Strategic Planning – Town Halls start this week; and Team Engagement update

Over the next several weeks, I will be traveling to all UHN sites to provide an update on our Strategic Planning process so far. These Town Halls kick off this Wednesday, March 15th at Toronto Western, in the BMO Conference Centre from 2:30 – 3:30pm. I'm really looking forward to sharing our vision for this next chapter and answering any questions you have about UHN's journey of renewal. I have included information below for the rest of the Town Halls.

Last week, I talked about some adjustments we are making to our Areas of Focus: reducing and refining our eight areas to five in 2017/18, and shifting from Clinical Optimization to Operational Excellence. We will be making a similar change to Team Engagement, one of our five Areas of Focus. To better reflect the important work that's taking place in this area, we are shifting the language to People and Culture. I will provide more information about how our Areas of Focus support UHN's future at the Town Halls, so I encourage all of you to come out.

Town Hall schedule:

  • Toronto Western: Wednesday, March 15th, 2:30 – 3:30pm, BMO Conference Centre
  • Toronto Rehab – Lyndhurst: Wednesday, March 22nd, 12 – 1pm, Lecture Rooms A & B
  • Toronto General: Friday, March 24th, 10:30 – 11:30am, De Gasperis Conservatory
  • Princess Margaret: Thursday, March 30th, 12 – 1pm, 7th Floor Atrium
  • Toronto Rehab – Bickle Centre: Thursday, March 30th, 2:30 – 3:30pm, Auditorium
  • Toronto Rehab – University Centre: Monday, April 3rd, 1 – 2pm, 2nd Floor Auditorium
  • Michener Institute: Friday, April 28th, 12 – 1pm, Schatz Hall, 5th Floor Lounge

2017 Canadian Cancer Society Awards for Excellence

Each year the Canadian Cancer Society recognizes leaders in their fields who exemplify excellence in science and have made outstanding contributions to the scientific community. Last week they announced the recipients of the 2017 Canadian Cancer Society Awards for Excellence. We should all be proud that two cancer program oncologists and two cancer scientists at Princess Margaret were among those recognized.  Please join me in congratulating Drs. Brian O'Sullivan, Philippe Bedard, Mathieu Lupien and Daniel De Carvalho on this well-deserved honour.

Recognizing UHN Employees

To recognize the service and efforts of employees and volunteers who have served our organization for 25 years or more, UHN held its annual winter 25+ Year Service Club Wine & Cheese Event last week. About 1850 employees and volunteers completed 25 years or more service at UHN at the end of 2016 and it was an honour to say thank you for their long-standing commitment. Two of these employees are Maureen McWilliams, a registered nurse who celebrated 45 years, and Victor Trotman, UHN employee for 38 years and Senior Director of Labour Relations; both spoke with UHN News about the bonds they've made with their colleagues and the opportunity to make a difference during their careers. You can read their stories here.

Wrapping up IT Transformation Town Halls

Last week we held our sixth and final IT Transformation Town Hall at Toronto Rehab's Lyndhurst Centre. Thank you to all who attended the Town Halls – it was great to hear your questions and comments about our digital future. If you weren't able to attend one of the Town Halls, you can watch a recording of one of the Town Halls here


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