2022 Recipient of the Dr. A. Finnie Award for Nursing Excellence
Carla Schwartz has been working in the GGH ICU since 1998. She is a cornerstone of our ICU – her knowledge and skillset are second to none. She has a sixth sense and a deep intuition that makes her an invaluable resource to new and experienced team members. Aside from her clinical skills and judgments, Carla shines brightest with her abilities to connect with patients and families. She consistently goes above and beyond, providing special care to patients during their most difficult times.
You will regularly find her cutting nails or trimming hair – it is these moments of attention to detail that make patients and families feel cared for and loved. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic you would also find Carla doing – what we now lovingly refer to as “Carla’s Cuts” – many physicians, GGH staff, friends and families received a hair cut during lock down periods when these services weren’t available.
Carla is courageous! She says what’s on her mind and has a sense of humour like no other. She is a strong advocate and a champion for excellence and quality of care.
Carla is impactful & passionate! You will often find her sitting at the bedside talking with families. Her ability to deeply connect with people during their darkest times is one of her greatest assets. She not only talks-the-talk but walks-the-walk, making families feel supported throughout their ICU journey. She has the distinct ability to put you at ease, despite the emotional challenges of an ICU admission.
Nursing is a work of heart & Carla wears hers on her sleeve. In recognition of her continued courage, passion and dedication to the profession of Nursing, it is with great pleasure that we award Carla with the Dr. A. Finnie Award, honouring Excellence in Nursing at Guelph General Hospital.
Congratulations Carla – this is a well deserved honour!
eMAR education and Go Live rollouts now scheduled
An Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) is coming to Guelph General Hospital in 2022. The Meditech eMAR platform provides electronic documentation of the patient’s medication record in a closed loop system. eMAR will be implemented along with Bedside Medication Verification (BMV), a barcoding system that aims to reduce medication errors by supporting safe administration of the right medication to the right patient. eMAR-BMV will be integrated with the Humanscale Medication Carts to facilitate documentation and medication administration. To view the schedule located on our Intranet, click here.
Celebrating diversity this month
June brings a month of celebration, recognition and action. At GGH, we encourage our teams to recognize PRIDE and Indigenous History Month, culminating in a Canada Day activity on July 01.
The new equity, diversity and inclusion committee chose this focus based on employee feedback in the strategic planning process and a response to your interest in learning, growth and recognition of our commitment to exceptional patient care and the well-being of our teams.
Here are a few ways we can support these activities in June.
- Interact with the activities on the Bistro Boards at the staff entrance and Bistro.
- Share your GGH PRIDE pics with firstname.lastname@example.org to be highlighted through June.
- Select a webinar to watch or listen to in our “foundations” program on the LMS
- Review the learning guides to find a webinar, book, podcast or account to follow to expand your skills and network.
- Continue to share your experience, ideas, and commitment with email@example.com – It will help inform the committee’s work in 2022.
Virtual Job Fair for RNs and RPNs
We are hosting a virtual job fair on June 14 from 09:30 to 16:30. The goal is to rapidly recruit for current RN and RPN vacancies.
You will see promotion about this event in our local papers and social media platforms. Please like and share with your friends and families.
If you know any great RNs and RPNs and think they would be a great addition to our staff here at GGH, you can direct them to our web siteto self schedule themselves to join the virtual job fair.
Upcoming Virtual Event – Care4You Conference
The TEND Academy is a Canadian organization which focuses on supporting and educating individuals, organizations and leaders in high-stress fields, such as policing, paramedics and healthcare. On June 10 they are hosting a free virtual event, the Care4You Conference, which brings together experts in the fields of burnout, empathic strain and secondary trauma. Anyone can attend, and the event will be recorded if you register and are unable to join for the entire day.
Is GGH going to the dogs? Yes, in a good way!
Thanks to our amazing volunteer, Denyse, we are very excited to have Hudson, our favourite St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog back at GGH! Keep an eye out as he will be out making rounds to visit staff on Wednesdays 🙂 If you are looking for a dog fix + some exercise, Tuesdays with Tillie will start June 7. If you would like to join, Lauren and Tillie will be in the grassed area in front of the 73 Delhi parking lot at 12:05. Please email HealthandWellness@gghorg.ca to let us know you’re coming!
Melanoma & Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Prize winners
Thank you to everyone who completed a word search and filled out a quiz at the Bistro display in May. We are very grateful to our community partners Afya Skin and Body and NOW Health Group Canada / Puresource Natural Products for their support and the amazing prize donations won by Draga D. and Jean P.! We also had a number of sunscreen runner-up prizes donated by Afya which were handed out to many lucky individuals. Thank you to everyone who participated!
GoodLife Corporate Membership – win a BBQ!
Are you considering taking advantage of GGH’s 25% off membership deal we have with GoodLife? If you do during the month of June, you will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 5 Napoleon Rouge 365 barbeques! If you’re a winner, you may also experience an influx of people unexpectedly “just dropping by” around dinner time!
Reminder: Group insurance plan offers guaranteed coverage for a limited time
Guelph General Hospital endorses the Health Care Providers Group Insurance Plan which provides Group Benefits for regular Part-Time and Casual employees and eligible dependents. This year they are celebrating their 25-year anniversary and are offering an Appreciation Open Window from May 1 to June 29, 2022. This offer makes guaranteed coverage available to all eligible employees for enrollments made within the limited 60-day open window. The Complete and Complete Plus plans are guaranteed, with no medical questions asked. For more details, click here.