​​​I had a great time last week answering questions live on UHN's Facebook page about how we are creating a culture of safety across UHN. Thank you to everyone who tuned in. In case you missed it, the video is still up and you can watch it here.

I Fight the Flu For... Our Patients
A quick reminder that the UHN Flu Campaign is in its second week. We are already beginning to see early cases of the flu, so it's important to vaccinate yourself against the influenza virus early – it will help protect you and our patients. This year we are asking staff to finish the sentence, "I Fight the Flu For…", to enter a contest for a prize at each of our fives sites. You can learn more about this, and where to get your flu shot here.

Employee Engagement Pulse Survey – Extended
Thank you to everyone who has completed the pulse survey so far. The survey has been extended to this Friday, October 28th at 5PM. Our overall response rate is at 54%. Please take a moment and have your say – our goal is to reach at least 80%. We are on our way to reaching this goal, but we have more work to do. Our response rates by site are:

  • Toronto Western: 25%
  • Toronto General: 30%
  • Toronto Rehab: 38%
  • Princess Margaret: 66%

A big thank you to the staff at Princess Margaret for taking part in the survey so far; participating in this survey will help us enact changes that better reflect your needs. For example, the Career Hub was created as a result of a previous Employee Engagement Survey, where staff asked for more opportunities for career development and growth. We are continuing to build on that feedback by hosting our second annual career week from November 7th – 11th. You can fill out the survey here, and learn more about some of the action plans from the 2015 engagement survey here. Help us build a better UHN for you.

Caring Safely Fairs and Pledge
Last week the Executive Team and I signed UHN's Caring Safely pledge, which states "UHN is committed to safety, for each other, our patients and their caregivers." This pledge represents our commitment to safety, and how we will work together as an organization to eliminate preventable harm to staff and patients.

Executive Team

This week, Caring Safely fairs will be taking place across the organization. At the fairs you can learn more about Caring Safely and what UHN is doing to eliminate preventable harm. Participants will also have the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes. I encourage you to stop by and show your support for Caring Safely. The fairs will be taking place at the following locations:

Caring Safely fairs

Education at UHN
It's an exciting time for education at UHN. As I mentioned in my organizational renewal update last month, EVP Education, Dr. Brian Hodges has been working to redesign the education portfolio. Last Wednesday, Brian held a Town Hall meeting to talk about the redesign, which has resulted in a new, integrated leadership structure for education at UHN and a new campus model. All teaching and learning at UHN now falls under the umbrella of the Michener Institute of Education at UHN, and occurs at five campuses: St. Patrick Campus, Toronto Rehab Campus, Toronto General Campus, Princess Margaret Campus, and Toronto Western Campus. If you missed the Town Hall but wish to learn more, you can watch it here. Thanks to Brian for his leadership and dedication to strengthening education at UHN.


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