Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) Honours Emily’s House / Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care (PAC) with Three Awards in 2021

Rauni Salminen, CEO, Emily’s House / Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care (PAC) Awarded the Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence in Hospice Palliative Care 2021
Nominated by colleagues and selected by a Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) adjudication committee, this award recognizes a lifetime of achievements and influence in palliative care. Kudos to Rauni Salminen, for her vision, leadership, team mobilization, and perseverance: a faithful heart, capable of fierce advocacy and deep compassion. We could not imagine a more qualified candidate at this time, and celebrate a life poured out in service of the palliative among us, both for adults and for children. As Rauni has stated and truly believes: “This award also reflects brightly on the outstanding contributions and service of our dedicated staff, volunteers and board members at Emily’s House and Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care over the past quarter century!”  The late Dorothy Ley was one of Canada’s first champions for quality care at the end-of-life. She brought a unique individuality to the field of hospice and palliative care, and maintained a highly visible and vocal presence during her distinguished career until her death in 1994. Dr. Ley was a pioneer and she broke new ground in fields of medicine and health care in general. The Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence, established in 1996 by the Ontario Palliative Care Association, now Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, is a perennial reminder of her truly great legacy. The award is presented annually in recognition of an individual or team effort to advance and improve the quality of palliative and end-of-life care.

Elizabeth Kagabe wins the Frances Montgomery Award for Outstanding Personal Support Worker 2021
At the HPCO conference, it was announced that Emily’s House’s Elizabeth Kagabe was selected for the Frances Montgomery Award for “outstanding Personal Support Worker, who demonstrates commitment, excellence and compassion in their scope of practice.” Our CEO, writes: “Elizabeth’s work ethic, compassion and wisdom continues to be a valuable gift to Emily’s House.  Thank you, Elizabeth, for your years of service and untiring love for those in your care and support for those on your team.” Elizabeth writes: “Thank you all for the congratulatory messages I have received on this special achievement. No words can express my gratitude for the love and support you have given me during the eight years plus I have worked at Emily’s House. I always felt the love and compassion when I was a volunteer of Philip Aziz Centre but, when I joined EH, I met special people with big hearts who became my clinical mentors. A mixed of my community experience with their clinical knowledge made me who I am today.”

Emily’s House / PAC – Awarded the Mount Pleasant Group Hospice Innovation Award 2021
The Mount Pleasant Group Innovation Award recognizes innovative solutions, approaches, and program delivery of high-quality hospice care in the community.  This year’s award recognizes and honors Emily’s House innovative program pivot in response to COVID-19.  Our Emily’s House children’s hospice “stepped up” by committing to temporarily provide care for palliative adults.  Our team freed up eight hospital beds at Michael Garron Hospital for COVID-19 patients, while still reserving two beds at our hospice for children from Sick Kids Hospital for end-of-life care. At the same time, our Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care continued to safely provide modified virtual and limited in-person hospice supports for children and adults, including Music Therapy, Recreational activities, Respite, Social Work and Bereavement Care, while responding to emerging client care needs in crisis. (For more, please see: Covid-19 Response Client Impact and Testimonials on our websites). The HPCO Mount Pleasant Group Hospice Innovation Award is a geographically based award open to hospices physically located in either Durham Region, Peel Region, Toronto or York Region.

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario sends congratulations, again, to all the 2021 award recipients.

Here is a link to the recording of last week’s 2021 Virtual Award Presentation: https://vimeo.com/551632982/c57f4dd939

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