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June 21, 2012

President’s Award and President’s Circle winners named

At the Annual General Meeting of the Board of Trustees on June 21, Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO, presented Dinarte Viveiros, Director of Emergency Medicine, 7BCD, and Access Initiatives with the 2012 President’s Award and named three others to the President’s Circle.

Viveiros was selected for his outstanding commitment to quality, continuous process improvement and service excellence, which has created transformational change in Emergency Services and Patient Access. “His leadership has had a profound impact on those around him, enabling them to grow, develop and see opportunities in every challenge they face,” says Haddad. “The result has been phenomenal improvements in patient access and flow, employee engagement, patient satisfaction and our financial health.”

The SickKids leadership philosophy supports a culture of leadership excellence where everyone has the capacity to lead. The President’s Award, inaugurated in 2011, celebrates staff at SickKids whose contributions play a significant role in the achievement of our strategic directions.

Viveiros has led the Emergency Department in achieving significant reductions in length of stay for discharged patients. Under his leadership, SickKids is now the Toronto Central LHIN leader in ED wait times, having achieved a remarkable 49 per cent improvement across the three pay-for-results fixed funding indicators. Despite an 11 per cent increase in emergency patient volumes in 2011/12, the improvement margin at SickKids more than doubled that of the next best performing hospital in the LHIN and exceeded the required 10 per cent improvement margin more than four times over.

Viveiros began his career at SickKids in 2000 as an RN in the Emergency Department and Paediatric Medicine Unit and was the co-recipient of the Nursing Excellence Award in 2003. In 2004, he moved to San Diego where he held a number of progressive leadership positions, completing his tenure at Rady Children’s Hospital as Manager, Emergency Department. He returned to SickKids in 2010 as Senior Manager in the Emergency Department, before being promoted to Director of the department in March 2011.

“Dinarte truly lives the values of SickKids,” says Haddad. “His calm, collaborative approach and relentless focus on utilizing data to drive performance is well recognized across the organization and the results speak for themselves.”
In addition to the presentation of the President’s Award, three individuals were inducted into the President’s Circle:

Lutfi Haj-Assaad, Project Director, HMC Project, SickKids International was recognized for his leadership in the development and successful implementation of a national project to improve the delivery of health care for children in the state of Qatar. He has been a wonderful SickKids ambassador in the Middle East.

Dr. Fred Keeley, Senior Scientist, Associate Chief of Research was recognized for the significance of his contributions to improve the space and equipment available for the research community at SickKids. He has been a very key contributor to the space planning for the SickKids Centre for Research and Learning.

Annette Weatherup, Manager, Accounts Payable was recognized for the way in which she managed organizational change relating to the roll-out of the new Expense Reimbursement and Purchasing Card policy. She championed a rigorous education strategy resulting in a high level of compliance and support for these new policies.

The President’s Award and the President’s Circle honour SickKids staff members who consistently exemplify the SickKids values of collaboration, excellence, integrity and innovation, while demonstrating passion for cross-functional partnerships, superior leadership and exceptional performance.