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September 15, 2020

rehab_thumb-(1).jpgDear Colleagues,

The City of Toronto has proclaimed September 15 Rehabilitation Day in recognition of the life-changing impact of rehabilitation services. 

At Baycrest we offer rehabilitation in a number of ways: from dedicated units for inpatient care in the Hospital, to a restorative program in the Apotex, Jewish Home for the Aged, as well as within the Day Treatment Centre and Psychiatric Day Hospital. In fact, rehabilitation professionals work in just about every clinical program and on every unit across our campus and on our outreach teams.

Rehabilitation can improve health outcomes, reduce disability and help individuals remain independent into their older years. At a system level, rehabilitation can reduce costs, improve efficiency and reduce hallway healthcare by shortening length of stay, reducing readmission and emergency visits and helping patients to remain in their preferred living environments.

One of the essential elements of success in providing rehabilitation is the strength and dedication of the health care team and here at Baycrest we are proud to have a family of staff whose commitment is beyond measure. We want to thank our rehabilitation professionals for the excellence they demonstrate daily in support of our patients and families, especially during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. They continue to participate in innovation and research efforts, teaching the next generation of health care providers and are expert and trusted members on our interprofessional teams. The contributions our rehabilitation professionals make are indispensable to the well-being of our community and are profound and deeply appreciated.

It is thanks to the teamwork between our dedicated rehabilitation team members and other healthcare professionals that we are a centre of excellence in care for our older adult population.

September 15 offers a chance to celebrate the positive impact that rehab has in so many lives and to say thank you to the staff in our organizations who make it happen.

Spread the word. #RehabilitationDay

Sincerely,

Deb Galet
Executive Director,
Ambulatory Clinical Services,
Interprofessional Practice,
Quality and Transformation, 
Culture and Arts

Scott Ovenden
Executive Vice President,
Clinical Programs

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