Best Practices Day 2014

Faces of Complexity in an Evolving Rehab Environment

~ A great success!

The GTA Rehab Network’s Best Practices Day 2014, held on Monday, May 5, 2014, was attended by 300 participants. The day provided the opportunity for clinicians, researchers and management professionals to explore this year’s theme, Faces of Complexity in an Evolving Rehab Environment, to learn about more than 70 studies and initiatives and to network with healthcare professionals from across Ontario and beyond.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the following winners of the People’s Choice Awards for Best Rapid Podium Presentation, Best Poster and Best Student Poster!

People’s Choice Awards

The People’s Choice Awards recognize the best rapid podium presentation and the best posters presented at the conference. The awards are judged based on the following selection criteria:

  • Originality and innovation
  • Relevance to the current body of knowledge
  • Quality of evidence and objectivity
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Demonstrated impact and practical implications

Five People’s Choice Awards were presented:

Best Rapid Podium
Ten at Ten – Injecting Fun into Fitness
~ Presenters: Mary Paolini & Mary Dietrich – Credit Valley Hospital

Best Poster – 1st Place
The MORE (Maximizing Opportunities for Rehab Events) Project
~ Primary Author: Julia Filinski – Providence Healthcare

Best Poster – 2nd Place
From Data to Daily Practice: Strategies and Tools to Apply the Canadian Best Recommendations for Stroke Care
~ Primary Author: Marie DiSotto-Monastero – Sunnybrook Health Sciences/St. John’s Rehab

Best Poster – 3rd Place
Survey of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists Regarding the Rehabilitation Care of Patients with Morbid Obesity and Mobility Limitations
~ Primary Author: Nancy Bovell – St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton

Best Student Poster
Care Report: Recovery Following Sports-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in a Youth Female Hockey Player
~ Primary Author: Katie Mah – University of Toronto; Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Abstracts of all poster displays at the conference are available HERE.


Opening Panel

Dr. Janet McElhaney


Mobility: The fifth vital sign
Chair in Geriatric Research, Medical Lead for Seniors Care, Health Sciences North; Professor of Medicine, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Sandra Dalziel

BSc(PT), MA (Ad Ed)

A Familey Caregiver’s Perspective

Rapid Podium Presentations

Presentation #1
Weighing In: he Effect of BMI on Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcomes after Stroke in Canada
~ Author: Liam Dessureault

Presentation #2
CATCH: Care after the Care in Hospital
~ Authors: Aaisha Ghauri Savvas and Amber Curry

Presentation #3
Improving Patient Outcomes and Care Transitions through a Short Stay Convalescent Care Program and RAI-HC Assessment Evaluation
~ Authors: Jennifer Scott and Jennifer Wright

Presentation #4
Defining Complexity in Stroke Rehabilitative Practice
~ Authors: Michelle Nelson and Elizabeth Hanna

Presentation #5
TEN AT TEN – Injecting Fun into Fitness
~ Authors: Mary Paolini and Mary Dietrich

Presentation #6
Evidence-Based Payment Reform in Post-Acute Care: Promises and Pitfalls
~ Author: Erik Hellsten

Presentation #7
Education and Partnerships: Keys to the Expansion of Time – A Community-Based Exercise Program
~ Author: Alda Tee

Workshop Presentations

Workshop A 
Transforming Seniors Care through “48/5”
~ Author: Dr. Janet McElhaney

Workshop B
Patient/Client Empowerment: Walking the Walk (Without Tripping)
~ Authors: Sylvia Langlois & Elizabeth Hanna

Workshop C
From Desperate Providers to Effective Providers: A video deconstruction to inform effective strategies for rehabilitating older adults with dementia
~ Authors: Kathy McGiltonDr. John F. FlanneryDr. Giovanni MarottaAlison Wong, Carol Hassan and Paula Szeto


Thank you to the following company for their contribution:

Planning Task Group

Malcolm Moffat Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre ~ Chair 
Sue Balogh GTA Rehab Network
Sang Choi Humber River Regional Hospital
Dr. Anne Crowe Grand River Hospital Corporation ~ Kitchener-Waterloo representative
LaVerne Edwards Humber River Regional Hospital
Dr. Gary Gerber West Park Healthcare Centre
Elizabeth Hanna Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
Jennifer Kodis Hamilton Health Sciences ~ Hamilton region representative
Andrea Lee Health Sciences North ~ Sudbury region representative
Charissa Levy GTA Rehab Network
Janine Mels-Dyer Providence Continuing Care Centre ~ Kingston region representative
Jacqueline Minezes Halton Healthcare Services
Sharon Ocampo-Chan GTA Rehab Network
Kevin Reel Mackenzie Health & Southlake Regional Health Centre
Dr. Anoushka Singh University Health Network
Elizabeth Villar-Guerrero North York General Hospital
Helen Zipes The Ottawa Hospital ~ Ottawa region representative 
Conference Services: Jill Fredericks / Jason Almeida / Kim Hussey / Nancy La

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