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December 2, 2013

A fruitful fall for awards

By Margaret Sheridan

It’s been a bountiful fall for SickKids – a season of first and repeat awards, ranging from SickKids’ ranking as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers to the naming of a doctor to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Here are some of the highlights.

Top 100: For the third consecutive year The Hospital for Sick Children has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 employers. Financial leadership with both retirement planning assistance and a benefit plan is cited as a bonus. Also, ongoing support for employee development in the form of training, online courses and generous educational subsidies are referenced, as well as fertility drug coverage and family support for new parents. The title makes SickKids one of only three health-care institutions, alongside Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, to make the prestigious list of Canada’s best employers.  Read the story here

Top 40:
Once again SickKids has been ranked one of the top three research hospitals on the Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals list released annually by Info$ource Inc. The list, which uses the number of researchers and the annual amount of research funding to calculate a research intensity for each institution, has placed SickKids in the top three research hospitals for three years running. For SickKids, which employs 552 researchers and has a research income of $171,163,000, the intensity score amounts to $310,100 in funding per researcher. Read the story here

Platinum Award: Three seems to be a magical number at SickKids these days: in late October, for the third year in a row, the hospital was named a platinum-level award winner of the Quality Healthcare Workplace Award. Presented annually by the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the award acknowledges SickKids’ effort in helping to create a supportive workplace for all employees. The platinum award is the highest level of excellence a hospital can win, and was created to guide health-care organizations in self-evaluation, learning and improvement. Read story here

Chief of Research recognized by peers: On Oct. 21 Dr. Janet Rossant was recognized as “a world leader in developmental biology” and as someone who has made a seminal contribution to the field by the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT). Rossant, SickKids’ Chief of Research, has long fostered an interest in understanding the genetic control of normal and abnormal development in the early mouse embryo, using cellular and genetic manipulation techniques have lead to many breakthroughs including the discovery of the trophoblast stem cell, a novel placental stem cell type. Read the story here

CEO wins Contribution to Child Health Award: Mary Jo Haddad, SickKids President and CEO, was named the 2013 recipient of the Contribution to Child Health Award awarded by the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres. Haddad became the first SickKids employee to win the prestigious honour which she accepted at the CAPHC annual conference on Oct. 21. The award is given annually to an individual who has dedicated their career to making a difference to the lives and well-being of Canadian children, youth and families. Read the story here.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame:
In September Dr. Ronald Worton learned that he had been elected into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for his work more than 25 years ago in genetic research. Worton, an internationally-recognized leader in human genetic research who worked at SickKids from 1971 to 1996, was nominated for his discovery that Duchenne and Baker muscular dystrophy, long thought to be two separate diseases, were in fact cause by genetic mutations in the same gene. He and his team earned international acclaim for their breakthrough, and for the cloning of several human genes including those responsible for cystic fibrosis. Worton, who retired in 2008, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony in April 2014. Read the story here.

Women of Influence: Two SickKids leaders won spots on the “Top 25 Women of Influence” list in the health-care category. Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research, and Daniela Crivianu-Gaita, Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, will be profiled alongside the other 23 winners in the winter issue of Women of Influence magazine. Rossant is an internationally respected stem cell biologist (see above). Crivianu-Gaita, SickKids’ executive leader for information management and technology, is a recognized leader in health-care information management and has been actively involved in strategies to improve Ontario’s health system including moving to electronic medical records and improving interfaces between providers. Read the story here