Good Monday morning,
1) Here are last week's safety highlights at UHN:
2) UHN was named Canada's #1 research hospital for the eighth year in a row, a title we've been proud to receive from Research Infosource Inc. every year since the rankings began in 2011. Let's have a round of applause! Research is driven by a highly competitive funding process – it's survival of the fittest – so we must take our hats off for every grant we receive. Thank you to all who help advance our important research mission and to our funders and donors for their continued support.
3) On a related note, I had the privilege of speaking about the profound benefit of research investment at the Economic Club of Canada (video here starting at 36:30, works best on Chrome or Firefox browsers). Canada is currently a global destination of choice for scientific partnership – and UHN along with the University of Toronto is proud to play a large part in our country's success – however, we are not the destination for commercialization meaning loss of potential Canadian GDP. So, although we celebrate UHN's top research hospital distinction, we mustn't lose sight of the bigger prize and must instead encourage our policy makers to seize the opportunity within grasp. Innovations produced by research impact societal health and can improve societal wealth if (and only if) we create the conditions to capitalize on what we produce.
4) More highlights of the week included attending my first ever Michener Student awards and Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian awards at Princess Margaret. We know how important it is to empower and invest in TeamUHN – and that this will become increasingly important as we move forward – so I am glad we have frequent opportunities to recognize good work and people who go above and beyond. In addition to awards such as these, let us also remember the value of a sincere compliment or note of gratitude!
5) The time for UHN's Fall Long-Service Teas is here so let us extend hearty congratulations to all staff who are receiving their long-service pins this season. The teas started last week at Toronto Western (Nov. 5) and Princess Margaret will follow Nov. 13, Toronto General on Nov. 27. Toronto Rehab will be holding their annual ceremonies in June 2019. With regret, I'm unable to attend every tea but look forward to meeting as many of our long-serving staff as possible. What I can and must do is acknowledge the members of TeamUHN below for receiving their 40- and 45-year pins – a remarkable milestone – and add a special mention for Marie Wilson, Laboratory Medicine Administration (Toronto General) for reaching an incredible 55 years!:
Margarida Azevedo, Specimen Management (Toronto Western) – 45 years
Lorna Miller, Hematology (Princess Margaret) – 40 years
Randolene McDonald, Nutrition Services (Princess Margaret) – 45 years
Jerahmie Zelovitzky, Medical Imaging (Toronto General) – 40 years
Gabriel Labao, Patient Portering (Toronto General) – 40 years
Deborah Wilson, Physicians Secretaries (Toronto General) – 40 years
Tirone David, Surgery - Cardiovascular Surgery (Toronto General) – 40 years
6) Next, results from our Q2 scorecard are here and, if you're interested in learning more or what certain terms mean, an extended version is available here.
an important symposium on proton therapy hosted in partnership with UHN's Princess Margaret, the University of Toronto's Department of Radiation Oncology, Cancer Care Ontario, SickKids and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario was held last week. Canada does not currently have a hospital-based proton therapy centre and the purpose of the symposium was to familiarize those in healthcare and our partners in government with the potential it has to improve the lives of patients with cancer in Ontario. Great opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania, Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital and beyond – and an important example of combining our strengths and insights to collectively improve patient outcomes.
Have a good week,