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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.
here for the UHN All Users announcement that went out last week. The full TR HOT memo
can be accessed here. Please note that it may take a few weeks to implement all changes to pandemic guidance at UHN and to develop new signage to guide masking requirements and update UHN policies. These measures may also be modified further as the province reassesses COVID-19 risk. Questions? Contact Infection Control at
UHN's Executive Leadership Forum (ELF) represents a broad range of voices and skill sets from across the organization and provides direction and oversight in service of patients, TeamUHN and our vision of A Healthier World. See the full membership on
The last ELF meeting was held on Thursday, March 2.
On the heels of last week's Rare Disease Day, we are proud to highlight more UHN clinics helping patients who face unique challenges.
The Fred A. Litwin Family Centre in Genetic Medicine, located on Murray Street, sees the greatest number of rare diseases at UHN. This clinic provides genetic assessments and genetic counselling for patients who may be at risk of hereditary conditions, such as connective tissue disorders, hereditary heart and kidney diseases, and neurodevelopmental disorders based on their medical or family history, in addition to providing care for the largest group of adult patients with inborn errors of metabolism in Canada. At Princess Margaret Hospital, the
Bhalwani Familial Cancer Clinic provides personalized assessment and counselling for patients with a variety of rare cancer predisposition syndromes. At Toronto General,
The Dalglish Family 22q Clinic is the first clinic in the world devoted to caring for adults affected by
22q11.2 deletion syndrome, an under-recognized genetic condition that involves a piece missing from chromosome 22 and one that can cause several health problems, including heart problems, neurological conditions, and developmental delay. We are grateful for the vital work done at these clinics and across UHN to help patients dealing with some of the rarest genetic conditions to feel completely supported and understood.
March is Liver Health Month. Thank you to the teams across UHN and community partners who care for patients and work to advance clinical care, research, and education in hepatology. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a sharp rise in alcohol-associated liver disease, with a
study showing hospital admissions for alcoholic hepatitis doubling in the space of two years. Important steps to address these health and social crises have been taken, including a revision of
Canada's Guidance on Alcohol and Health, and initiatives to address the social determinants of health when treating patients with liver disease. UHN's
Toronto Centre for Liver Disease - Francis Family Liver Clinic has launched a highly effective nurse practitioner-led post-discharge clinic and a novel nurse-run paracentesis clinic to support extremely complex patients in the outpatient setting, avoiding ER visits and admissions to hospital. The centre has also advanced integrated supports for patients, engaging with specialized substance use teams, psychiatry and mental health programs, and community services. And it has established an innovative partnership with
UHN's Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine to create the role of Community Health Worker. To date, this initiative has successfully supported almost 100 patients living with liver disease navigate the social services they need to improve their overall health. This is the type of integrated approach that can truly impact the care we provide at UHN and beyond.
March is also Kidney Health Month. Thank you to our colleagues across UHN and beyond who provide the highest level of patient care, research, and education in nephrology. UHN Teams provide support to patients with chronic kidney diseases, many of whom require complex and long-term care, and continue to work to enhance kidney health research and programs here and around the world. In January, UHN teams launched the Michener Dialysis Program, a first-of-its-kind dialysis nursing school to up-skill nursing and address the critical shortages of nurses in dialysis. We have contributed to the executive leadership of the
National Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD) Research Network, an organization creating new opportunities to mobilize innovations in diagnosis, treatment, and care for kidney patients. This year, our research teams will also embark on a CIHR-funded clinical trial looking at the utility of a digital e-counselling tool developed at UHN to promote self-care, helping to enhance patient understanding of CKD. We are also testing new models of care in virtual pharmacy for CKD and heart failure, with a goal of expanding access to medication, CKD education, and addressing patient concerns surrounding therapy. My gratitude goes out to all members of TeamUHN who work hard every day to support kidney health. Their outstanding work is crucial to excellent patient care.
Dr. Madeline Li, a psychiatrist and clinician scientist at the Princess Margaret, appeared on CNN's "Amanpour" last week to discuss the challenging topic of medical assistance in dying (MAID). Dr. Li, who developed UHN's MAID framework, spoke with Paula Newton about Canada's current regime and criteria, and the difficult issues faced by patients and providers. Watch the full interview
here or by clicking on the image below. And be sure to read Dr. Li's recent piece in Maclean's about what she finds both
meaningful and maddening about MAID.
this article in Maclean's Big Idea series about how bringing programs to older adults in Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) could dramatically improve options for aging in place in Canada. The article, by Jen Recknagel, Director of Innovation and Design at UHN's NORC Innovation Centre, expands on the prospect of bringing integrated health and social services right to where older adults are already living – work we will be leading through the Centre in the coming months and years. Visit the NORC Innovation Centre
website, and follow them on
LinkedIn to learn more!
March is Music Therapy Awareness Month. We proudly recognize the Certified Music Therapists who explore the therapeutic use of music to enhance the health, rehabilitation, and overall well-being of patients at any age and stage of clinical care. For these skilled professionals, music therapy is an evidence-based practice and a profoundly impactful component of care that can effectively reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and provide significant emotional and psychosocial support to patients. We are grateful for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre's Music Therapy Program, now celebrating its 10th anniversary at UHN, led by Dr. SarahRose Black and Mason Gibson. This internationally recognized clinical, research, and academic teaching program provides support for patients and colleagues across UHN and boasts a significant research profile and a highly competitive graduate internship training program. For more information on music therapy in Canada, please visit the
Canadian Association of Music Therapyand the
Canadian Journal of Music Therapy. Learn more about music therapy at UHN by
watching the video below.
It's Dental Assistants Recognition Week, a chance to celebrate the role these professionals play in oral health care. This year's theme – "The Heart of Dental Offices Through Education, Commitment, and Safety" – encapsulates how essential Dental Assistants are to dental teams, including at UHN's dental clinics at Toronto Rehab and Princess Margaret. Dental Assistants support patients before, during, and after their treatments. We thank them for their contributions to build A Healthier World.
And now.. our video of the week. This
clip explains how physician assistants serve patients at UHN.
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