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"To truly connect and galvanize your work force, you need an anthem – a mission – a bandwagon everyone can jump on and feel great about. Exceptional leadership takes people on a journey to a better place." Shirlee Sharkey provides Three tips to engage your mobile work force 


The Ghost of Healthcare Hope - Surrounded by Opportunity by Hugh MacLeod
This is the first essay of our latest Ghost busting series. Hugh MacLeod will be joined on the “balcony of personal reflection” with a number of thought leaders and the Ghost of Healthcare Hope. They will be painting a picture of what future value based healthcare could look like and what we need to do to get there. Look for a new essay every week.

Off the Cuff

GivingTuesday: is a global day of giving, a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits. GivingTuesday is a movement for everyone who wants to give something back.

Every day from now until December 21st SickKids will give you a glimpse into daily life.  Check here for daily videos.

World AIDS Day: Nine things you should know about HIV in Canada

Ways & Means: Health Links Save the date – February 11, 2015: Ministries report. Patients reflect. Providers enlighten. Experts analyse. An interactive conference to define the opportunities and consider the possibilities to better care.

TELUS Health Talks Inaugural Event: Dr. Farzad Mostashari Taking an Aggressive Stance on EMRs: Lessons from the US (video)

Ottawa Hospital nurses making a new kind of house call

Quality Improvement in Healthcare - A new video from Dr. Mike Evans

Ontario Government Plays Favourites with People's Lives

Registration is opening soon for the 4th Canadian Obesity Summit, April 28-May 2, 2015 in Toronto! It will be the biggest Summit yet, with more than 120 speakers, parallel plenary sessions, a clinical tract, workshops and more. Stay tuned!

Nominate a young Canadian leader from Canada’s health system

Touchstone Institute Symposium: Perspectives in Competency Assessment: February 5, 2015. A day of interprofessional learning and development, featuring Dr. Cees van der Vleuten, Dr. Bob Bell, Dr. Geoff Norman, Dr. Zubin Austin, Dr. Ivy Oandasan, and others in the field of competency assessment.  Learn more or register now.

Just Released! Healthcare Policy Vol. 10 No. 1

Last Week in Healthcare History
November 23, 1918
– Spanish Flu outbreak in Calgary declared officially over.
November 26, 1997 – Final report from Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada released by Health Minister Allan Rock.
November 28, 2012 -- Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada releases its final report.

Longwoods' Events

Breakfast with the Chiefs – January 22, 2015
Dr. Jack Kitts, Dr. Barry McLellan, Dr. Kevin Smith and Leslee Thompson
Can innovation (1) improve care for patients (2) strengthen the healthcare system and (3) save money?

Register Now
Sponsored by Cerner CanadaPwCOrion HealthNational Research CorporationHIROC and Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.

Save the date – February 11, 2015. Ways & Means: Health Links – Ministries report. Patients reflect. Providers enlighten. Experts analyse. An interactive conference to define the opportunities and consider the possibilities to better care.

Join our Chairs:
Dr. Danielle Martin, Vice President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions, Women’s College Hospital and
Dr. Sacha Bhatia, Director of the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) at Women’s College Hospital.

With confirmed participants:
Dr. Robert Bell, Deputy Minister of Health, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Helen Angus, Associate Deputy Minister, Policy and Transformation, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Will Falk, Managing Partner and National Leader of the Healthcare Services Group, PwC
Brian Golden, Sandra Rotman Chair in Health Sector Strategy at The University of Toronto and The University Health Network, Professor of Strategic Management Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Joshua Tepper, President and CEO, Health Quality Ontario
Lisa Priest, Director, North East Toronto Health Link, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Registration opening soon! Sign up here to be the first to know when registration opens

Would you like to sign up your institution to become a Public Institution HealthcareBoard member and have unlimited number of your staff and board members attend a season of Breakfast with the Chiefs and receive discounts to HealthcareRounds? Contact Matthew Hart -

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Nursing Leadership
The ALIVE Program: Developing a Web-Based Professional Development Program for Nursing Leaders in the Home Healthcare Sector

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Strengthening Health Development at the Community Level in Thailand: What Events Should Be Managed?



December 2, 4, & 9, 2014: Online. Health Informatics Bootcamp 2
December 3-4, 2014: Vancouver, BC. 2nd Annual National Operating Room Management Conference
December 4-5, 2014: Toronto, ON. Canadian Casemix & Activity Based Funding Conference
December 9, 2014: Webinar. Healthcare 'Hot Spotting'
December 10, 2014: Toronto, ON. IHSPR Policy Round
January 20, 2015: Webinar. Managing Multimorbidities
January 28, 2015: Webinar. Analyzing Data Over Time for Quality Improvement
February 5, 2015: Toronto, ON. Perspectives in Competency Assessment April 19-21, 2015: Richmond Hill, ON. 2015 HPCO Annual Conference - Call for abstracts deadline, November 17, 2014
May 19-22, 2015: Toronto, ON. Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute
May 29-30, 2015: Toronto, ON. Global Telehealth 2015. Call for Papers deadline: December 15, 2014.
June 15-16, 2015: Charlottetown, PE. National Health Leadership Conference


  • Dan Florizone to CEO, Saskatoon Health Region, Saskatoon, SK
  • Michael Marchbank to President and CEO, Fraser Health Authority, Surrey, BC
  • Dr. Peter McLaughlin to Interim CEO, Peterborough Regional Hospital, Peterborough, ON
  • Dr. Kirsten Woodend to President, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, Ottawa, ON
  • Arun Chockalingam to head up a new Office of Global Health Education and Training, Toronto, ON
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