At UHN, we strive to deliver Compassionate Care & Caring. Learn more about the services and supports that are available to you throughout your journey.
Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians,
staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make
the most of our resources.
At the heart of everything we do at UHN are our Healthcare Professionals. Refer a patient to one of our 12 medical programs. Learn more about the resources and opportunities available for professional growth.
University Health Network has grown to be one of the largest research and teaching hospital networks in Canada - pioneers in improving the lives of patients. Our long history of health professions education at Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals has consistently advanced the science of education.
University Health Network is a health care and medical research organization in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN has made us a national and international
source for discovery, education and patient care.
Being touched by illness affects us in different ways. Many people want to give back to the community
and help others. At UHN, we welcome your contribution and offer different ways you can help so you can find one that suits you.
The Newsroom is the source for media looking for information about UHN or trying to connect with one
of our experts for an interview. It's also the place to find UHN media policies and catch up on our news stories, videos, media releases,
podcasts and more.
Glenda Towne has worked at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre since 1987 - beginning at its Sherbourne St. location.
Having witnessed many changes over the years there has always been one constant in her work.
"I love the patients," she says. "I just love going up there trying to just crack a smile with them and trying to give them a better day than what they're usually having."
For her tireless dedication to patients, Glenda was nominated by her colleagues for a Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) Human Touch Award.
The award recognizes exemplary and compassionate patient care by healthcare professionals, providers and volunteers in the cancer and kidney care systems.
Glenda's colleagues nominated her for providing exemplary patient-centred care and going above and beyond the expectations and responsibilities of her health professional role to improve patients' experience and quality of life.
"Glenda is definitely a ray of sunshine for our patients," says Sarah Buchanan, a registered dietitian at the Princess Margaret. "Some of them are here for quite a lengthy admission and because Glenda is following up with them she's able to build a rapport with them.
"A colleague the other day was saying how every time Glenda comes into the room the patients' faces just light up."
In addition to lifting the spirits of the patients she also lifts the spirits of her fellow team members, says Daniela Fierini, Clinical Nutrition Practice Leader and Glenda's nominator for the award. She will often remember special occasions, like an anniversary or birthday, and leave a treat on her colleagues' desks, Daniela adds.
Learning she was nominated and would be one of the recipients of the Human Touch Award was truly a surprise to Glenda.
"I don't feel that I'm doing anything different than what my other teammates do," Glenda says. "For them to feel that I have and write somebody about it makes me feel very proud and humbled."