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Spectrum GOT LOUD for SickKids!

On September 28, 2019, Spectrum Health Care Foundation had the privilege of being one of the sponsors of SickKids' flagship fundraising event, GetLoud.

SickKids' largest event takes the energy and momentum of the very successful SickKids VS Limits campaign to the streets, in an epic one-day event to raise money for a new hospital. Through fundraising and sponsorship alone, GetLoud was able to raise an astounding $2.2 million!

During the event, Spectrum Event Medical Services provided first aid services to the march participants while our employees handed out mini bandage kits to the event goers. The day didn't end with the 5K march. After the walk there was a festival celebration featuring chart-topping bands, an amazing BBQ-style spread, food trucks, a beer garden and family activities.

Entertainment at the festival included six-time Juno award winner Serena Ryder, in addition to Dwayne Gretzky – a talented group of Toronto musicians who bring to life the greatest songs of all time, and The Mini Pop Kids, back by popular demand.

Spectrum had an amazing time fundraising, rallying and marching to show support to SickKids. When we unite in the fight against limits, we’re unstoppable!

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Spectrum Health Care Foundation: Update

Spectrum Health Care Foundation is a national registered charity that was created by Spectrum to support the people and communities we serve. We had the pleasure of partnering with five organizations across the GTA so far this year. Continue reading to find out what our foundation has been doing in 2019:

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon provides counselling and classroom resources to teenage mothers/soon-to-be mothers in the Newmarket area. This May, our foundation had the pleasure of helping with their annual Mother's Day celebration luncheon. We chopped fruits and vegetables and helped prepare the trays of food that were served at the luncheon.

Peel Children's Centre

PCC was able to use our donation to help children and youth who need mental health support. Our donation was used to cover transportation costs for the youth and their families who would otherwise have no financial means to get to their counselling sessions.

Lumacare

Lumacare hosts their annual Elder Abuse Awareness Walk every year on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15). This year our foundation was the title sponsor. We had members of our Spectrum team there to represent our divisions and had our Spectrum Patient Services truck there as well.

SickKids

This April, SickKids held their 6th annual Angels Catwalk for SickKids. The fashion show raised funds for transplant research, education and innovation, and awareness for organ and tissue donation. As a sponsor of the event, members of our Spectrum staff were invited to attend the fashion show which featured some of the hottest fashion to walk across the runway.

Camp Kawartha

Camp Kawartha is a charitable organization that has been in operation for 98 years. Their programs aim to provide children, from all walks of life, the opportunity to get out of the city to explore and learn. They want every child to feel valued, empowered and believe that they can make a difference. Our foundation sponsored two children to enrol in the camp and experience the great outdoors.

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Come to our Ottawa drop-in interviews!

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

Join us at our Ottawa MTA drop-in interviews to find out what this position is all about. 

Address
2275 Stevenage Drive
Ottawa ON, K1G 3W1

Date/Time
Tuesday, September 24, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Thursday, September 26, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Requirements

  • Resume
  • G Licence
  • Clean Driver's Abstract (optional for drop-in session, mandatory upon official hire)
  • Standard First Aid (can complete after official hire)
  • Level C CPR (can complete after official hire)

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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 at our two Toronto bases. See below for dates and times:

Leaside Base
25 Commercial Road
East York, ON M4G 1Z3​
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM
Thursday, October 31, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM
​Thursday, November 14, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM
​Thursday, November 21, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM
​Thursday, November 28, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM

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Bethridge Base
221 Bethridge Road
Rexdale, ON, M9W 1N4
Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM
​Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM
​Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM
​Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 1 PM to 3 PM

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Requirements
Resume
G Licence
Driver's Abstract (optional for drop-in session, mandatory upon official hire)
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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