Leading the Force for Change in 2016: Making Workplaces Safer across the GTA

By Sarah Downey, President & CEO
Happy New Year!
I am incredibly proud to work at our hospital where we have zero tolerance for all forms of workplace violence. We know that when our staff, physicians and volunteers are safe, they are able to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients. We encourage everyone to speak up. And we foster a supportive culture for those exposed to violence.
We believe that violence is not – and never should be – part of any person’s job.
As many of you know, we have been recognized as the provincial and national leader in workplace violence prevention. In fact, our Workplace Violence Prevention program garnered national attention in this recent media story that aired on Global Television’s 16X9.
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In order to make the entire health system stronger, partnership and collaboration is vital. Our hospital is part of the Joint Centres for Transformative Healthcare and Innovation. The Joint Centres is a partnership between six large community hospitals including Mackenzie Health, Markham Stouffville Hospital, North York General Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and us.
Together, we are leveraging the collective talent within our organizations to drive quality and improvement in our health system.
Each year, the Joint Centres comes together at InnovationEX to showcase and share innovations that have been developed at our respective organizations. This year, InnovationEx will be held at Markham Stouffville Hospital on April 7th. Save the date!
Some of the innovations that we have shared with each other include reducing C-difficile infections, reducing C-Section rates and reducing unnecessary tests through Choosing Wisely. Today, I’m proud to announce that we are co-leading the force for change in making workplaces safer across the GTA. And in partnership with Southlake Regional Health Centre, we are spreading our best practices and expert knowledge in the area of workplace violence prevention. Irene Andress, Chief Nurse Executive is co-chair of the working group.
Making our workplaces safe for all requires teamwork, collaboration and a united front. Together the Joint Centres will be moving ahead in the coming months to address the increased need for secure, safe and healthy work environments where nurses and other health professionals can thrive and deliver high-quality care.
Our patients are counting on it.

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