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Sunnybrook continued its commitment to caring for patients and their families when it matters most, while also ensuring that high demand for inpatient resources was well managed in 2012/13. The Hospital again ended the fiscal year without a deficit, a result of hard work by all staff and leaders across the organization. Several initiatives were implemented to ensure a smooth discharge and transition back to the community for patients, and health care teams worked together to reduce wait times for cancer surgeries and medical imaging.
The voluntary merger of Sunnybrook with St. John's Rehab Hospital was an important next step in building a comprehensive system of care from acute illness or injury through to rehabilitation and recovery. As an eighth program at Sunnybrook, St. John's Rehab is bringing its excellent reputation to the Hospital's seven other internationally recognized programs.
The opening of the Centre for Research in Image-Guided Therapeutics was a milestone for Sunnybrook Research Institute, housing research and clinical teams who are working to treat, cure and eliminate some of our society's most devastating illnesses. Improving the patient experience was an overarching goal during the past year, with the opening of a new 16-bed stroke unit, the Rapid Diabetes Assessment and Referral Clinic, and the Prostate Rapid Evaluation Multidisciplinary Clinic.
The organization's commitment to safety continued, with an initiative related to safe operating room instruments and an awareness campaign addressing the differences of two common narcotics. Sunnybrook's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit ranked as one of the safest neonatal units in Canada.
The past year's numerous successes and commitment to inventing the future of health care were a result of the dedication of Sunnybrook's 10,000 member health care team. The Hospital again received numerous honors recognizing its ability to attract and retain top employees, including being named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and Top Family-Friendly Employers.