Local health leaders selected for national fellowship



    TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The following have been selected as one
of 24 participants in a prestigious national healthcare fellowship
program-Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA); Sylvanus
Thompson, Healthy Environments Quality Assurance Manager for Toronto Public
Health, Mary Puntillo, Operation Service Manager, Schizophrenic Service for
St. Joseph's Healthcare, Kathleen Ann Heslin, Chief Nurse Executive and
Professional Practice Officer, York Central Hospital, Kim Lenahan, Executive
Director, Patient Care, Geriatric, Musculoskeletal & Neuro Rehabilitation
Programs at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Sandi Cox, Chief Nurse
Executive and Senior Director, Rehabilitation and Complex Continuing Care at
the Bloorview Kids Rehab.
    The EXTRA/FORCES fellowship is designed to train health system managers
from across Canada to become better decision makers by using and applying
evidence from research in their day-to-day work. The two-year program combines
residency seminars, e-learning, mentorship and networking components with
intervention projects undertaken in fellows' home institutions.
    "The EXTRA/FORCES program gives fellows the opportunity to network with
other healthcare leaders facing similar challenges," said Dr. Jean Rochon,
former Quebec minister of health and social services and chair of the
EXTRA/FORCES Advisory Council. "The program allows them to share problems and
ideas, and to discuss possible solutions."
    A key element of the program is an intervention project through which
fellows apply their classroom learning to solving issues in their home
organization.
    Each fellow has chosen a different area of focus including; a Toronto
Public Health Quality Assurance Program, increasing patient/staff safety by
reducing risk related to aggressive patient behaviour, evaluation of a Formal
Clinical Mentorship Program in a community hospital setting, healthcare
partnerships: providing the right service at the right time and the
implementation of Nurse Practitioners to facilitate chronic disease
managagement.

    EXTRA/FORCES was established in 2003 with a $25 million grant from Health
Canada. The first cohort of 24 fellows was selected in May, 2004. This year
marks its fourth year. These fellows are part of the fourth cohort who began
their first residency session in August.
    EXTRA/FORCES is a partnership program, administered by the Canadian
Health Services Research Foundation and supported by the Canadian College of
Health Service Executives (CCHSE); the Canadian Health Services Research
Foundation (CHSRF); the Canadian Medical Association (CMA); the Canadian
Nurses Association (CNA); and a consortium of Quebec partners represented by
the Agence des technologies et des modes d'intervention en santé (AETMIS).




For further information:

For further information: Kelly Goulet-Lewis, Account Coordinator,
Blueprint Public Relations, (613) 237-7400 Ext. 22, cell (613) 769-3411; For
Kim Lenahan: Carolyn Lovas, Media Relations Specialist, (416) 597-3422, ext
3837; For Mary Puntillo: Kyla Kumar, Public Affairs Manager, (905) 522-1155
ext. 33549; For Sandi Cox: Louise Kinross, (416) 753-6015; For Sylvanus
Thompson: Susan Sperling, Toronto Public Health, (416) 338-7974; For Kathleen
Heslin: Melina Cormier, York Central Hospital, (905) 883-1212 Ext. 7492,
mcormier@yorkcentral.on.ca

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