Staff, physicians, volunteers, students and visitors at both Mount Sinai Hospital and Bridgepoint Active Healthcare gathered to share and learn about successes in collaboration across disciplines at the Pairing and Sharing Showcase this week. The events marked the fourth anniversary for Pairing and Sharing at Mount Sinai and its debut year at Bridgepoint.
“When we started this program four years ago we talked about how it was about learning from and with each other, how we deliver care interprofessionally,” says Jackie James, Vice President, Education. But this event has grown beyond education. It’s also about delivering quality care through collaboration and innovation. This year’s event really demonstrates how we provide care in teams that span across disciplines, units and, now more than ever, across campuses.”
Sabrina Gaon, Manager Inter-professional Allied Health participated with a display about a project on Mount Sinai’s Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit. The team on the unit worked together to develop and implement a screening tool used on admission to identify patients who need more intensive discharge planning. The team can then start the planning process early to ensure the right supports are in place when the patient is ready for discharge. “I’m excited to be here and be able to talk about this project that’s making a real difference in the lives of patients and their caregivers. It’s wonderful to share this with people from other areas,” she said.
Participants in Bridgepoint’s first-ever Pairing and Sharing event were also enthusiastic about the opportunity. “I’ve learned about cool projects that I had no idea were happening,” said Carla Gibson, Clinical Applications Specialist. “I think this event sparks ideas and also reinforces the great work that’s already happening.”
Dr. Nicole Thomson, Director, Collaborative Practice & Education – Nursing & Health Disciplines, said “I was so impressed with the number of initiatives being showcased, and the number of colleagues who came out to celebrate collaborative interprofessional practice. This made for a great opportunity to learn about innovative initiatives that are happening across Sinai Health and even find inspiration for future projects. There was ‘buzz’ in the room was so positive and energetic!”
This year’s pairing and sharing showcase at Bridgepoint was organized by working group members Clarissa Leslie, Melissa Turner-Joseph, Paul Corteza, and Maritza Marulanda, led by Janice Hon, Allied Health Education Specialist. The event at Mount Sinai was co-organized by Lucy Pereira-Perruzza, Medical Education Coordinator and Lisa Satterthwaite, Senior Manager, Surgical Skills and Sim Sinai Centre. Below is a selection of photos from both events.