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St. Michael’s staff take part in the 20-Minute Makeover

Toronto, April 22, 2016

By Marc Dodsworth

St. Michael's staff cleaning up litter near the Bond St. entrance.
St. Michael's staff cleaning up litter near the Bond St. entrance. (Photo by Katie Cooper)

St. Michael’s staff helped to make Toronto a bit cleaner today by participating in the city’s annual spring cleaning event, the 20-Minute Makeover.

Staff from many departments including Environmental Services, Clinical Engineering and Support Services pitched in their time and effort by picking up and safely disposing of waste on sidewalks and in parks around the hospital.

“Not only is this a great way to welcome spring and the warmer weather, it’s also one more way to ensure that St. Michael’s remains one of the premier care facilities in the city,” said Andrew Powers, Manager of Environmental Services. “A clean hospital is a safe hospital.”

Staff were provided with collection equipment including garbage bags, gloves, brooms and pickers to ensure that waste was collected safely.

By working together, all participants helped to collect a sizable amount of wrappers, cigarette butts and other debris. Hazardous materials like sharp glass were also collected to help make the neighbourhood safer for patients, staff, volunteers and other passersby.

“St. Michael’s occupies a special and unique place within the inner city,” said Heather Fletcher, Director of Support Services. “It’s only fitting that we give back to the community by doing our part in keeping it clean and safe.”

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.