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This ‘must read’ book is a Festschrift for Professor Paul Batalden, a great scholar and doyen of the movement for quality improvement in health care.” James A. Dunbar, Professor, Flinders University School of Medicine.


Canada used to be what consultants call a ‘thought leader’ in attacking the many facets of chronic illness. We’ve been left behind; we are not a country to boast about our preventive care.” Neil Seeman discusses electioneering in his new essay.

Off the Cuff

Saäd Rafi, Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care interviewed by Steven Lewis and some indefatigable audience members at Breakfast with the Chiefsthe video.

Attention IPad2 (and other users of other handhelds, palmtops, cellphones, PDAs, pocket organizers, and all those other devices that make computing part of your lifestyle.): Download our two best read books from the Longwoods website here:
Lessons Learned in Changing Healthcare: edited by Paul Batalden
High Performing Healthcare Systems: edited by Ross Baker

KOBO readers use the links below:
High Performing Healthcare Systems
Lessons Learned in Changing Healthcare

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High Performing Healthcare Systems
Lessons Learned in Changing Healthcare

And while you are at it download these files [publisher’s special – no charge]:
Vol. 14 Special Issue | Child Health in Canada No. 1: Determinants of Health
Vol. 13 Special Issue | Patient Safety Papers No. 5
Vol. 13 Special Issue | Integrated Care in Alberta
Vol. 12 Special Issue | Patient Safety Papers No. 4
Vol. 12 Special Issue | Ontario’s Wait Time Information System
Vol. 11 Special Issue | Patient Safety Papers
No. 3
Vol. 10 Special Issue | Change: The Challenge of CPOE
Vol. 09 Special Issue | Patient Safety Papers No. 2
Vol. 08 Special Issue | Patient Safety Papers No. 1
By downloading any or all of these books and journals you will have a searchable data base of current and valued policies and practices. File them on your desk top. Forward this email to your employees and give them the opportunity to apply the practices covered in these books and journals courtesy of Longwoods.

From ICES: In Ontario, family physicians who prescribed opioids most frequently also wrote the final opioid prescription before death for 62.7% of public drug plan beneficiaries whose deaths were related to opioids. More here.

Be a part of Canada’s medical history! Join over 500 fellow Canadians for the induction of six new medical heroes into The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. The 2011 inductees are: Drs. Albert Aguayo, John Bienenstock, Paul David, Jonathan C. Meakins, Allan Ronald and Lorne Tyrrell. Presented by BMO Harris Private Banking, this national event will be held Thursday, April 28, 6-10 pm, at the London Convention Centre. Click here to reserve.

Longwoods has 862 institutional subscribers. This provides employees or members of these institutions access to a library of six journals, special issues, online books and our live programs at no direct cost. Interested? Talk to your librarian or the powers-that-be and have them contact Susan Hale at shale@longwoods.com. It’s worth it.

Researcher on Call: Can spending on pharmaceuticals be controlled while still encouraging innovation? Free webinar from 12 – 1 pm ET, March 31, organized by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.  For more information or to register, visit www.chsrf.ca or contact Kelly Ripley at 613-728-2238 ext. 221.

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Breakfast with the Chiefs

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Richard C. Alvarez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Health Infoway, and
Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, Senior Vice President, Clinical Adoption and Innovation at Canada Health Infoway.
Topic: Responding to issues of the day . . .
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, Ben Sadowski Auditorium, 18th Floor, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON
Sponsors: Accenture, Cerner , IBM and GE
Register here

Thursday, May, 5, 2011
Dr. Stephen Duckett
, Professor in the Alberta School of Business and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.
Topic: Lessons from Alberta
Location: University of Toronto, Health Sciences Building, Ground Floor, Room 106, 155 College Street
Sponsors: Accenture
Register here

Upcoming Speakers – Details and registration will be announced in this space soon or sign up for New Events Alerts to be the 1st to know

  • Dr. Robert Howard, President and CEO, St. Michael’s Hospital – June 2011
  • Dr. Robert Bell, Dr. Mary Ferguson-Paré and Sholom Glouberman – September 2011

Past Presentations can be found here.  All Audio and Video Presentations can be found here.

Corporate Canada looking to participate in these highly visible programs can contact Matthew Hart at mhart@longwoods.com

Healthcare Institutions who would like to send their staff to participate in these programs can contact Susan Hale at shale@longwoods.com

For sponsorship information, please contact Matthew Hart at 416-864-9667 x113 or email mhart@longwoods.com

The small print: Breakfast with the Chiefs registration requirements for individuals working at Healthcare Facilities: To attend any or all sessions over a season, you must hold a current subscription to at least one Longwoods’ journal. A one- time registration fee will also be available for certain events, to be announced upon opening of registration<.  If you are not sure of your status and want more information please contact Sarah Lieberman at slieberman@longwoods.com.


April 4-5, 2011: Toronto, ON. Healthcare Management Forum: Process Improvement and Operational Excellence
April 6, 2011: Toronto, ON. At the Crossroads of Sex, Aging & Cognition
April 6-8, 2011: North Bay, ON. OHA Region 1 – North East/North Central Educational Conference
April 7, 2011: Toronto, ON. Masters Certificate in Integrated Health Leadership
April 13-15, 2011: Thunder Bay, ON. OHA Region 1 – North West Educational Conference
May 4-5, 2011: Markham, ON. Ontario Gerontology Association, 30th Annual Conference
May 9-12, 2011: Halifax, NS. CAHSPR Conference 2011: Renewing Federalism, Improving Health Care: Can This Marriage Be Saved?
May 11-13, 2011: Toronto, ON. Innovation and Leadership in Rural and Northern Health Care
May 11-14, 2011: Vancouver, BC. Effecting change through influence
May 24-27, 2011: Toronto, ON. Dorothy Wylie Nursing and Health Leaders Institute
May 25-27, 2011: Muskoka, ON. First Annual National Nursing Executives Summit

Add your conference to the Longwoods eLetter here
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For more information please contact conferences@longwoods.com

Transitions and Awards

The Centre for Healthcare Quality Improvement (CHQI) is amalgamating with the Ontario Health Quality Council with its expanded mandate under the Excellent Care for All Act. This transition takes effect on April 1st, 2011.
Dianne Lister to President and Executive Director, Royal Ontario Museum (formerly CEO of the SickKids Foundation)
David Docherty to President, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta
Alan Harrison to Provost and Vice-Principal Academic, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Mary Williams to Vice President, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Heather Hurst to President and CEO, Humber River Regional Hospital Foundation, Toronto, Ontario
Dr. Frederick H. Lowy to President and Vice-Chancellor , Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
L. Jacques Ménard to Chancellor, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
Andrew Watt to President and CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Toronto, Ontario
Dr. Daniel O’Brien to Chair, Board of Directors, Capital Health, Nova Scotia
Dr. Tim McTiernan to President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Oshawa, Ontario
Neil Seeman to the board of the Canadian Obesity Network
Stevan Horvath to President of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Dr. Chris Bourdon to Chief of Staff, Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital (HRSRH), Sudbury, Ontario
Dr. Guy Fradet to Head of Cardiac Surgery, Interior Health at Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna, British Columbia

Send your transitions to transitions@longwoods.com
See more Transitions here.

Featured Careers

See the entire list of leadership and nursing careers at Jobs.Longwoods.com

For more information or to post a position go to Jobs.Longwoods.com or email Susan Hale

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 1:38 pm and is filed under Longwoods Online.