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.

Three images collaged together. Each is of a group of people in a health care setting. They are all wearing masks and most are wearing scrubs and they are standing looking at the camera“The week of October 25 we celebrate Respiratory Therapy (RT) week with our wonderful team of Respiratory Therapists, Anesthesia Assistants, Respiratory Technicians and administration support team. This group of amazing professionals provides life-saving care, respiratory support and education, and technical expertise to address highly acute and complex patient situations. The RT department collaborates with all patient care programs, including the ICU, NICU, Emergency Department, Operating Room, General Internal Medicine and at Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital. In addition, this team offers ambulatory care through the Pulmonary Function Testing Lab and the Smoking Cessation, COPD and Asthma clinic.

The RT team works closely together and with their colleagues to ensure that the care of their patients reflects the values of Sinai Health – Service, Humanity, Inclusivity and Discovery. Recently, the RT team took on ownership of the Code Blue carts across Mount Sinai Hospital to further enhance the quality, service and care we provide. They recognized a gap in service and collaborated with Nursing, Biomedical Engineering, Support Services and the Medical Device Reprocessing Department (MDRD) to implement a successful strategy to maintain, manage and update the carts. This is one of many great examples of how this team demonstrates our values and puts the needs of our patients first. Thank you to each member of the RT team for the incredible work you do. You make us proud to be part of Sinai Health. Happy RT Week!”
Submitted by: Katherine McQuaid-Bascon, Senior Director, Health Disciplines, Mount Sinai Hospital

A group of people standing on a staircase. the people at the bottom are holding a banner that says "Occupational Therapy, Skills for the job of living."“October is Occupational Therapy Month! This is a great opportunity to celebrate the dedicated occupational therapists (OTs) and occupational therapist assistants (OTAs) at Sinai Health and learn about the role of occupational therapy in patient care.

Occupational Therapists work with patients to break down the barriers that get in the way of their everyday activities. OTs are uniquely qualified to help patients achieve their goals, including personal care, returning to work or volunteering, and engaging in meaningful activities.

Occupational Therapists work across many domains, whether it’s working with the wound care nurse to select an appropriate therapeutic surface for a patient experiencing pressure injury; working with a patient and family caregiver to obtain an appropriate wheelchair for safe and independent mobility; or, working with the team regarding strategies for those who require interventions for cognitive impairment. These are just a few examples of the care OTs provide every day.

Thank you OTs and OTAs for your dedication to your vital role in patient care. If you know an Occupational Therapist, wish them a happy Occupational Therapy Month!”
Submitted by: Meridith McLenaghan, Clinical Practice Leader, Occupational Therapy, Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital

A group of people in an office setting. They are healthcare workers wearing masks and scrubs, seated and looking at the camera“October is Occupational Therapy Month. Our Occupational Therapists (OTs) are key to supporting our patients get back to the activities that impact their quality of life.  Often our patients come to our doors with pain, injuries or illnesses that make it challenging to do their normal activities, such as dress, bathe, or do groceries. OTs work with the patient and health care team to progress patient function and make recommendations to optimize a safe return home.

During the pandemic the OTs worked closely with patients, families and other health care team members to navigate the limited resources available in the community. They provided “out-of-the-box” ideas to help patients adapt how they do things to return home. Our OTs always put the patient first and utilize Sinai Health values of Service, Humanity, Inclusivity and Discovery to guide the excellent care they provide. Thank you to the OTs for all you do. Happy OT month!”
Submitted by: Katherine McQuaid-Bascon, Senior Director, Health Disciplines, Mount Sinai Hospital