May 1, 2018
Welcome to E-Connect
Welcome to the first new, revamped installment of E-Connect! Last week, after much anticipation, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare launched our new brand and today's E-Connect reflects this new corporate look. Read on to learn more.

Though our look has changed, our commitment to providing the highest level of patient-centred care will never waver, and neither will the great stories you'll read in E-Connect. Today, learn about what our physiotherapists are doing to improve their patients' mobility, how youth are building their voices for mental healthcare, triumphs of Our People, and some great events!

Take care,
Our Patients
Physiotherapy Month is getting people moving at
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
Each May, National Physiotherapy Month is celebrated across Canada recognizing the integral role of physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants.

A valued part of our multidisciplinary healthcare team at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, these individuals help restore the lives of our patients in nearly all of our inpatient and outpatient programs.

Our physiotherapy team consists of skilled professionals trained to assess and treat various neurological and orthopaedic conditions, fall related injuries, as well as deconditioning. They work hard to help restore our patients' range of motion, strength, coordination, balance, transfers, walking, and ability to climb stairs.

In honour of National Physiotherapy Month, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's determined physiotherapy team is asking staff and our community to " Donate your Kicks ".

The importance of proper footwear is so important when trying to get patients up standing, transferring, and walking. A lack of proper footwear can significantly impede a patient’s ability to become more mobile. Often we see patients during their hospital stay, who may not have family members in the area, or whose financial constraints make it difficult for them to access good footwear.

Our physiotherapists want your help to build our inventory of used but in good repair running shoes in our Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Clothing Closet to help support our goal of getting people moving.  
Building healthcare for tomorrow
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare along with key community partners have established the Youth in Partnership (YiP) group that has been making important strides in mental health conversations in our community.

A group comprised of youth and adults from Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Regional Children’s Centre, Children First, Family Respite Services, and Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services, YiP works to support youth in having a voice to impact local mental health services while reducing the stigma of mental illness.

Recently, the group hosted a two day workshop entitled The Art of Youth Engagement and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. The fun-filled days provided the opportunity for youth and partner agencies to work together to influence change within our local mental health system. The 60 attendees worked in groups using LEGO® to design and build their idea of a peer-to-peer model for mental healthcare.

It is our hope that with our community partners we can to host more events like this in the future to build up our children and youth and the care they deserve.
Our People
Honouring Worker's Day of Mourning
Last Saturday, April 28th Workers Day of Mourning was recognized across the world; a day to remember lives lost, to support people affected by workplace injury and illness, and to create awareness that promotes a workplace that is healthy and safe. It is a day when we all renew our commitment to doing all that we can to keep all workers safe.

At Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, continuous efforts are made to ensure every one of our employees and physicians are able to return home at the end of the work day, safe and sound. Countless hours are devoted to working, both on the front line and behind the scenes, to ensure the safest working conditions and to ensure staff are aware of the measures they can take to keep themselves safe while at work.

This is also an opportunity to thank all of you for keeping your own and your colleague's safety a priority and always reporting any unsafe conditions. Your support in creating a safety culture will help us all to prevent injury and illness.

For the duration of the day on Saturday flags throughout our organization were flown at half-mast to support the Workers Day of Mourning and remember those affected by workplace injury, illness and loss of life.
Celebrating Our People
On Wednesday, April 18th employees, physicians, and retirees gathered together to celebrate their dedication to sharing their skills and compassion at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare at the annual Celebration of Service Event. 

Employees and physicians were awarded Years of Service pins to those who have been with our organization for 5, 10, 15 years, and so on. Dozens of employees have served at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare for upwards of 30 years! Just over 30 former employees were celebrated as retirees.

In addition to these recognitions, outstanding individuals were acknowledged for embodying Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's Mission, Vision, and Values each and every day.

The recipients of the 2018 President's Awards are as follows:
  • The President's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the HDGH Identity in the Community, presented to Ivanka Simeunovic
  • The President's Award for Outstanding Demonstration of HDGH Values, presented to Marilyn Ethier, Carole Raymond, and Tina Anger
  • The President's Award for Outstanding Contribution to a Patient Experience, presented to Carla Milevski
  • The President's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Health and Safety, presented to Stephanie Heredi
  • Rookie of the Year, presented to Shelby Swancott
  • Physician of the Year, presented to Dr. Nathania Liem
  • Team of the Year, a new award, presented to 3rd Floor Inpatient Rehab

In addition to the President's Awards, two scholarships were awarded to ten valued employees for their outstanding dedication to lifelong learning and the advancement and improvement of healthcare.

The first scholarship, the J. Kenneth Deane Health Systems Innovator Scholarship, created to honour former CEO Ken Deane, acknowledges those employees who continuously seek opportunities for professional growth and the betterment of the lives of those around them through involvement, innovation and education. The recipients of this year's J. Kenneth Deane Scholarship were  Alexandra McGinnis, Andrew Berard, Charlie Moscatello, Joanne Pignanelli, and Sean Goodfellow.

After hearing the selection committee's dilemma in narrowing down the winners of last year's J. Kenneth Deane Scholarship, our Changing Lives Together Foundation made the decision to help, offering a second scholarship. The recipients of this year's Changing Lives Together Foundation Scholarship were Joel Furlotte, Kimberly Mehew, Lisa Ballah, Shanna Laforce, and Shantal Charette.
Serving up a healthier Windsor-Essex with the
Downtown Mission
HDGH staff Daniele, Rosie, Dr. Anne, Sonia, and Carmen, volunteering this past Saturday at the Downtown Mission.
In the fall of 2017, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare challenged Our People to go above and beyond their typical 'day job' to change lives in our community by spending a Saturday morning at the Downtown Mission.

The Downtown Mission supports our community through their hot meals program, serving lunch and a soup dinner every day.

In true Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare fashion, our staff instantly booked teams to cover each Saturday shift in 2018, helping to prepare and serve these important meals.
Happy Doctor's Day
Every day, Ontario's 29,000 doctors put more than 320,000 patients first. From operating rooms to patients' homes, and from busy clinics to emergency departments, Ontario's doctors make a positive difference in the lives of their patients by providing high-quality care when it's needed most. 

Today, May 1st and throughout the month of May, patients, healthcare professionals, organizations, and government leaders will recognize Doctors' Day by thanking doctors for their dedication to patient care. 

Ontario's doctors have a long history of advocating for the health and well-being of their patients and the communities in which they practice. May 1st was recognized by the provincial government in 2011 as the official day of appreciation for Ontario's doctors. The date was chosen to mark the birthday of Canada's first female physician, Dr. Emily Stowe.

Together with our Medical Affairs Department, our staff, patients, and families, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare would like to say thank you to our outstanding physicians!
Our Identity
A design inspired by history
Incorporating elements inspired by more than a 130 years of history Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare unveiled its new corporate last week. All elements of our community-based hospital's identity are intended to pay homage to our organization's rich local healthcare history.

"For over a century, HDGH has been a symbol for health, wellness, grace, hope, faith and love. We aim to be a leader in creating a high-functioning integrated healthcare system where our patients, staff, community partners and stakeholders all look to the future of healthcare in unison," said President & CEO, Janice Kaffer. "The updated HDGH look and feel is who we are at our core and will provide an opportunity to tell our impressive story."

Designed in-house, the new visual identity presents the organization in a modern, clean design. The new look will visually represent the organization on all materials from today forwards but is not an indication of change in programs, services or strategic direction.

It's most prominent addition? The newly added hexagon icon that sits above the custom typography. The icon or brand mark, represents each of our hospital's founding members and commitment as a faith based organization while expressing Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's new timeless corporate rose gold and purple corporate colours.

"Designing a brand mark that would work seamlessly across all touchpoints, platforms and materials, while preserving our heritage was key to the overall effort. It's our intention that eventually folks will see the hexagon alone and immediately think HDGH," said Manger of Communications, Nicole Crozier.

While the visual elements reflect a strong homage to Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's heritage there is no less emphasis on the forward-thinking energy that flows through the organization and its people.

"This is an exhilarating time for healthcare and HDGH. Our progress in becoming a Centre of Excellence in Mental Health and Addictions, the work being done with our community partners to ensure that healthcare isn't simply just about the absence of illness, and our ambition to be a leader in this industry are all part of our present and future," said Kaffer.

We are encouraging the public to visit  and watch exactly what went into the brand refresh explaining the various elements of its design.
Discovering Possibilities
What do you want to be when you grow up? A question all of us have been asked at some point in our lives, typically eliciting vague or unrealistic responses.

For 50 community students, Friday's "Discover HDGH" Day shared resources that produced some more concrete dreams.

An event created by Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex, Discover HDGH welcomed students from United Way's On Track to Success program to learn about our organization and chat with our staff about different careers.

The On Track to Success program provides supports and opportunities for youth from low income families. The programs aims to provide students a successful high school experience with the hope that this experience will encourage post-secondary school enrollment.

The students learned about the many career opportunities available at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and the healthcare industry. They took part in a challenging, yet fun, ice breaker, and struck a pose on our selfie wall, all while building confidence and dreams for a successful future.
FORE! Charity Golf Classic happening this June
Registration is now open for the 2018 Charity Golf Classic. This exciting event benefiting HDGH, in partnership with In Honour of the Ones We Love, Inc. is taking place on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the beautiful Essex Golf and Country Club.
Event fee is $300 per golfer and includes 18 holes with cart, lunch, dinner & panini and coffee stand on the course all day.
Lucrative sponsorship opportunities and dinner only tickets are also available. 
Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a shot gun start at 10 a.m. 
Join us on the links as we Change Lives Together, one putt at a time.
For more information and to register click the event poster (above) or contact the Foundation office at 519-257-5234. 
An event to put your Heart & Soul into
Join Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's Changing Lives Together Foundation for the 2nd Annual Heart and Soul Walk honouring the late Mike Rohrer. The Walk will be held on Saturday, May 19th at Lakewood Park in Tecumseh. All proceeds from this event support the Cardiac Wellness & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at our organization.

The Michael C. Rohrer Heart & Soul Walk began in honour of a man who was a dear husband, loving father and dedicated member of our community.

Click the event poster for more information or to register.