You have the power to make a difference

What does it take to build a healthy community?

It takes dedicated health care providers, state-of-the-art facilities, and engaged citizens who are passionate about their home. It also takes money.

Over the past five years we’ve focused on ambitious redevelopment projects to expand care in our region. We have the opportunity to open a brand new health care facility to meet the changing needs of the Brampton community – but we can’t do it alone.

The Government of Ontario is contributing 90 per cent of the funding to build the new Peel Memorial but there is a “local share” portion of the project that must be raised by Osler and the community.

Osler is also responsible for funding 100 per cent of the equipment costs of the new facility. That is why Osler Foundation recently launched a new campaign with the goal of raising $100 million to complete and equip Peel Memorial, support the expansion of Etobicoke General and enhance services at Brampton Civic.

Our powerful new You Have the Power campaign tells the stories of real patients who have received care at Osler hospitals who will be able to receive the same services at the new Peel Memorial. Soon, you will begin to see flags flying on lamp posts and banners spanning bridges to create awareness around our goal to raise $30 million to complete the new Peel Memorial.

Check out Osler Foundation’s new campaign website to learn more about how you can do your part to build a healthy community.

Even though it hasn’t felt like spring, we welcomed it with open arms at our annual Holi Gala – the Festival of Colours on April 1. We aren’t fooling anyone when we say the event was a huge success!

Guests celebrated in colourful style, enjoying gourmet foods, as well as an array of entertainment and fun in celebration of the renewal of springtime. Headline performer Harbhajan Mann had the sold out crowd of 800 on their feet and dancing to some of his biggest hits.

The event raised over $277,000, which was matched by Orlando Corporation’s $15 Million Matching Challenge, resulting in a $554,000 contribution to Osler’s redevelopment initiatives at Brampton Civic, Etobicoke General and the new Peel Memorial. If you missed the excitement, check out our photo gallery from the event.

Our new campaign and record-setting signature events show us that when a community rallies around a worthy cause, incredible things can happen.

You have the power to build a healthy community.

Keeping it 100 with our ABP and QIP

I’ve been hearing the phrase “Keep it 100” a lot lately. It’s an expression that embodies what is means to stay true to your values. We use two important tools to help keep Osler 100: our Annual Business Plan (ABP) and Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).

This year we created our first-ever joint ABP with our partners at the Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and Headwaters Health Care Centre (Headwaters). Over the past two years we’ve been working together to improve the delivery of health care across the Central West region and collaborating on our ABP is the next natural step in our journey.

Our ABP allows us to reflect on our achievements of the past 12 months and outlines where we will focus our energy in the coming year. We’ve aligned our ABP to a set of five common pillars – People, Service Quality, Clinical Quality, Efficiency and Growth – that will guide our work so each organization can achieve their individual strategic and clinical objectives to bring positive change to health care in our region.

The list of our achievements is extensive, so here’s a snapshot of highlights from the past year:

  • We’re better supporting the needs of patients and families through our new Emergency Department Patient Experience Program.
  • We’re part of a new regional Hospital to Home program that provides better support to patients as they return home after discharge.
  • We reached construction milestones by “topping off” at Peel Memorial, bringing us closer to opening our doors in 2017, and naming the team that will build Etobicoke General’s new wing.
  • We brought world-class care closer to home by performing our first-ever endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) surgery as part Osler’s innovative Vascular and Endovascular Program.
  • We lead our first successful mission to India in search of clinical partnerships as part of our Global Health Program.

For the second year in a row, we created a joint QIP with our partners at the Central West CCAC and Headwaters. This plan harmonizes our efforts to improve the quality of care across local and provincial health care systems. Osler staff and physicians have worked incredibly hard over the past year to achieve some excellent results:

  • We exceeded our individual Alternate Level of Care (ALC) targets, which helped the Central West LHIN achieve the lowest ALC rate in Ontario – 5.6 per cent compared to the provincial rate of 14.75 per cent.
  • We reduced our readmission rates to less than 30 days and maintain a C. Difficile rate of 0.16 per 1000 patients, which is below the target of 0.30 set by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • We worked closely with patients and families to shape the care experience through advisory councils, satisfaction surveys throughout the health care journey and thousands of post-discharge phone calls through our regional call centre.

I’m extremely proud of all that we have achieved over the past year and am looking forward to putting the wheels in motion on our new ABP and QIP. I know that at this time next year we’ll have even more great news to share.