Projects Underway

Physician-led Engagement Projects

The following are PHC PASS Facility Engagement projects that are currently underway or have been completed.

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Full report of completed projects is here

Physician Community and Wellness

Emergency Staff High Performance Team Building – Dr. Jeff Coleman
Engages more closely with SPH ED physicians, nursing, administration and allied health professionals in identifying and implementing opportunities for improved communication, team dynamics, professional satisfaction and quality patient care.

New Physician ‘Welcome Wagon’ – Dr. Janet Simons
Welcomes new medical staff to PHC by having mid/late career PHC physicians meet with new staff in a social setting to provide information, and foster connections and collaboration.

Fostering a Culture of Communication and Collaboration through Ultrasound Peer Training Program – Dr. Su-Yin MacDonell
Collaboration within the department to create a culture of learning. By increasing the skill set as a group to identify and diagnose an unwell patient faster

Physician Input into Governance

Physician Governance in Action to Support Program Change – Dr. Julia Raudzus/Dr. Gil Kimmel 
Identifies the key elements to better support program change with physicians and Allied Health Professionals (AHP) in the Palliative Care team. Possible implementation of such learning will be shared with another team with a similar working model.

Nurturing Physician Leaders at PHC Through a Leadership Alumni – Dr. Shannon Jackson
Creating a PHC alumni group to help facilitate physicians’ success as leaders and understanding of the most effective leadership styles and skills for a situation.

Enhancing Physician Input into Development and Review of Interdisciplinary and Nursing Practice Standards – Dr. Martin Trotter
An opportunity for physician experts and stakeholders have input into the development and review of interdisciplinary and nursing practice standards.

St. Paul’s Redevelopment & Transformation
Centralized Referral Intake for elbow, wrist, and hand problems   – Dr. Jeff Pike
Standardizes a centralized simpler referral process by decreasing waiting time to less than 3 months for patients with elbow, wrist and hand problems within 8 months of implementation at SPH.

Development of the multidisciplinary surgical skills laboratory – Dr. Kathryn Isaac
Establishes a working group of surgeons for the new surgical simulation center under an overarching SPH Simulation center.


West End RACE 2.0 – Dr. Jeff Pike
Creates discrete networks of primary care providers linked with a formal network of specialists from PHC. One of the main deliverables is to implement a shared charter complete with relationship-building activities.

Innovation Collaboration & Creating Partnership: A Proposal – Dr. Alan Rabinowitz
Creates discrete networks of primary care providers linked with a formal network of specialists from PHC. One of the main deliverables is to implement a shared charter complete with relationship-building activities.

SPH 10C Multidisciplinary Case Rounds Pilot – Dr. William Connors
Reviews historical and educational cases in the Urban Health Infection Unit at SPH (UHIU-SPH/10C) to obtain clarification of patient care plans and in the long run to build a framework of the ideal multidisciplinary rounds.

State of Art Teaching and Learning Through Simulation at SPH – Dr. Jeanne Macleod
A simulation committee with representatives from different departments and governance structure, enables physicians groups who wish to develop simulation programs can get together and collaborate – and create a culture of learning innovation at SPH.

Multidisciplinary Team Engagement – Dr. Jeanne Macleod
A sustainable Simulation Program promotes team building, encourages multidisciplinary learning, improves patient care, and fosters better relationships between departments.

Connecting the dots: Improving health service delivery for individuals with a substance use disorder at St. Paul’s Hospital through interdisciplinary collaboration – Dr. Seonaid Nolan
Opportunity for key service providers within SPH to meet in-person, contribute feedback regarding the current system of care for patients with a substance use disorder at SPH and identify opportunities for improvement.


Modernizing IT

Integrated Online Patient Pathway Portal for Complex Pain Patients – Dr. Jill Osborn
Implements an integrated online patient pathway of Pain Clinics at SPH that is accessible by physicians and allied health care professionals (AHPs).

Transforming MRI Scheduling: Optimization for Clerical Staff & Radiologist – Putting Patients First – Dr. Darra Murphy
Creates a smart system that intercepts the requisitions coming in from central intake and triages them into broad categories.

Utilization Dashboards Proof of Concept – Dr. Dan Holmes & Dr. Janet Simons
To show how the problem with slow access might be overcome by distributed computing on a Spark cluster. This will make it possible to create real time rapid queries for lab data

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