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staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make
the most of our resources.
At the heart of everything we do at UHN are our Healthcare Professionals. Refer a patient to one of our 12 medical programs. Learn more about the resources and opportunities available for professional growth.
University Health Network has grown to be one of the largest research and teaching hospital networks in Canada - pioneers in improving the lives of patients. Our long history of health professions education at Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals has consistently advanced the science of education.
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source for discovery, education and patient care.
Being touched by illness affects us in different ways. Many people want to give back to the community
and help others. At UHN, we welcome your contribution and offer different ways you can help so you can find one that suits you.
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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.
In response to COVID-19, UHN activated its Executive COVID-19 IMS (Incident Management System) table. Membership includes our Executive Leadership Forum and other members of COVID-19 work streams. The group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a snapshot of the discussion.
UHN has received another award as a leading green hospital – this time at the international level. Last week, at the International Hospital Federation (IHF) Awards – recognized as the premier awards program for the healthcare industry –
UHN was announced as the Gold Winner of the Ashikaga-Nikken Excellence Award for Green Hospitals. This is a tremendous honour for UHN, as we were one of more than 250 entries from 38 countries around the globe vying for an award this year. Please join me in celebrating and congratulating Facilities Management – Planning, Redevelopment & Operations' (FM-PRO) Energy & Environment team, our 700-plus volunteer Green Team members, and every single TeamUHN member who helps make their departments more sustainable.
Learn more about the award here and
watch a video about some of our impressive green projects here.
November 10 was World Science Day. Marked annually,
World Science Day for Peace and Development is a day to celebrate and recognize the role that science plays in our daily lives. In recognition of World Science Day, UHN Research announced the launch of the
UHN Research Report 2021, aptly titled "Science for Society". The report features research advances, successes, awards and other highlights across UHN's
seven research institutes and two dedicated foundations — all in the service of society. Science is embedded in everything that we do, and I thank all researchers at UHN for your continuous work to build A Healthier World.
November 14 was World Diabetes Day. This year is especially commemorative as it celebrates 100 years since the discovery of insulin, and the first dose, administered at the Toronto General Hospital, only months later. Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, which is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, and leg amputation. At UHN, thirty percent of admitted patients have diabetes, impacting almost every clinical program; particularly cardiac, cancer, and organ transplant units. Under the leadership of Dr. Minna Woo, Division Head, Endocrinology and Metabolism; Dr. Phil Segal, Clinical Lead; Joanne Zee, Clinical Director, and Jaqueline Cooper, Nurse Manager, a team of endocrinologists and highly trained nurse practitioners, nurse educators, and dietitians provide exemplary multidisciplinary diabetes care for some of the most challenging cases. UHN is also home to innovative diabetes researchers headed by Dr. Minna Woo, the Metabolism Group Lead at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, and the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre directed by Dr. Gary Lewis. A blue circle is the international symbol for diabetes awareness, symbolizing life, health and unity around fighting diabetes around the world; you may see some members from TeamUHN wearing a blue circle pin in show of support.
November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual event to commemorate and honour those who were murdered due to transphobic violence. In 2020, there were
at least 350 reported cases of trans and gender-diverse people murdered worldwide, however, the true numbers are underestimated as most murders go unreported, or victims are misgendered by police, family or in media reports. The pandemic has worsened healthcare disparities for trans, two-spirit, and gender-diverse communities, who are also disproportionately affected by violence due to the complex realities of intersecting identities of race, gender, and class among other identities of oppression. Transgender Day of Remembrance, and Transgender Awareness Week (November 15-19) provide a crucial opportunity to raise awareness and educate ourselves about the issues faced by trans, two-spirit, and gender-diverse patients and co-workers; and to promote principles of gender-affirming care, trauma-informed care and harm reduction strategies to serve UHN's diverse patient populations. Accordingly, UHN is partnering with Rainbow Health Ontario for trans-inclusive and gender-affirming educational initiatives that will commence across UHN in 2022. Under the auspices of UHN's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility and Anti-Racism (IDEA), the Employee Resource Groups comprised of the UHN 2SLGBTQIA+ Committee
[Editor's Note: Link is no longer available],
the Accessibility Council, the Black Legacy Council
[Editor's Note: Link is no longer available], and the Pan-Asian Committee, along with the Indigenous Health Program and the UHN Department of Social Medicine, stand in solidarity to remember those we lost to transphobic acts of violence, and to make UHN and the communities we serve more inclusive for trans, Two-spirit, and gender-diverse persons. To learn more about Trans Day of Remembrance, events for Trans Awareness Week and resources for trans care and inclusion, please
download the PDF at this link. Read the
UHN News story here.
Last week was Perioperative Nurses Week, and we could not be more grateful for the amazing team in our ORs. More than 20,000 surgeries are accomplished every year because of the contributions of UHN's world-class Perioperative Nurses. Thank you for all that you do.
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