NEWS in General – January 26

Did you know?
Household contacts of essential health care and congregate care workers can now get a PCR test at a COVID Assessment Centre if they show symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

GGH News

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Bell Let’s Talk Day 2022: Supporting Ourselves and Each Other
Staff Wellness Massage Days are Back!

COVID-19 News

Staff required to complete updated COVID-19 eLearning Module

Other News

Black Tie Bingo returns as a virtual gala
GGH-donated medical supplies on their way to Africa

GGH News

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Guelph General Hospital has recently become an employer partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. This membership provides every employee access to valuable resources that support equity and wellbeing in our teams and our services. It is an essential step in helping us work together to create a culture where all staff thrive and feel safe and supported.

Here are a few highlights to understand more of what our membership offers:

  • Monthly focus webinars that GGH will host and also available to all staff to register for independently
  • Specialized learning, development and network building to support you to thrive in the workplace.
  • A multicultural calendar to build and share our awareness and developmen. New Years, Holy days and National Months or Days of Remembrance that help us focus on equity and inclusion are all featured, with a brief description.

Starting in February:

The Healthy Hospital Board and Intranet page (must be in the building to open link) will highlight some different ways we can work together to increase a sense of welcoming and inclusion in our teams and services. In addition, there are opportunities to share your wisdom, commitment and curiosity so that we can continue in our commitment to our patients, their families and our teams.

  • Learning and development activities
  • Recruitment of a committee to help develop GGH’s equity, diversity and inclusion plan.
  • Recognition, action and culture-building activities focused on priorities that our teams identify as important. Your ideas are essential and always welcome at inclusion@gghorg.ca

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Bell Let’s Talk Day 2022: Supporting Ourselves and Each Other

Via the Bell Let’s Talk web site:

“65% [of Canadians] say the pandemic has made them more understanding toward those suffering with mental health issues and 68% say it has made them more conscious of their own mental health.”

Every year, Bell Let’s Talk Day strives to increase awareness about mental health through education and fundraising.  Today (January 26), Bell will donate 5 cents towards mental health initiatives for each engagement done through a variety of online social media platforms and options.  According to their website, they have committed $121,373,06.75, and have supported over 5,550,000 Canadians with access to mental health services. 

The theme for this year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day is to continue the conversation about mental health, with a variety of supports and tools to facilitate discussions with friends, coworkers, family members, etc. One such example is the

EARS Acronym
Engage and open a conversation.
Actively listen and encourage self-expression.
Refer to resources and ask how you can help.
Stay in touch and follow up.

If you would like to engage in Bell Let’s Talk at GGH, please visit the table in The Bistro (image right), and/or share how you support your mental health on our large interactive display board, which can also be found in The Bistro.  If you would like to take your own learning further, consider attending the Homewood Health Webinar on January 27, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., focusing on Compassion Fatigue and the cost of caring. Please email HealthAndWellness@gghorg.ca to sign up, or for more information.

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Staff Wellness Massage Days are Back!

Based on your Health & Wellness Survey feedback, and as way to thank you for your continued amazing work throughout this most recent COVID-19 wave, GGH Health & Wellness and the Foundation are excited to bring Onsite Health Massage back to the hospital.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we will be providing six days of massages throughout February and March in the FBU Conference Room (6048).  All sessions will be offered from 12-5 p.m. on the following dates in an effort to access as many shifts as possible:

February 1, 8, 15
March 1, 8, 15

To support as many staff as we can, please only sign up for one massage, and make sure to cancel your session if you are unable to attend.  To sign up, please visit our GGH portal on the Onsite Health Massage landing page which can be found here.

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COVID-19 News

If you got your COVID-19 booster somewhere other than at GGH, be sure to let Employee Health Services know.

Staff required to complete updated COVID-19 eLearning Module

As a response to the ongoing demands of COVID-19 and changing safety protocols, we want to remind all staff of what we need to do to keep ourselves and our patients safe.

As of today, GGH has an updated Staff Screening, Safety and Acknowledgement of Understanding eLearning module and attestation. It describes the questions you need to ask yourself before coming to work each day, and what to do at work to maintain safe work practices. Please note, this new COVID-19 staff attestation eLearning is mandatory for ALL staff and needs to be completed as soon as possible, and before Feb 18.

Please continue to support your team members and patients to be safe, using our protocols and wearing the appropriate PPE. This eLearning now appears on the home page of the GGH Learning Hub. (must be in the building to open link)

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Other News

Black Tie Bingo returns as a virtual gala

The 26th annual Black Tie Bingo, presented by Co-operators and Meridian Credit Union, returns as a virtual gala on Saturday, March 5.

You can log on to a full gala experience live streamed from The Grand Guelph. Guests will receive boxes filled with everything needed for an incredible at-home gala experience, including a gourmet four-course ready to heat meal, a signature cocktail kit, wine, access to the online silent and live auctions, supplies to play a fun game of bingo, and a chance to win some great raffle prizes.

Every year, Black Tie Bingo is reinvented through a new theme, and ‘Around the World’ was chosen for 2022.

Funds raised will be used to help purchase a new MRI scanner. Fundraising for the scanner started in the spring of 2021 and close to $1.8 million has been raised since.  The new MRI scanner will replace the hospital’s original scanner which was funded by donors 14 years ago. The 2007 Black Tie Bingo – A Night with the Tsars contributed $135,000 towards it.

Virtual tickets are on sale until February 8th. For full event details and to purchase tickets to attend, visit BlackTieBingo.com Black Tie Bingo has raised over $3.8 million in net fundraising revenue in its 25-year history, funding numerous pieces of essential patient care equipment and impacting tens of thousands of lives.

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GGH-donated medical supplies on their way to Africa

From Hope and Healing International:
Hello,
I hope you are keeping safe and staying warm, and that 2022 is treating you well so far.

I just wanted to let you know that we recently sent a 40’ container of pharmaceuticals, hospital equipment, and medical supplies to one of our program partners in Malawi, Africa – Nkhoma Mission Hospital. The medical supplies you’ve generously donated to us were included in this shipment and our friends at Nkhoma are so grateful and eager to receive them.

Thank you so much for all you do, and for being part of our work in bringing hope and healing to our world’s most vulnerable.

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