KGH Community Showcase set to go

News / Education
By Peter Jeffrey

Interprofessional Education Expo centre of five-day event

It's almost showtime for our 2nd annual Kingston General Hospital Community Showcase. It runs this year from Monday, Jan. 20 to Friday, Jan. 24.

The Showcase will feature an event or two each day, all aimed at promoting interprofessional education and staff appreciation. At the centre of it all is the Interprofessional Education Expo that takes place on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the week.

"Thirty different groups are taking part in this year's Expo and each has an interactive booth spotlighting what they do to support our corporate strategy," says Susan Hall, Consultant in Clinical Documentation and Expo organizer. "It's going to be a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about their colleagues and the important roles they play in the hospital."

People from clinical and non-clinical areas are participating. For example, teams from the Cancer Centre, Information Management, the Diabetes Consult Service, Diagnostic Imaging and the Museum of Health Care are amongst the many who have put together booths.

About half of the Expo booths will be set up inside the Burr 1 Conference Room. The other half will be travelling around the hospital, making half-hour stops in several patient care areas and an hour-long stop in the Atrium. Each mobile booth will also get a turn inside the Burr 1 Conference Room.

"Based on the feedback we received last year, we decided moving some of the booths around was a great way to make sure busy staff, learners and volunteers will all have a chance to take part. It also allowed us to increase the number of booths," says Hall.

The mobile booths will be travelling in teams of two and will be accompanied by an ambassador who will reach out to staff and others in an area to let them know that a new booth has arrived.

Patients and family members are also welcome to stop by all of the booths to learn more about the innovative work KGH teams are doing to support our aim of providing Outstanding Care, Always.

Everyone who stops by a booth will also be encouraged to enter their name into a door prize raffle, with winning names to be drawn later in the week.

As for the rest of the Showcase, be sure to check out the this special edition of KGH This Week for more on the array of events planned for the week.

"This is the week we get to celebrate what we do and recognize people for their efforts," says Cynthia Phillips, Manager of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Education. "A lot of effort has gone into planning this special week to make sure there's something on the agenda for everyone and to make it accessible for people."