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.

Reminders and updates

  • We begin this week with a note of thanks to TeamUHN for the prompt and fulsome response to last week's Code Grey. Leadership at UHN will now review what worked well and what needs improvement. As always, I am grateful and impressed by the professionalism of TeamUHN in the face of unexpected challenges.
  • A hearty welcome to the newest TeamUHN members from West Park Healthcare Centre. West Park has officially joined the UHN family after a voluntary integration, creating Canada's most comprehensive and specialized rehabilitation and complex continuing care centre. We also congratulate our colleagues as they move into their new state-of-the-art hospital over the coming weeks – a busy and exciting time, to be sure. I look forward to visiting this week and meeting many of our colleagues. Read more about this exciting integration in UHN News. Watch the video below, from 2023, highlighting the vision for bringing the organizations together. 
  • We've reached another milestone in the Project Aspire journey. To make way for the new state-of-the-art patient and surgical tower at Toronto Western Hospital, demolition work of the Glass Box (façade on the outside of the Main Pavilion) is expected to start today – Monday, April 8. A weekly construction bulletin available online outlines noise, vibration and service impacts expected for the week ahead and important contact details. This exciting project reflects UHN's continued commitment to transform surgical and patient care. Stay up-to-date on developments and submit questions about the project on the Aspire Sharepoint site.
  • Please be mindful of safety today during the total solar eclipse from approximately 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. While Toronto is outside the path of totality, it's important for us all to remember to wear proper protective eyewear to view the eclipse to avoid damaging eyes. Dr. Brian Ballios, a retina specialist and clinician scientist at UHN's Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute has shared some extremely useful tips in an interview with UHN News. "Looking at the sun without the right eye protection, even for a short time, can permanently damage your retina," he said. "This is particularly dangerous when looking at the uneclipsed or partially-eclipsed sun, such as times when you are not in the path of totality." Read the full story and be sure to watch the video of the week for more tips.

Closing Notes

And now… our video of the week. In this clip, Dr. Tina Felfeli, resident physician in Ophthalmology at UHN, shares what you need to know before the total solar eclipse.


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