​​There are so many ways to exchange ideas, information and news. Some individuals want to hear what’s happening in 140 characters, while others prefer videos. With so many communication tools available, we want to know what’s working, what’s not and how you’re getting your news on all things UHN. To help us better meet your needs, the Public Affairs team is asking everyone to fill out this survey.  Please take the time to complete this survey as I am personally committed to ensuring that we are meeting your communication needs.

Your feedback will shape the way we do internal and external communications. As a direct result of your feedback in past surveys, the Public Affairs team has phased out printed newsletters in favour of timelier, online news stories, started producing more videos, and increased the number of stories featuring staff and patients. As an added bonus for completing the survey, they’re giving out nine gift cards to a coffee shop of your choice (Tim Hortons, Starbucks or Second Cup). I look forward to hearing from all of you about how you are getting your news.

On Wednesday, June 15th, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM). At this meeting I will review UHN’s journey over the last year and where we are heading in the years ahead. The AGM will start at 4:00 p.m. in MaRS Auditorium. The meeting is open, so please join us if you can. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the changes that have occurred over the past year, and learn more about the progress we’re making on our goals as an organization and our priorities going forward.

If you are unable to make it to the MaRS Auditorium, you can watch a livestream at the following locations:

  • Princess Margaret, 6-604 Auditorium
  • Toronto Rehab, University Centre Auditorium
  • Lyndhurst Centre Lecture Rooms A/B
  • Bickle Centre Auditorium
  • Michener Institute, Auditorium
  • Toronto Western, WW2-401 Auditorium

As many of you know, this is Kathy Sabo’s last month at UHN. Kathy has had an impressive 40-year career in health care, with the last 15 years spent at Toronto Western. She has been an extraordinary leader during her time at UHN – as the TWH lead for SARS & Pandemic emergency response planning, the UHN lead for Ebola planning, the co-Executive lead for the implementation of LEAN, the UHN lead for the Alternate Level of Care Strategy and implementation, and leading the creation of a Positive Leadership program at Toronto Western – just to name a few. This month will be full of celebrations and events to mark this important milestone. I know so many of us have stories about Kathy and I hope you’ll make it out to some of the celebrations to share them and wish Kathy all the best as she gets ready to take on retirement!

There are lots of opportunities for communication and reflection over the next month. I encourage you to share your thoughts in the survey, when you see me in the hall or using social media on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, either @UHN​ or with me @ppisters​.

Peter​

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