Awards & Recognition

2005 Achievement of Excellence at UHN

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Energy Efficiency Award
(l-r) Terry Mocherniak, CEO, Encelium Technologies, Ed Rubinstein, UHN's Environmental Co-ordinator, and David Chow, UHN Project Manager, accept Canada's Energy Efficiency Award from Colleen Paton, Natural Resources Canada.

University Health Network built its reputation on a tradition of excellence in research, patient-centred care and staff development. The following is a list of just some of the awards staff and physicians from Toronto General Hospital (TGH), Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) and Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) have received this year.

And the Award goes to:

Officer of the Order of Canada
One of Canada’s most distinguished medical physicists, John Cunningham has made substantive contributions to medical radiation physics. A former chief clinical physicist at the Ontario Cancer Institute and professor of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto, Dr. Cunningham developed innovative concepts and methods for radiation dose calculations used to treat cancer patients around the world. He is the co-author of the seminal textbook, The Physics of Radiology, and is one of the founders of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine. To learn more, visit the Governor General of Canada Web site: Press Release

William Dameshek Prize, Hematology
Dr. John Dick is the recipient of this year's William Dameshek Prize, given out by the American Society of Hematology. Dr. Dick is world-renowned for his research on cancer stem cells and the development of cell repopulation. Read more on the UNH Research site.

Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Awards
Krystyna Moore, an RN case Manager and Dr. Donna Reece of PMH were selected as this year’s recipients of the prestigious Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Awards. Patients and their families nominate caregivers who demonstrate compassionate care and two winners are peer-selected from among them.

Image: Val Ali
Val Ali, RN Case Manager

Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology
Nominated by her colleagues, Val Ali, RN Case Manager at Princess Margaret Hospital, received the second annual Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/AstraZeneca "REACH" for Excellence award for outstanding contributions to breast cancer care.

The 100 most powerful women in Canada
Psychiatrist, Dr. Gail Robinson, Director of the Women's Mental Health Clinic at TGH is on the Globe & Mail’s list of the 100 most powerful women in Canada.

UHN's 25-year club
Lynette Smart-Mohammed, Millicent Sawyers, Gladys Clarke and Ester Goh, were among the 116 employees honoured for their 25 years of dedicated service at UHN.

Engineering Medal for Management
Former UHN President and CEO (2000-05) Tom Closson has been awarded the Engineering Medal for Management by the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

Dr. Joseph Fisher Named 2005 Inventor of the Year
This award was presented to Dr. Joseph Fisher in recognition of his outstanding inventiveness, which includes the creation of a mask that is more effective at preventing the spread of respiratory disease in hospitals. more

Builder of Diversity Coalition Award
Jacqueline Silvera, Manager of Workplace Diversity, UHN, has been selected by the Centre for Equity in Health & Society Awards Committee as a co-recipient of the Builder of Diversity Coalition Award.

Humanitarian of the Year
The Brotherhood of Beth Shalom Synagogue has named Dr. Tirone David Humanitarian of the Year. Dr. David heads the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at UHN.

Outstanding Volunteer
Anthony Fell, former Chair of the UHN Board of Trustees, has received an Outstanding Volunteer award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter.

Douglas J. Stewart Award
UHN’s Pharmacy Sabbatical Program has won the Douglas J. Stewart Award from the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Ontario Branch, for excellence in hospital pharmacy administration.

Ontario Women’s Health Council/
Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institutes of Gender and Health awards

UHN researchers were recipients of OWHC/CIHR-IGH awards in the following categories:
Fellowship Awards went to Dr. Paula Barata, Women’s Health Program (Fall 2004) and Dr. Rima Azar, post-doctoral fellow in the Women's Health Program at Toronto General Hospital (Spring 2005). Mid-Career Awards went to Dr. Angela M. Cheung, Director of the Osteoporosis Program; Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, head of psychosocial and psychotherapy research in cancer genetics, Division of Behavioral Sciences and Health Research; and Dr. Gail L. McVey, Affiliate Scientist in Behavioural Sciences and Health, and Director of the Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders.

CIHR University/Industry Research Chair
Dr. Mark Cattral has been awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research University (CIHR)/Industry Research Chair to pursue work in dendritic cell biology. The industry partner is Astellas Pharma Canada Inc. Dr. Cattrall is a surgeon/scientist with the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, Director of Kidney-Pancreas Transplant, TGH and Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto.

R. Fraser Elliott Chair in Transplantation Research
Dr. Tom Waddell has been honoured wih the R. Fraser Elliott Chair in Transplantation Research. Dr. Waddell is a scientist with the Toronto General Research Institute, Staff Surgeon, Divison of Thoracic Surgery, TGH and Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto.

2005 Canadian Information Productivity Award (CIPA)
UHN's Shared Information Management Services (SIMS) Group won the Gold Level CIPA information technology industry award in the Customer Care category for the Medication Order Entry/Medication Administration Record (MOE/MAR) system.

2005 Canada CIO of the year award
Chief Information Officer Matt Anderson was the recipient of the 2005 Canada CIO of the year award by the Canadian Information Productivity Award in association with CIO Canada magazine.

Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Canada
Ernest A. McCulloch, FRSC, and James E. Till, FRSC, of UHN's research centre, Ontario Cancer Institute, are the 2005 recipients of the Centenary Medal celebrating the continued contributions their research has made to stem cell research. Visit the Royal Society of Canada Awards page

OHA Awards
UHN received the 2005 Ontario Hospital Association Awards (OHA) for leadership and innovation for optimizing patient flows, knowledge management, student learning, and healthy work environment; among them, an International Best Practices Award for the presentation "Reducing Wait Times through Optimized Patient Flows". Adil Khalfan, Corporate Business Development Officer, received the R. Allan Hay Award for a graduate student in health administration. UNH also received the 2005 Healthy Hospital Innovators Award for building and sustaining a healthy workplace.

UHN is top 100 employer
For the third year in a row, University Health Network has been selected as one of Canada’s top 100 employers by Medicorp Canada, the country’s largest publisher of job-hunting directories and guides. More than 1,200 employers applied to be included on this year’s list. UHN was one of only two hospitals ranked in the top 100, and the only Ontario hospital in that group. Read the story.

Platinum Waste Minimization Award
UHN receives the Platinum Waste Minimization Award from the Recycling Council of Ontario. Edward Rubinstein, UHN’s Environmental Coordinator shares the award with the many departments for their commitment to a healthy environment.

Dr. Ronald Tasker, OC
Semi-retired UHN neurosurgeon Dr. Ronald Tasker has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to healthcare.

UHN researchers win "America's Nobel"
"Fathers of Stem Cell Research," Dr. James Till and Dr. Ernest McCulloch have won a 2005 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. The two scientists at Ontario Cancer Institute and the University of Toronto were recognized for research that has set the stage for all current research on adult and embryonic stem cells. Lasker Award Web site

Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists
Emily Musing, UHN's Director of Pharmacy, was recently elected President of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Federation of Medical Women of Canada
Dr. Donna Stewart, Chair of Women's Health, UHN, has been awarded the 2005 May Cohen Leadership Award by the Federation of Medical Women of Canada for her role in the promotion of women's health.

Recognizing Excellence in Geriatric Care
Dr. Camilla Wong, Zoe Levitt and Helen Levin are recipients of this year's Saul Baker Awards, presented annually in recognition of excellence in geriatric medicine care. Dr. Wong is a staff physician in General Internal Medicine. Levitt and Levin are Social Workers with TWH's Regional Geriatric Program.

2005 Distinguished Achievement Award
Dr. Jenny Heathcote, hepatologist, has been awarded the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award of the American Association for the Study of the Liver (AASL). The annual award recognizes sustained scientific contribution to the field of hepatology.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Dr. Peter Liu, UHN's Heart and Stroke/Polo Chair Professor of Medicine and Physiology, has been awarded a 2005 Visiting Professorship in Medical Research from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

2005 CATAAlliance Innovation Award for Public Sector Leadership
Jim Forbes, Manager of Systems Engineering for UHN's IT department, has been awarded the 2005 CATAAlliance Innovation Award for Public Sector Leadership for development and application of advanced technology in Canada.

Image: Maclean's Top 100 Employers logoMaclean's Magazine Top 100 Employer 2005
For the second year in a row, UHN has been selected as one of Canada's top 100 employers by the country's largest publisher of job-hunting directories and guides; one of only two hospitals in the Top 100, and the only Ontario hospital to be included.

Sopman Humanitarian Awards
For their exceptional kindness and compassion with patients and colleagues, three nursing, three surgical and three medical students at UHN were recognized with Sopman Humanitarian Awards in June.

Teaching Awards from the Wightman-Berris Academy
This year, 46 nominees were up for individual teaching excellence awards and Anderson Awards, nominated by trainees for their contribution to education.

Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (awarded Tom Closson (UHN's former President and CEO) the Engineering Medal for Management.

President-Elect of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
UHN's Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Mary Ferguson-Paré, was named President-Elect of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

Award for Leadership in Medical Education
Dr. Richard Reznick has been awarded the 2005 Daniel C.Tosteson, M .D. Award for Leadership in Medical Education. Read more

Report on Business "Top 40 Under 40"
UHN's Chief Information Officer Matthew Anderson is a recipient of this year's prestigious Top 40 Under 40 award. The award celebrates Canadian leaders of today and tomorrow who have reached a significant level of success but have not yet reached the age of 40.

Sharing What We Learn
Dr. Sharon Straus has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care and a Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant to support this research program. Her work will help identify gaps that prevent knowledge from being incorporated into patient care.

"Best of the Best" Top 40 Under 40 Recognition
Dr.Alex Jadad has been voted one of the “Best of the Best” by the Report on Business Top 40 under 40 award. Dr. Jadad was selected for "Distinguished Achievement in Health/Science."

New Research Chair
The Harold and Shirley Lederman Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care was awarded to Dr. Gary Rodin, who is internationally recognized for his research on the psychosocial and psychiatric aspects of cancer and other medical conditions.

Volunteer Awards
Congratulations goes out to this year's MSA volunteer award winners. Ronish Gupta and Sheila Le were chosen as the two winners of the second annual Medical Staff Association (MSA) Volunteer Educational Award.

Daniel C. Tosteson Award
UHN's Vice President of Education Dr. Richard Reznick received the 2005 Daniel C. Tosteson, M.D. Award for Leadership in Medical Education. The award recognizes an individual whose leadership has brought about significant innovation or improvement in undergraduate or graduate medical education.

Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) Award of Excellence-Leadership
Dr. Doris Howell is a recipient of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) Award of Excellence Leadership.

Glenn Fry Award for eye research
Dr. John Flanagan, Senior Scientist in the Vision Science Research Program at the Toronto
Western Research Institute, received the Glenn Fry Award. Dr. Flanagan is world-renowned for his study of glaucoma, a condition leading to a build-up of pressure inside the eye.

Image: Brenda McQuarrie2005 Nightingale Award
Brenda McQuarrie (right), Nurse Practitioner of TGH's Ambulatory Transplant, is one of 83 nominees for the prestigious Nightingale Award presented each year by The Toronto Star.
Other UHN Nominees include:

TGH: Ena Marie Adams, Sandra Emmons, Kirsten Lewis, Margaret Zweerman
TWH: Kim Thomas
PMH: Sandra Krieck, Gerry Prendergast, Julia Rock

Canada's Energy Efficiency Awards 2005 - Natural Resources Canada
UHN is light years ahead of meeting the challenge of energy conservation! Encilium Technologies Inc. received the prize in the Equipment and Technology category for Building Products and Energy Management Technology as a result of its work at TGH.

Korean Ontario Nurses Association
Katie Kim, staff nurse on PMH's Bone Marrow Transplant unit, has been elected president of the Korean Ontario Nurses Association (KONA).

Tyco Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery
Dr. David Urbach has been awarded the Tyco Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Urbach is a scientist in the division of clinical decision-making and health care for the TGH Research Institute.

New Pioneers Award - Science and Technology from Skills for Change
Dr. Dimitri Oreopoulos, Director of TWH's Peritoneal Dialysis Program, received a New Pioneers Award for providing learning and training opportunities for immigrants and refugees.

Canadian Liver Foundation Gold Medal Award
Ian Wanless, a TGH pathologist, received the Gold Medal of the Canadian Liver Foundation for his outstanding contribution to the field of hepatology. This award has been given to only one pathologist and 11 Canadians in its 22-year history.

Nursing Scholarships and Awards
The 11th Annual Scholarship Tea for Nursing and Professional Services Staff Scholarships and the Evelyn Hall Education Awards recognized this year's Scholarship Recipients.

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Pearl Veenema, Managing Director of Campaigns, achieved the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) Fellow designation, the highest level of achievement in the field of health-care philanthropy.

Team Recognition - TGH's Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapy
The Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapy group received a Team Recognition Award this year. Congratulations to Therese Hawn, Denise Helm, Anne Kuus, Chaya Gottesman, Moessi Zinguer, Ancy Thobani, Gary Beauchamp, Bansi Shah, Nathalie Cote, Fariba Taheri, Sherry Harburn and Vicki Quan. Individual Recognition Awards for providing exceptional learning environments, guidance, supervision and/or for inspiring students goes to Chaya Gottesman, Sherry Harburn, Ancy Thobani and Moessi Zinguer. Ian Roth, speech-language pathologist, received the Arbor Award for his outstanding personal service as an Alumni Association volunteer.

Conference Board of Canada/Spencer Stuart 2005 National Awards in Governance
UHN is the winner of the public sector award category for spearheading a major governance restructuring in 2002.

PRISM Award presented by the International Coach Federation-GTA Chapter
The UHN Nursing team excelled in the Public Sector category (Lead, Kathy Sabo, RN, MHA and coaches, Mary Wheeler, RN, MEd, Certified Ontological Coach and Gail Donner, RN, PhD).

See the 2006 Awards & Recognition.


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