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Sarnia-Lambton Patients' Choice Awards

Is your physician or specialist committed to patient and family-centred care? If you live in the Sarnia-Lambton area, please consider nominating your physician as a meaningful way to recognize their committment to consistently practising patient and family-centred care. The Award will recognize a family and specialty physician who has exemplified exceptional patient care and leadership within the community.

Join a Hand Hygiene Working Group

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WANTED: Patient & Family Advisors for a Hand Hygiene Working Group at Toronto's St. Joseph's Health Centre to help shape current and future hand hygiene practices, improvements and initiatives.

St. Joseph's is looking for people to participate in regular evaluation of the program’s activities and outcomes, make recommendations, and offer input – all from a patient/family perspective. To apply, you must be 18 and older and have had experience with its services over the last two years, either as a patient, family member or caregiver.

Exceeding Patient Expectations

Most healthcare systems are working hard to exceed their patients’ expectations and understand that the long term benefits to the patient and organization are manifold. Click here to read which strategic objectives can lead to a state-of-the-art service model, and better healthcare experiences overall.

Seeking an Administrative Assistant to Join Our Team

We are looking for an Administrative Assistant to join our team! Are you an experienced administrator? Would you be excited to join a growing organization? Are you passionate about patients and family caregivers having a role in healthcare? Check out the job posting here.

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A Patients' Journey: The Missing Vital Sign

The paediatric bone marrow transplant team entered my 10 month old son’s isolation room for a second time one morning. It was supposed to be Anderson’s “day of rest” between chemotherapy and his transplant. As a physician, I knew something was wrong—busy doctors do not do rounds twice... Find the full article here.

Conflict of Interest Policies Weak in Canadian Med Schools

Last week's Maclean's article Doctors, conflict of interest and evidence med schools are ignoring the problem looks at the first study of its kind that analyzes conflict of interest policies at medical schools across Canada.

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Health eConcierge: How you can Help

Have you ever had trouble finding health and social services in your community that meet your needs? The People, Health Equity and Innovation (PHI) Group at the University Health Network is developing a web-based tool to help seniors, their family caregivers, and health professionals find health and social services in their communities.