A standing “O” for Osler’s Professional Practice teams!

Osler’s health care team is made up of many different health care professionals who work together to provide patient-inspired health care to the communities we serve.

Working alongside doctors and nurses, Osler’s talented professional practice staff play an important role in providing patient-inspired care. From making sure patients are meeting their nutrition goals to providing essential physical therapies to conducting diagnostic tests to supporting families in times of crisis, our professional practice teams are an incredible force who contribute so much.

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Osler’s vast professional practice community is made up of 22 different health disciplines. If you’ve ever been in one of Osler’s hospitals for care, you will have come into contact with a member of our professional practice staff, such as:

• Diagnostic Imaging Technologists
• Recreational Therapists
• Occupational Therapists
• Physiotherapists
• Registered Dietitians
• Speech Language Pathologists
• Pharmacists
• Occupational Therapy Assistants
• Registered Respiratory Therapists
• Physiotherapy Assistants
• Crisis Workers
• Medical Laboratory Technologists
• Social Workers
• Respiratory Therapy Assistants
• Communication Disorders Assistants
• Psychologists
• Medical Laboratory Assistants
• Pharmacy Technicians
• Pathology Assistants
• Kinesiologists
• Behavioural Consultants
• Research Analysts

From September 21 to 25, we celebrated Professional Practice Week and saluted the amazing work these teams do to help patients achieve their health goals so they can return home. The planning committee arranged some excellent activities to educate and engage everyone at Osler as we celebrated the work of these teams.

I am extremely proud of all the professional practice teams at Osler and their tremendous dedication to providing the best possible care to those we serve. On behalf of everyone at Osler, THANK YOU for all that you do!

Marking a “grand slam” summer at Osler

We’ve had quite a summer. Not only did our region host the Pan Am Games, the biggest international multi-sport event in Canadian history (yes, it was even bigger than the Winter Olympics in Vancouver), our Toronto Blue Jays are first in the American League Eastern Division. Osler also got into the spirit with our annual staff baseball tournament – a favourite event that really gets people excited. This was the summer made for sports fans – like me!

Many of us took in these events while Osler staff, physicians and volunteers continued to provide care to the community. It was once again a busy summer as we had over 51,000 visits to our emergency department and nearly 14,000 patient admissions across both hospital sites. We also had more than 127,000 outpatient visits over the last three months. Overall, that amounts a slight increase in activity over this same time last year.

Much like the Toronto Blue Jays, we’ve had an epic run at Osler this summer. As we start the regular routines of school and work, I want to highlight a few of our amazing accomplishments of the past few months:

  • Back-office integration milestone. We marked the first anniversary of the non-clinical support services partnership with the Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and Headwaters Health Care Centre (Headwaters). Together, we are changing the way service is planned and delivered in our communities.
  • Redevelopment projects soar. We reached new heights at Peel Memorial and celebrated a “topping off” ceremony. We also reconfirmed the government’s commitment to the renewal and expansion of Etobicoke General with a sign unveiling on the grounds of Etobicoke General during our Annual General Meeting.
  • Osler Foundation made history. If the topping off celebration at Peel Memorial wasn’t exciting enough, Osler received a $2.5 million gift from Brampton businessman Sajjad Ebrahim and his family that becomes $5M with the Orlando matching challenge. The Ebrahim family’s donation is the single largest to support the new facility and our commitment to patient-inspired health care in the community!
  • Smoother transitions from hospital to home. To support patients through their discharge and return home, Osler and the CCAC have merged the discharge planner and care coordinator roles at Etobicoke General to an integrated position that acts as a single point of contact.
  • Expanded DI hours support fewer return ED visits. By moving to 24/7 diagnostic imaging services, we’ve significantly reduced return visits to the emergency department by an incredible 71 per cent – well beyond our target!
  • Better patient outcomes with earlier warnings. The Automated Early Warning Information System (AEGIS) now in use in medical and surgical units across Osler means a reduction in admissions to critical care and improvements in Code Blue and mortality rates.

It’s been an amazing summer and we have a lot more to look forward to in the coming months!