you to those colleagues for your dedication to delivering excellent care for UHN's patients and serving your colleagues and communities.
  • The Sopman Humanitarian Awards were established over four decades ago to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary frontline heroes who champion excellence in humanistic care and compassion when caring for patients in our community. Annually, awards are granted to deserving recipients from the departments of Surgery, Medicine, and Nursing. On June 20th, 2024, UHN and UHN Foundation leadership gathered together with the Sopman Family and this year's award recipients to celebrate the 44th awards ceremony. UHN is honoured to recognize exceptional health are providers who understand and prioritize the value of kindness, empathy and caring in the work that they do. Congratulations to the 2024 recipients: Benji Finestone, Kelsie Lau, Joon Lee, Aazad Abbas, Adam Bobrowski, Karlo Pedro, Liv Olava Soyland Cento, Vanessa Giuliano, Nasruddin Sabrie.
  • Congratulations to TeamUHN's Dr. Edward Cole on his appointment by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon as a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest honours. Dr. Cole, who previously served as UHN's Director, Division of Nephrology and later Physician in Chief, has been recognized as an esteemed leader in transplantation and educator at the University of Toronto and was “instrumental in establishing a kidney-paired donation program, a highly impactful process now practiced in clinical settings worldwide." We congratulate Dr. Cole for this recognition of his exceptional contributions to Canada, as well as his thoughtful, generous, and always compassionate approach to patients we are privileged to serve. As a research hospital proudly affiliated with the University of Toronto, we also congratulate appointees from U. of T. Read more on UHN News and see the full list of appointees online.
  • The Princess Margaret Cancer Care Network, which sees cancer centres collaborate to share expertise and resources to enhance access to cancer services, has welcomed a new member.  Last week, William Osler Health System became the fifth cancer program in Canada to join the Network. This move will enhance clinical expertise, education, and research in Brampton, North Etobicoke, and surrounding areas. The formal partnership will expand resource sharing and skill development between the Princess Margaret and Osler, building on a six-year collaboration focused on stem cell transplants. As Dr. Keith Stewart, Vice President of Cancer at UHN and Director of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has said, this partnership will “break down barriers to provide seamless access to cutting-edge clinical trials, advanced molecular testing, and knowledge transfer." William Osler joins Oak Valley Health, Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services, Grand River Hospital, and Southlake Regional Health Centre as members in this collaboration. With cancer cases expected to double in the next 15 years due to an aging and growing population, this Network reflects how UHN is showing leadership to ensure the needs of cancer patients come first. Read this press release and visit for more.

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