Building on the Momentum we’ve Created

Building on the Momentum we’ve Created

By Wolf Klassen, Vice President, Program Support
 
I’m an early riser.
 
What you may not know is that I typically start off my mornings, in the gym or on my bike. For me, my 5 a.m. workouts are a time to focus and create momentum for the day ahead.
 
In scientific terms momentum is a “mass in motion,” a force. But in the sense that I’m using it, momentum can also be described as a necessary force for success.
 
And as I write this, I just received an alert on Twitter telling me that we just picked up another award from the Regional Geriatric Program called the “Patient Voice Award of Excellence.”
 
This award recognizes that at the heart of all that we do, despite all the noise, we hear is the patient voice, guiding our initiatives and programs.
 
What an achievement.
 
This is just one of the many awards we’ve won in recent months. Here are some of the others.
 
You could say, we’re on a roll…we’re building momentum.
 
I know this momentum has been building for some time.
 
And it’s our collective desire to do the “right thing” for our patients that drives this force. The “right thing” means investing in a supportive and safe environment that nurtures both the physical and mental wellbeing of our staff.
 
I know in the hustle and bustle of the season, we sometimes forget what we’ve accomplished. We need to celebrate our wins and capitalize on the momentum we’ve created.
 
I’m proud of the achievements we’ve made to make our hospital one of the best places to work. Congrats to you all.
 
Here are some of the people who’ve helped to create our award-winning hospital.
 

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Dispatches from Outside our Hospital Walls

Dispatches from Outside our Hospital Walls

By Carmine Stumpo, VP Programs
 
Rain or shine…on any given day, you’re likely to find Risha Raja, an occupational therapist out and about in our community.
 
She’s part of our Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) at Toronto East General Hospital. They’re a dedicated, inter-professional team of nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and physicians.
 
Our ACTT helps some of the most vulnerable people in East Toronto. And it’s just one of several TEGH community-based programs that really does bring care closer to home.
 
As Vice President, Programs at TEGH I have the privilege of working with all clinical areas. Everyday, I see tremendous compassion and commitment in the patient care we provide across the entire spectrum of age and illness within TEGH.
 
So why am I talking about what goes on outside our hospital walls?
 
Because it’s a very different world outside our walls.
 
And it’s equally important to know and understand how we work with our partners, so that our efforts as a hospital extend well into the community. It’s about creating a strong network of community services.
 
Shadowing Risha, I saw firsthand how a strong network of community services ensures that folks – like many of ACTT’s clients – will rely less on our Emergency Department.
 
In simple terms: a strong, supportive community network will be able to catch our most vulnerable before they slip through the cracks.
 
As care increasingly shifts to the community, we’ll have to rely on innovative partnerships and our current partners to provide that supportive network.
 
Whether you work inside or outside our hospital walls delivering care, we’re all in this together. We’re all united by the fact that we’re here to provide the best care for our patients and their families.
 
It keeps our community healthy – and happy.
 
I’ve realized that I really need to get out more. And I can’t wait. In the meantime, please watch my first of Dispatches from outside our Hospital Walls.
 
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