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REID showcases Specialized Complex Care’s innovative work

Toronto, November 30, 2018

By Mary Dickie

(from left to right) SCC medical director Dr. Jerry Teitel, REID co-chairs Nida Irshad and Katherine Mansfield, and program director Joyce Fenuta.
(from left to right) SCC medical director Dr. Jerry Teitel, REID co-chairs Nida Irshad and Katherine Mansfield, and program director Joyce Fenuta.

Innovation, education and excellence in patient care were celebrated at St. Michael’s 14th annual Research Education and Innovation Day (REID), held at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute on Nov. 22. The event showcased the vast amount of collaborative work being done across the hospital’s Specialized Complex Care (SCC) program under the themes of Education, Patient and Family-Centred Care, Research and Knowledge Translation, and Patient Safety and Quality Improvement.

The depth and breadth of those efforts were displayed at the REID event in 46 detailed project posters created by the SCC’s clinicians, researchers and front-line staff.

“It is a tremendous amount of work, not just to do the project but to create the poster,” says Clinical Nurse Educator Katherine Mansfield, who co-chaired REID along with Clinical Nurse Educator Nida Irshad. “And everybody is really busy. But that just highlights the dedication people have to the REID program.”

After participants viewed the posters, our network’s President and CEO Dr. Tim Rutledge presented a video showcasing the hospital’s Share and Care Hemophilia Clinic and the Infused with Music IVIG Clinic. Medical Director Dr. Jerry Teitel and Program Director Joyce Fenuta then led the presentation of the 11th SCC awards for the best projects in the areas of Discovery and Innovation, Education, Leadership, and Customer Service.

The Discovery and Innovation Award was won by the 16 CCN team for their hand hygiene project, in which wall-mounted soap dispensers recorded each time they were used, and the results were shared with the team in daily huddles. The initiative resulted in an increase to 80 per cent hand hygiene compliance.

The Excellence in Education Award went to Dawn Banavage and McKenzie Quevillon of the Therapeutic Endoscopy unit, who have driven a number of educational programs for nurses, including X-ray safety, conscious sedation certification and vascular access certification and training. Several of their posters have been presented at national conferences.

The Tish Belza Award for Leadership was given to Shannon Swift, who took on the role of clinical leader manager while maintaining her position as clinical nurse educator in medical surgical ICU, dealing with challenging situations with professionalism and respect.

The Excellence in Customer Service Award was won by Nurse Navigator Kara Muratori, who, as the primary contact person for cancer patients and their families, helps guide them through difficult and often frightening situations with skill and compassion.

Finally, the SOAPEE Grant was awarded to Christine Brezden-Masley, Samantha Scime, Amy Skitch and Alexandra Moskalewicz for their project Optimizing Sexual Health and Emotional Well-Being for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors through Nurse-Led Interventions. They will use the grant to launch SHE CAN, a pilot project that will establish a nurse-led sexual health clinic for breast cancer patients and survivors, as well as educational materials and information sessions for both patients and health-care providers.

Mansfield is proud of all the winners and optimistic that the REID projects will lead to more innovation and sharing of information.

“Whether it’s research or innovation or education or quality improvement, you want your poster to tell the story of what you did and what the outcomes were, and I think that was done really well this year,” she says.

“REID is a great opportunity for inter-professional teams to see what everybody else is up to, and the tremendous research that’s happening in so many areas. It’s great to look at the posters and see all the energy— it’s inspirational.”

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 more than 29 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.

St. Michael’s Hospital with Providence Healthcare and St. Joseph’s Health Centre now operate under one corporate entity as of August 1, 2017. United, the three organizations serve patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care, spanning primary care, secondary community care, tertiary and quaternary care services to post-acute through rehabilitation, palliative care and long-term care, while investing in world-class research and education.

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