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Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022

Every day, there are incredible achievements, events, and collaborations happening across TAHSN organizations. To submit content for consideration, please send by the 1st of every month to Please feel free to share TAHSNews internally within your organizations.
TAHSN Strategy Framework launched to guide network's future efforts and collaboration
TAHSN's new strategy framework represents the first refresh of a network-wide strategy since 2014. Its development was overseen by the TAHSN CEO Committee and included consultation across our network and stakeholders. The new strategy framework emphasizes the collective impact of our network, and outlines strategic priorities and enablers that will serve to focus and guide our collective efforts moving forward. Read the strategy here

Four TAHSN hospitals combine recruitment efforts to create a special team of critical care nurses who can be deployed where needed
Michael Garron Hospital (MGH), North York General Hospital (NYGH), Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre received support from the Ministry of Health to launch this pilot project. Designed to address staff shortages, this project will recruit and orient nurses to work across the critical care units of the four hospitals. Read more about this here

University Health Network launches NORC Innovation Centre to design the future of aging in place
The University Health Network's (UHN) NORC Innovation Centre (NIC) is an innovation hub that will leverage the expertise and capabilities of partners, including TAHSN hospitals, to bring services and technology to older adults where they live. The goal is to empower the older adults to co-design these supports so they're tailored to their needs. Read more about this here

University of Toronto receives a landmark $35 million to modernize its high containment facility 
The federal government has provided this funding to the University of Toronto (U of T) to revitalize the Toronto High Containment Facility (THCF). Housed at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, the THCF has the largest containment level 3 lab in the province. This funding will support U of T's plan to modernize the 20-year-old facility. Read more about it here

Holland Bloorview partners with SickKids and Ontario paediatric specialty hospitals to introduce new ENFit feeding tube connectors 
The hospitals will adopt ENFit connectors by winter 2023. ENFit is a global patient safety initiative that aims to ensure safe mealtime and medication administration through tubes for kids and adults. Read more about this here

TAHSN hospitals train and hire internationally educated nurses through the Supervised Practice Experience Partnership Program 
The Supervised Practice Experience Partnership Program (SPEP) is a partnership program between the college of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), Ontario Health, and CNO-approved organizations. SPEP provides work placements for Internationally Educated Nursing interns going through the registration process to become licensed nurses in Ontario. Read a profile of the SPEP program currently being run at UHN

Holland Bloorview partners with SickKids and Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario to launch e-record sharing initiative
This initiative represents one of the first electronic health record integrations that enable the sharing of patient information between paediatric hospitals using the Epic and Meditech health information systems. Read more about this here.

Women's College partners with health centres to host first breast and cervical cancer screening event for Black women 
In partnership with Taibu Community Health Centre, Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre, and The Olive Branch of Hope, Women's College hosted a Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening for Black Women event to provide accessible cancer screenings to Black women in the community. The goal of this event was to address the issues that cause lower cancer screening rates among Black women including systemic barriers, stigma, discomfort and mistrust in the healthcare system. Read more about this here.

Holland Bloorview launches a publicly-accessible online hub on disability and sexuality
The Disability and Sexuality Online Hub launched on Dec. 3 to the public to help promote and encourage conversations about sexuality in a safe and non-judgmental manner. The hub offers resources, tools, videos and conversation tips on how to talk about disability and sexuality. Visit the hub here.

Unity Health Toronto survey finds that 20 per cent of Toronto family physicians plan to close practice 
The survey, led by St. Michael's Hospital, surveyed more than 1,000 family physicians during the province's second COVID-19 wave. Of the 450 doctors who responded, nearly 20 per cent indicated they plan to close their practice in the next five years. This survey follows recent data that showed 1.8 million Ontarians don't have a family doctor. Read more about this here

The Transition-Related Surgeries Program at Women's College Hospital increases its surgical capacity
The Transition-Related Surgeries (TRS) Program team is increasing in size which means they will be able to more than double the number of gender-affirming surgeries and care. Women's College has the only publicly-funded TRS program in Ontario, and one of the few in Canada. Read more about this here
David Graham appointed Scarborough Health Network's new President and CEO
Graham joined SHN in 2018 as Executive Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Administration Officer, and most recently has served as Interim President and CEO since June 2022. Read more about this announcement here.

Kevin Edmonson named the interim Vice President, Clinical Programs at Michael Garron Hospital
Edmonson is also MGH's Director of Emergency, Critical Care and Cardiology and Clinical Strategy. Read more about this announcement here.

Elaine Biddiss named Bloorview Childrens Hospital Foundation Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation
Biddiss is a senior scientist at Holland Bloorview. This appointment will enable her to advance new research projects and bring on new talent to support research. Read more about this announcement here.

Priya Sood named Postgraduate Program Director for Family Medicine Residency Program at Humber River Hospital
Sood is leading the establishment of Humber River Hospital's Family Medicine Teaching Unit, which will begin seeing patients in April 2023 and accepting residents to start in July 2023. Sood is a full-time associate professor at U of T's Department of Family and Community Medicine with a clinical focus on comprehensive family medicine practice and inpatient palliative care. Read more about this announcement here.
Increasing Cultural Awareness of Health Care Leaders
Date: TODAY, Dec. 13, 12 - 1 p.m. EST 
Learn about the Intercultural Developmental Continuum which describes five orientations towards cultural difference and commonality that are arrayed along a continuum. This event will be presented by Dionne Sinclair, Vice-President, Clinical Operations & Chief Nursing Officer at CAMH. Register here.
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