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Mount Sinai Wins Healthy Hospital Innovator Award

October 31, 2005 - Mount Sinai Hospital was awarded the 2005 Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Healthy Hospital Innovators Award, Monday, October 31st at the OHA HealthAchieve 2005 conference, for making our workplace safer and healthier.

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(left to right): Cory Ross, Manager, Organizational Health & Wellness; Debbie Fischer, Senior Vice-President, Organizational Development & Strategic Projects; and Trent Dark, Director, Organizational Development.

As a recipient of this award, Mount Sinai also receives Level One recognition from the National Quality Institute's Healthy Workplace Progressive Excellence Program. This is the fist step in a four-step process towards receiving Canada's most prestigious award for the development and sustainability of a healthy workplace.

This award recognizes our efforts to become a top employer by focusing on health and wellness strategies, supporting continuous learning, and co-ordinating succession planning.

Special thanks go to Cory Ross, Manager, Organizational Health & Wellness; Trent Dark, Director, Organizational Development; and Debbie Fischer, Senior Vice-President, Organizational Development & Strategic Projects. Through their hard work and vision, Mount Sinai has been recognized by its peers as a leader in creating a healthy working environment.

Over a year ago, the department of Organizational Development & Strategic Projects (ODSP) was created to support our greatest resource: staff! Led by Debbie Fischer, the ODSP team is working very hard to improve our working environment through initiatives such as mental health awareness day; training in diversity and human rights, infection control, musculoskeletal disorders prevention, WHMIS, respirator (mask) fit testing; and securing a new Employee Assistance Program provider to ensure a healthy and safe workplace for all.