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Health care professionals share best practices at annual event

St. Joseph's shared new initiatives with hospital partners at this year's InnovationEx event. Here, a crowd views a poster competition.

St. Joseph’s is part of the Joint Centres for Transformative Healthcare Innovation, a group of seven hospitals across the city who work together on making care better and safer for patients. They do this in several ways: they share best practices with one another, allowing other teams to build on great work that’s already shown to be successful; they collaborate on initiatives that impact all hospitals such as workplace violence and medication safety; and they bring teams together to learn with and about one another to build connections and increase knowledge at all hospitals. Here’s a quick snapshot of what you need to know about this important work.

Who else belongs to the Joint Centres for Transformative Healthcare Innovation?

The six other hospitals who belong to the Joint Centres with St. Joseph’s are: Humber River Hospital, Mackenzie Health, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Michael Garron Hospital, North York General Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Centre.

What is InnovationEx?

InnovationEx is the Joint Centres’ biggest annual event where teams from the seven hospitals come together to learn with and about one another. The event includes guest speakers as well as a poster fair – each hospital shares some of the exciting work they have on the go and members of the team are available to answer questions and talk about how they could help bring their initiative to partner hospitals. This year, St. Joseph’s teams shared information about the patient-oriented discharge summary project that gives easier-to-understand information to patients at discharge so they’re better able to manage at home. They also shared the Emergency Department (ED) reduction project where the ED has partnered with community resources to help reduce repeat visits.

What else has the Joint Centres collaborated on?

The Joint Centres hospitals have also worked together on:

  • preventing workplace violence
  • reducing C-section rates
  • spreading Choosing Wisely initiatives to reduce the number of unnecessary tests and treatments patients experience
  • reducing C. difficile infections for inpatients

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