Local health leader selected for national fellowship

    HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Mary Puntillo, Operational Service
Manager, Schizophrenia Service at St. Joseph's Healthcare has been selected as
one of 24 participants in a prestigious national healthcare fellowship
program-Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA).
    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
    Ms. Puntillo has chosen to focus on increasing patient/staff safety by
reducing risk related to aggressive patient behaviour.
    Ms. Puntillo says "In an inpatient mental health setting, it is often the
case that responses to issues arising from unpredictable situations related to
patient aggression are reactive. The successful completion of this project
will infuse evidence into a set of processes, practices, standards and policy
that will be developed to assist clinicians to be proactive in clinical care
planning with patients who have a potential for aggression."

    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. Ms. Puntillo is 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, Blueprint Public Relations,
(613) 237-7400, Ext. 22, cell (613) 769-3411; Debbie Silva, Media Relations
Coordinator, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, (905) 522-1155, ext. 33037,

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