The importance of remembering sun exposure harms in the wintertime

March 14, 2019 – Wintertime routines can be complicated as they include picking out multiple layers depending on how cold it is, deciding on shoes versus snow boots, and strategizing on how to tackle the extra-long and sometimes treacherous commute. What most people don’t realize is that sun protection should be another part of their routine.

“There still is a risk of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in the winter, just like in the summer,” said Dr. Erin Dahlke, a dermatologist at St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

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The root of why

Better techniques help doctors and staff manage responsive behaviours

March 11, 2019 – Teams across Unity Health Toronto say training programs on managing responsive behaviours, which can include cursing and resistance to essential care, are having immediate and positive benefits. People with complex mental health, dementia and other neurological conditions may exhibit responsive behaviours, which are verbal and non-verbal actions that try to communicate what someone wants or feels.

“We’ve heard that staff feel safer, more confident and better equipped to compassionately care for patients and residents after participating in this training – which also helps support our workplace violence prevention strategies,” said Mitch Birken, senior director of Human Resources Consulting.

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Brain Awareness Week

Partnership highlights how music helps people living with dementia

March 11, 2019 – It is well-documented that listening to music can offer tremendous benefits to people living with dementia. The quality of life improvements can include heightened engagement with surroundings, increased connection to memories, and better temperament.

A few years ago, Providence Healthcare collaborated with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto to provide iPods, preloaded with a personalized playlist, to dementia patients as part of the Music Project. Not only does the project help people living with dementia, it also provides a break for their caregivers.

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“Utilizing the power of food as medicine”

Celebrating the diverse work of registered dietitians this Nutrition Month

March 1, 2019 – March is Nutrition Month, which highlights the critical impact of nutrition on overall health.

At Unity Health Toronto, we celebrate Nutrition Month by highlighting the work of our registered dietitians who work with patients in all areas of care, including diabetes, mental health, oncology, surgery, pediatrics, renal care and palliative care. Registered dietitians are key members of patients’ health-care teams and work to maximize health through a food plan that suits an individual’s needs and matches their personal priorities and preferences. Nine registered dietitians from different areas of care at Unity Health Toronto describe their varied roles.

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From everyday issues to complex needs, social workers are on the front lines of care

March 1, 2019 – Pat Hennessey quickly recognized that her social worker at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Kate Lawton, would be giving her an unexpected gift – time and a listening ear.

Pat started seeing Lawton during the most difficult time in her life. She was caring for her father with dementia and living with excruciating neck pain due to myofascial pain syndrome. She was also dealing with unresolved grief for her son who she lost prematurely, a grandmother she nursed until her passing, and myriad other losses in her life.

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How did psychotherapy help you?

A patient’s recent journey through mental health care at St. Joseph’s

Feb. 27, 2019 – Last fall, Nara Flor’s depression and anxiety reached unbearable heights. Recognizing the signs, she turned to St. Joseph’s Health Centre for help, and was admitted to the inpatient mental health unit for care. Four days later when Flor (pictured right) was well enough to be discharged home, she was referred to a registered psychotherapist in the hospital’s outpatient mental health clinic for follow-up care.

At the time, Flor was experiencing intense and debilitating panic attacks, and living with anxiety and depression.

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Dr. Ori Rotstein named new VP of Research and Innovation

Feb. 22, 2019 – Dr. Ori Rotstein has been appointed the new VP of Research and Innovation of Unity Health Toronto, effective May 1. Dr. Rotstein is a surgeon-scientist-administrator who has been serving as surgeon-in-chief at St. Michael’s Hospital since 2004 and director of the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science since 2005. He is also a professor and associate chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

“We’re fortunate to have found an excellent leader and outstanding clinician-scientist as well as someone who has intimate knowledge of our research community and our patient population,” says Dr. Tim Rutledge, president and CEO, Unity Health Toronto. “I’m excited to welcome him to our executive team.”

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Jan. 15, 2019: New research appointment recognizes nurses and health disciplines

Jan. 9, 2019: Early rehabilitation in critical care the focus of pilot project

Dec. 13, 2018: It’s official – we have a network name!

September 2018: Strategic planning – building our network’s future together

Aug. 1, 2018: Happy anniversary to us!

July 2018: Our inaugural Annual Report is here

July 2018: Have a voice in shaping our Mission and Values statements

Jan. 3, 2018: Dr. Tim Rutledge appointed new president and CEO

Aug. 1, 2017: It’s official – welcome to our new health network!

June 2017: Joint message from the chairs

June 2017: TC-LHIN supports integration proposal

April 2017: Proposal for integration between Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital submitted to LHIN

February 2017: Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital explore creation of health network

September 2016: St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital partnership discussions