A Sensational Summer of Events from Osler Foundation

Can you feel it? With trees, grass and gardens blossoming all around us, it’s clear that summer is just around the corner. I love this time of year, because the community seems to come alive. People are outside walking, riding their bikes, swimming, playing sports, or just enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, I encourage you to check out some of the exciting Osler Foundation events coming up next month. This is a great opportunity to take part in something you enjoy doing while supporting your local hospital at the same time!

 June 4

Walk n’ Roll Fest for Healthy Kids

Come out to walk the 5K route on the Woodbine Race Track and have a ball at our brand new family festival featuring live entertainment, a petting zoo and games. Funds raised will help equip a new Labour and Delivery Unit, new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and dedicated spaces and equipment for young patients in the new Emergency Department at Etobicoke General.

 

 June 5

Osler Open: Brampton Invitational

We’ve teed up another excellent day on the links at Lionhead Golf Club for our annual golf tournament. Last year we sold out, so register your team today to guarantee your tee time! Proceeds from the tournament will help continue to equip the new Peel Memorial and fund the next generation of diagnostic equipment and technology at Brampton Civic.

 

 June 10

Ralf Rides Again

The new Ralf Rides Again event will honour the memory of Ralf Jarchow, whose fundraising efforts ended in a tragic accident while completing his cross-country fundraising cycling odyssey for Peel Memorial. This 15K bike ride takes participants from the Brampton Rugby Club to Peel Memorial, where Ralf’s legacy will be gratefully acknowledged with a recognition plaque placed at the bike rack in his honour.

 

Over the past decade, Osler has been redeveloping its hospital sites to ensure we meet the growing health care needs of the patients and families we serve. With the opening of the new Peel Memorial and steady construction progress being made at Etobicoke General, it clear that we’ve come a long way in a short period of time with the generous support of our government partners and people in the communities where we operate.

There has been a lot of reporting in the media recently about increases to hospital funding and Osler will receive an additional $10.2 million this year to directly support the delivery of care by supporting better access to services and improving the patient experience. This funding is welcome news but we still need the support of the community to help expand and equip our spaces.

Many people don’t know how much money must be raised in the community to cover construction and equipment costs in our hospitals. The Province of Ontario funds 90 per cent of the planned upgrades and expansions. However, it is expected that fundraising within the community will provide 10 per cent of construction costs and 100 per cent of the funds for equipment for all three hospitals.

I encourage you to come out for a day of fun in support of your community hospitals that will be there for you now, and into the future.

Osler in India and Pakistan: A rewarding experience

This week’s guest blogger is Susan deRyk, Joint VP, Service Quality & Community Relations and Co-Lead of the Sun Life Financial Osler Global Health Program

We live it every day, but some things really bring Osler’s Vision: Patient-Inspired Health Care without Boundaries to the forefront. For 17 days in March and early April, I had the privilege of participating in the Sun Life Financial Osler Global Health Program’s third tour to India and Pakistan. This was a humbling experience, a life changing event, and profoundly demonstrated how the Osler community embraces our Vision.

It was a rewarding and humbling experience to be part of this extraordinary team focused on accepting the challenge of caring for patients in an environment with limited resources on the other side of the world.

The team returned in mid-April, and having had a chance to reflect on our experience, which was packed with more highlights than we could capture in our daily blogs, we were pleased to share more insights through staff information sessions held earlier this month.

In India, we continued to build on partnerships established over the past two years with the Dayanand Medical College & Hospital (DMCH) in Ludhiana and the staff and nursing students at Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Dental College & Hospital (SKSS) in Sarabha village.

We spent almost three days at DMCH, working with staff and physicians from the mental health and addictions program and emergency medicine, to exchange ideas about patient triage, assessment and care planning. The nursing staff was enthusiastic to implement some of the processes we use at Osler, especially group counselling for patients.

What struck many of us while at DMCH was the level of involvement of families in the delivery of patient care. This collaborative approach has inspired Osler to develop a Family Presence Policy that will enable families to better support their loved ones in hospital. As part of our partnership agreement, we have both committed to reporting back to each other on the initiatives we have agreed to launch before our next trip.

At SKSS, the team helped provide care at two medical camps for local villagers that focused on diabetes education and screening as well as mental health and addictions. These camps offered much-needed care as we provided care and treatment for 500 people in two days! With these volumes it gave us a taste of home away from home, as did the incredible hospitality we were shown at every turn. It was heartwarming to be welcomed into their community to share their customs, and traditions.

Following our experience in India, the team connected in Karachi, Pakistan with program co-lead Dr. Naveed Mohammad to visit two of ChildLife Foundation’s free paediatric emergency departments, as well as ChildLife’s sister organization, SINA Health, Education, and Welfare Trust (SINA), which operates 17 primary care clinics in the poorest neighborhoods of Karachi. With extremely limited resources, but impressive resourcefulness and organization, these organizations care and treat more than a million patients every year.

As we toured a number of facilities with SINA, we saw firsthand the challenges that limited resources, and a patient population with poor literacy and high rates of poverty, pose on this organization. Together, we identified many opportunities for partnership and are excited to explore more in the coming months.

It is a true privilege to contribute our expertise in areas around the world while also gaining invaluable insights about caring for the patients we serve at home. We look forward to continuing to build strong relationships abroad that will help us better support patients and families in our own communities.

Singing the praises of Osler’s incredible teams

The old saying “it takes a village” most certainly applies to Osler. The remarkable roster of clinicians, professionals and volunteers at Osler enable us to provide exceptional care to patients and families every single day. So, each year we take the time to recognize their considerable talents.

Ontario Doctor’s Day

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Every year we mark Ontario Doctor’s Day (May 1) to celebrate the 850 physicians who provide care at Osler. They are passionate about the work they do inside our walls and in the community by truly living our Vision by providing patient-inspired health care without boundaries.

Many are making significant contributions in the field. Like Dr. Martin Chasen, who was this year’s recipient of McMaster University’s Elizabeth J. Latimer Prize in Palliative Care. Or Dr. Naheed Dosani, who was featured in a news story about his work delivering palliative care to Toronto’s homeless. Or the clinical team from our Emergency Department who travelled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to provide much needed medical relief and train local health care workers. Or Dr. Sameer D’Souza, in collaboration with his colleagues, whose award-winning work in improving the time to physician initial assessment and length of stay has helped transform the ED at EGH into a top-performing ED in the province. This is just the tip of the iceberg and we are so proud to have such amazing talent at Osler!

National Nursing Week

Next week, we’re once again celebrating National Nursing Week (May 8-14) with a number of activities and events at each of our sites with something for everyone including educational seminars, mindfulness sessions, prize draws and more.

I began my career as an critical care nurse and I know firsthand that nursing is often about going the extra mile to meet the needs of patients. Nursing Week is a powerful reminder of how nurses affect the lives of patients and families, and our communities. Osler’s nurses truly exemplify our Mission: innovative care delivered with compassion.

National Volunteer Week

Osler’s volunteers are the unsung heroes of our hospitals, quietly going about their work to support patients, families and clinical teams. During National Volunteer Week (April 23-29) we celebrated our team of more than 1,000 volunteers who make a world of difference to patients and families each day. From cuddling babies in the NICU to serenading complex care patients to leading tours of the new Peel Memorial, they are vital to the Osler community. Our staff have a message for our amazing team of volunteers to let them know just how appreciated they are:

We’re always looking for good people to join our stellar team of volunteers. Learn more about how you can be a part of the action.

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