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"Apparently much of what we do, medically speaking, is the equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.' When it comes down to it, aren’t we all ‘at risk’ of something? Jane MacDougall, National Post


Leadership, White Space and Mindsets by Professor Alan Best and Hugh MacLeod. Focus: Vision needs to be paired with a through understanding of the dynamics that explain the organization’s processes, and a shared strategy for how to get from the present to the preferred future

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Cancer Advocacy Coalition – Report Card on Cancer in Canada™ 2014-2015

HQO releases report on patient experiences of care coordination & communication

My CancerIQ personalized risk reports and guides can be saved, printed and emailed. These results can be discussed with a healthcare provider. My CancerIQ can be accessed from a smartphone, tablet or desktop at The next step is up to you but redistribution could be part of it. 

Another Reason To Quit The Tanning Bed? Herpes?

An Executive from a Small Hospital Writes. . .
As hospitals are squeezed tighter by provincial Health Ministries for operating dollars we are going to see closures.  Regarding our (small town) hospital one could argue both sides of the obstetrics service issue.  But the bigger picture is the erosion of hospital services.  Once OB goes then the hospital will dwindle - anesthetists depend on OB for some of their work, and there is general physician unrest that is proportionately larger than just the OB picture.  I am sad to see this happen.  And I'm not sure that people generally understand what is going to be happening across the provinces’ hospitals in the next few years.  I'm not sure that our Ministry bureaucrats understand or appreciate the importance of local hospital services either.  (. . from correspondence with the publisher)

This Pain Management Webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 14th, from 12pm – 1pm, streamed live and then archived and accessible on demand 24/7.  Topic:  The Role Diet & Hydration Play in Health & Wellness.  Registration is free and open to the public. Comments and questions are invited “real time” during the webinar, and questions may also be submitted in advance to  

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Breakfast with the Chiefs - 
Register here - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - Toronto, ON
Shelly Jamieson and Terrence Sullivan
Topic: Is Urgent Action Still Needed in Canada’s Changing Cancer Landscape? Where?
Sponsored by: CFHI and Johnson and Johnson

National Telemedicine Conference – April 27-28, 2015. Evolving the Future of Healthcare Delivery in Canada. Clinician-led case studies from across the country will provide hands-on, practical advice on how to plan, implement and manage Telemedicine programs.

Mental Health in the Hospital Setting Conference – Toronto, May 21-22, 2015. Effectively assessing and managing the continuing care of mental health patients in hospitals across Canada.

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April 18-21, 2015: Vancouver, BC. GE3LS & Health Services and Policy Research Conference
April 19-21, 2015: Richmond Hill, ON. 2015 HPCO Annual Conference
April 21 & 28, 2015: Online: Essentials of Healthcare Organization Change Management
April 24-25, 2015: Vancouver, BC. Thriving in Complexity: Physicians Enabling Transformational Change
April 27-28, 2015:  Toronto, ON. 2nd Annual National Telemedicine Conference
April 29-30, 2015: Toronto, ON. 2nd Annual Activity Based Funding Conference
April 29-May 1, 2015: Ottawa, ON. 64th Annual Refresher Course for Family Physicians
April 30, 2015: Toronto, ON. 2nd Annual National Patient Relations Conference
May 7, 2015: Toronto, ON. MaRS HealthKick 2015
May 8, 2015: Webinar. The Care Model: Designing Care with ‘Chronic’ as the New Norm
May 13-14, 2015: Toronto, ON. 2nd Annual e-Medication Management Conference 
May 19-22, 2015: Toronto, ON. Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute
May 26-28, 2015: Montreal, QC. CAHSPR Conference
May 26-27, 2015: Dartmouth, NS. The Atlantic Learning Exchange 2015
May 26-29, 2015: Ottawa, ON and Online. The Canadian Patient Safety Officer Course
May 29-30, 2015: Toronto, ON. Global Telehealth 2015
June 15-16, 2015: Charlottetown, PE. National Health Leadership Conference
October 26-30, 2015: Across Canada. Canadian Patient Safety Week


  • Dr. Jean L. Rouleau stepping down as Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Ottawa, ON
  • Gary Teare to CEO of Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council, Regina, SK
  • Larry Chapman to Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, Toronto, ON
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