Kelly Brockington, a Registered Nurse in The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH’s) Mental Health department, will be honoured on Thursday, April 21 for going above and beyond to get patients the care they need. Kelly is one of eight health care professionals and volunteers to be recognized by Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and the Ontario Renal Network (ORN) at the 10th annual Human Touch Awards, for going the extra mile to touch the lives of patients.
Kelly is passionate about helping cancer patients, and volunteered to lead a project that would enhance services to cancer patients at TSH. She worked tirelessly with Dr. David Gratzer, the lead psychiatrist on the consultation liaison team, to embed evidence-based psychotherapies for cancer patients within the cancer care program, such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy. She put in countless hours of her own time to build this unique program.
“I am truly humbled by this recognition,” said Kelly. “Working with patients and families in the oncology department to ensure they have access to the emotional support they need has taught me so much about our patients’ strength, integrity, and courage.”
“With her compassionate, professional, and thoughtful nature, Kelly is able to support patients with life threatening illnesses, who, without her help, would have suffered silently rather than face the stigma of reaching out for mental health services,” said Faiza Khalid-Khan, Patient Care Director of Mental Health at TSH.
The Human Touch Awards were created to highlight the importance of providing emotional support to people with cancer and kidney disease, in addition to the medical treatment they already receive. The Awards also showcase the incredible work taking place across the province each day by committed, dedicated, and compassionate health care professionals and volunteers.
“Each year, we are inspired by those who lead by example with their compassion and dedication in caring for those in Ontario’s cancer and kidney disease programs,” says Michael Sherar, President and CEO of CCO. “This year’s recipients demonstrate the importance of the human touch in all our work to improve the patient and family experience.”
TSH, CCO, and ORN acknowledge the generous support of the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Ontario branch, and the RBC Foundation, sponsors of the 10th annual Human Touch Awards. The partnerships between CCO, ORN, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and other organizations, health professionals, front-line care providers, and volunteers make up the cancer care programs that are essential to providing and maintaining high-quality health care in the province.
For more information on the Human Touch Awards, including a complete listing of 2016 award recipients, visit www.cancercare.on.ca/about/programs/otherinitiatives/humantouch/. High-resolution images will be available on Friday, April 22.