Canada’s best diversity employer!

This week, Osler was announced as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2013! This recognition is a first for Osler and an honour that we are extremely proud of. It speaks to the tremendous commitment of our staff, physicians and volunteers to create an environment that allows us to better understand and appreciate the unique beliefs and values of one another, as well as those of our patients and their families.

Diversity is something that is in our DNA at Osler – it is embedded in our clinical services, our human resources policies, and our workplace culture. We’ve always known that our efforts to create an inclusive, respectful and welcoming workplace are top-notch, and now, the rest of the country knows it too.

Beyond considering our focus on language and communications, the award recognizes our Corporate Diversity Strategy, Diversity Executive Committee and our Corporate Diversity Advisory Council – all formed with an aim to improve equity, access and inclusiveness across the organization and help support our efforts to provide patient-centred care. It also acknowledges our Diversity e-Learning Modules and our comprehensive offerings of diversity tools and resources – including annual Multi-Faith and Diversity Day events, conferences, panel discussions and FAQ sessions.

It has been a pretty exceptional few months for diversity at Osler. This award comes on the heels of our Exemplary Accreditation designation which recognized Osler for its leading practice in ‘Embracing Diverse Practices in Palliative Care’.

While we know that this award is a tremendous achievement, it also gives us a chance to examine some areas where we need to focus to ensure we are always improving in our diversity initiatives. These opportunities will help guide our efforts over the coming year, though we certainly know we are on the right track.

Our Canada’s Best Diversity Employer Award marks a significant milestone in our ongoing journey to provide an inclusive and equitable environment for everyone who comes through our doors. It is a true testament to the efforts of our staff, physicians and volunteers, who come together each and every day as a strong and cohesive team, providing quality care to our community.

Thank you for taking a moment to share in our good news.

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Recognizing Excellence in our Physician Community

A few weeks ago, Osler’s physician community held its annual ‘Awards of Excellence’ as part of a corporate Professional Staff Association meeting. I was very pleased to be able to attend the event and to say a few words in recognition of the dedicated physicians who are part of our organization.

To have the opportunity to recognize physician leadership and excellence across our hospitals is a tremendous honour for me – particularly considering the unique history and experiences that each of our physician award winners have had with this organization.

From beginnings at Peel Memorial, ground-breaking work at Etobicoke General, innovation at Brampton Civic, and to dedicated efforts to champion programs and initiatives that benefit patients and families in our community – our honourees are quite simply, brilliant physicians and shining examples of leaders in their field.

Apart from these awards, we continue to see amazing examples of physician leadership at Osler. We see it through:

  • The commitment of Etobicoke General physicians to organize the Goldhart Ranney free public lecture series year after year;
  • Physician participation in Foundation activities like our Hockey Night for Osler event, golf tournaments and Ski Days; and
  • Volunteer work through provincial- and LHIN panels to help bring change to the way care is delivered across this region, and across this province.

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Considering this, it is clear that Osler physicians do phenomenal work for patients and families. I would like to thank all of our physicians for their continued commitment to delivering quality care, and congratulations to our award winners! Their names and a bit of information about each are below.

Career Achievement Award

Dr. Alvin Kelly, Brampton Civic Hospital, Department of Family Medicine
Started at Peel Memorial Hospital in 1968. Dr. Kelly championed a ground-breaking Palliative Care program for the Brampton community.

Dr. Ron Mandel, Etobicoke General Hospital, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Mandel held the position of Occupational Health physician at EGH for many years, as well as being an ED physician and dedicated family physician.

Clinical Excellence Award

Dr. Paul Joza, Brampton Civic Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology
Started at Peel Memorial in 1979 as an Intensivist and Cardiologist

Dr. Mohammad Bahasadri, Etobicoke General Hospital, Department of General Surgery
Started at EGH in the fall of 2007. Dr. Bahasadri was the lead physician on the EGH tumour boards and was instrumental in getting the program off the ground.

Leadership Award

Dr. Michael Miletin, Department of Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine and Respirology
Dr. Miletin started at EGH in 2003 and now works at both EGH and BCH’s Critical Care Units. Dr. Miletin is the Critical Care lead for the Central West LHIN.

Education Award

Dr. David Richardson, Department of Medicine and Laboratory Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

Dr. Richardson started at Peel Memorial Hospital in 2003. He holds a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.