Message from CEO: impact of Wave 3 ahead of us
(April 7, 2021) – Last week, the province was seeing about 2,000 COVID cases per day, up from an average of about 1,000 in early March. This week, we are seeing over 3,000 cases per day, the highest case counts since mid-January. Of these COVID cases, the variants of concern make up 85 per cent – this is Wave 3 of the pandemic. Despite vaccination efforts and public health measures, case counts are continuing to rise across Ontario.
Unity Health appoints inaugural Director of Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability
(April 7, 2021) Unity Health is pleased to announce that following a comprehensive internal and external search, Allison Needham is the inaugural Director of Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability (ARESA), effective April 26. With support from across the organization, Allison will oversee the development, implementation and measurement of Unity Health’s anti-racism, equity and social accountability strategy, as well as oversight of our Council on Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability, which she currently co-chairs. She was most recently the Manager of Surgical Strategic Operations and Quality at our St. Joseph’s site.
The Director of ARESA is a new role at Unity Health and was established to promote change across the organization that will evolve our culture in a manner that will make Unity Health Toronto a more equitable and anti-oppressive space for our staff, learners and patients. Allison has already distinguished herself as an effective catalyst for change in advancing this strategic direction at Unity Health and is poised to accelerate that momentum in assuming this role. We look forward to working with Allison on advancing this important work across our organization.
TEN GREAT THINGS THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK
(April 8, 2021) – Each week, we’re sharing a list of 10 great things that happened this week.
- April 1, 2021: Ten great things that happened this week
From a wife to her husband: A patient’s kidney transplant story
(April 1, 2021) – After 28 years of marriage, Elliot Bassin and his wife Marilyn bonded in a way that the couple never thought possible. They shared a kidney.
In conversation: A primary care physician and a patient on health care for transgender people
(March 31, 2021) – International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates transgender people, their contributions to society and raises awareness of the discrimination they face. One of those barriers is in access to health care.
Meet Rachel Blair: The first Therapeutic Recreationist to join the Mental Health Department at Unity Health
(March 26, 2021) – Recreation and leisure can help patients socialize, get active and learn coping strategies that they can take with them once they leave the hospital. This is why Rachel Blair was hired to work in the 7M mental health unit and the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, becoming the first Therapeutic Recreationist to join a mental health program at Unity Health.
GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT FROM OUR COMMUNITY
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, our teams at Unity Health Toronto are working to ensure we are prepared to support our patients and keep everyone inside and around our hospitals safe.
March 25, 2021: Ten great things that happened this week
March 18, 2021: Ten great things that happened this week
March 17, 2021: Read March 2021 issue of Unity Health Toronto Magazine
March 11, 2021: Ten great things that happened this week
March 4, 2021: Ten great things that happened this week