Strategic Priorities

Empowering People

Select one of the Strategic Priorities below to learn more.


Strategic Goal: We will enhance our thriving, inclusive environment where wellness is fostered and the potential of everyone is fully mobilized. We will build a shared understanding that everyone’s voice matters and that staff, physicians, volunteers and learners have a significant role in improving the experience and care outcomes of those we serve.

What We Heard from Stakeholders

We heard from participants in the strategic planning engagement sessions that the St. Joseph’s family – staff, physicians, volunteers and learners – is valued throughout the organization. At the same time, their input in this area was to ensure that we build on the people focus. From their perspective, we need to strengthen the “leadership from where you serve” philosophy where everyone who works and volunteers at St. Joseph’s is emboldened to improve care and share knowledge. As part of this approach, participants would like to see a spirit of inquiry and co-leadership throughout St. Joseph’s where staff and physicians would be supported to work to full scope and generate and initiate action on improvement ideas across the organization.

We also heard that there is a real need to advance our safety and wellness frameworks to improve physical and psychological safety and resilience, create structures to support continuous professional development for staff, build on our leadership excellence to include talent management and succession planning programs, and create and embed a framework for sharing knowledge and innovation across all programs.

What we will
accomplish By 2021
  • We will be known as a leading work environment where staff, physicians, volunteers and learners are engaged and feel they are physically and psychologically safe.
  • Staff and physicians will be supported in generating and initiating action on improvement ideas across the organization.
  • We will continue our focus on leadership excellence to achieve the vision and strategic goals.

Beyond the classroom

Hockey sticks and shin guards have become part of the weekly routine for residents at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, along with several energetic medical students.

In a collaborative initiative with Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, 13 students volunteer at Mount Hope – visiting with residents and assisting with recreational programs such as music, floor hockey, shuffleboard and resident pub nights. While enjoyable for all, the experience will shape the kind of doctor the students will become.

The students are enrolled in a new social medicine course at Western designed to enhance communication skills, provide an opportunity to work with different populations, and improve understanding of how a patient’s life situation may affect health. The students choose a demographic population to study and are encouraged to contribute to the well-being of the community by participating in a community placement.

“There’s more to being a doctor than recognizing and treating an illness, says Dr. Teresa Van Deven, Curriculum Coordinator for Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. “It’s about teaching our physicians about the whole patient and the whole community in which they live.”

Every week, Jeffrey Lovell, who hopes to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, engages with residents and participates in floor hockey events, while learning more about his chosen demographic.

“Being aware of social health issues is just one part of the course,” says Jeff. “Many of the residents at Mount Hope don’t have many visitors or family. For me, it’s also been about working on establishing connections, developing empathy and becoming more familiar with a population that I serve. It’s been an eye-opening experience.”

Marnie McGarry suited up ready for a game of floor hockey with Jeff Lovell
Marnie McGarry, left, a resident at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, is suited up for a game of floor hockey with Jeff Lovell, one of several first-year medical students volunteering at Mount Hope as part of a social medicine course at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

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