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

  • Join us for a Virtual Open Forum this Wednesday, June 12 from noon to 1 p.m. Members of the Executive Leadership Forum look forward to sharing updates and responding to questions from TeamUHN members. This is a great way to stay connected as a team as we chart an exciting course together. Questions can be submitted via Slido both during the event and in advance. Disrespectful and duplicated questions will be screened in advance.
  • UHN and its partners, Sinai Health and Trillium Health Partners, are poised to open and accept patients at UHN's Reactivation Care Centre (RCC), beginning June 17. The UHN RCC provides specialized care for patients who no longer need acute care but who are working to safely return to their communities. Last Fall, the Ministry of Health and Ontario Health asked UHN to explore using existing infrastructure to support broader health system needs and alleviate pressures across Greater Toronto Area hospitals. UHN determined the former site of the original West Park hospital offered a significant opportunity to improve access to care and support the local community. As part of an innovative and collaborative “host and tenant model," UHN, as host, is responsible for maintenance, infrastructure, and support services and will operate some of the inpatient beds. Our hospital partners, Sinai Health and Trillium Health Partners, are “tenants" and are allocated beds for which they will be responsible for clinical staffing and operations. Each hospital will occupy its own unit, where staff from their hospital will offer direct care. UHN is using a phased approach to operationalize the centre which, once fully complete, will offer 188 beds across 12 inpatient units. This is another example of how UHN steps up to find solutions for system challenges and forges innovative partnerships to make a real difference for patients.
  • The 17th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer raised $20. 6 million this weekend for cancer research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – a fundraising record for this event. More than 4,000 riders cycled more than 200 kilometres from Toronto to Niagara Falls in this hugely popular event and Canada's largest athletic fundraiser, hosted by the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (PMCF). More than $300 million has been raised since this event's inception, all to support life-saving cancer research and treatments for patients at home and around the world. My thanks to all at the PMCF for organizing such a fun and meaningful event. To learn more, including registration details for the 2025 Ride to Conquer Cancer, visit:
  • UHN Foundation celebrated its 20th annual Golf for Heart Classic on June 4 in support of UHN's Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. As one of Toronto's most exclusive charity golf tournaments, participants were treated to food stations around the Eagles Nest Golf Club from some of our city's finest restaurants. With thanks to incredible sponsors, donors and golfers, the event raised more than $600,000. The Golf for Heart Classic was founded by UHN Foundation Board Member and UHN Trustee, Todd Halpern. With the support of his brother, Colin, son, Adam, and Halpern Enterprises, Golf for Heart continues to be an incredible success year after year.
  • I am delighted to share the release of the 2023 Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Annual Report. Among the many accomplishments this year, the Princess Margaret has elevated the patient experience through expanded genetic testing, pioneering radiation technology, and cutting-edge research in the most difficult-to-treat cancers. We are ushering in a new era of technology with robotic surgery and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to advance discovery and innovation in cancer care. Further, the Princess Margaret has established important global alliances and local, regional and international partnerships that will improve equity in cancer care and provide the opportunity to share best practices worldwide. There is a long list of impressive highlights and achievements – to learn more, read the full report.

Video of the Week

And now… our video of the week. In this clip, we learn some of the techniques that Speech Language Pathologists use to help patients.


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