Mental Health In-Patient & Staff Summer BBQ 2017

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Tis’ the season to be Q’ing!!!!

Back by popular demand, the In-Patient MH services will be holding its annual Summer BBQ.

For the past 6 years during the summer months our Mental Health Team spends a lunch with our in-patients enjoying burgers and various summer dishes on the 3C patio.

All of this was birthed to improve our relationships with our patients during a season where being cooped up in a hospital during our short Canadian summers can be increasingly depressing.  Not only do staff enjoy a break from the normal daily grind, but our patients also enjoy this event veering away from the usual hospital experience.  Here at TSRH we strive to improve the patient experience and Mental Health is one department where our patients always come first.

This years summer BBQ kicks off on Friday, June 30th on our wonderful 3C patio.  Like previous years our kick off party will feature musical performances from various former in-patients.  Food will be cooked by our resident BBQ master, Michael M.  And to spice this up for this years kick off party we will be having staff bring in various dishes/desserts to share ala potluck style.

Hope to see you all there!!!

When:  Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 1200hrs

Where:  3C (Birchmount) Patio

Following Dates throughout the summer:  July 14th, 18th & August 11th, 25th.

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3 in the Key (March/April)

Sorry for the delay.

A lot of changes happening at TS(R)H.  We all hope that these changes will maintain the exceptional care we provide to our community as well as push forward with the innovative visions we have put into place.

That being said, here is a semi-late post of 3 in the Key (March/April)

 

So what do these 3 stars have in common?

 

Introducing 3 Key staff members of the MH team at the Scarborough Sites……

(**Click on any of the underlined links for more information**)

 

Nancy R. (Secretary at MH Adult Out-Patient Clinics, 1225 Kennedy Rd.)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Summers in Portugal

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Angelina Joile

What do you feel most proud of?

My three wonderful children

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Bora Bora, love the peace of nature and the water

What are your top three favorite books and why?

Receipe books – love to cook and bake,  try new things

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Created programs to support people in need (poverty, disability, single parents, mental health)

What is your favorite part of your job?

My fellow co-workers and patients make me love to work here. I love making people smile.

How long have you worked at TSH?

16 ½ years

How would your friends describe you?

Easy going, friendly, caring, helpful and dependable

What does a perfect day look like to you?

at the cottage, waking up and having my coffee looking out at the lake. Going kayaking on the lake, followed by a BBQ with family and bon fire with a few glasses of wine. lol

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

Crisis training, CPR, De-escalating conflict and  info sessions on specific illnesses to increase my understanding and ability to serve my patients.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I like to cook

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

I love a variety, love to try different culture cuisine. I love Indian, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, greek etc.

Who did you first see live in concert?

Bon Jovi

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Passport

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Renovate office, a nicer waiting area for patients and no carpet.

What other languages do you know?

Portuguese, understand Italian, Spanish. My patients teach me how to greet them in their language, Polish, Greek and Cantonese.

Do you have any hobbies?

Cooking, and I love the out doors

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Strongest:  Taste

Weakest: sight (I wear glasses lol)

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Being a single mother, I can’t afford to travel but would love too. I went to Aruba

 

Steve T. (Case Manager, Community Programs Assertive Community Treatment Team, 2425 Eglinton)

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What is your best childhood memory?

My Grandmother cooking in the kitchen.  I was just in awe of how many dishes she was able to make.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (of Kim’s Convenience) – he seems to channel how I look only he carries it better!

What do you feel most proud of?

At home: My family.

At SRH: Having the privilege of working at the community programs site with some of the best people I have ever met.  Their sense of caring and compassion for clients and colleagues are what I feel most proud of.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would love to take a cross-country trip across Canada as there is so much to love about our wonderful nation that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience seeing it from coast to coast.

What are your top three favorite books and why?

A Wrinkle in Time: This was the first book that made an impression on me in grade 3 and got me interested in the Sci-Fi genre.

The Art of Racing in the Rain: An unexpected book where the author tells the story from an auto-racing loving golden retriever’s perspective and how we develop our inextricable connections with our beloved canines.

Ordinary Moments – The Disabled Experience: A wonderful book of compiled individuals’ accounts of their struggles with various disabilities in their daily lives.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

I would ensure there are more supportive housing resources for people who are at-risk.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Seeing over time how individuals we work with tap into their own strength and resilience to forge ahead and reach their recovery goals.

How long have you worked at TSH?

18 years

How would your friends describe you?

Thoughtful, helpful, with an ok sense of humour.

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Waking up to a warm, sunny spring day and going for a drive with no particular destination in mind and no place I have to be at.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I would really like to learn to play the guitar as it seems so versatile to be able to take it wherever you want and to play a tune either for yourself or to entertain others.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I really like to watch improvisational comedy.

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Yes! Cuisine is my favorite…. any.  As long as it’s cooked with care and love.

Who did you first see live in concert?

I think the first concert I saw live was when I was in school and went on a field trip to see the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  The amazing richness of the live sounds subtle and loud made quite an impression on me.  As for the first live concert I paid money to see, I believe it was Genesis (the band).

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

I seem to remember it was for Krispy Kreme doughnuts when they first opened in Mississauga.  I waited with some friends for two hours to try those “super-delicious” warm classic glazed wonders.  Ahhhh memories……  (see #13)

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Individual hvac controls for each office

What other languages do you know?

Cantonese

Do you have any hobbies?

Aside from food…..?  Does barbecuing count?!  I do like to work on/geek out on cars, music and woodworking.

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

I think my strongest sense is of hearing, my weakest – smells.

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

China was amazing as I’ve never been to mainland China until we went there to adopt our eldest son Justin.  The sheer numbers of people in the cities were incredible as was the Great Wall.

 

Ashley M.  (RPN/Case Manager, Community Crisis, Birchmount Campus)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Skiing with my grandfather

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Cameron Diaz

What do you feel most proud of?

My nursing career

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

If I could go anywhere, I would travel to Africa. I would really enjoy helping the communities and going on an adventurous safari!

What are your top three favorite books and why?

I don’t have much time to read, however when I do get a chance I enjoy reading Jodi Picoult novels. One of my favourite is “House Rules” which is about a child with Asperger’s syndrome that finds himself involved in a murder. Very intense, had me reading for hours.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Put more money in to mental health programs in the community

What is your favorite part of your job?

Being a positive influence in my patients lives.

How long have you worked at TSH?

Since 2005, I started on 3C medicine at the general campus

How would your friends describe you?

Well, I asked my friends this question and got many interesting answers…I will go with “Hardworking, genuine, passionate and empathetic”

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Hiking with my dog, cooking a new meal and killing it at the gym!

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

How to have better control of a motorcycle so I could get my full M license this year!

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know________.

I love ice cream!

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

I enjoy food in general… but would have to say italian.

Who did you first see live in concert?

The Backstreet Boys

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Tim Hortons… otherwise I don’t do lines!

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Be able to open the windows in the crisis office on 3B so we could get fresh air

What other languages do you know?

Sadly, none

Do you have any hobbies?

Cooking, hiking with my dog, the gym and travelling

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Strongest- Smell Weakest- Hearing…however maybe I have selective hearing!

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Been to many places but I would say Santorini, Greece

 

 

Mental Notes would like to thank Nancy, Steve & Ashley for this months contribution.  You are all Key players in our department.

 

Patient Experience Week at Scarborough & Rouge Hospital

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This April 24 – 27th, 2017, Scarborough & Rouge Hospital will be having Patient Experience Week, an annual event that celebrates health care staff impacting the patient experience everyday. Patient Experience Week provides a focused time for our hospital to celebrate accomplishments, re-energize efforts, and honour those who make a difference in the patient experience. From nurses and physicians, to support staff and executive professionals, to patients, families, and communities served, we hope to bring everyone together.

 

Why Participate in Patient Experience Week?
By supporting Patient Experience Week, Scarborough and Rouge Hospital shows our employees that we appreciate their hard work and encourage their continued efforts on behalf of patients. This week is a great way to enhance patient and staff relations, increase hospital morale, and improve communication.

 

How will our hospital be celebrating?

Our three-site team is collaborating on a series of hospital-wide events that invite participation from all staff, volunteers, patients, and families. Our schedule of events for this year is as follows:

 

Patient Experience Week Kick-Off Ceremony | Monday April 24, 2017| 12:00-1:00p.m all sites

Every SRH site will host an opening ceremony to kick-off the start of Patient Experience Week. This ceremony will include celebratory remarks from a member of our senior management team, opportunities for all staff to sign a hospital-wide pledge towards providing a quality patient experience, and light refreshments. Members of the community and local media are invited to participate and celebrate in its hospital’s commitment towards continued efforts to improve health care on behalf of patients and families. The hospital-wide pledge to patient experience will be proudly displayed in our main entrance areas for all members to reflect, acknowledge, and celebrate.

 

“Honouring Our Patients” Day | Tuesday April 25, 2017 | 9:00-12:00 all sites

Our patients and families are a central part of our hospital community and help us continually improve our standard and quality of care. “Honouring Our Patients” Day is a way for our hospital to thank our patients and families for giving us the opportunity to deliver the best care possible. Staff and senior leadership will welcome and greet patients and families at main entrances of all three sites, personally thanking them with a token of appreciation, and expressing their commitment to a quality patient experience.

 

Celebrating Quality Care Rounds | Wednesday April 26, 2017

Over the years, every hospital unit and program has worked towards providing high quality care for patients and families. Celebrating Quality Care Rounds is a unique opportunity for program and unit level teams to showcase the great work they have been doing to senior leadership, celebrate their achievements, and re-energize efforts. Program areas and unit level teams choose what they would like to highlight, which may include, but are not limited to: increased compliance with infection control, excellent patient satisfaction survey results, implementation of new practices/policies to improve quality of care, and/or improved communication methods with patients and families.

 

Patient Family Advisor “Roadshow” | Thursday April 27, 2017

At SRH, Patient Family Advisors (PFAs) demonstrate our hospital commitment towards the highest level of Patient & Family Centred Care. PFAs are volunteers who are past SRH patients and/or family members of SRH patients. Collaborating closely with hospital staff on committees and projects, PFAs harness the power of their patient story and perspective to improve the way healthcare is delivered. On this day, PFAs join hospital staff in sharing the impact of their work on the quality of healthcare at SRH, thank staff for their efforts in patient and family centred care, and provide resources that enable program areas to recruit their own PFAs. This event celebrate both the positive impact that health care providers and PFAs have made and continue to make at this hospital.

 

Patient & Family Centred Care (PFCC) Huddles | Monday April 24 – Thursday April 27, 2017

Program and unit level huddles are a key way for staff to stay informed, review work, make plans, and move ahead quickly in a fast-past health care environment. During Patient Experience Week, the Office of Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC) will provide teams with activity materials that can be used to facilitate thinking, collaboration, and discussion around providing a quality patient experience. Activity topics for huddles may include inviting teams to reflect on program area practices that align with key PFCC principles, review a patient story and its impact on quality of care, or brainstorm how to effectively partner with patients and families in discussing plan of care. The hope is that these PFCC huddles during Patient Experience Week will help build and reinforce a culture of thinking and practice focused on supporting a quality care experiences.

 

If you would like more information or are interested in participating in any of the events please contact us prior to Monday April 17, 2017.

 

Contacts:

Kristy M, MSW RSW

Manager, Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC)

kmacdonell@rougevalley.ca

 

Ettsa P, MSW, RSW

PFCC Steering Committee Co-Lead

epapalazarou@tsh.to

Reading of the Week: Do Markets work for (Mental) Health Services? The Arrow Paper

Dr. David Gratzer is a Toronto-based psychiatrist and physician.

He works at The Scarborough Hospital, where he is physician-in-charge of Mental Health inpatient services, and is the physician co-lead for consultation-liaison services. He is active in teaching, and has received the specialist teacher of the year award twice, and nominated six times for University of Toronto teaching awards. He is a member of the national editorial board of CAMH’s Portico and serves on the OMA’s Section on Psychiatry Executive. He recently joined the editorial board of The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Dr. Gratzer writes widely. His articles have been published in The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s. He is the author of two books and the editor of a third. His first book was awarded the Donner Prize in 2000. His research interests include psychiatry and technology.

We are proud to include his Reading of the Week posts here on Mental Notes.

 

Do Markets work for (Mental) Health Services? The Arrow Paper

From the Editor 

His New York Times obituary opens: “Kenneth J. Arrow, one of the most brilliant economic minds of the 20th century and, at 51, the youngest economist ever to win a Nobel, died on Tuesday at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 95.”

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Kenneth J. Arrow

 

As a tribute to Kenneth Arrow, this week’s paper is his “Uncertainty and the Welfare Economic of Medical Care.”

This paper was published decades ago. Our selections try to be current. But we’ll make an exception for a good reason: Kenneth Arrow, one of the most significant economists of the 20th Century, died last week; his work on health care and economics remains deeply influential. Indeed, whether we are discussing the Choosing Wisely campaign or debating the expansion of public coverage under Obamacare, we are essentially weighing in on Arrow’s 1963 health economics paper – which makes this paper a natural choice for this week’s Reading.

Arrow didn’t mention mental health in his 1963 paper. But as we seek to better mental health services, his observations on the problems of health-care information are worth considering.

DG

 

Economics and Health Care

“Uncertainty and the Welfare Economic of Medical Care”

Kenneth J. Arrow

The American Economic Review, December 1963

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http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/82/2/PHCBP.pdf

“This paper is an exploratory and tentative study of the specific differentia of medical care as the object of normative economics. It is contended here, on the basis of comparison of obvious characteristics of the medical-care industry with the norms of welfare economics, that the special economic problems of medical care can be explained as adaptations to the existence of uncertainty in the incidence of disease and in the efficacy of treatment.

“It should be noted that the subject is the medical-care industry, not health. The causal factors in health are many, and the provision of medical care is only one. Particularly at low levels of income, other commodities such as nutrition, shelter, clothing, and sanitation may be much more significant. It is the complex of services that center about the physician, private and group practice, hospitals, and public health, which I propose to discuss.

“The focus of discussion will be on the way the operation of the medical-care industry and the efficacy with which it satisfies the needs of society differ from a norm, if at all.”

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Kenneth J. Arrow

So begins a paper written by Kenneth J. Arrow. Many consider it the first important paper written on health economics.

“Uncertainty and the Welfare Economic of Medical Care” is one of his most cited and significant work. The paper forwards one key argument: that health care is different (economically speaking) from other aspects of the economy. Whereas markets may be functional outside of health care, he argues that market forces don’t work within health care.

“It is the general social consensus, clearly, that the laissez-faire solution for medicine is intolerable.”

He identifies several ways that health care is different:

Unpredictability. People’s needs for health care are unpredictable, unlike other basic needs like food or clothing.

Barriers to entry. Medicine must be practiced with a licence, requiring years of training, limiting the supply of services.

The importance of trust. Trust is a key component in the doctor-patient relationship.

Asymmetrical information. Doctors know more about medicine than do their patients, leaving the consumers of medical services at a disadvantage.

Picking up on the last point about asymmetrical information: providers of health care have far more information than patients. While Arrow acknowledges that we doctors are supposed to act in the patients’ best interest (we aren’t “barbers,” as he notes), he still argues that physicians are “sellers of health care” and that we can exploit the lopsided relationship.

 A few thoughts:

  1.  Despite being decades old, Arrow’s paper is cited, discussed, and debated. (It yields almost a million hits on Google.)

 For example, blogging on Obamacare, economist and writer Paul Krugman (himself a winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics) notes:

 “One of the most influential economic papers of the postwar era was Kenneth Arrow’s ‘Uncertainty and the welfare economics of health care,’ which demonstrated – decisively, I and many others believe – that health care can’t be marketed like bread or TVs.”

 He goes on to frame his views on health reform around Arrow’s paper.

You can find his blog here:  Why markets can’t cure healthcare

 

  1. Let’s focus on information asymmetry. Arrow wrote his paper before the Internet. In an information age, how to think about information asymmetry? Economist Deborah Haas-Wilson of Smith College weighs in with an essay noting: “There has been explosive growth in the amount of health information available online.” By 2001, for example, “there were approximately 26,000 health-related Web sites.”

 

You can find the full paper here:  Arrow and the Information Market Failure in Health Care: The Changing Content and Sources of Health Care Information

 

  1. Pushing further on the idea that health information has significantly changed over time, columnist David Brooks argues for more market reforms in health care (and changes to Obamacare):

 

There’s much research to suggest that people are able to behave like intelligent health care consumers. Work by Amitabh Chandra of Harvard and others found higher-performing hospitals do gain greater market share over time. People know quality and flock to it.”

 

Brooks’ argument provides something of a counter-point to Krugman’s – but it still begins by mentioning Arrow.

You can find his article here:  Do Markets Work in Health Care?

 

 

  1. Tying back to mental health services: regardless of our views on health care reform, we can see that asymmetric information is deeply problematic for people trying to access mental health services.

 

  1. In light of Arrow’s work, we can appreciate the importance of Choosing Wisely, a campaign which seeks to provide patients and providers with relevant information in order to reduce unnecessary care. The recommendations for psychiatry are thoughtful and practical – and ultimately attempt to address information asymmetry.

 

  1. It’s fantastic that employers are beginning to offer more robust mental health benefits, but there is still the information divide. Starbucks Canada recently began offering employees up to $5,000 a year for private psychological services. But how does a barista in Scarborough or Saskatoon find a good therapist for CBT?

 

CBT Associates, which runs 6 clinics in the GTA, uses validated scales to measure outcomes, thereby monitoring the quality of their therapists’ work. Some online services are posting their therapists’ ratings, empowering patients with provider reviews – Uber meets psychotherapy.

 

  1. Internationally, some countries have experimented with providing information directly to patients and their families, beyond the reach of industry and research biases. In the UK, as an example, mental health information is available on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s website. Quick thought: wouldn’t it be nice for Canada to have a NICE?

 

I suspect that Arrow would think so.

 

 (Many thanks to Paul Tuns for calling my attention to some of the articles referenced in this Reading.)

Reading of the Week. Every week I pick articles and papers from the world of Psychiatry. 

Dr. David Gratzer

3 in the Key (February 2017)

February was short and unfortunately our latest post of 3 in the Key is a day late but the show must go on!

For February’s edition of 3 in the Key we focus on yet another Social Worker from our Justice and Mental Health (JAMH) program, another Social Worker from our Adult Out-Patient clinic at 1225 Kennedy Rd. location, and an exceptional and experienced RPN on our in-patient unit 3B.

So what do Kerry Washington, 3 day weekends & a concert to Journey have in common?

Introducing 3 key staff members of the MH department….

Halimo H. (Social Worker for Justice and Mental Health/JAMH)

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What is your best childhood memory?

My best childhood memory is eating dinner as a family every night. This was really important to my parents, and with seven family members, dinner time was often a riot. With all my siblings grown up and all over Canada, those memories help us remain close.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Kerry Washington.

What do you feel most proud of?

I am most proud of the relationships I have with different people in my life. I think they are a testament to who I am, and they bring me a lot of joy.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

My dream is to one day go to Ireland, find a vast field, and make my way to the middle of it and lay down. That’s the happy place I go to in my mind when I am stressed. Having lived my whole life in the city, there’s something very humbling and serene being surrounded by sky and land with no obstructions as far as the eye can see.

What are your top three favorite books and why?

  1. The alchemist-beautifully written, and encourages me to my value my dreams.
  2. Harry Potter series– because they’re awesome
  3. The complete collected poems of Maya Angelou– I love poetry, and Maya Angelou is an exceptional poet, author and woman.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Free dental care for everybody! It’s so absurd that dental is not included in ohip.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My team 😀 . I work with amazing people, and that extends to all the staff at 2425.

How long have you worked at TSH?

I was a student with JAMH before becoming a staff member around May 2016. So in terms of working, my one year anniversary is approaching.

How would your friends describe you?

I posed this question to my friends, their response “open-minded”.

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Sunny, good sleep the night before, and no line at Starbucks. I’m very easily pleased.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I would love to learn how to sew. I tend to go shopping with an outfit already in mind and can never find what I pictured. Why not just make it myself.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I never know the right words to songs but I sing them like I do.

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Anything with cheese in it.

Who did you first see live in concert?

Backstreet Boys

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Not by choice, but Service Ontario wait times are the worst.

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

A little library

What other languages do you know?

Somali

Do you have any hobbies?

I play ball hockey poorly. I’m a little too into board games as well

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Strongest: Smell

Weakest: Sight

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

We lived in Syria when I was very young. As an adult, the most exotic (but not really) place I’ve travelled to would be Australia.

 

Melissa D. (Social Worker at Adult Out-Patient programs at 1225 Kennedy R.)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Swimming with the dolphins with my family. I love dolphins!

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

I really don’t know, but many people have drawn parallels between me and Emma Stone?

What do you feel most proud of?

That I get to wake up every day doing the job that I dreamed about since I was little. 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would love to go to Africa to explore the culture and the jungle!

What are your top three favorite books and why?

“Love You Forever”- Robert Munsch

My Mom used to read this to me when I was little. It has a lot of sentimental value to me. 

“Next” –Michael Crichton

I read this during a period of time when I was really interested in genetic counselling.  It was riveting.

  “Camp X”- Eric Walters

I really enjoyed this book when I was in elementary school as I related the content to my Great Grandfather who would always tell more stories about World War II.  I got the meet the Author, which was really cool.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Make weekends 3 days instead of 2. I firmly believe that this would increase quality of life and life satisfaction immensely. 

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love listening to people’s stories; I feel privileged that I get to help client’s be successful in achieving their own goals.

How long have you worked at TSH?

Since August 2016; 7 months

How would your friends describe you?

Always laughing and giggling; the “Mom” of the group; also has a dirty sense of humor 😀

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Not waking up to an alarm clock, homemade brunch, maybe a nice walk outside with my dog, a good book and quality time with my loved ones

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I’d like to learn to play the piano.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I’m very shy!

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Mexican….mmmm tacos!

Who did you first see live in concert?

Hedley

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Tickets to see Jimmy Fallon live in New York City

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

A chef who could make lunches for the staff, because food made by someone else always tastes better!

What other languages do you know?

Sadly none, but I would love to learn Spanish

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a sucker for dance; I teach fitness classes and I love to dabble in the odd tap or hip hop class. I also love to swim! 

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Strongest- eyes

Weakest- I don’t know. I’d like to believe they are all pretty strong.

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Grand Cayman. I hope to expand this repertoire soon!

 

Jessica B. (RPN on In-Patient Psychiatry 3B)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Going with my bestfriend to their farm for a month in summer, stealing her grandparents mangos.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid of the Philippines

What do you feel most proud of?

Being a nurse

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

In Madrid to watch bullfighting

What are your top three favorite books and why?

All Dale Carnegie’s books. So informative.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Cut taxes and government spending.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Giving psychoeducation, counseling and health teachings to patients

How long have you worked at TSH?

6 years

How would your friends describe you?

Funny, bubbly, friendly and approachable

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Everybody’s happy and smiling

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

Sign language. To make friends with deaf-mute

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I am a Virgo. Down to earth. 

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Solid Filipino or Chinese

Who did you first see live in concert?

Journey

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Hahaha waiting for my Hello Kitty at McDonald’s in Hong Kong (1994)

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Swimming pool

What other languages do you know?

Basic Spanish, Cantonese, Italian and German

Do you have any hobbies?

Oh yes! Karaoke, dancing, biking, coin collecting, sewing, drawing, arts and crafts

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Touch is my strongest and sight is my weakest.

(Haha you’ll see me napping on my breaktime because my eyes get tired so easily; and likes day shifts.)

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Hong Kong, China

 

Thank you Halimo, Melissa, & Jessica for contributing to Mental Notes!

-Mental Notes

TSH MH Rising Stars Program 2016/17

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The Rising Star Program for Emergent Leaders is a new initiative by The Scarborough Hospital to provide staff with more professional development opportunities.  This program was created after feedback from the last Employee and Physician Opinion Survey.

The Rising Star Program is a two-year development opportunity for high potential employees interested in managerial roles.  The first year consists of mandatory in-class sessions and the second year consists of self-directed learning through a formal mentoring program.

Mental Health is no stranger to this program as the last batch included two amazing staff members, Adam P. of CL Services & our current AOP/Community Programs/Crisis Manager, Shawnna B.  Both who have shined bright in the interstellar cosmos of the Scarborough Hospital.

The Rising Star Program is not an easy program to enter as there are only 30 spots for employees to fill.  Applicants are reviewed by a panel of senior TSH leaders.  Scores are assigned to each applicant based on a standard evaluation criteria and matrix.

In other words, you gotta really want it!

And this year Mental Health pulls through the application process and takes up a total of 5 spots out of the 30!

The whole Mental Health department would like to congratulate our 5 accepted Rising Stars…..

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MH Rising Stars 2016/17:  Nadia Y(AOP), Jawad B(JAMH), Rubina A.(ACTT), Joanne F.(ACTT), not pictured Janany J.(AOP)

Congratulations to our very own Nadia Y. & Janany J.(not pictured) from Adult Out-Patient Programs at 1225 Kennedy rd.; Jawad B. from the Justice and Mental Health Program; and Rubina A. & Joanne F. from the Assertive Community Treatment Team at our community programs offices at 2425 Eglinton Ave.

We can’t be any more prouder for these 5 who have been accepted to this prestigious program.  Their journey started in September 2016.  If you see them in passing make sure you congratulate them.  Who knows, they might be your boss one day!

Happy Friday!

-MMaban

FINAL MH Holiday Party Raffle Results

It’s been a long 4 weeks and we have just under 4 more weeks until we party the night away in celebration of the Holiday Season.

For the final raffle we had a total of 25 entries.  Not as good as last weeks raffle but better than the first 😀

The Social Committee would like to thank all the staff for their interest.  But specifically the staff members who purchased their early bird tickets at $40.  After today ticket prices jump another $5.

A separate raffle for a Tim Hortons gift card will be done next week for those who were smart enough to purchase an early bird ticket.

So lets get to this raffle, shall we….

The entries…..

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Congrats to Dippy N. RN on 3C!

Thank you to all of you who supported the raffle.  Remember you still have time today to get your early bird tickets.  After today it goes up to $45.

Happy Friday everyone!!

-Social Committee