Inspiring Lives: OHA Opening Day Celebrates Ontario's Health Care Professionals

    TORONTO, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - Today, over 2,000 delegates listened as Hilary
Short used her final address as President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital
Association (OHA) to celebrate the incredible achievements of Ontario's health
care providers at OHA HealthAchieve2007.
    "As I consider the future of health care, I remain optimistic that we can
sustain - and improve - the quality and volume of care we provide," said
Short. "That's because of the unsung heroes throughout our health system.
People who don't seek the spotlight, but whose tremendous attitude and spirit
and whose pursuit of greatness every single day is shaping our health system
for the better."
    Short described the five attributes that distinguish the very best of
health professionals. Those attributes are leadership, innovation, compassion,
kindness and excellence. Short illustrated these traits by recounting the
inspiring stories of a number of individuals featured during her speech.

      -  Innovation: Dr. Lee Benson of Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto
         personifies innovation by helping to improve children's lives
         through his application of a new technique called the trans-catheter
         pulmonary valve implant.

      -  Kindness: Volunteers like Sally Duncan, who personify kindness by
         dedicating her time to help create a caring in-hospital culture at
         Cobourg's Northumberland Hills Hospital.

      -  Compassion: Sandy Nicolson and the palliative care team at Bluewater
         Health in Sarnia personify compassion by supporting families through
         one of the most challenging periods of their lives.

      -  Leadership: Dr. Eli Sagi of Lakeridge Health personifies leadership
         as an advocate for mental health services since he became Director
         of Psychiatry in 1993.

      -  Excellence: Members of the St. John's multi-disciplinary
         rehabilitation team personify excellence by helping patients,
         including injured members of the Canadian Forces, rebuild and regain
         their lives through comprehensive treatment programs.

    A new website showcasing these exemplary qualities of Ontario's dedicated
health care professionals was launched today. Inspiring Lives
( celebrates these, and other, everyday heroes
within Ontario's health care system, and highlights notable hospital
activities and programs across the province.
    "Health care structures and organizations can succeed, and they can fail.
It is the people within them that create success," said Short. "Ultimately,
our huge and complex health system is about each single interaction between
patient and care provider. That's what it's all about."
    Please visit Inspiring Lives at

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For further information: Amy Ouellette, Public Affairs at or (416) 205-1433

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