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July 2, 2013

Judy Van Clieaf receives President’s Award

The President's Award at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) was presented to Judy Van Clieaf at the Annual General Meeting of the Board of Trustees on June 20, and four new members were inducted into the President’s Circle.

Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO, presented Van Clieaf, Executive Director, Cancer Care and Specialized Programs, with the prestigious award for her personal commitment, professional growth, leadership and ambassadorship which has promoted, enabled and created a culture of service excellence.

"Judy is a role model for effective performance management of staff through actively coaching, ensuring accountabilities are clear and results are achieved consistently,” said Haddad. “She has been an early champion in the roll-out of the Daily Continuous Improvement Program, as well as leading many other initiatives, enhancing quality and patient safety, satisfaction and care as well as decreasing costs, wait times and in-patient bed pressures, creating a positive patient and family experience.”

Throughout her 28 years at SickKids, Van Clieaf has modelled clinical excellence in patient care and mentored a new generation of nursing leaders within the organization. She oversees a $48.5M operational budget and successfully manages over 400 multi-disciplinary staff.

“The children and families of SickKids, over the many years of Judy’s service, are the true beneficiaries of her talent and passion for children’s health,” said Haddad.  “She is broadly recognized across the entire institution as a leader, a change agent and a champion of SickKids values which are reflected in everything she does.”

Four individuals were inducted into the President’s Circle:

Wayne Arnold, Director, Research Information Technology – noted for his strong collaborative relationships. He is well respected and trusted and has an unflappable calm in the face of challenges and resistance.  He has embodied the SickKids’ values of innovation and collaboration with the successful implementation of RedCap, a secure web-based data management tool supporting clinical research, and has provided exemplary leadership to all aspects of IT planning for the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning.

Darius Bägli
, Associate Surgeon-in-Chief, Clinical, Senior Attending Urologist, Senior Associate Scientist –a highly engaged champion of SickKids values and broadly recognized for his innovative approach to problem solving in his practice, in Peri-Operative Services, and across the hospital. There are many examples of his engagement in innovations and most recently, his work with the Innovation Acceleration Team has rapidly increased their impact in the hospital, and his innovative collaboration and engagement with IT teams has led to the implementation of a simple one-screen billing app for the iPad, which is now being used throughout several departments, resulting in compliance rates rising from below 50 per cent to over 99 per cent. His infectious passion and enthusiasm has earned the respect and admiration of his peers and the entire clinical research community.

Marie Bomba
, Director, Foundation Relations – has excelled in building consistent and effective collaboration between SickKids Foundation and the hospital, effectively ensuring strategic alignment between the hospital’s priorities and the philanthropic activities of the Foundation. Bomba played an integral role in the successful creation, implementation and communication of the development and rollout of the Funding Enhancement Initiative. In pioneering this newly created role in 2010, she has adeptly built rapport, gained trust and showed her value to both organizations.

Kelly McMillen
, Director, Learning Institute – has exemplified the value of collaboration in her coaching, mentoring and leadership of the Learning Institute team through difficult transitions and a complete strategy refresh, effectively bringing employees in separate functions together to work as a team. Her leadership goes beyond the Learning Institute functional team, as she took on interim directorship of AboutKidsHealth and the Community Health Systems Resource Group.  She has supported the commercialization of knowledge translation and has been instrumental in expanding the simulation program to the SickKids community.