Every day our people at Sinai Health are doing extraordinary things. Captured Caring is a series featuring submissions from our people to provide you with inspiration and encouragement as we care for patients and each other. Have your own story or photo to share? Submit it here.

A group of health care professionals standing in a line looking at the camera. They are wearing medical procedure masks and two in the middle of the line are holding either side of a plaque they received for an award“The Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes (LSCD) education team have received the Diabetes Team of the Year Award for 2021 from the University of Toronto’s Banting and Best Diabetes Centre. This award was established to recognize team leadership and achievements that go above and beyond evidence-based practices in the field of diabetes education, patient care and advocacy.

The LSCD education team provides quality, evidence-based care to patients with diabetes in pregnancy, type 1 diabetes and complex type 2 diabetes. In addition to patient care, they are committed to supporting health care professional education through the development of a variety resources including manuals and training sessions. The LSCD education team is made up for Clinical Nurse Specialists, Dietitians and a Nurse Practitioner. Congratulations to the LSCD education team on receiving the Diabetes Team of the Year Award!”
Submitted by: Bria Dexter, Senior Manager, Ambulatory Services, Mount Sinai Hospital

“April 10 to 16 marks National Medical Laboratory Week. Sinai Health’s lab professionals play a vital role supporting our clinicians. They provide accurate and timely laboratory test results that help physicians make critical medical decisions. Our laboratory supports both Mount Sinai and Hennick Bridgepoint and has a long-standing partnership with University Health Network for Microbiology services.

This past year has been unlike any other, with significant achievements that demonstrate the dedication of our lab professionals. In the past 12 months, the labs have had two Accreditation Canada Diagnostic surveys, with 98.7 per cent and 100 per cent of standards achieved. Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Microbiology continue to uphold standards to the highest level with many accomplishments noted by the surveyors.

Microbiology has continued to support the pandemic response through COVID-19 testing. We’ve now surpassed three million tests performed while operating 24/7 for more than two years—with the best turnaround time in the province!  

At the same time, part of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine moved to the 11th floor and Pathology and Cytology moved to the 6th floor as part of the Phase 3A redevelopment project. They also continued to provide service through the pandemic while helping out their colleagues in Microbiology. 

And if all of this wasn’t enough, the lab teams and Information Services have planned and implemented a laboratory system upgrade. This required months of dedication across all of our teams, maintaining diagnostic service continuity throughout. The successful upgrade took place at the end of March. Our teams have demonstrated resiliency and collaboration and embody excellence in teamwork. Please join us in congratulating our lab professionals!”
Submitted by: Dr. Rita Kandel, Chief, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Dr. Tony Mazzulli, Microbiologist-in-Chief and Sandra Dietrich, Vice President, Performance, Clinical and Support Services, Sinai Health

Six images combined together in a collage. Each image has a group of health care workers standing or sitting. They are all looking at the camera and wearing medical procedure masks. Most of the people in the photo are wearing green T-shirts created

In honor of National Medical Laboratory Week, thank you to all of Sinai Health’s laboratory professionals for your important work. Pictured here are members of the teams that worked to launch a new Laboratory Information System in March, wearing green t-shirts for the go-live day. Congratulations to the Information Services and lab teams who worked together for months to implement this project.