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Last week, Lois Alli, an Environmental Services Aide, retired after an astounding 50 years at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She began her career working in Nutrition Services while still a teenager. Lois was later encouraged to take a health care aide course and worked in that field, providing daily living support services for people in need. By the mid-2000s, she was redeployed to UHN Environmental Services, which allowed her to learn more and interact with patients. "Being a housekeeper has a lot of potential – you get to mingle with people, you get to grow," she told UHN News. We thank Lois for her decades of hard work and wish her nothing but joy in her retirement, with time for travelling, camping, and family.
Read more at UHN News.
We also wished Debra Davies, Nurse Manager for Toronto General Hospital's Emergency Department, a well-earned retirement after almost 40 years of service. Debra –
better known as Deb to TeamUHN – began her nursing career at Toronto Western in 1986 before moving to Toronto General three years later. In addition to her rock-steady leadership and mentorship in the Emergency Department, she helped craft protocols for infectious disease outbreaks, such as SARS and COVID-19, and was on the frontline of the Ebola epidemic. She told
UHN News that the sense of community at UHN is why she stayed with the organization over several decades. "Something wonderful happens when you get to share the happy moments with your team, but also get to be there to support them through difficult times," she said. "I knew I could always count on them for support because they're like family." Watch the
retirement video linked below to get a sense of the indelible legacy Deb is leaving behind.
February is Heart Month, an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary work of our colleagues at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada. Approximately one in 12 Canadian adults live with a diagnosed heart disease, and nine in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease, stroke, or vascular cognitive impairment. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at UHN is a global leader in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with both simple and complex cardiovascular diseases. With world-renowned medical expertise, the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre aims to deliver the best possible outcome for each patient. We are incredibly proud of the transformative work being done at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. It is a privilege to work alongside such talented and driven colleagues.
This is Resident Doctors Awareness Week, a time to shine a spotlight on the talented and dedicated medical residents across Canada and at UHN. Residents not only pursue excellent medical care as learners but bring fresh insights and perspectives as teachers, clinicians, and researchers. As the future of the profession, they advocate for patients and policy changes. We are grateful for the more than 1,500 residents rotating at UHN every year. Despite the health challenges of the past few years, resident doctors demonstrated great dedication to providing high-quality, compassionate care to UHN patients.
At UHN, we are steadfastly committed to strengthening patient care accessibility in consultation with people with disabilities, including eliminating systemic barriers to communication. Last month, I welcomed a meeting with
Lorin MacDonald, an award-winning human rights lawyer and disability advocate living with profound hearing loss. Lorin shared her recent experience of communication barriers while interacting with UHN; for example, the impossibility of lipreading when everyone is masked. She kindly offered suggestions on improving accessibility, and we will engage in further conversations. I am also thankful for the work of the
Accessibility Advisory Council (AAC), a group of TeamUHN members, Patient Partners, and people with disabilities who identify, remove, and prevent barriers to care, services, work, and learning. For more information about the AAC, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. View UHN's accessibility policies and helpful resources on the Accessibility at UHN webpage.
On February 10th, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. ET, The Krembil Research Institute will be hosting a free virtual public education event in recognition of the UN's International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The one-hour livestream is geared toward middle school, high school, and early university-age students of all genders and affiliations. It's a unique opportunity to meet with and hear from trailblazing scientists and clinicians about their lives and careers, and their quest to make groundbreaking discoveries in the areas of arthritis, vision, and brain research. Register
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Applications to The Michener Institute's newest program, Fundamentals of Health Care, are now open. This diploma program is offered in collaboration with UHN and is designed to help fill the current and anticipated staffing shortages that we're facing in our system. The program is self-paced, flexible, and fully customizable to prepare learners for a new career path in health care or further health education. Learn more about this unique program on Michener's website.
And now… our TikTok of the week. This
video shows us proper handwashing techniques from
the Infection Prevention and Control team to ensure you aren't leaving germs behind.
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