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.

In this edition of Captured Caring, we are celebrating People Appreciation BBQ, highlighting the achievements of our people, from awards and degrees to the team effort by the Medical Device Reprocessing Department in supporting our peer hospital.

 “As we settle from the BBQs, we want to thank the planning committee and are so pleased with how many people attended. A BBQ at Sinai Health wouldn’t be the same without Rob who has been on the planning committee for the last 25 years! Let’s give Rob a round of applause!”

Submitted by: Barb Griffin, Vice President, People Engagement and Chief Human Resources Officer at Sinai Health


“It was Friday evening around 4 p.m., a typical time for unexpected to happen. After a grueling week of Accreditation, just when we thought the hard work was done, we received an urgent call for help from Michael Garron Hospital. They were experiencing steam issues and needed immediate assistance.

Our expert staff at our state-of-the-art Medical Device Reprocessing Department sprang into action. They quickly sterilized 120 surgical instrument sets and returned them to Michael Garron Hospital in time for Saturday morning, preventing the cancellation of elective surgeries scheduled for Monday.

Kudos to our supervisor, Myren Mendoza, as well as the evening, night, and weekend part-time teams who worked tirelessly to come to the rescue. Sinai Health had saved the day!”

Submitted by: Garry Bassi, Director, Medical Device Reprocessing and Support Services at Mount Sinai Hospital


“Our MAUVE program volunteers participated in an educational day on Tuesday, June 25 where they put their thinking caps on to discuss and analyze different scenarios that can take place while supporting our seniors in the inpatient units. Some care team staff were present to support this initiative and were pleasantly surprised by the depth of reflection and solutions that were discussed. Volunteers found this experience to be enriching for their learning as it provides an opportunity where they can apply these scenarios to directly to their shifts ultimately improving the quality of life for Mount Sinai’s senior population.”

Submitted by: Angel Lau, Manager, Elder Life Specialist at Sinai Health


“On Wednesday, June 26, Sinai Health recognized six young community leaders, peer supporters, and advocates for social justice and equity at the Investing in Our Diversity (IIOD) Scholarships event. They were celebrated for their incredible achievements with the Sinai Health Diversity Scholarship Award, recognizing their contributions and supporting their goals. The award is given each year to Toronto youth based on academic excellence, financial need, and volunteer involvement in community leadership, anti-racism, or diversity initiatives. The scholarships promote youth empowerment, diversity, and community safety in Toronto.”

Submitted by: Theresa Shiel, Senior Manager of Volunteer Resources at Sinai Health


“Sinai Health held its annual Excellence in Education Celebration on June 6th at Hennick Bridgepoint, honouring excellence in learner education with a record number of nominations and awards. Kara Ronald, VP of Professional Practice, opened the event, emphasizing the crucial role of educators in creating valuable learning experiences. Dr. Gary Newton, President and CEO, highlighted the importance of education alongside research and care at Sinai Health. Thirty awards were presented across three categories: Distinguished Educator, Leadership in Education, and Collaboration in Education. Dr. Jackie James, VP of Education, concluded with congratulations to all awardees.”

Submitted by: Elisabeth Despres, Interprofessional Education Lead at Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital


“On June 6, three Sinai Health colleagues – Jennifer Chandrabose, Consultant, Performance Measurement & Reporting, Reeba Philip, Operations Manager, Peri-Operative Services, and Kristina Poldre, Sr. Project Manager, Information Services – graduated from the University of Toronto’s Master of Health Administration program. It was a memorable journey from colleagues to students and ultimately, friends.”

Submitted by: Kristina Poldre, Senior Project Manager Information Services at Mount Sinai Hospital