​​Sharpening our Focus at UHN

Over the past year, we have made tremendous progress on our journey of renewal. When we came together last week for UHN's Annual General Meeting (AGM), I wanted to share how our journey of renewal sharpens our focus across the organization with work that ensures the needs of patients come first. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the AGM this year. If you missed it, you can watch the full presentation on YouTube here.

It was an incredible meeting that celebrated a year of milestones and accomplishments, illustrated by inspirational stories of staff and patient impact. After a year of collectively reassessing our purpose as an organization, we heard what our refreshed Purpose, Values & Principles mean to our staff in their own words. We also welcomed new members to the team – since announcing Mike Nader's arrival at last year's AGM, we have completed our Executive Team by adding Brad Wouters and most recently Larry Baldachin. We also congratulated internal stars who have reached career milestones by joining the Senior Management Team as UHN Vice Presidents over the past year: Janet Newton, Catherine Wang, Darlene Dasent and Emily Musing.

You can learn more about the work we have done over the past year by reading our Annual Report, "Sharpening the Focus at UHN".

I also want to extend my congratulations to the recipients of the Inventor of the Year, Global Impact and Local Impact awards. It is important to recognize these contributions not only because of their effect on UHN, but their broader impact on health care in Canada and around the world.

Thank you to our extraordinary community for coming together to renew UHN and transform lives and communities every day. I hope you feel proud of the great work accomplished over the past year and I look forward to our continued growth.

Celebrating Michener's Graduates

This weekend I am thrilled to attend Michener's convocation. This will be the the second cohort of students to graduate post-integration. Graduation is such an exciting time in one's life and I am honoured we can play a role in that here at UHN.

Surprise visits result in two accreditations for UHN's Laboratory Medicine Program

Recently UHN's Laboratory Medicine Program (LMP) had surprise visits from the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The organizations were here to conduct their biennial laboratory accreditation of the transfusion laboratory, as well as the molecular and cytogenetics labs. All of the labs were exemplary in their assessments, achieving conformance rates of over 99 per cent. Surprise regulatory visits require a constant state of readiness and this phenomenal outcome could not be achieved without the team delivering a high level of excellence in their day to day work. My sincere thanks to everyone involved – we could not have achieved this outcome without you.

Office 365 Update: Skype for Business is coming!

As part of the Office 365 (O365) project, ​rollout of the Skype for Business application has now kicked off and will be available on personal UHN desktops and laptops by the end of July. Visit the Skype for Business Resources page to learn about the new features you'll have access to including instant messaging, videoconferencing and screen sharing!

You can also subscribe to O365 Tips & Tricks for helpful hints on improving your productivity in Outlook, Webmail, Skype for Business and more!

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