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GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey GRH Facilities & Operations Omicron

Changes to Care Partner guidelines as of March 2, 2022

We have increased to two designated Care Partners per patient, and there is no longer a requirement that a patient be in hospital for a certain number of days before becoming eligible for a Care…

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COVID Signs/Symptoms

NEW Launch of online staff COVID reporting form

The OHS and IT teams have developed an online form for staff to report their COVID-19 information. After filling out the online form, staff members will receive direction regarding the most appropriate next steps, tailored…

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COVID-19 Travel Restrictions GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey Omicron

Omicron Information and Resources

All information pertaining to Omicron will be compiled here and updated accordingly.

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PPE & Supplies

Point of Care Risk Assessment (PCRA)

GRH has prepared guidance to health care works for completing a point of care risk assessment.

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GRH Facilities & Operations PPE & Supplies

Policy – Universal Masking Policy for Patients and Visitors

Developed by: Infection Prevention & Control / Occupational Health and Safety Approved by: Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services PurposeThe purpose of this policy is to provide clear guidance on the application of medical mask…

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GRH Facilities & Operations Human Resources Omicron

Allowing COVID+ and exposed team members to return to work 

In an effort to support home units experiencing extreme shortages of staff, we may soon begin asking team members who have either tested positive or been exposed (either in the community or household) to return…

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GRH Facilities & Operations Human Resources Omicron

Additional break areas for team members, break safety reminders  

The Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness team (OHSW) and the Infection Prevention and Control team (IPAC) have determined break rooms to be the biggest opportunity for the spread of COVID-19 between staff.

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GRH Facilities & Operations Human Resources Omicron

Update on services resumption  

Our clinical leaders are developing a thoughtful and well managed plan for resuming services that have been paused since January 4 due to Directive #2.

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GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey Human Resources

Staying safe over the holidays

Sent on behalf of Dr. Todd Walters, Occupational Health I know that for most of us, the best part of the holidays is seeing our family and friends. However, Omicron is now spreading at unprecedented…

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Human Resources

GRH recommends no work holiday gatherings

GRH leadership is discouraging all social gatherings of GRH team members. All departmentally planned social gatherings are to be cancelled (both on- or off-site).

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COVID-19 Vaccine Human Resources

Team Members With Only 1 Dose of COVID-19 Vaccination on File With GRH

GRH is permitting team members with proof of one (1) dose of the COVID-19 vaccination on file with Occupational Health and Safety as of October 12th to continue working where they comply with all requirements.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Human Resources

Notice of policy: Mandatory vaccine policy for GRH team members

GRH will be aligning with partner hospitals to ensure a safe environment for our team members and for our patients and community through the attached policy that outlines how the hospitals will manage the requirements…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Human Resources

Ontario Government Directive Re: Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies for High-Risk Settings

August 18: We are developing our COVID-19 vaccination policy as mandated by the Government of Ontario. If you have received your vaccine, please send your vaccine receipt to Occupational Health and Safety.

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Human Resources

Temporary Enhanced Mental Health Benefits Extended to All Part-time/Casual Staff

UPDATE July 8: GRH is now extending the temporary enhanced mental health benefits to all part-time & casual team members and their dependents.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Human Resources

Temporary Vaccine Clinic Opportunities Available: July 10 & 11

July 5: Seeking individuals for staffing support at Regional vaccine clinic July 10 & 11

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Human Resources

Requirements for international travel

Staff planning to travel internationally this summer are required to follow all Government of Canada guidelines for returning to Canada. Click here for more information.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Human Resources

Update Second Dose COVID vaccination plans for HCWs in Region of Waterloo Hospitals

From: Bonnie Camm, Executive VP Clinical Services, and Vickie Murray, Integrated Director of Pharmacy Quick details We have approval from MOH and enough vaccine supply to proceed with providing the highest priority eligible Health Care…

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COVID Signs/Symptoms COVID-19 Vaccine Human Resources

New guidance for fully vaccinated individuals exposed to COVID-19

As of May 6, fully Vaccinated Individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 cases may not be required to self-isolate under certain circumstances. Click here for more information.

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Human Resources

New Paid COVID-19 Leave

In response to the ongoing third wave of COVID-19, the Ontario government has enacted legislation that amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to provide eligible employees with up to three (3) days of paid leave…

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Human Resources

Enhanced Mental Health Benefits through Manulife

In follow-up to the memo shared on April 22, 2021 regarding additional mental health supports for GRH team members, the following provides a bit more information regarding the changes to the Manulife benefits program for…

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GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey GRH Facilities & Operations Human Resources

Provincial direction regarding COVID-19 wave 3 response: surgery reduction, patient transfers from other hospitals, and human resources management

April 10: The Province has issued three new directives/guidance to Ontario hospitals to support the regional response to COVID-19. You may have seen these in the media. While we are still working through the details…

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Human Resources PPE & Supplies

Guidance on prescription eye protection/providing your own eye protection

March 18: Guidance for eye protection, for staff asking if they can bring their own eye protection gear to work.

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COVID Signs/Symptoms COVID-19 Vaccine GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey GRH Facilities & Operations Human Resources

ICYMI: March 17 GRH Team Virtual Update

GRH President and CEO, Ron Gagnon provides an update to all GRH team members on COVID and other organizational updates. Watch the replay or download the presentation.

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COVID Signs/Symptoms COVID-19 Vaccine GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey GRH Facilities & Operations Human Resources Labs & Testing PPE & Supplies

ICYMI: Feb 25 Virtual Staff Update replay

GRH President and CEO, Ron Gagnon provides an update on the current state of COVID in our province, region, and hospital; latest information on our vaccine roll-out; and organizational updates about current operational results, our…

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COVID Signs/Symptoms COVID-19 Vaccine GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey Human Resources Labs & Testing PPE & Supplies

ICYMI: Jan 15 COVID-19 Town Hall replay

GRH President and CEO, Ron Gagnon provides an update on the current state of COVID in our province, region, and hospital; our roll in the province’s vaccine implementation plan; and more. Click the video below…

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GRH Facilities & Operations Human Resources Labs & Testing

Dec 3: COVID Update

In today’s Update: NEW questions added to staff screening attestation; updates about lab and staff testing; new break spaces opening tomorrow; and more!

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Human Resources

Reassignment Office – KW Campus

In response to the slowdown of elective surgeries, a Reassignment Office has been opened at the KW Campus to support the transition of moving employees in areas where we have staffing overages to areas that…

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GRH Facilities & Operations Human Resources Signs, Maps & Posters

Hands, Face, Space

Remember: Hands: Be diligent about hand hygiene Face: Wear a mask at all times when physical distancing is not possible, in patient areas, and in public areas. Wear a mask and eye protection for ALL…

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Human Resources

Employee Health and Wellness: COVID-19 FAQs for staff and physicians

Nov 19: Some common FAQs about working (or not working!) when: you are sick; you need a COVID test or are waiting for results; someone in your household is sick; you’ve been exposed to COVID-19;…

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Human Resources

Counseling and Crisis Resources

Oct 15: Contact information for counseling and crisis resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey GRH Facilities & Operations Human Resources Innovation, Technology & Research

COVID-19 Lessons Learned Survey – All Staff results

This summer we asked you to participate in the COVID 19 Lessons Learned Survey to help us better understand our response to the first wave of the pandemic and how we can improve moving forward….

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GRH Facilities & Operations Human Resources Labs & Testing

Staff testing at Drive Thru Clinic

Sept. 22: GRH staff (including providers) receive expedited testing at the drive thru testing clinic. We are modifying the process to ensure staff receive this expedited testing.

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Human Resources PPE & Supplies

Adverse reactions to prolonged use of masks

From: Marc Simard, Director Employee Health and Wellness Quick details The Occupational Health, Safety, and Wellness (OHSW) team has had reports of adverse reactions to prolonged use of masks. Common reactions include skin irritation and…

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Human Resources

Infectious Disease Emergency Leave

Sept 3: Updates regarding leave of absence for staff who may need to care for children (or family) as a result of COVID-19

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Human Resources

Mental health support for GRH staff and physicians

April 17: There are many mental health supports available for staff, and we are introducing new and expanding services during this time.

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Human Resources

Reminders about using social media

We want to take the opportunity to remind all staff, physicians, volunteers, and learners that GRH has a social media policy as well as a Photography, Video Recording and Audio Recording policy.

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