In praise of Osler’s doctors and nurses


This week’s CEO guest bloggers are Dr. Frank Martino, Chief of Staff, and Darryl Yates, Interim Chief Nursing Executive.

Pride. That is what we are both feeling as another Doctors’ Day and Nursing Week comes to a close.

Pride for our respective professions and the incredible doctors and nurses at Osler who care, tirelessly and selflessly, for those in need in our community every day.

We know it is demanding work. We know that we are caring for more and sicker patients than ever before and understand the enormous pressure this puts on all of us. We also know that, despite these challenges, our patients continue to receive exceptional, compassionate care, day after day.

Great work tends to get noticed and Osler physicians and nurses are no strangers to awards and accolades. Osler’s Dr. Leili Pede, a long-time Brampton family physician, recently received the McMaster Family Medicine Preceptor of the Year – Gerry Cohen Award in recognition for her decades of commitment to residency, education, and patient care.

Osler’s Paula Manuel, Clinical Services Manager, Etobicoke General 10th Level Respirology Unit and Blood Collection Services, was recognized with the Award of Merit from the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) for her outstanding contributions to the RNAO and the nursing profession in Ontario. And just this past weekend, we also learned that three of our amazing nurses were nominated for the Toronto Star’s 17th annual Nightingale Award – an award that celebrates nurses who have gone above and beyond what is expected. Congratulations to:

  • Theresa Nitti – RPN, Etobicoke General Hospital, 9th Level
  • Kelly Meijs – RN, Etobicoke General Hospital, 8th Level
  • Gilda Theriault – RN, Brampton Civic Hospital, Transitional/ALC Unit

The work our doctors and nurses do every day on every unit of our three sites, as well as in our community, is deeply appreciated, both by our patients and by the two of us who are privileged to lead such extraordinary teams.

For us, Doctors’ Day and Nursing Week is truly a celebration of what it means to be part of this calling. They allow us to pause for a moment (something that our busy schedules often don’t permit) to reflect on what inspired us to join this profession and think about some of those defining moments in our career.

We’d love to hear from you about your career defining moment or about when you knew that you wanted to be a doctor or a nurse. We invite you to please join us by sharing your own story in the comment section below.


“When I was 11 years old, my mother fell ill and I needed to step in and help my father care for my younger siblings. This experience taught me a lot about caring for others, about how much I enjoyed doing it, and was likely one of the reasons I became a nurse. And while there are moments when I miss direct patient care, I take comfort in supporting and striving to inspire the best in others around me.”

 – Darryl Yates, RN, Chief Nursing Executive


“When I try and think of a defining moment in my career, I really can’t choose just one. They happen so often I’ve lost count. I’ve always wanted to make a difference and as a physician I have been blessed with the opportunity to do so every day, every week and every month. It’s an honour to provide the advice, the counsel and the clinical care to our patients and their families who have provided me the privilege of caring for them.”

– Dr. Frank Martino, Chief of Staff

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