​Every day I hear stories about the amazing work each of you is doing – from ground breaking research to ensuring our patients feel welcomed and comfortable. Last week I had a chance to share these stories with Premier Kathleen Wynne and her delegation when I joined Ontario’s mission in Israel.

During the mission UHN signed an agreement with Israel-based company Insightec, to use their non-invasive ultrasound technology for clinical research and development. This technology enables physicians to remove brain tissue non-surgically. Dr. Lozano, Senior Scientist at the Krembil Institute, and his team have been working with this equipment, helping us change the way we perform neurosurgery. Premier Wynne came to Toronto Western this morning to see his work first-hand.

While in Israel, I shared with the delegation that despite advances in drug therapy, medical devices, and surgery, heart disease is the second leading cause of death in both Canada and Israel, behind cancer. To address this, the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine at UHN are collaborating with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa to establish an International Centre for Cardiovascular Innovation.

This collaboration will pair our strengths in the generation of new scientific and medical knowledge with Technion’s expertise translating research discoveries into commercially viable products. This will help us improve the lives of those living with heart disease in Ontario, Israel and around the world.

It’s important for me to know how you get your news about what’s happening at UHN so Public Affairs and Communications is asking you to fill out a quick survey about internal and external communications at UHN. You can find a link to the survey here. Past surveys have helped guide UHN in the way it communicates and, by participating, you can help shape the future of communications at UHN. The survey will be open until Friday, June 3, and each participant is eligible for a prize draw to win a gift card. Don’t miss out on your chance to contribute!

While we embrace story telling as an organization, we take our commitment to privacy very seriously. Recently Emma Pavlov sent a link to our policy on Sanctions for Breaches of Personal Health Information. It outlines how UHN regards breaches and the penalties that are in place. One way to learn more about privacy expectations at UHN is to complete your yearly privacy training, which we’re all required to do by law. You can complete your training at our UHN eLearning Centre​.

I encourage each of you to share your stories with me – in the hallway, by email or on twitter @ppisters. I always appreciate hearing from you.

Peter​

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