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Come to our drop-in interviews!

Are you interested in a career as a Medical Transfer Attendant transferring patients to their required destinations?

Join us at our drop-in interviews happening every Friday during the summer to find out what this position is all about. Drop-ins are happening at our two Toronto locations.

Locations
Leaside Base
25 Commercial Road
East York, ON M4G 1Z3

Bethridge Base
221 Bethridge Rd
Rexdale, ON, M9W 1N4

Date/Time
Friday, June 14, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday, June 21, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday, June 28, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday, July 5, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday, July 12, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
​Friday, July 19, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday, July 26, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday, August 2, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Requirements
Resume
G Licence
Driver's Abstract (optional)
Standard First Aid (can complete after official hire)
Level C CPR (can complete after official hire)

Find out about our $300 signing bonus happening for a limited time here.

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MTA Signing Bonus

We are offering a $300 signing bonus!

For a limited time, Medical Transfer Attendant (MTA) new hires will receive a signing bonus*. Ottawa new hires are not included in the signing bonus.

Here is how our MTA Signing Bonus Program works:

  • The signing bonus program is only applicable to MTA new hires at our Spectrum Patient Services bases (excluding Ottawa)
  • The new hire must be hired between the dates of October 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019
  • The payment will be issued after the new hire is employed with Spectrum Patient Services as an MTA for 3 months and has completed 420 hours of work
  • The signing bonus will be issued as a one-time payment of $300.00

To learn more about this position and to apply online, please visit spectrumpatientservices.com/join-us

*Terms and conditions apply. The Medical Transfer Attendant new hire must not have been a previous Spectrum employee within the last 365 days. Ottawa new hires are not included in the signing bonus.

Already work at Spectrum?

Refer an MTA to us and you both benefit! Here's how the Employee Referral Bonus Program works:

1. Invite your family/friends to apply on our website OR through email:
HR@spectrumpatientservices.com
spectrumpatientservices.com/join-us

2. Remind your referral to include your name on their application.

3. You will receive $300 when the new employee has finished orientation and has completed 420 work hours.**

**Employees must be actively employed by Spectrum at the time of the referral’s completed hours in order to be eligible for the payment. Management staff is not eligible for the bonus. Ottawa employees are not included in the signing bonus.

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Recruitment Fraud Warning

It has come to our attention that individuals have made fictitious online job postings purporting to be made by Spectrum Health Care (“Spectrum”), with the apparent intent of luring prospective applicants to websites that purport to be operated by Spectrum. Such postings and websites are fraudulent and appear to be intended to steal the personal information of prospective job applicants or cause other harms.

We have taken steps to cause the take-down of such fraudulent postings and websites in a number of cases. Please do not submit any personal or financial information to third party websites in response to an online job posting for a position with Spectrum. If you wish to apply for a job, please visit our website at: spectrumhealthcare.com/jobs.

What is recruitment fraud?

Recruitment fraud is a scheme that offers fictitious employment opportunities to prospective job applicants. This type of fraud is normally promoted through online advertisements, job listing websites, unsolicited emails or the use of replicated company websites with misleading domain names. These postings often request recipients to provide personal information (often including bank account information and SIN) and/or request payments to submit false applications.

How to identify recruitment fraud

  • The perpetrators will often ask recipients to complete fraudulent recruitment documentation (often electronically), such as application forms and terms and conditions of employment. The Spectrum name and logo is sometimes featured on the documentation and websites without authority.
  • There is an early request for unusually sensitive personal information such as address details, date of birth, resume (CV), social insurance number, etc.
  • The job listing contains a vague job description and includes few details. Spectrum’s job postings always include the job title, work area, office location and application deadline.

What should I do?

You should report any fraudulent activity to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501 or online at: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/. If you suspect you may be the victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact your local police service.

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It's been a busy 2018 for our foundation!

Spectrum Health Care Foundation had an action-packed 2018 and it's all thanks to our staff's generous donations and volunteer work! In 2018, our foundation was able to partner with six organizations across the GTA to help make an impact on our community. Here is what our foundation was involved with this past year:

Peel Children’s Centre’s (PCC) annual Summer Camp

This year we were able to contribute to PCC's Summer Camp program by making a donation. The donation helped pay for the children's food and activities at the camp which happened over a span of two days.

    

Rose of Sharon

Our donation to Rose of Sharon was used to provide program materials, transportation, cellphone/technology, emergency food/diapers, counselling and classroom resources to teenage mothers/soon-to-be mothers in the Newmarket area.

Lumacare's Elder Abuse Awareness Walk

We were the presenting sponsor of Lumacare's 7th annual Elder Abuse Awareness Walk. We had volunteers walk alongside 140 people in attendance at the event, all gathered with the same goal: to help end elder abuse.

Sunshine Centres for Seniors

Our donation was used to employ a social worker and to train volunteers who work with the seniors at Sunshine Centres for Seniors in Toronto.

Sunshine Centres for Seniors Peppermint Party

We were invited to attend Sunshine Centres for Seniors’ annual Peppermint Party which included Christmas carols and a holiday meal thrown for the seniors. The seniors love the afternoon event and look forward to it every year.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Gifts of Light Patient BBQ & Street Party

We were the presenting sponsor of CAMH’s Gifts of Light Patient BBQ & Street Party, an annual BBQ thrown for CAMH patients. Not only did we provide a donation to help fund the BBQ but our Spectrum employees volunteered their time setting up, prepping the food and cleaning up.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Gifts of Light holiday gift bags

Our foundation made a donation to purchase holiday gift bags for CAMH patients. The gift bags help people in crisis on their journey to recovery by providing basic necessities such as shampoo, hair conditioner, moisturizer and other toiletry items.

    

Arthritis Society's Walk for Arthritis

We were one of the corporate sponsors of the 2018 Walk for Arthritis which held walks throughout Southern Ontario. Our donation and volunteers contributed to the walk to help end arthritis.

    

Thank you staff for your hard work and contributions in order to make these volunteer opportunities possible! Looking forward to more opportunities in 2019!

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Today is World Mental Health Day

Since 1992, October 10th has been dedicated to World Mental Health Day. Becoming more aware of mental health issues will help break the stigma surrounding mental illness. As well, it will encourage those who are living with a mental illness seek the appropriate treatment and support that they need.

Mental illness, such as depression, often impact an individual’s thought processes and behaviour, and they may experience:

  • Deep feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fears and worries
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and activities
  • Inability to cope with daily problems and stress
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Excessive anger, hostility or mood swings
  • Suicidal thinking or a complete detachment from reality

Caregiver burnout can come from caring for a loved one's needs before their own well-being. This can lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. Signs of caregiver burnout or caregiver fatigue include:

  • Withdrawal from friends, family and activities
  • Deep feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fears and worries
  • Emotional and physical exhaustion
  • Feelings of wanting to hurt themselves or the person who they are caring for
  • Changes in sleep patterns and getting sick more often

Spectrum Health Care has a Caregiver Self-Assessment which is availailable online. Once all the questions have been answered, the results from the assessment and caregiving tips will be provided.

supportive network is important to everyone but especially to individuals and families dealing with mental illness. This network includes both formal and informal relationships, such as:

  • Health care professionals
  • Social services agencies and mental health agencies
  • Places of worship
  • Workplace colleagues and employee assistance programs
  • Family, friends, neighbours and partners
  • People who share interests (teammates, club members etc.)
  • Online communities

For more information and resources about mental health, please visit:

Government of Canada: Mental Health Services

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Mental Health 101

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Finding Help

Remember you are not alone. Let's work together to ensure that everyone feels valued and supported.

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5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet

With the warm weather comes more opportunities to be outside in the fresh air; allowing us to be healthier and more active. Whether your summer activities range from strolls around your neighbourhood or long walks around the cottage, we’ve collected 5 tips that will help you continue to care for your feet and prevent potential issues down the road:

1. Wear shoes or sandals around the pool, to the beach, in the locker room and even on the carpeting or in the bathroom of your hotel room to prevent injuries and limit the likelihood of contracting bacterial infections.

2. Remember to apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of your ankles. Don't forget to reapply sunscreen after you've been in the water.

3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This will not only help with overall health but will also minimize any foot swelling caused by the heat.

4. Some activities at the beach, lake or river may require different types of footwear to be worn so be sure to ask the contact at each activity if specific shoes are needed. To be safe, always pack an extra pair of sneakers or protective water shoes. If your shoes will be getting wet, they should be dried out completely before your next wear in order to prevent bacteria or fungus from growing. If you are a diabetic, shoes should be worn at ALL times to avoid injury. Even the slightest scrape can be cause for alarm among people with diabetes, where healing can be difficult and may lead to limb amputation. 

5. If you injure your foot or ankle while on vacation, seek professional medical attention from a podiatric physician. Many people will often only contact a doctor when something is broken or sprained, but a podiatrist can begin treating your ailment immediately while you're away from home.

Foot care is vital to our health as our feet can give us early warning signs about potential health problems. Spectrum Health Care has a team of foot care nurses who are specially trained in providing foot care treatment, information and support. Visit the Spectrum Health Care foot care page to learn more.

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It's Paramedic Services Week!

This week is Paramedic Services Week! To celebrate, we look back at some of these historical facts about paramedicine.

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World Health Day is today!

On April 7th 1948 the World Health Organization was born. To honour its vision of “health for all”, April 7th is regarded as World Health Day. To commemorate World Health Day, we look at these startling statistics that show a large number of our population still lacks basic health services. 

#healthforall #worldhealthday #worldhealthorganization

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Come visit us at these upcoming events!

The weather is finally warming up; it's time to step out and see what your city has to offer! Spectrum Patient Services will be taking part in various fairs, conferences and expos throughout the months of April, May and June. If you are attending one of the following events, come by our Spectrum Patient Services table/booth for a visit!

Cardiac Care Affair
Date: May 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: 100 Queensway W - Auditorium, Mississauga ON, L5B 1B8
Website:https://secure2.convio.net/thcf/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app232b?df_id=2633&mfc_pref=T&2633.donation=landing&NONCE_TOKEN=1B8219E5D5F36F16F085E56064B771A7

Councilor Pat Saito's Annual Seniors' Fair (Mississauga)
Date: June 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Meadowvale Community Centre, 6655 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga ON, L5N 3L4

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It's National Carers Day!

Today we celebrate the caregivers!

According to Statistics Canada 2013, 8.1 million Canadians are carers. That means that 1 in 4 Canadians are a caregiver/family caregiver. Of those carers, 6.1 million are balancing work with their caregiving responsibilities.

Today we recognize the hard work and dedication of caregivers and family caregivers, who take on the unpaid role of caring for someone with cognitive or physical complications. Whether you are caring for your family member or friend, we want to thank you for the hard work you do. 

Being a carer is not an easy role; the responsibilities can be immense but incredibly rewarding. Take a moment to thank a carer today!

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