Today marks the beginning of Caring Safely Month across UHN - with Canadian Patient Safety Week taking place from October 24 - 28. Throughout the month, we will highlight this patient, employee, and workplace safety transformation in a variety of ways, including stories on UHN News, a Spot the Safety Concern contest, an awareness campaign and an appearance by me on Facebook Live. October the role each of us can play in strengthening the culture of safety at UHN is today's story on UHN News here.

Smoke Free Grounds at UHN – Raising awareness at UHN

​The Smoke Free Grounds Committee is hosting a Walk About at all UHN sites, to raise awareness of our Smoke Free Policy, and remind individuals that smoking on UHN property is prohibited. The 'Walk About' kicked off last Friday at Toronto Rehab's Bickle site, and will be taking place throughout this week with site Senior Vice Presidents Janet Newton, Scott McIntaggart, Sue Jewell, and Marnie Escaf. Continuing to raise awareness and communicate the changes that have come into effect are important to ensuring the success of our Smoke Free initiative for our staff and our patients.

All individuals are invited to participate in the Walk About!  Please see the schedule below:

  • Toronto Western: October 3rd, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Toronto General: October 4th, 11:45am – 12:30pm
  • Princess Margaret: October 5th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

To help them continue to get the word out, the Smoke Free Grounds Committee is looking for Smoke Free Ambassadors! You can learn more about this role by visiting the Smoke Free UHN website and clicking the "Ambassadors" tab. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Michelle Lorello ( for additional information.

Organizational Changes

I'd like to start by welcoming Brad Wouters to the EVP team, as he officially takes over the EVP Science & Research portfolio today. We are all so excited to have him on board. And a big thank you to Dr. Chris Paige for his tremendous contributions to UHN as EVP Science & Research.  Chris has taken Research at UHN from approximately $120 million in grant funding in any given year to about $320 million each year over the course of his tenure. While grant funding certainly isn't the sole measure, it does speak volumes about the calibre of our scientists, our research capacity and Chris' leadership.  He is looking forward to spending more time on his own research and I will continue to rely on his wisdom and knowledge as we continue to build UHN's research capability.

Last week we announced some changes to the organizational structure. Since the announcement on Wednesday, we've made some further tweaks to the chart, for the latest see here. Over the next few months several of our EVPs will be hosting Town Halls and information sessions to go through the portfolio changes with you, in more detail.

I know these changes will make UHN stronger as we continue on our journey of renewal.


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