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(l-r) Osler volunteers Ann Crane and Mary Steed

Celebrating the house that grew (and the volunteers who grew with it)

Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2022 09:52 AM

For 99-year-old Ann Crane and 81-year-old Mary Steed, Peel Memorial is much more than a building—it is a pillar of the community. It’s also a place Ann and Mary have called home since they began volunteering for William Osler Health System (Osler) over thirty years ago.

Through the transformation of Peel Memorial over the years, one thing has always remained the same for the two volunteers – the appreciation of what it means to the community of Brampton.

Peel Memorial Hospital, named to honour World...

On the left, a person knitting and on the right, Osler Recreational Therapist Amanda Kidnie

How recreation therapy can keep us doing what we love: Amanda’s story

Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2022 03:08 PM

Amanda Kidnie is a recreation therapist in the Functional Enhancement Service Unit at Etobicoke General.

A recent patient of mine had been diagnosed with arthritis a few years ago. With the diagnosis and the pain that came with it, they felt they had to give up a favourite pastime and passion of theirs: knitting.

I decided we were going to try everything we could to get her back to doing what she once loved.

During the patient’s assessment, we discussed how her reduced mobility prevents her from...

Dani Moss, RN, Emergency Department at Etobicoke General Hospital

Dani leads with compassion, even in an emergency

Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 09:13 AM

Dani is a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Emergency Department (ED) at Osler’s Etobicoke General Hospital, a role she’s held for the last five years.

EDs across the province have faced immense pressures as a result of the pandemic, but Dani and her team continue to face these challenges with compassion, adaptability and a patient-first approach.

Supported growth from surgery to emergency

Dani started her career at Osler in 2012 as a new graduate in the General Surgery department before transitioning...

Heart hands around hospital sign

Letter to the community from William Osler Health System

Posted on Friday, January 14, 2022 12:39 PM

On January 1, we welcomed in a new year – albeit one that looks very different from what we imagined even just a few weeks earlier. The highly-transmissible Omicron variant struck relentlessly, spreading rapidly through our community and across the world, pushing us all into unchartered waters.

The emergence of Omicron, at this particular moment in time, has put our health care system under enormous pressure. Despite this, Osler remains a safe place to receive care and to work.

Our teams continue...

Pat Somasundaram, a resource nurse in Peel Memorial’s Urgent Care Centre

Resource nurse happy to be ‘back home’ in Peel Memorial’s Urgent Care Centre

Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2022 12:02 PM

On December 6, Pat Somasundaram, a resource nurse in Peel Memorial’s Urgent Care Centre (UCC), arrived for her first shift in the UCC since it closed in April 2020. Pat, like many of her colleagues, had been redeployed to another area in the hospital to support care where the need was greatest during the height of the pandemic. We caught up with her to find out a little more about her role at the UCC and why she’s so excited to be ‘back home’.

What are some of the roles and responsibilities of a...