Celebrating our Health Disciplines and Nursing awards winners!
By Selma Al-Samarrai
(September 29, 2020) – We celebrated Interprofessional Practice week from Sept. 21 – 25 at Unity Health Toronto. Across the network, virtual ceremonies were held to recognize the winners of our Health Disciplines Awards and Nursing Awards for each of our three sites. Below, we list all of the award winners. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations.
HEALTH DISCIPLINES AWARDS
Interprofessional individual awards
- Andrea Irwin, Clinical Resource Coordinator, Adult Day Program
- Abigail (Abi) Kavanaugh, Physiotherapist, Outpatients
- Erlinda Malonzo, Staffing Coordinator, Houses of Providence
- Tiffany Nicoloff, Occupational Therapist, Hospital
- Antonio DaSilva, General Maintenance
- Nandalall (Nan) Sarjoo, General Maintenance
Description: Peers nominate individuals for this award based on their excellence and commitment to interprofessional collaboration, and patient/resident/client experience. During the past year, this may have resulted in working in a new role and gaining new skills in challenging circumstances.
Interprofessional team award
Houses of Providence Team
- 1 West COVID Team
- B5 COVID Recovery Team
Description: Awarded to the interprofessional team that truly lives the values of Unity Health Toronto and strives to meet the competencies outlined above by contributing to excellence in patient/resident/client care and experience. Other outstanding qualities include embracing inclusion, continual learning and building of positive relationships with patients/resident/clients, families, colleagues and our community partners
Living Legacy Award
Recipient: Shawn Brady
Description: As a special surprise to Shawn Brady, this award was created specifically for him to honour and recognize his history of support, innovation and leadership in the area of interprofessional practice at Providence over the last 10 years. Up until October 2019, Shawn was the Director of Interprofessional Practice at Providence, and he is credited amongst staff for being a long-time champion and developer of interprofessional practice.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Innovation in Practice Award
Recipient: Martyna Garbaczewska, Physiotherapist, 6M
Description: The Innovation in Practice Award is awarded to an individual health discipline or interprofessional team that demonstrates commitment to, and achievement in, Quality Improvement or clinical innovation leading to improved patient outcomes and experience.
Interprofessional Collaboration Award
Recipients: Interprofessional Resource Team (IRT)
Photo caption: IRT team members and Registered Nurses Roy Rajappan and Monica Lauriola.
Description: The Interprofessional Collaboration Award is awarded to the interprofessional team that contributes to excellence in patient care and experience through inclusion, collaborative care, learning and positive relationships with patients, families, colleagues and internal and external partners.
Team Builder Award
Recipient: Lisa Evans, Operations Leader, Ultrasound – Medical Imaging
Description: The Team Builder Award is awarded to any member of the clinical team who contributes positively to the culture of the team. This is the team member who models Unity Health values of inclusivity, human dignity and compassion through support, kindness and respect demonstrated to patients, families, visitors and fellow team members.
Clinical Leader Award
Recipient: Fernanda Galli, Occupational Therapist, NICU
Description: The Clinical Leader Award is awarded to an individual health disciplines team member who demonstrates excellence in clinical skills and problem solving and who shares knowledge and skills with others through their mentorship, collaboration and effective communication.
St. Michael’s Hospital
Clinical Excellence Award
Recipient: Caity Heath, Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy Assistant, Cardiovascular Surgery/ and MSICU
Description: The Clinical Excellence Award recognizes a staff member in the health disciplines who demonstrates excellence in practice and patient care. He or she demonstrates exemplary professional knowledge and promotes an atmosphere of collaboration, mentorship, and pride of their profession.
Education Excellence Award
Recipient: Jonathan Hunchuck, Pharmacist, Family Health Team
Description: The Education Excellence Award recognizes a staff member in the health disciplines for their outstanding contributions to Health Disciplines education. He or she fosters growth and learning among students, staff, patients and families through the promotion of education best-practices and collaborative learning principles.
Interprofessional Collaboration Award
Recipient: Orthopaedic Opioid Stewardship Team, Orthopaedic Unit
Description: The Interprofessional Collaboration Award recognizes an interprofessional team for their innovative and quality contributions to patient care. This team demonstrates the principles of effective interprofessional collaboration: collaborative leadership, team functioning, interprofessional communication and patient/family engagement.
The Leadership Award
Recipient: Henry Gehrs, Medical Radiation Technologist, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Description: The Leadership Award recognizes a staff member or team in the health disciplines who demonstrates growth, fosters the development of others, builds partnerships and networks to create results, is a strong advocate for patients, profession, and/or team and demonstrates their critical and innovative thinking.
The Scholarship Award
Recipient: Katie Sussman, Social Worker, Health Centre at 410/ St. Jamestown Health Centre
Description: The Scholarship Award recognizes a staff member in the health disciplines who supports a culture of discovery and knowledge translation through innovation and research in Health Disciplines practice and education.
The Nursing the World to Health Award
Recipient: B5 COVID Unit Nurses
Description: The Nursing the World to Health Award is awarded to the nurse or team that have gone above and beyond to exemplify this year’s theme for nursing week – A Voice to Lead: Nursing the World to Health. This nurse or team has been instrumental in being innovative, finding new ways to meet the needs of their patients and families during the pandemic. This nurse or team did not hesitate to do whatever it takes to support effective teamwork during the myriad of changes that took place during the pandemic.
The Nursing Advocacy Award
Recipient: Dominic Pereira
Description: The Nursing Advocacy Award is awarded to a nurse who champions excellence in patient care and has demonstrated the ability to advocate on behalf of patient (s) and families to ensure that they receive the best health outcomes based on their values and wishes of the patient. This individual seeks out opportunities to advocate for the improvement of the team, ensuring that the unit has what it needs to function effectively.
The Nursing Leadership Award
Recipient: Caroline Monteiro
Description: The Nursing Leadership Award is awarded to a nurse who demonstrates excellence in leadership by assuming a leadership role in changing the culture of the health care delivery or facilitating excellence in patient and family-centered care. This nurse demonstrates commitment to staff development and interprofessional collaboration and acts as a change agent to develop strategies to advance the organization’s goals and objectives.
The Nursing Legacy Award
Recipient: Hristina Hristovska
Description: The Nursing Legacy Award is awarded to the nurse or team that embodies the heart of the Founders of Unity Health Toronto – the Sisters of St. Joseph. This nurse or team goes above and beyond to meet the needs of those that are disadvantaged and provides equitable and dignified care to all patients.
The Rehabilitation Nursing Award
Recipient: Ophelia Brown
Description: The Rehabilitation Nursing Award is awarded to a nurse or team that demonstrates commitment to helping individuals affected by chronic illness or physical disability to adapt to their disabilities, achieve their greatest potential, and work toward productive, independent lives. They take a holistic approach to meeting patients’ medical, vocational, educational, environmental, and spiritual needs.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Nursing Innovation Award
Recipient: Stefanie Filion, Registered Nurse, 6M
Description: The Nursing Innovation Award is awarded to a nurse or team that demonstrates commitment to, and achievement in quality improvement or clinical innovation leading to improved patient outcomes and experience.
Academic Achievement in Nursing Award
Recipient: Michelle McTaggart, Registered Nurse, ICU
Description: The Academic Achievement Award in Nursing is awarded to a nurse who demonstrates excellence in their contribution to the advancement of the nursing profession through teaching, research, quality improvement and advocacy for nursing education.
Community Builder in Nursing Award
Recipient: Monique Miller, Registered Nurse, Team Leader Oncology/Haematology Clinic
Description: The Community Builder Nursing Award is awarded to the nurse or team that contributes to building a strong nursing community (internal or external) that fosters inclusion, collaborative care, learning and positive interpersonal relationships with patients, families, colleagues and internal and external partners.
Sisters of St. Joseph Patient and Family Centered Nursing Care Award
Recipient: Mark Lumang, Registered Nurse, 4LM
Description: The Sisters of St. Joseph Patient and Family Centered Nursing Care Award is awarded to a nurse who demonstrates exceptional patient and family centered nursing care for those who are disadvantaged, in keeping with the Mission of the Founders of Unity Health Toronto, the Sisters of St. Joseph.
St. Michael’s Hospital
Chuckie Shevlen Scholarship
Recipient: Charline Ductan, RN, 16CC General Surgery/GI/Plastics, Oncology & Endoscopy Program
Description: The Chuckie Shevlen Nursing Scholarship was established by the Board of Directors of St. Michael’s Hospital in 2008 to recognize the commitment and dedication of Ms. Chuckie Shelven, RN. The Chuckie Shevlen Nursing Scholarship provides financial assistance for registered nurses of St. Michael’s Hospital pursuing post-secondary education towards leadership development and career advancement.
Nursing Excellence Award: Parthenia Maria Wilson Culture of Caring
Recipient: Rhonda Richmond, RN, TNICU, Surgery, Critical Care & Trauma Program
Description: This award was named in memory of Parthenia Maria Wilson by her late son, Dr. Franklin Christopher Wilson. This annual award recognizes a nurse in a direct care role who embraces a culture of caring that is patient and family-centered, which is the fundamental value of nursing practice.
Nursing Excellence Award: The C. William and Ruth Daniel Innovation in Nursing
Recipient: Cecilia Santiago, Nursing Practice Manager, Professional Practice
Description: This award was named in memory of Bill and Ruth Daniel. It recognizes a nurse who demonstrates commitment in innovation in the area of quality improvement (e.g., promotion of evidence based practice, informatics, technology, etc.) to enhance nursing practice and provision of quality care.
Nursing Excellence Award: The Elizabeth Crawford Clinical Scholarship
Recipient: Scott Kantymir, RN, CVICU, Heart, Lung & Vascular Program
Description: This award was named in memory of Elizabeth Crawford by her daughters, Brenley Crawford and Hillary Harrison. It recognizes a nurse in any role who promotes and/or supports the professional development of self and others by sharing knowledge through clinical scholarship and advocating for excellence in education.
Nursing Excellence Award: Healthy Work Environment
Recipient: Jacqueline Kong, RN, 16CC General Surgery/GI/Plastics Oncology & Endoscopy Program
Description: An award that recognizes a nurse in any role or a team of nurses who promotes and/or advocates for the health and wellbeing of staff and patients and as a result, contributes to the quality of patient care, patient outcomes and the overall work environment.
Parthenia Maria Wilson Nursing Education Grant
Recipient: Miranda Priestman, RN, Trauma/ Neurosurgery, Surgery, Critical Care & Trauma Program
Description: This grant was named in memory of Parthenia Maria Wilson by her late son, Dr. Franklin Christopher Wilson. The annual grant is in recognition of a St. Michael’s Hospital registered nurse who provides excellence in humane patient care and is pursuing undergraduate (baccalaureate) or graduate nursing education.
Theresa Ann Ford: Preceptorship Award – Undergraduate Nurse
Recipient: Winter Ng, RN, Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart, Lung & Vascular Program
Description: The Theresa Ann Ford Annual Preceptorship Awards recognize nurses who have been preceptors and have demonstrated excellence in their role of supporting the learning and transition of nursing students.
Theresa Ann Ford: Preceptorship Award – New Hire
Recipient: Margaret Stoesser, RN, Trauma/ Neurosurgery, Surgery, Critical Care & Trauma Program
Description: The Theresa Ann Ford Annual Preceptorship Awards recognize nurses who have been preceptors and have demonstrated excellence in their role of supporting the learning and transition of new nurses.
Theresa Ann Ford: Clinical Nurse Educator
Recipient: Shirley Bell, Clinical Nurse Educator, 14CC General Internal Medicine, Primary Care & Community Health Program
Description: This peer nominated award is to recognize outstanding education and professional development that a Clinical Nurse Educator has demonstrated in support of point-of-care nurses’ practice.
Mehramat & Satwant Gill Nursing Scholarship
Recipient: Mary Mustard, NP, Heart, Lung & Vascular Program
Description: The Mehramat & Satwant Gill Nursing Scholarship Fund was established by Mehramat and Satwant Gill to support excellence in patient care at St. Michael’s Hospital. Annual grants are provided to support excellence in nurse practitioners’ practice to enhance their clinical, education and/or leadership skills.
Syron Nursing Fellowship
Description: The Syron Graduate Nursing Fellowship provides financial assistance in the form of a grant for permanent full or part time nursing staff employed by St Michael’s Hospital pursuing graduate education in nursing or in a healthcare related field of study.
- Caitlin Keeble, Staff Nurse, Inpatient Mental Health
- Chantel Barry, Staff Nurse, Trauma Neurosurgery Inpatient
- Dawn Thomas, Staff Nurse, Cardiac/Vascular Surgery
- Elyse Ancrum, Staff Nurse, Trauma Neurosurgery Inpatient
- Emily Ovjack, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department
- Katie Poon, Staff Nurse, Trauma Neurosurgery Inpatient
- Keriann Tingling, Staff Nurse , Nursing Resource Team
- Marty Butler, Staff Nurse, TNICU
- Olga Krasik, Staff Nurse, Inpatient Mobility
- Samantha White, Staff Nurse, Trauma Neurosurgery Inpatient
- Sanam Shinde, Staff Nurse, Trauma Neurosurgery Inpatient
- Sauyong Lee, Staff Nurse, MSICU
- Stephanie Trombley, Care and Transition Facilitator, Trauma Neurosurgery Inpatient
- Suzanne Ezekiel, Care and Transition Facilitator, Respirology
- Swphana Sebastian, Staff Nurse, MSICU
- Victoria Rams, Staff Nurse, Trauma Neurosurgery Inpatient
- Anureet Kaur, Staff Nurse, Nursing Resource Team
- Arjay Ordona, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department
- Lhamo Dolkar, Staff Nurse, Cardiac/Vascular Surgery
- McKenzie Quevillon, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Hemophilia
- Vanessa Rozario, Staff Nurse, TNICU
- Virginia Wojcik, Clinical Nurse Educator, Therapeutic Endoscopy and the Breast Centre
- Brittany McQuillan, Staff Nurse, Trauma Neuro ICU
- Charline Ductan, Staff Nurse , GI/Gen Surg/Plastics
- Katrina Flores –Yuen, Staff Nurse, Trauma Neurosurgery Inpatient
- Miranda Priestman, Staff Nurse, Trauma Neurosurgery Inpatient
- Shawna Singh, Clinical Leader Manager, Mobility