Hockey Night for Osler

“Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other, and pulling in the same direction, to be successful.”Wayne Gretzky

Today’s guest post is rink-side with Dr. Naveed Mohammad, Osler’s VP of Medical Affairs:

Hockey fans in the Greater Toronto Area are certainly getting their fill these days. With the Toronto Maple Leafs currently in position for a playoff spot and the Olympics coming up in a few weeks, it’s safe to say we’ve been spoiled.

On Wednesday evening, the Powerade Centre in Brampton came alive as the NHL alumni took to the ice and divided themselves among two teams which also included Osler staff, physicians and supporters.  To call the game a nail-biter is an understatement! By the end of the third period the teams led by Darryl Sittler and Paul Coffey were tied at 10 goals apiece. The game ended in a sudden death shootout with Team Sittler winning 1-0.

Many thanks to the NHL legends and our own hockey heroes who lace up each year in support of Osler Foundation!

I also had the opportunity to break out my best Don Cherry impression and talk shop with Darryl Sittler.

Hockey and health care actually have a lot in common. As we heard from Darryl Sittler, good communication is an important part of creating a winning team on and off the ice. When we pair it with strong hospital leadership and diverse talents of physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and volunteers, we create an ideal environment to deliver excellent patient care. We can achieve great things when we work together.

From sponsors and donors to Osler and Foundation staff, physicians and volunteers, your efforts are appreciated in bringing this game together. Over 1,200 tickets were sold and more than $72,000 was raised for Osler Foundation! These funds will support the redevelopment of Peel Memorial and Etobicoke General Hospital, and fund the next generation of diagnostic equipment and technology at Brampton Civic Hospital.

Relive the excitement or see it for the first time – check out photo highlights from Wednesday night!

The holiday surge

“Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.”General George S. Patton

Happy New Year! Between the pre-holiday ice storm and a lingering deep freeze, I hope you had an opportunity to stay warm and share some quality time with loved ones over the holiday season.

We’ve seen a lot of action inside our hospitals as the New Year roared in.

Over the last two weeks, we saw an increased number of patients coming to Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General Hospitals. Reduced hours in physician clinics, less availability of community resources, extra stress and activities over the holiday season are some of the many factors that cause the community to rely more heavily on our hospitals.

As one of the busiest EDs in Ontario, Osler saw more than 194,000 patients come through our doors last year. EDs are often the first place patients turn when they are looking for care but we also saw a surge in inpatient activity as a number of patients who began their Osler journey in the ED and were admitted into the acute care units during this time.

Osler staff, physicians and volunteers did an incredible job of providing timely, patient-inspired health care to all patients and their families during this busy time. Spending holiday time supporting the health care needs of the community is the definition of going beyond.

Looking at numbers from last year, we expected to be busier than normal over the holidays so we took a page from General Patton’s playbook to prepare. We started planning early on for this year’s surge to ensure we were well positioned to provide safe, quality health care over the holidays.

While these measures helped to remove some of the pressure, we also relied on you to do your part. Many of you sought information on our website and on Facebook to help you assess your health care options over the holidays so you can get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

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