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BEST IN YOUR BACKYARD

A spotlight on Scarborough's brightest minds and world-class health services

Bringing Scarborough the best health care is at the top of our to-do list. And that starts with gathering the sharpest medical minds and innovative thinkers to help us transform your community’s health services and provide you with world-leading, quality care.

Throughout SHN, our doctors, donors, and health care teams are collaborating to bring our patients and their families first-class care that respects the will of every patient and treats the whole person. For example, SHN has identified improving population health and health equity as a strategic priority. That’s why Dr. Mruna Shah is leading SHN Department of Family Medicine’s new Global Health, Diversity, and Health Equity Program.

Strong evidence suggests that one of the most effective ways to reduce health inequities is by addressing the 16 social determinants of health: the social factors (like income, education, and housing) – and the unequal distribution of these factors – that contribute to the overall health of Canadians.

“To truly help our patients achieve good health, we need to do more than just address their illness; we need to look upstream and address the conditions that actually made them sick in the first place,” remarked Dr. Shah. “By understanding and addressing our community’s’ needs, we can create a more accessible and equitable health care system.”

To empower health care providers to promote health and develop strategies to reduce health disparities in Scarborough (one of Canada’s most diverse communities), Dr. Shah, Kristy Macdonell, Manager of Patient and Community Engagement and Michele James, the Executive Sponsor, founded the ROAD to Equity, SHN’s new Health Equity Certificate Program (ROAD stands for (Reflection, Observation, Advocacy and Designing Change). 90 participants from SHN, other health care partners and 34 Family Medicine residents from the University of Toronto study how the social determinants of health affect patients and impact health outcomes, and learn how to advocate for system-level change. This innovative two-year program is likely the only one of its kind in the province. Because our community is global, and our care is transforming to reflect that.

Meanwhile, SHN is making a difference all over the world thanks in part to Dr. Ying Lu, Chief of Ophthalmology. Dr. Lu’s excellence and expertise attract patients from as far away as China, and as close as Scarborough’s Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association – just down the road from SHN’s regional Centre of Excellence in eye care at Birchmount hospital.

“I believe it’s everyone’s responsibility to make this world a better place,” explained Dr. Lu, whose commitment to accessible, high quality, eye care includes international trips to teach ophthalmologists and operate on patients in remote areas to restore their sight.

Back home in Scarborough, Dr. Lu helped secure a $500,000 private donation for two top-of-the-line ophthalmic surgical microscopes for SHN’s Eye Centre. This equipment is helping our eye surgeons perform more complex and life-changing operations to help people in our community – and beyond – see clearly.

As SHN continues to make its clinical services the very best they can be, we are consulting with our health network teams, patients and families, health industry experts, and local community partners. In these conversations, we’re hearing a lot about the prevalence of chronic disease – or illness a person may have for many years – in this community. Diabetes is a prime example. Fortunately for Type 2 diabetes patients in Scarborough and around the world, Dr. Jason Fung’s exceptional and pioneering care improves lives.

Dr. Fung, a nephrologist with SHN since 2001, noticed that medicine-based treatment was not always the right choice for his patients. Their diabetes symptoms were usually caused by weight gain or obesity.

“If we don’t fix the underlying cause,” Dr. Fung thought, “how can we treat the other problems?” A therapeutic fasting for weight loss approach makes perfect clinical sense, he pointed out. “Our bodies carry fat as a store of energy and fasting allows our bodies to use the fat for that specific purpose. If you reduce the amount you are eating, you will lose weight. If you lose weight, your Type 2 diabetes will improve.”

And, as SHN hosts the largest community health chronic kidney disease program in Ontario, Dr. Fung’s internationally recognized program is helping people in our community and around the world.

From leading the way in designing health care that considers patients’ unique needs, to internationally recognized eye and diabetes care, at SHN care isn’t just our job – it’s our privilege.

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SHN 365:

The Anniversary Report

BEST IN YOUR BACKYARD

A spotlight on Scarborough's brightest minds and world-class health services

Bringing Scarborough the best health care is at the top of our to-do list. And that starts with gathering the sharpest medical minds and innovative thinkers to help us transform your community’s health services and provide you with world-leading, quality care.

Throughout SHN, our doctors, donors, and health care teams are collaborating to bring our patients and their families first-class care that respects the will of every patient and treats the whole person. For example, SHN has identified improving population health and health equity as a strategic priority. That’s why Dr. Mruna Shah is leading SHN Department of Family Medicine’s new Global Health, Diversity, and Health Equity Program.

Strong evidence suggests that one of the most effective ways to reduce health inequities is by addressing the 16 social determinants of health: the social factors (like income, education, and housing) – and the unequal distribution of these factors – that contribute to the overall health of Canadians.

“To truly help our patients achieve good health, we need to do more than just address their illness; we need to look upstream and address the conditions that actually made them sick in the first place,” remarked Dr. Shah. “By understanding and addressing our community’s’ needs, we can create a more accessible and equitable health care system.”

To empower health care providers to promote health and develop strategies to reduce health disparities in Scarborough (one of Canada’s most diverse communities), Dr. Shah, Kristy Macdonell, Manager of Patient and Community Engagement and Michele James, the Executive Sponsor, founded the ROAD to Equity, SHN’s new Health Equity Certificate Program (ROAD stands for (Reflection, Observation, Advocacy and Designing Change). 90 participants from SHN, other health care partners and 34 Family Medicine residents from the University of Toronto study how the social determinants of health affect patients and impact health outcomes, and learn how to advocate for system-level change. This innovative two-year program is likely the only one of its kind in the province. Because our community is global, and our care is transforming to reflect that.

Meanwhile, SHN is making a difference all over the world thanks in part to Dr. Ying Lu, Chief of Ophthalmology. Dr. Lu’s excellence and expertise attract patients from as far away as China, and as close as Scarborough’s Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association – just down the road from SHN’s regional Centre of Excellence in eye care at Birchmount hospital.

“I believe it’s everyone’s responsibility to make this world a better place,” explained Dr. Lu, whose commitment to accessible, high quality, eye care includes international trips to teach ophthalmologists and operate on patients in remote areas to restore their sight.

Back home in Scarborough, Dr. Lu helped secure a $500,000 private donation for two top-of-the-line ophthalmic surgical microscopes for SHN’s Eye Centre. This equipment is helping our eye surgeons perform more complex and life-changing operations to help people in our community – and beyond – see clearly.

As SHN continues to make its clinical services the very best they can be, we are consulting with our health network teams, patients and families, health industry experts, and local community partners. In these conversations, we’re hearing a lot about the prevalence of chronic disease – or illness a person may have for many years – in this community. Diabetes is a prime example. Fortunately for Type 2 diabetes patients in Scarborough and around the world, Dr. Jason Fung’s exceptional and pioneering care improves lives.

Dr. Fung, a nephrologist with SHN since 2001, noticed that medicine-based treatment was not always the right choice for his patients. Their diabetes symptoms were usually caused by weight gain or obesity.

“If we don’t fix the underlying cause,” Dr. Fung thought, “how can we treat the other problems?” A therapeutic fasting for weight loss approach makes perfect clinical sense, he pointed out. “Our bodies carry fat as a store of energy and fasting allows our bodies to use the fat for that specific purpose. If you reduce the amount you are eating, you will lose weight. If you lose weight, your Type 2 diabetes will improve.”

And, as SHN hosts the largest community health chronic kidney disease program in Ontario, Dr. Fung’s internationally recognized program is helping people in our community and around the world.

From leading the way in designing health care that considers patients’ unique needs, to internationally recognized eye and diabetes care, at SHN care isn’t just our job – it’s our privilege.