NEWS in General – February 16

GGH News

The twice-weekly, local hospitals’ “COVID status report” will become once a week starting this Friday. It will also begin reporting surgical back logs in local hospitals.
As a reminder, a link to the most recent report (which includes the above graph) can be found at the top of this web page.

Visitor policy moves to Step 2 tomorrow (Feb. 17)
Black History Month movie selected

COVID-19 News

Last Friday, the province revoked its COVID Directive #2. What does that mean?

Other News

Learning and Development Updates
GGH Wellness – Desk warriors: To sit or to stand, that is the question!
Black Tie Bingo 2021 funded advancements to our Vascular Surgery Suite
Local university student group looking for front-line guest speakers
Local High School sends Valentine’s wishes
University Football team players drop by for Valentine’s Day

GGH News

Visitor policy moves to Step 2 tomorrow

Our visitor restrictions begin to ease tomorrow, Friday, February 17. Who qualifies as an “essential visitor” remains the same. What’s different is in Step 2, a patient may have one essential visitor per day (as opposed to one essential visitor per stay). The patient or their substitute decision maker will decide who they want their Essential Visitor to be each day. In addition, Palliative Patients may have two essential visitors at the bedside at one time. 

If provincial Public Health directions continue to ease, our tentative plan is to move to Step 3 of our visitor policy on March 1. Confirmation will be shared closer to the date. For all the details of each level of our pandemic visitor policy, click here.

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Black History Month movie selected

Earlier this month staff were asked for movie suggestions as a part of Black History Month @ GGH. The 15-minute National Film Board movie, “Ice Breakers” was selected.
“Josh Crooks is a promising teen hockey star in a sport where Black players like him are chronically underrepresented. Ice Breakers reveals the buried history of a pioneering Black hockey league in Atlantic Canada, as Crooks discovers that his unshakable passion is tied to a rich and remarkable heritage.”

On February 24 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. there will be a Movie and Discussion Group. You can register on our LMS
or email inclusion@gghorg.ca. For those unable to participate, a link to the movie can be found here.

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Other News

Learning and Development Updates

Share your interest in developing your career through teamwork

Meet-Ups
offer our employees and leaders a quick way to sharpen our skills, reconnect with other co-workers and have a safe space to practice and reflect on some of the critical elements of building solid relationships in our teams.

Participate in any or all of the sessions offered in the day and evening. Learn more on the Education board by EHS and on the LMS Courses |Additional GGH Courses |Organizational Development |Meet-Ups

Topics in include – Building Trust – Receiving Feedback – Prioritizing and Focus – Sharing our Goals

Crucial Conversations training is back!

Move into the new year with more confidence and skills to have the conversations that truly matter in our workplace.

Sign up today through the LMS Courses |Additional GGH Courses |Organizational Development |Crucial or by emailing joliver@gghorg.ca Sessions will be scheduled to best meet the group’s needs.

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GGH Wellness – Desk warriors: To sit or to stand, that is the question!

The fact that staying sedentary for long periods of time is bad for our health is not a new concept, and there has been a lot of research done to learn how to best-mitigate these negative health implications.  Many of us at GGH utilize standing desks to break things up a bit and obtain some positive benefits – but is it working?  In this well-cited blog post, by Adam Betaineh, MD, aka the “Longevity Doctor” and co-founder of Span Health, the importance of movement during the day is emphasized, instead of: standing vs. sitting only.  If you spend long periods of your day sitting in front of a screen, take a look!

Black Tie Bingo 2021 funded advancements to our Vascular Surgery Suite

A video featuring two of our Vascular Surgeons was made explaining the importance of the new equipment and software upgrade that improves care while reducing the amount of radiation to which the OR staff are exposed. The video can be found here.

Guelph General Hospital is the regional centre for vascular surgery. Guests who participated in last year’s Black Tie Bingo gave vascular surgeons access to the most sophisticated, high-resolution screens, enabling them to see tiny details of complex vascular anatomy more easily.

They also funded an equipment upgrade that enables real-time radiation monitoring. The radiation dose feedback tool displays the invisible nature of radiation in real-time, making it easy for the surgical team to monitor and track their exposure. For physicians and nurses who do multiple surgeries a day, week after week, year after year, this tool can be lifesaving.

We’re incredibly thankful for everyone who participated in last year’s Black Tie Bingo – this is how we save lives and improve health, together with our community!

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Local university student group looking for front-line guest speakers

The Stem Students Guelph Support Association (SSGSA) emailed us recently:
“We deeply appreciate the adversity of working front-line jobs during the pandemic and want to give front line workers a chance to tell their stories. Our club plans to host a healthcare worker and first responder speaker night, where our guests will tell their stories of working in their fields during the pandemic to a group of university students. We believe this would be a very enlightening experience as many students that are in our club and that will be attending this event plan to work in these fields after graduation.

I am reaching out as we are currently looking to fill up our panel of speakers with individuals working during the pandemic as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, police officers, fire fighters, etc. If anyone working at this establishment is interested and would be available to attend on the evening of March 22, 2022, please tell them to email me at jchamb07@uoguelph.ca and I will provide additional details, and hopefully add them to our list of speakers!”

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Local High School sends Valentine’s wishes University Football team players drop by for Valentine’s Day
We were shown Valentine’s Day love by students from College Heights Secondary School who sent us a bundle of cards and handwritten messages. It really does mean so much that this community supports us. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thanks, Gryphon Football family, for thinking of us on Valentine’s Day! Representatives dropped by to deliver flowers and treats which were delivered throughout the units on our Care Cart to spread the love. We appreciate your support.

Photos of some of the cards and notes can be found on our GGH Facebook page.


A short video of the players dropping by and delivering flowers and treats is available here.



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