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Friday November 26, 2021

Each and every day, amazing things are happening at Southlake – and every Friday we’ll be highlighting the incredible work and activities taking place across our hospital. If you have an idea you would like to submit please send it to corporatecommunications@southlake.ca

Friday, November 26

  • Join us in watching the Southlake Champion Awards Virtual Event 

For your enjoyment we have recorded a virtual awards ceremony highlighting each of the recipients of the 2021 Champion Awards. Please click here to watch it, and feel free to share with your family and friends! Congratulations again to this year’s recipients, including the entire Southlake team who collectively received the Power of Many Award, which was recently highlighted in the Toronto StarClick here to read. 

  • Southlake Shout Out highlight 

Southlake Shout Out is a peer-to-peer recognition program designed to honour your hard work and dedication. Click here for more information and to send a shout out to one of your peers. 

I just wanted to acknowledge and thank you for completing your annual Core Curriculum. You are the first staff member to complete all the courses for the 2021-22 cycle. Thank you for doing your part to keep Southlake a safe environment for our staff, patients, visitors, and families. 

Nominator: Tracy Parish 

Nominee: Brandon MacMurray 

  • Grateful patient highlight 

Came to the ER today for chest pain and nausea. My lab tech was really amazing! Her name was Jessica and I hope she finds this message! Thank you, Jessica! You were really sweet. I was experiencing really bad pain, but you really made me feel safe today. Thank you! 

– C.Q. 

  • Holiday Heroes

Southlake is once again participating in the Holiday Heroes Toy Drive with our friends at York Regional Police. This year we are returning to our traditional approach and will be collecting toys, clothes, gift cards and monetary donations to present to York Regional Police on December 13! 

Toys can be dropped off in the Main Lobby Space on December 13, 2021, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. We ask that departments store their donations on their unit until the drop-off day. 

Individual prizes are available, and you are eligible to win by participating in this year’s toy drive. If you have any questions, please email corporatecommunications@southlake.ca. Let’s help make the holidays great for those in need in our community! Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

  • Toy Donation 

A special shoutout to Southlake’s Amanda Hearn, Credentialing Associate, for organizing a toy donation on behalf of her stepfather Rob Greenhalgh. Rob turned 50 and since he is a big kid at heart, they removed the 0 and threw him a 5yearolds birthday party. Rob asked that instead of his guests buying him a present, to purchase a new, unopened toy (as they would for a 5-year-old) to be able to be donated to Southlake at Christmas time. Thank you to Rob for this gracious donation – our paediatrics department and our patients appreciate it so much!

  • Paediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Information Session 

On November 24, we held a COVID-19 Vaccine Information Session for staff featuring a live panel of Southlake experts. The session was specific to vaccinations in children 5-11. If you missed it you can click here to watch the video. Please feel free to share this with your family and friends. 

Friday, November 19

  • Join us in watching the Southlake Champion Awards Virtual Event 

For your enjoyment we have recorded a virtual awards ceremony highlighting each of the recipients of the 2021 Champion Awards. Please click here to watch it, and feel free to share with your family and friends! Congratulations again to this year’s recipients, including the entire Southlake team who collectively received the Power of Many Award, which was recently highlighted in Newmarket Today. Click here to read. 

  • Southlake Shout Out highlight 

Southlake Shout Out is a peer-to-peer recognition program designed to honour your hard work and dedication. In the past week 27 shout outs have been sent to Southlake staff! Click here for more information and to send a shout out to one of your peers. 

Thank you Angela, for showing such kindness, patience, and understanding when you are orientating new staff to the unit. These staff always praise you and say how thankful they are for your time and teaching. Thank you for making their transition to Southlake so memorable. 

Nominator – Meghan Garbutt

Nominees – Angela Alphonso 

  • Grateful patient highlight 

I found myself at the Southlake COVID-19 Assessment Centre with the need to have my very unwell 3-year-old daughter tested. I cannot express enough the gratitude I have for the team manning the Assessment Centre. From beginning to end we were met with kindness, patience and compassion and our visit was capped off with the delivery of the shiniest, sparkliest park of stickers ever made (in the eyes of a very upset 3-year-old) at the exact moment they were needed most. Thank you!  

– A.B. 

  • World Prematurity Day: November 17 

On November 17, Southlake recognized World Prematurity Day and took time to showcase and thank the incredible staff who provide care to our littlest patients every day. The team provides compassionate care to the babies and families that spend time within our NICU, helping these families through often one of the most difficult times. Thank you!  

  • Holiday Heroes

Southlake is once again participating in the Holiday Heroes Toy Drive with our friends at York Regional Police. This year we are returning to our traditional approach and will be collecting toys, clothes, gift cards and monetary donations to present to York Regional Police on December 13! 

Toys can be dropped off in the Main Lobby Space on December 13, 2021, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. We ask that departments store their donations on their unit until the drop-off day. 

Individual prizes are available, and you are eligible to win by participating in this year’s toy drive. If you have any questions, please email corporatecommunications@southlake.ca. Let’s help make the holidays great for those in need in our community! Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

  • Thank you, Southlake stafffrom Mars-Wrigley 

After the Mars-Wrigley truck distributed treats to Southlake staff the week of Halloween, their staff wanted to do something extra to thank our staff who work so hard every day. They have since sent personalized, handwritten thank you cards from their staff to ours.  Check out their thoughtful cards below.

  • Mental Health Outpatient Clinic Relocation  

We are pleased to share some positive news for our Mental Health outpatients and the teams who provide their care and support. As part of the Mental Health Inpatient Bed Expansion project, and in order to accommodate and construct the new 12-bed Adult Inpatient Unit on West 4, three of Southlake’s outpatient mental health clinics will be relocated to the Tannery to accommodate the expansion.

This weekend the following Mental Health outpatient clinics will be relocating from West 5 to the Tannery Building Suite 404, located at 465 Davis Drive:  

  • The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outpatient Clinics 
  • The Adult Mental Health Brief Therapy Clinic 
  • Young Adults Eating Disorders Clinics 

These clinics will all be relocated starting Saturday, November 20 through to Sunday, November 21. Clinics will resume services on Wednesday, November 24. We will continue to provide updates as the work continues. 

  • Parking Garage Closure 

Thank you to our Capital Development, Facilities and Security teams for all their hard work to smoothly manage the closure of the parking garage during the construction. A lot of behind-the-scenes coordination went into this project and these teams did a great job of managing access, supplying infrastructure support and supporting staff and visitors during this time. 

Friday, November 12

  • Whiskey, Wine & MR Menswear 

On Wednesday, November 10, Southlake physicians walked the catwalk in the Whiskey, Wine and Mike Rathke Menswear fundraiser, benefiting Southlake’s Stronach Regional Cancer Centre. It was quite the show! Two-time cancer survivor and longtime supporter of Southlake, Mike Rathke, was in attendance, who knows all too well the importance of having quality cancer care close to home. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event in support of local cancer care. The amount of money the evening event raised will be announced next week so stay tuned! 

  • Southlake Shout Out highlight 

Southlake Shout Out is a peer-to-peer recognition program designed to honour your hard work and dedication. In the past week 27 shout outs have been sent to Southlake staff! Click here for more information and to send a shout out to one of your peers. 

You both went above and beyond to plan and support the event. Your passion to ensure all Patient and Family Advisors  feel connected to Southlake as well as ensuring they were able all to participate,  is invaluable to the program and our patients.  Thank you for always taking the time to enable all PFAs so they can serve as the voice of patients and families at Southlake. 

Nominator – Sue Grills
Nominees – Laura Scavone and Michelle Sheridan 

  • Grateful patient highlight 

I recently had an MRI and I wanted to send an email to say how much I appreciate the care I received. From the moment I walked into the hospital, to the moment I left, I was very impressed with the level of service and care. The lady at the Welcome Centre was very helpful. Next, I saw Diana at Diagnostic Imaging reception and she was very welcoming, warm and professional. Lastly, Jim completed my MRI. He was very knowledgeable and showed excellent care. I am very thankful that we have such a great facility in our town!
– A.M. 

  • MRT Week: November 7 – 13  

It’s MRT Week and we’re celebrating the essential role medical radiation technologists play in the healthcare system. They deliver imaging & radiation-related services with a caring touch, allowing patients to benefit from the latest in medical diagnostic & treatment technology.  

In the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake, radiation therapists are key members of the cancer treatment team and use focused radiation to treat cancers while minimizing harm to surrounding healthy tissues. They educate and care for patients with cancer throughout their radiation therapy. 

  • Perioperative Nurses Week: November 7 – 13 

Our incredible specialized team of help to provide patient care before, during and after surgical procedures. They are instrumental to our surgical team and are the voices of the patients during their procedures.  Thank you for all you do! 

  • National Nurse Practitioner Week: November 7 – 13 

Nurse practitioners provide care to our patients both in hospital and beyond. This week we celebrate and thank our nurse practitioners for their dedication and commitment to the care of patients and our community. 

  • Diabetes Awareness Day: November 14 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the revolutionary and life-saving discovery of insulin! A big shout out to the team at the Diabetes Education Centre at Southlake, located at the Tannery Mall. They’ve been working at full capacity throughout the pandemic to assist patients in managing their diabetes. The team not only provides education, support, sick day management and insulin titration for those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, they also provide services for those at risk of diabetes or with prediabetes, elevated cholesterol levels and gestational diabetes. 

  • Introducing the Southlake 50/50 Community Raffle 

Southlake Foundation is introducing a new and exciting way to support Southlake! The Southlake 50/50 Community Raffle is here and ready to give away thousands of dollars – just in time for the holiday season. All tickets purchased in the Southlake 50/50 Raffle offer the chance to win the growing jackpot, all while supporting our hospital to help make leading edge care possible. Plus, buy your tickets early and receive bonus chances to win one of two $500 Early Bird Prizes, thanks to our sponsor Chartwell Retirement Residences. 

Tickets available at southlake5050.ca beginning Monday, November 15 through to Monday, December 20. 

  • Movember “Mo-Off” at Southlake 

The Facility Operations & Support Services (FOSS) is challenging the reigning ‘Stache for Southlake Cup champions, Information Technology (IT), to a “mo-off”, where each team of daring and debonair gentlemen will grow their moustaches to support Southlake. 

During November (also known as Movember), you will be able to sponsor a team member of your choice through the Southlake Foundation webpage (links below). The team that raises the most money by November 30 will be crowned the new champions. All proceeds raised from this event will go to the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre. 

For the FOSS donation page, click here.
For the IT donation page, click here. 

  • Coca-Cola holiday truck Newmarket debut 

Next Wednesday keep an eye out for the Coca-Cola holiday truck passing Southlake! It is scheduled to drive around the hospital from 5:40 – 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, traveling along Davis Drive, turning left on Prospect, left on Queen to pass the hospice, and back up Roxborough to Davis. If you are working please take a moment to look for the truck, it’s quite a sight.

Friday, November 5

  • A record-breaking number of smiles 

Thank you to all hospital staff and visitors who purchased cookies during Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie campaign. Southlake’s very own Tim Hortons baked 2,531 Smile Cookies this year and donated $2,529 to Southlake Foundation! Together, our community and local Tim Hortons restaurant owners in Newmarket, Aurora and East Gwillimbury raised $45,000 for SouthlakeClick here for full details. 

  • Southlake Shout Out highlight 

Southlake Shout Out is a peer-to-peer recognition program designed to honour your hard work and dedication. Click here for more information and to send a shout out to one of your peers!   

I would like to thank Valerie Sandy, a child crisis worker who was asked to support a very difficult situation in the Emergency Department a couple of weeks ago. She was asked to support several children after they suffered a significant event to their family. She stayed three hours past her shift, until 3 a.m., to ensure that the children were responded to and feeling safe. Her dedication and willingness to do the right thing and go above and beyond is representative of her work ethic, as well as the types of things that crisis workers get asked to do much of the time. Thank you, Valerie, for your dedication and support to these children, you really did go above and beyond!
– Submitted by Sherri Miller, Manager, Child and Adolescent, Mental Health 

  • COVID-19 Assessment Centre relocation

Congratulations to Anne Forsey and Andrew Norris for all their hard work to successfully relocate the COVID-19 Assessment Centre from the Town’s Seniors Centre to 22 Prospect St. A lot of behind the scenes coordination of clinical and support services went into the relocation which Anne and Andrew lead.

  • Grateful patient highlight 

I arrived at Southlake in labour. I was helped into an elevator by a wonderful volunteer who carried my bag up to the labour and delivery area. Once there, Kelly, my nurse was so reassuring, supportive and truly the key person in helping to ease and support me as a first-time mother in a scary situation of delivering my first baby and under the COVID-19 constraints. I have told anyone I discuss my delivery with how incredible Kelly was. I want to extend my most sincere thanks to Kelly, Dr. Yang and all the postpartum team at Southlake. We think of you all often and sing your praises.
– M.S.

  • Congratulations to Dalila Duguay 

Southlake’s very own Dalila Duguay was one of 10 individuals to win the Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience (CAPE) in Environmental Services. This award had over 800 submissions, spanning the entire 

continent, and included a cash prize for the winner and an additional donation to their healthcare institution on their behalf. Not only did Dalila receive a prize and a donation to Southlake, but her name was proudly displayed on the NASDAQ sign in the middle of Times Square in New York City – what a once in a lifetime experience! Dalila won for her strength, compassion and dedication in her role as a Hospitality Service Associate working overnights in the Emergency Department. Thank you and congratulations, Dalila! 

  • Medical Surgical Nurses Week: November 1 – 7 

This week we’re recognizing our amazing team of specially trained surgical nurses at Southlake. As experts in their practice, these nurses provide compassionate care for patients while they prepare for and recover from surgery. Thank you surgical nurses for all you do!

  • Daylight Saving Time 

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour this weekend. Enjoy that extra hour of sleep! 

Friday, October 29

  • First annual Southlake Emergency Department Cup 

On Wednesday, October 27, the Emergency Department hosted its first annual Southlake Emergency Department Cup. The ED staff came together for a friendly softball game in their first social outing in over two years!    

Set on a local Aurora field and blessed with clear skies and beautiful sunshine, ED staff exhibited teamwork, positivity and good old-fashioned friendly competition. The staff shared many laughs together and cheered loudly for each other from the sidelines. The team said it was refreshing to see their colleagues in a social setting outside of the busy department, and have the opportunity to work on crucial teambuilding skills. 

  • No tricks, just treats! 

Thank you to Southlake Foundation and Mars Wrigley for organizing the #NoTricksJustTreats Truck Tour’s visit to Southlake yesterday, just in time for Halloween. The treats brought a smile to everyone’s faces and was greatly appreciated by staff. 

  • The Mental Health program is launching a new initiative in November.   

The Mental Health program is excited to share a pilot initiative starting in November to implement a new digital platform, Greenspace, to our eating disorders and Adult Brief Therapy programs. Greenspace will allow for measurement-based care to be accessible for patients, families and their clinicians to enhance their treatment experience and improve outcomes. This platform engages patients and families in their treatment planning from beginning of treatment and throughout, allowing for real time data on their progress.  We are excited to implement this program thanks to a generous donor who is supporting this initiative. Once the pilot is over in six months, we plan on implementing this across all outpatient Mental Health programs here at Southlake. 

  • Southlake Shout Out highlight 

Southlake Shout Out is a peer-to-peer recognition program designed to honour your hard work and dedication. Click here for more information and to send a shout out to one of your peers!   

I’m very proud of the technician team. You kept calm under a very tense working situation. Everyone listened to each other and adapted to the down time procedure very well. Thank you all for the incredible work you do on a daily basis.
To: Mohammed Busair, Tina Liscio, Caroline Luu & Fareria Trisha Mahaboob-Mohammed
From: Jennifer Daley-Morris 

  • Grateful patient highlight 

I recently had an MRI and I wanted to send an email to say how much I appreciate the care I received. From the moment I walked into the hospital, to the moment I left, I was very impressed with the level of service and care. The lady at the welcome center was very helpful. Next, I saw Diana at Diagnostic Imaging reception and she was very welcoming, warm and professional. Lastly, Jim completed my MRI. He was very knowledgeable and showed excellent care. I am very thankful that we have such a great facility in our town! 
– A.M. 

  • Canadian Intensive Care Week: October 24 – 30 

This week we’ve been celebrating our incredible intensive care unit (ICU) team! Our ICU team (including CICU and CVICU) works tirelessly to provide compassionate care to some of our sickest patients, including those with COVID-19. Thank you to our amazing team for the outstanding care you provide each and every day. 

  • Respiratory Therapy Week: October 24 – 30  

It’s also Respiratory Therapy Week and we are grateful to our skilled team of Registered Therapists (RTs). RTs monitor, assess, and provide life-saving care to those who are experiencing difficulty breathing. RTs are on the frontline helping patients, one breath at a time, every single day.

  • October is Occupational Therapy Month 

This month we’re celebrating Southlake’s occupational therapists. OTs play a vital role in a patient’s care team, working with patients to increase their independence and safety with daily activities. When patients are ready to leave the hospital, OTs ensure a safe transition home by making sure patients have the right equipment to be independent, have the right level of support for daily activities, and are safe from a physical and cognitive standpoint to be discharged. Thank you to all of Southlake’s highly skilled and compassionate OTs!

Friday, October 22

  • Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Southlake Champion Awards! 

Please click here to view the recipients of the 2021 Southlake Champion Awards! We would like to acknowledge these exceptional individuals and teams for their incredible work and commitment to Southlake. This includes all staff and physicians at Southlake, who have collectively received the Power of Many Award. Everything we do at Southlake impacts our patients, families and each other, and creates an environment where the best experiences happen. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to Southlake. 

  • Southlake’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre moving to 22 Prospect Street 

Next Friday, October 29, Southlake’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre, currently located at the Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place, will be re-opening at 22 Prospect Street. We want to give a big thank you to the staff, physicians and support teams who have been working hard at the Assessment Centre over the last year and a half. 

“This is another exciting step toward pre-pandemic life made possible by our collective efforts of following public health guidelines and getting vaccinated. Southlake has played a vital role throughout the pandemic. I want to thank the whole Southlake team for their hard work and their unwavering dedication to building a safer and healthier community together,” said Mayor John Taylor. 

  • Shout out to the thirddose vaccination team 

A shout out to everyone involved in the third dose vaccinations for eligible cancer patients being treated at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre. Thanks to Lorrie Reynolds and her team for booking more than 500 appointments and to Anne Forsey, Dr. Charmaine van Schaik and Dr. John Randle for their support to get the clinic up and running and to answer questions from patients. The son of one cancer patient said he was extremely grateful that Southlake coordinated this clinic for his mom’s third dose, so he didn’t have to worry about going elsewhere with the risk of exposure to others 

  • Southlake team leads clinical trial   

Congratulations to Dr. Jai Jayakar, Dr. Peter Anglin, Catherine McPherson and the clinical trials team on their tremendous effort leading to the following hematology trial publication in the British Medical Journal (BMJ): Effectiveness of therapeutic heparin versus prophylactic heparin on death, mechanical  ventilation, or intensive care unit admission in moderately ill patients with COVID-19 admitted to hospital: RAPID randomised clinical trial  

“This was a Canadian-led, international study looking at anticoagulation in patients with COVID-19 during the pandemic in which we participated as a site,” said Dr. Jayakar. “It helps to answer the important practical question of whether anticoagulation makes a difference for hospitalized patients with COVID-19.” 

Click here to view the trial.  

  • National Healthcare Facilities and Engineering Week: October 18 – 22 

It’s National Healthcare Facilities and Engineering Week and we are so grateful to Southlake’s facilities team! They work around the clock to ensure Southlake runs efficiently and remains a safe place to provide and receive care. If you passed by the lobby this week you would have noticed their display featuring some of the incredible behind-the-scenes work the team does. 

  • National Infection Control Week: October 18 – 22  

At Southlake we are lucky to have such an amazing IPAC team. They have been crucial to our COVID-19 response, as well as our everyday operations. They have ensured staff are always up to date on the latest news, recommendations, changes and data and a fixture of our Town Halls. They’ve been with us every step of the way and enabled us to identify COVID-19, treat it and stay safe. We hope everyone had chancto participate in the daily activities all week long!  

  • Patient Safety Week: October 25 – 29  

Next week is Patient Safety Week. Be sure to stop by the table in the lobby to participate in the daily activities and have a chance to win great prizes. Feel free to share your photos on social media using #CPSW2021 and @SouthlakeRHC. 

Friday, October 15

  • Southlake NP co-authors publication 

Shannon Nixon, NP, Complex Malignant Hematology, has co-authored a publication in the Journal of AABB Transfusion titled Risk Factors for Intracranial Hemorrhage (ICH) in Adults with Acute Leukemia published on October 10. 

Shannon also led the initial study regarding ICH and outcomes in acute leukemia, which was published in 2019. This second study was intended to understand predictors for ICH in the same population. Congratulations Shannon and thank you for your ongoing dedication to cancer research and our patients. 

  • Southlake Shout Out Highlight.

Southlake Shout Out is a peer-to-peer recognition program designed to honour your hard work and dedication. Click here for more information and to send a shout out to one of your peers!  

We would like to recognize the Cardiology team. Over the past few months, they have created new signage for their patient rooms, and it is so helpful. It is something that should be adopted throughout the whole hospital. Outside of the rooms you are aware if the patient is VAT, FALLS RISK, PICC, ISOLATION, etc. They have little laminated cards stating the risk and they are on magnets. This has been greatly appreciated by the lab staff being able to recognize before entering the patient’s room. Thank you, Cardiology!

From the Lab Technicians 

  • Emergency Nurses Week: October 10 – 16  

It’s Emergency Nurses Week and we are so grateful to Southlake’s incredible ED nurses who provide compassionate care and support to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Emergency nurses help patients who are experiencing one of their most challenging days, and no matter what comes through the ED doors, the nurses face it head on. The Emergency Department leadership team would like to thank our nurses for their amazing work and grit. 

  • Tuesday, October 19 is National Pharmacy Technician Day  

Pharmacy technicians are an integral part of the healthcare team and are responsible for drug distribution for the entire hospital. They have many varied tasks including dispensing, compounding, IV preparation including chemotherapy, performing BPMHs, and stock replenishment to name a few. As of 2021, registered pharmacy technicians are also able to administer COVID-19 vaccines as part of their scope and have been a valued member of the COVID-19 vaccine clinics happening all over the province. Thank you to the wonderful pharmacy technicians at Southlake!  We appreciate all the work you do for us and our patients. 

  • Southlake celebrates Support Services Week 

As we wrap up this year’s Support Services Week, we would like to thank all those who helped celebrate the daily contributions of our dedicated Environmental, Linen, and Transport Services staff. This year was extra special as Southlake’s very own Dalila Duguay was one of 10 individuals to win the Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience (CAPE) in Environmental Services. This award had over 800 submissions, spanning the entire continent, and included a prize of $2,500 for the winner and an additional $2,500 donation to their healthcare institution on their behalf. Dalila won for her strength, compassion and dedication in her role as a Hospitality Service Associate working overnights in the Emergency Department. We are so proud of Dalila and the entire team for exemplifying our Values every day. Thank you! 

Friday, October 8

  • Mental Illness Awareness Week – October 3-9

It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week, a week designed to shed light on the reality of mental illness across the world. The Mental Health Program at Southlake provides a wide range of services for children, adolescents and adults. The major focus of our Mental Health Program is to assist individuals through severe episodes of illness and gradually move them into less acute services. Thank you to this team for everything you do. 

  • The innovative Ambassador Program in our Emergency Department continues to get positive feedback including this message from a patient: 

Jeff from the Ambassador Program made my visit to Southlake’s Emergency Department so much more humane! 

I didn’t feel parked and forgotten as I was waiting for tests or results. He inquired regularly if I needed anything and exchanged a few words as he was regularly passing by. He even gave me an update as to when I should expect to see the doctor. 

I sincerely hope other hospitals will adopt this program. It makes all the difference in the world! 

Thank you, Jeff and your team, for what you do. It is truly appreciated.  

– L.B.

  • The 2021 Southlake Golf Tournament, presented by AirBoss raises $348,100

It is because of our golfers, generous sponsors, dedicated committee members and those who joined the online auction that we are pleased to announce a total of $348,100 raised in support of Southlake! Our sincerest thanks! This year marked the 28th annual golf tournament held in support of Southlake. This year the tournament was held over two days for the first time. Golfers took to the Coppinwood Golf Course in Goodwood on June 28 and Beacon Hall Golf Club in Aurora on September 20. This tournament would not be possible without the support of our dedicated community members, who partner with us to ensure leading edge care is available close to home. Thank you again for joining us and we hope to see you again in 2022! 

  • Southlake Shout Out Highlight. Southlake Shout Out is a peer-to-peer recognition program designed to honour your hard work and dedication. Click here for more information and to send a shout out to one of your peers! 

Thank you so much for the great work you are doing with the Extern program. I have received three letters complimenting externs and their fabulous work within the past week (two of which were from patients/families). This demonstrates the exceptional leadership, training and support that has been provided by you, our extern mentors, to our externs.  You are truly making a difference in the lives of others – both patients and our new nurses! Your hard work is greatly appreciated! 

Sent to Heather Windecker, Elizabeth Seymour, Joanne Campbell and Susan King
Sent by Carol Williams 

  • Radiation Treatment – LINAC Replacements & Expansion

We have approvals secured from both the Ministry of Health and Ontario Health to replace three Linear Accelerator machines and to add one more. This will improve access to cancer care for the broad catchment area we serve. We expect to replace the first of the existing machines later in this fiscal year.   

  • Southlake has been involved with an exciting clinical trial for COVID19

This is a phase II trial that involved a one-time IV infusion treatment using a new anti-TLR4 monoclonal antibody. Over-activation of TLR4 can be the culprit implicated in the respiratory/lung complications of COVID-19.  

Three consenting patients who were critically ill (with two on ventilators) participated and we are excited to report that all recovered and were discharged home. This was a huge team effort by the research team and the ICU staff and physicians. Thank you for contributing to the advancement of evidenced-based treatment for COVID-19. 

For full information check out the press release shared by Edesa, the pharmaceutical company.   

  • Southlake partners with Ontario Shores to implement the quality standard for schizophrenia

As part of this initiative to spread best practices across the province, four of our staff participated in CBTp (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis) training.  Thank you to the following staff for your participationDawn Williams-WasylenkiLaura PellaJennifer Edwards and Sue Charette.

  • Did you know that Southlake is part of an exciting new program to accelerate innovation in healthcare?  

We have partnered with the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program to help small and medium-sized businesses drive growth through innovation and accelerate ideas to market. Southlake provides guidance on appropriate business models, alignment to healthcare and the development of a business case. We have assisted six companies so far this yearproviding insights to ensure their technologies meet the needs of the healthcare industry before products are finalized. This program also allows our staff to see new ideas early and provides additional revenue for SouthlakeThis year we have supported projects ranging from AI for earlier detection of cancer to virtual robotic surgery. To learn more click here. 

  • Health Information Professionals Week: October 4 – 8, 2021

Shoutout to Southlake’s team of Health Information Professionals who are responsible for the collection, protection and translation of health data that provides valuable information used daily in the decision making across our hospital. 

  • Health Care Food Service Week:  October 4 – 8, 2021 

This week marks Health Care Food Service Week – what a great opportunity to celebrate our amazing team! Our promise of the delivery of healthy, delicious meals to our patients would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our food services associates. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize these efforts and thank them for their dedication and compassion. 

  • This week we celebrated Marjorie Brewster, and her retirement from volunteering at Southlake after 32 years. Since 1989, Marjorie has donated 11,745 hours of her time to Southlake and says she has loved every minute of them! Marjorie has been a fixture in the POGO clinic and says she feels like a mother or grandmother to the children she sees. She loves to bring joy to the patients and see the smiles on their faces. Congratulations Marjorie and thank you for your service!

 

  • Compliments from a patient about Southlake’s Mental Health Program highlight the impact that our outstanding staff have every day:

“Meeting the team, albeit virtual, was immediately reassuring and I am truly grateful for their professionalism, knowledge, caring and empathetic approach through my recovery process. Their positive energy and encouragement made a world of difference even on my darkest days. I have learned so much about myself, relationships, communication and what a difference living with gratitude can make. The team has reinforced the value of appreciating myself, finding joy in the little things, and opportunities to live a fuller life with a smile.”

 

  • One of Southlake’s strategic goals is to “Own our role to improve the system.” Our Regional Cardiac Program is doing just that by holding a series of virtual educational sessions called “Elevating the Future of Cardiac Care.” This live and interactive learning series is aimed at staff from other hospitals and is being led by Southlake’s frontline clinical leaders including NPs, triage coordinators and other allied health professionals.

 

  • Southlake’s Better Begins Today Mental Health Campaign has raised 77% of the $7.5 Million goal! The fundraising campaign was launched last fall to expand Southlake’s mental health facilities to better meet the growing needs of our communities. We are grateful to our caring and generous communities for their support. To learn more about the Better Begins Today campaign or to make a donation, please visit southlake.ca/better.

 

  • Our littlest patients can now expect improved continuity in their care following the launch of a new inpatient hospitalist model of care by our Southlake paediatricians in September. This six-month pilot project will provide one paediatrician who is dedicated to the inpatient unit for a week at a time, leading to more consistent careNew Family-Centred Rounds allow patients and parents to meet with the entire interdisciplinary team to discuss progress and the plan for each day. In just the first few weeks, feedback from families has been stellar! 

 

  • Over the years, and especially during the pandemic, our paediatric inpatient unit has been seeing an increasing number of patients and families that need psychiatric, behavioural, and psychosocial support. Previously these patients have been unable to access psychiatry assessment and follow-up outside of an on-call system. The new Child Psychiatrist Consultation-Liaison service, launched in September, aims to provide consultation as well as longitudinal inpatient follow-up and intervention by a dedicated child psychiatrist. A collaboration between two programs in our hospital, this new service is fulfilling a previously unmet need. Thank you to Dr. Adam Enchin for stepping up as the first Consultation-Liaison!

 

  • Ontario Health has provided final funding approval for our new PET / CT Simulator. Design work for the location in the Cancer Centre is in progress. This new modality will support both the diagnostic and radiation therapy planning needs of patients and is the first PET in York Region!