‘The need for support never goes away’

Spiritual Care team at Unity Health Toronto provides round-the-clock support for patients and their families

Virginia MacDonald, a Spiritual Care practitionerOct. 16, 2019 – Coping with the news of a serious diagnosis and the subsequent impact of treatments can be both physically and mentally exhausting. While medical professionals at Unity Health Toronto work on restoring patients’ physical health, a specialized team is dedicated to improving patients’ spiritual and mental well-being.

The Spiritual Care team across Unity Health provides emotional and cultural support and spiritual counselling to patients and their families.

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Social workers at Unity Health Toronto receive research grant to advance student placement experience

On Oct. 8, Unity Health Toronto’s Social Work department accepted the grant cheque from the University of Toronto.Oct. 10, 2019 – Unity Health Toronto’s Social Work department has been awarded a $45,000 grant through the Bertha Rosenstadt Trust Fund in Health Research to support the first-ever collaboration for social workers across the network.

This grant, provided by the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, is awarded to partner organizations that offer placements for the school’s students and funds research work in the area of social work field education.

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Unity Health Toronto receives $1.5M gift from the Slaight Family Foundation

a caregiver holds the hand of a seniorOct. 1, 2019 – Unity Health Toronto is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a combined $1.5 million gift from The Slaight Family Foundation. St. Michael’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre are two of the 13 Toronto hospitals and four national organizations who have received a combined $15 million to support seniors. The gift is the final component in The Slaight Family Foundation Seniors Initiative.

As a result of the gift, St. Joseph’s Health Centre will work with community partners and acute care hospitals to reduce the number of hospital revisits in the city’s west-end from senior patients by providing a social work navigator.

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New online tool directs patients and visitors to support services in the community

an iPhone displaying the new online toolOct. 1, 2019 – Often, discharged patients, community members or visitors come to Unity Health Toronto staff asking for help to find social care such as crisis services, financial support, abuse resources, housing options or support for newcomers.

In response, the Patient and Family Education and Social Work teams at St. Michael’s Hospital created the new Community Resources for Patients and Families online tool, which lists numerous organizations across the Greater Toronto Area that provide these services, along with contact information.

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Sept. 26, 2019: Celebrating how Interprofessional Practice supports better care for all

Sept. 10, 2019: A life impacted, but not defined by MS

Aug. 27, 2019: An oral history of the day of the Raptors parade, as told by St. Michael’s Hospital staff

Aug. 26, 2019: Reimagining patient education by building better tools to improve health literacy

July 23, 2019: Check out Unity Health Toronto’s 2018-19 Annual Report

July 22, 2019: Digital connections bringing Unity Health sites closer than ever

July 10, 2019: Meet our new chief residents

July 8, 2019: Announcing Unity Health Toronto’s new chair of the Board of Directors: Colleen Johnston

June 26, 2019: Falls prevention clinic at Providence helps patients stay strong and independent

June 12, 2019: Reimagining patient education: building better tools to improve health literacy

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