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  • Starting a conversation … Exceeding Expectations and the “mother & child test”
    Starting a conversation … Exceeding Expectations and the “mother & child test” In addition to the strategic directions PRHC has committed to over the next three years, our new plan delivered three elements central to our success. Individually, they frame the essence of what PRHC is all about; collectively, they commit to the elements that will guide and sustain a g...
    tags : ceo, exceeding, expectations
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 7/17/2014 3:17 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views600
  • Annual General Meetings
    In any Ontario hospital, the capstone of each year is the Annual General Meeting. At this meeting, in addition to statutory requirements, it is an opportunity to highlight significant events during the year, to acknowledge people and projects that advanced the organization and to showcase gains in patient care and the programs and services we offer. In short, it is a celebration of progr...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 7/11/2014 3:57 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views1723
  • Celebrating Each Other Awards
    If I don’t say so myself, I thought our Awards dinner last week was a lot of fun and remarkable. How so? Well, about 387 staff and physicians were recognized for some 5,050 years of service. That is a lot of care, a life time of experience and incredible service to patients and each other. If the axiom: people are judged by the company the keep; companies by the people they keep &n...
    tags : awards, celebration, recognition
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 7/2/2014 6:08 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views5447
  • Selecting our Destination, Choosing our Route
    As summer approaches, many are planning vacations; perhaps a weekend spent in one of Ontario’s beautiful provincial parks, a week on the waterway or a trip overseas to explore a new country. Once you’ve decided where you’re going, you must plan your route. Although planning, launching and executing a strategic plan is not exactly a vacation, the planning and execution h...
    tags : planning, strategic
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 6/2/2014 4:52 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views6623
  • Psssst - There's Change Ahead
    Psssst – There’s Change ahead In the days and weeks ahead, there is going to a buzz about PRHC. Yes, we will have posted another successful year with our quality improvement plan as well as our fiscal results. On their own, each is a significant achievement; together they define an organization that has turned a corner in its long and storied history. Both are a prequel to th...
    tags : strategicplan
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 4/23/2014 8:27 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views10771
  • Reflecting on Culture Shaping
    There is an axiom about change management that states “culture eats strategy for lunch”. This means that organizational culture, or the status quo, is more likely to survive a change initiative unless attention is paid to the underpinnings of any ingrained behaviour or activity. Unless an organization’s culture is positioned for change, successful implementation of any ...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 3/5/2014 7:39 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views9786
  • Congratulations to the Women's and Children's Program
    Among our many safety and quality initiatives was a decision to sponsor MOREOB at PRHC. This nationally recognized program is central to high performance obstetrical teams. It supports collaborative practice, standards, relationship building, compliance and communication, especially important when midwives, family physicians and obstetricians share the duties of delivering some 1,600 bab...
    tags : Women's
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 3/4/2014 7:30 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views10895
  • Healthcare Debate - Hollow Words Without Dialogue on End of Life Care?
    “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” Shannon L. Alder When we watch television shows (House, Hope, Grey’s Anatomy), we see one image of acute medicine and healthcare delivery. More edgy programs give glimpse to its other side where outcomes are less Hollywood and more real life. Wh...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 2/26/2014 9:19 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views10780
  • On Being a Proud Member of the Rotary Club of Peterborough
    Saturday mornings are when I usually catch up on a week’s worth of reading that is not work related. In addition to the usual weekly fair, what I particularly look forward to is “The Rotarian”, a monthly compendium of profiles, projects and Rotary events from around the world. This month’s issue featured the work of retired NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, various pr...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 2/11/2014 6:50 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views11853
  • PRHC joins the Conversation
    Care at PRHC goes beyond the bedside and clinic setting. As the largest healthcare provider in our region, our concern for quality healthcare means that we join others when advocacy efforts are central to good health and family-centred care. Thanks to initiatives like Bell Let’s Talk day, on January 28th - Canadians are talking about mental health like never before. Over 500,000 Ca...
    tags : health, mental
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 1/23/2014 4:58 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views14280
  • Compliments ...Keep it Up Team!
    One signal of a smaller city is one runs into a few 50-year olds still going by the nickname they had in high school. That, and you can get bait, bread and gas in the same transaction. However, another sign is that people are not bashful when it comes to engaging you if you’re the CEO of the local hospital. So, when we shop for clothes, books, lights, get a haircut, buy wood, get a...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 1/22/2014 7:17 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views15256
  • Experience-based Design - Are we ready?
    Experience-based Design – Are we ready? A trend gaining foothold in healthcare is asking patients to share their experiences in order to help design better systems of care. These engagement strategies are also an opportunity to sift through the many activities that are essential for quality, safety or standards of care and those that address patient and family expectations. Meeting...
    tags : ED, Patients
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 1/13/2014 4:10 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views15828
  • Thank you and Keep up the great work
    As we take slight pause for the Holiday Season, it is also time to reflect and take stock of our many collective accomplishments – perhaps fueled by questions by media outlets preparing for the year end. But instead of listing our accomplishments (which are both numerous and significant), I thought I might focus on you, the reader and staff member. I celebrate every day that we con...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 12/24/2013 1:27 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views20091
  • My Mandela Memory
    Last year, we visited South Africa. One of our day trips, in addition to the Cape of Good Hope, was north of Cape Town. Our guide, Desmond, included two additional stops: as he claimed, a route through one of the original townships and a stop at the Victor Verster Prison were not to be missed. As a proud South African, he wanted us to know a fuller story about his country, its struggles ...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 12/13/2013 3:22 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views20194
  • Remembering Friends and Colleagues
    PRHC is a community: a community of people serving together, making a difference, helping others, healing, caring, and sharing. And while this community helps others, it also gains its strength by helping each other. Part of that helping is the healing gained through remembrance and reflection: each year, we too lose members of our hospital community. There is sadness; there is celebrati...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 12/12/2013 2:14 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views19967
  • Peterborough Medical Brigade ...Bringing Care and Compassion to the World
    Peterborough Medical Brigade …. Bringing Care and Compassion to the World One measure of a caring society is its capacity to help others when they do not have the means to help themselves. A case in point is the Peterborough Medical Brigade, a group of local physicians, dentists, nurses and other volunteers who contribute their time and talents around the world helping others. Led...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 12/9/2013 12:04 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views20301
  • Don't Tango with PRHC docs...Ballroom Blitz
    There are some things I cannot do! The apex of that rather long list includes sing and dance, with particular emphasis on dance. I know this to be true as there is film evidence in the archives of an Ontario hospital. So, when I attended the PRHC Foundation’s “Dancing with the Docs” Ballroom Blitz fundraising gala dance competition last weekend, my focus was on the cour...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 12/5/2013 8:10 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views20556
  • Healthcare is about relationships...
    I think most know that the bulk of our attention is focused on daily operations and providing high quality and safe care at PRHC. That we diagnose, treat and admit many tens of thousands of people per year is no surprise. But there’s another element that cannot be neglected and requires the spotlight: relationships. Hospitals are not islands; they are but a stop along a continuum o...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 11/20/2013 4:26 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views22497
  • More Twins at PRHC or a Doppelganger - You Be the Judge
    According to the Webster’s dictionary, a doppelganger is a “ghostly counterpart to a living person” or a “person with the same name as another”. Every now and then, we meet a look-alike, proving that Mother Nature seems to recycle the mold on particularly busy days. And as many know, I was “arrested” during the United Way kickoff event for impers...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 11/12/2013 5:35 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views24958
  • For the Price of a Coffee & Muffin
    It’s that time of year again: time to take the boat out for the winter; put away the outside furniture; plant bulbs for the spring; winterize the lawnmower and get the snow blower ready. It’s also time for staff, physicians and volunteers to get a flu shot and receive a little reward from PRHC. Each year, the Canadian health care system prepares for the inevitable influenza s...
    tags : flu
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 11/6/2013 1:24 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views24326
  • First, You have to be Nominated
    A few weeks ago, the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce hosted its 10th Annual Business Excellence Awards. PRHC was a finalist in two categories: organizations providing health and wellness services and employer of the year. For a not-for-profit hospital to even be a finalist was a nice surprise because, let’s face it, hospitals are not your usual business or workplace. But we are a ...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 11/7/2013 6:37 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views24563
  • Patient Safety Week
    During the week of October 28 – November 1, PRHC will be celebrating Patient Safety Week (we know that because it is currently the opening screen on our desk tops). Central to heightened awareness is a variety of related activities showcasing how inroads to patient safety are making a difference for patients and their families here at PRHC. While patient safety is duty we take seri...
    tags : patient, safety
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 10/29/2013 12:46 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views25422
  • The Ontario Health Study – Sign up and Do Your Part to Make Peterborough Count……
    I remember taking statistics and epidemiology in grad school as they related to health services and capacity planning, health policy, health economics and popul ation health – pretty heady topics for the early 1980s. Central to these discussions was the notion that good data were prerequisites and that longitudinal data – following people, cohorts and populations over time - ...
    tags : health, ontario, study
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 10/15/2013 1:58 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views27250
  • Creating and Complying with Patient Care Pathways...the Right Thing
    September 23, 2013 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that affects the lives of more than 772,000 Canadians aged 34 years and older – and is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. Closer to home here at PRHC, COPD is the one of our top 5 most frequent diagnose (Case Mix Group) and contributes over 700 visits each year to our ED. And as an a...
    tags : Medicine
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 9/23/2013 12:43 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views27427
  • Welcome Brenda Weir
    Please join me in welcoming Vice President Brenda Weir to our senior team. In the wake of an executive search that was national in scope, Brenda rose to the top through her combination of skills, experience and aptitude for leadership (yes, we do use a psychological tool to test leadership acumen and personality traits). Brenda follows the interim role filled so adeptly by Paul Faguy. As...
    PRHC1PRHC1 · 9/16/2013 12:10 PM ·  Comments0 ·  Views28031
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