​​​I continue to receive great feedback on our process of organizational renewal, and the website that has been created to inform you of our plans and our progress. You can check out the website here. One of our eight areas of focus is our safety transformation called Caring Safely - our program to promote workplace, employee, and patient safety.

UHN's Safety Transformation is getting noticed

The work of Caring Safely at UHN is getting positive attention outside the organization. Last month the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) wrote about UHN's goal to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) to zero, one of the pillars of Caring Safely with a particular focus on our work with surgical site infections (SSI). As you know, the team has identified six HACs that are responsible for a disproportionate amount of preventable harm – adverse drug events (ADE), falls, Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection (CDI), pressure injuries, central line infections (CLI) and surgical site infections (SSI). You can read the article here and learn more about the progress our Caring Safely team is making here.

Caregiver Awards

Supporting our patients and their families as they navigate their way through their health journey isn't always easy. But our staff members truly go above and beyond, and I know that makes such a difference to everyone who comes through our doors. Right now Canada Cares, a charity dedicated to elevating the role of family and professional caregivers, is asking Canadians to nominate exceptional caregivers, to say "thank you" for going the extra mile. If you work with someone you think deserves some recognition, or you wish to recognize a family member or friend you've seen supporting a loved one, I encourage you to nominate them here. We are so fortunate to work in such a caring organization, and I would like to say a big thank you to all of you for making the time our patients and their families spend here, a little bit easier.


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