Toronto (Oct. 20, 2003) – People considering a career with University Health Network (UHN) will have their voice heard when it comes to providing ideas and solutions for enhancing their own workplace, says Tom Closson, President & CEO.

"UHN's prescription for staff satisfaction and recognition includes creating an open, transparent environment of trust where our approximate 10,000 employees feel comfortable having their say about how together, we can continue to build a workplace of choice," said Mr. Closson.

UHN is one of only two hospitals selected to Canada's Top 100 Employers list (2004). The award, made by Mediacorp Canada, looked at Human Resources practices of about 51,000 organizations and companies, inviting 6,000 to apply and then evaluating the workplace environment.

"In addition to listening to our employees, Human Resources continuously strives to implement innovative people practices that will attract and retain the best healthcare professionals," says Emma Pavlov, Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development.

"We offer a wide variety of learning and development opportunities, along with financial assistance, including an extensive leadership program which is central to the implementation of UHN's goals and strategies," said Mrs. Pavlov. "We also offer our employees competitive benefit packages, pension plans, maternity top-up, as well as educational scholarships for the children of employees. In addition, our Code of Conduct and Diversity Programs are the foundation for building a strong culture of respect among our employees."

The healthcare industry faces a chronic shortage of professionals including nurses, physicians, medical imaging technologists, laboratory technologists, pharmacists and many others. That means retaining and recruiting healthcare professionals is a top priority at UHN.

"Our managers and human resources team have been extremely proactive in creating an environment where people want to work, learn, research and above all care for patients," said Mr. Closson.

About University Health Network

University Health Network is a major landmark in Canada's healthcare system, and a teaching partner of the University of Toronto. Building on the strengths and reputation of each of our three remarkable hospitals, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, UHN brings together the innovation, talent and resources needed to achieve global impact on the health care scene and provide exemplary patient care.

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