“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

A lot can be achieved when working as a team. Osler – along with health care partners at the Central West Community Care Access Centre, Central West Local Health Integration Network, Headwaters Health Care Centre, and Region of Peel Health Services – will be hosting its fourth Telephone Town Hall to connect with people across the region about their health care services.

During the call, we will talk about how we work together to provide specialized health services to the community. This time, we will also focus on the topic of seniors’ health and the programs and resources available to them.

READ MORE: Questions and answers from the previous Telephone Town Hall

The call will happen on Monday, October 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. By joining the call, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear directly from health care leaders in your community about issues that matter to you
  • Learn how the health care system works in the Central West region
  • Ask questions and provide valuable opinions that can help us shape the programs and services we offer

All members of the community are invited to have their voices heard so please share this information with your friends and family, too. Get your name on the call list by leaving a message at (416) or (905) 494-2120 ext. 50200 or email your telephone number to teletownhall@williamoslerhs.ca by Friday, October 3.

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Honour, recognition and $10,000

“The thrill isn’t in the winning, it’s in the doing” – Chuck Noll, legendary NFL football player and coach

Before taking the top job at Osler, I was an IT guy at a hospital in downtown Toronto. I’ve seen first-hand how technology benefits patient care and how a new generation of innovators is taking health care technology to greater heights.

Last year, we had huge success with our first-ever national student app contest and the launch of HosNav, our mobile app that uses approaches to wayfinding and diagnostic imaging prep to help transform the Osler hospital experience and provide better, more personalized service for patients and families. With hundreds of downloads to date, we’re already changing the way patients and families are accessing Osler.

But what’s better than one app? Two apps!

This year, Osler’s second app contest has gotten bigger and it will take just about 48 hours to find our next app. The auditorium at Brampton Civic Hospital will become app central from November 14 to 16 as teams gather to build their apps in a compressed period of time. Competition is going to be tougher as high school, post-secondary and graduate students from across Canada are now eligible to participate.

One sleepless weekend is a small sacrifice as the winning team will share the $10,000 grand prize, get bragging rights and have the satisfaction of improving the health care experience of patients and families in the community.

If you know a tech-savvy student who has the chops to compete, send them to the contest website to get full details information about how to register.

I can’t wait to see what fresh, new ideas this year’s students will bring to health care in the community we serve. Let the contest begin!

Summer slowdown at Osler? Not a chance!

Summer is a time when life slows down. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and we take a little more time to relax and recharge. I even managed to spend some time away with my family. While many of us took advantage of the slower months, things certainly didn’t slow down across the hospital.

Over the last three months more than 109,200 patients came to Osler for emergency treatment, day surgery, diagnostic imaging tests and inpatient care. That amounts to an additional 3,600 patient visits over the same period last year. And as Osler staff continued to provide excellent patient care during a busier than normal summer, we reached a number of amazing milestones.

In case you missed it, here are the Top 5 things that happened at Osler this summer.

  1. Renewal and expansion projects start to take shape. Construction on the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness is now underway! We celebrated this exciting milestone and announced the contract signing by Plenary Health. At Brampton Civic, we took great care to rejuvenate hospital grounds by replacing trees and plants that were damaged during last winter’s ice storm.

    We also continue to make improvements at Etobicoke General with a number of infrastructure projects underway and to work with staff and physicians on preparing for the large scale renovation and expansion at the site. This fall, we will take the next step in the process and short-list construction companies to build the four-storey wing.

  2. Support ramps up for Osler Foundation. Local golfers hit the fairways in support of Osler Foundation’s two annual Osler Open golf tournaments, selling out both events and breaking fundraising records. At the Brampton Invitational, more than $162,000 was raised for Brampton Civic and Peel Memorial while the Etobicoke Invitational raised more than $105,000 for renewal and expansion projects at the hospital. Community support grew with a number of donations including $50,000 from LiUNA Local 506, which showed their support for Peel Memorial during their annual bocce ball tournament.
  3. New partnership focuses on better patient care. Osler, the Central West CCAC, and Headwaters have integrated ‘back-office’ non-clinical support functions to better serve patients and families in our region. This partnership is a first for the province of Ontario and is a step toward our shared vision of a more integrated, patient-centric health care system.
  4. Osler’s smallest patients become super heroes at Brampton Civic. As of July 7, new moms are able to donate their babies’ umbilical cord blood at Brampton Civic for stem cell treatments. Donations will help to build a national public cord blood bank.
  5. Taking health care beyond our community with our new Global Health Program. We announced an exciting new Global Health Program that will open doors for us to learn from, and contribute to, the homelands of the patients that we serve. As we determine the countries or disciplines Osler may focus our efforts, we are enthusiastic about the possibility of making a difference at in our local community and beyond our borders

While not on the list, I can’t forget to mention my participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As health care providers, it’s important for us to support the efforts of organizations that contribute to important clinical research so that one day their discoveries may be used to help patients in the communities we serve.

It’s been a great summer and we have a lot to look forward to in the coming months.