The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) is one of only a small number of community hospitals in all of Canada to be selected to participate in a three-year case study on a new national standard on psychological health and safety in the workplace.
The study, announced January 16, 2014 and led by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), will follow the journey of about 25 Canadian employers as they become industry leaders in workplace mental health. The plan is to work through a staged implementation of the one-year-old standard while MHCC provides observations and insights at no cost to TSH.
“This is exciting news and is a natural evolution of our Wellness Strategy. It will go a long way towards TSH being recognized nationally for the good work we are doing to foster a healthy workplace, and position us as a health care industry leader,” says Rhonda Lewis, Vice President, Human Resources and Patient Relations. “Participation in this study will not require any additional resources from TSH, and it will greatly assist us in identifying and evaluating relevant indicators against measurable data and national benchmarks.”
TSH is an excellent selection as a research participant for several reasons, including the following:
- TSH is in the process of integrating with Rouge Valley Health System, and will be embarking on a merger journey that will provide a unique opportunity to study the impact that a merger will have on the psychological health and safety of a major employee group.
- TSH’s holistic wellness strategy – Balance: Make Health Happen – addresses the physical, psychological and environmental well-being of our staff. The hospital established Fitness and Wellness Centres (Exhale) at both campuses and provides a variety of activities to promote employee wellness and fitness.
“We hope that through our participation in this project, TSH will influence the successful integration of this national standard into workplaces and that the employee benefits will be measurable,” Rhonda adds. “We plan to pull together working groups with wide employee involvement as we move through the various stages of the project.”