NEWS in General – February 2

GGH News

New for Winter’s End – Employee Development

COVID-19 News

Waterloo Wellington COVID bi-weekly Report explains why local hospitals aren’t ramping up surgeries yet

Other News

Bell Let’s Talk – follow up
Black History Month @ GGH
Community support comes in many ways
Homewood Health’s Lifelines: The Impact of Social Media on Body Image & Mental Health 
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GGH News

New for Winter’s End – Employee Development

Submitted by Joanne (Jo) Oliver, Learning and Organizational Development Consultant

My thoughts are moving to the edge of Spring when the snowdrops peek through the snowbanks. This transition time is something I look forward to every year as an opportunity for reflection, calibration and commitment. I’ve been working at GGH for just over six months, and have been listening, a lot. You have shared great ideas, concerns and experiences. And shared with a clear commitment to our patients, their families and our team’s wellbeing.

The following learning and development ideas reflect this listening and the goal of meeting you where you are at in terms of your interests and priorities with teamwork, communication and career development.

There are two new programs.

  1. Meet Ups  – are short skills-based social learning activities that are keenly focused on a specific skill area critical for our team function. 2022 Meet Ups start with sessions on trust, receiving feedback, setting goals and talking with our leaders and mentors about our plans). They are offered mid-day and evening, and the presentations will be posted on the LMS.
  2. I look forward to connecting with you there. Register on the LMS: Courses |Additional GGH Courses |Organizational Development|Meet-Ups

Consider participating in recharging your skills and having some social learning experience with other employees. This is particularly important in a year that will include new or transferring team members and lots of learning and relationship building as we move more fully into 2022.

  • Crucial Conversations – We are bringing back this program that continues to set the standard in helping people and teams build strong relationships and deliver high performance. The program has been updated to reflect changes in our workplace and offered online or in person. Please share your interest in learning more or participating by signing up on the LMS (Courses |Additional GGH Courses |Organizational Development|Crucial Conversations ) or sending an email to joliver@gghorg.ca

Existing programs

  • The Employee Education Assistance Fund is active and supports part-time and full-time employees with over six months of continuous service.
  • Core learning programs will launch again in the future
  • Emerging Leaders program is being evaluated, with a focus on GGH specific skills and leadership skills
  • Leadership development – Leaders have access to customized learning programs through Franklin-Covey, LEADS and a monthly focus learning activity.

I’m looking forward to supporting you in 2022. Your ideas and feedback are always welcome.

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COVID-19 News

Waterloo Wellington COVID bi-weekly Report explains why local hospitals aren’t ramping up surgeries yet

While the Omicron wave may have peaked, local hospitals continue to be very busy.

Waterloo Region & Wellington County | February 01, 2022 – Attached is the Waterloo Wellington COVID Report for Tuesday, February 1, 2022 that local hospitals have committed to jointly providing on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Ontario Science Table released new projections today, which indicate that the Omicron wave may be plateauing or in decline. However, hospitals in Ontario are currently caring for the highest number of patients with COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020, a trend that is expected to be maintained as the province begins to re-open.

Waterloo Wellington hospitals continue to care for more patients than there are beds. Hospitals have partnered to transfer patients to where there is capacity to care for them- these transfers within and out of Region are still occurring. The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 remains high, as do the number of staff off because of a positive COVID-19 test result or an exposure. However, we are starting to see both of these numbers decrease over the last week. Today, there are 134 patients hospitalized in WW with COVID compared to 164 last Friday, and 273 staff impacted by COVID-19 compared to 390 last Friday. This is an encouraging trend, especially as hospital occupancy remains high, and the space and staffing requirements to resume surgeries will put additional demand on hospitals.

Revisions to Directive 2 released February 01 now enable hospitals to increase imaging to support diagnostics for patients. Other scheduled procedures will continue to be on hold as hospitals across the province and in Waterloo Wellington continue to redirect and redeploy resources to care for patients with COVID-19. This continued load from COVID-19 limits the ability to ramp up scheduled procedures.

Nearly every hospital in Waterloo Wellington is also managing multiple outbreaks. If trends for Omicron and hospitalizations can continue to decrease, in the month of February, hospitals will hopefully move from focusing mostly on COVID-related care and urgent/emergent cases to bringing patients back into hospital for other surgeries and procedures.

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Other News

Bell Let’s Talk – follow up

Thank you to everyone who participated last week in our Bell Let’s Talk campaign and contributed to our interactive display.  It turned out very well, with people sharing a variety of wonderful ways that they support their mental health.  Certain themes appeared, such as cuddling with pets, exercising, talking with loved ones, etc., including drawings and people commenting on each others’ posts!  Keep an eye out in the future for more interactive displays.

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Community support comes in many ways

There are so many ways our community support us. It would be impossible to catalogue them all, big to small, but here is a look at some donated items useful to our Elder Care Specialist, Rebekah Larter.
A little while ago, some very crafty person dropped off these ingenious ‘twiddle muffs’. These sleeves can be placed over a patient’s arm to distract from and protect an IV drip. They can also sit in a patient’s lap and hands can fit inside to keep warm. Inside and out there are varying textures and materials offered. There are also small items attached, for example an empty spool of thread and buttons of varying sizes, that can relax our patients with Dementia who like to ‘twiddle’ with them. Having something to occupy their hands and soft fabrics to caress can be very soothing. Twiddle muffs are a useful tool for helping to manage anxiety in our patients with Dementia and we are grateful to the anonymous donor who dropped these off.

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Homewood Health Lifelines: The Impact of Social Media on Body Image & Mental Health 

Believe it or not, modern social media is still relatively young. We can trace its ancestry to the early blogging and bulletin board systems in the late 90s. Recognizable forms similar to today’s platforms first emerged in the 2000s, with the now-defunct Six Degrees and Friendster. Undoubtedly, social media is a part of humankind, with billions of people using it daily. But as with any form of transformative technology, it has both positives and negatives. After a couple of decades of weaving social media into our social and cultural fabric, we’ve come to recognize the alarming effect it has on people’s mental health. We see harmful effects such as individuals developing negative body images because they compare themselves to what they are observing and experiencing through social media.

For the entire article, click here.

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