HEALTH HERO AWARD

This award honours the valour of frontline health care workers, including but not limited to hospital, long-term care, and public health personnel.

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DR. HILDA LIM

RECIPIENT OF THE HEALTH HERO AWARD

(with loving dedication to Emily Lim)

Dr. Hilda Lim played a vital role in supporting residents and families in long-term care during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the height of the pandemic, she worked and volunteered in long-term care homes experiencing outbreaks in order to provide COVID-19 information in Chinese to residents and families. Dr. Lim was able to break down communication barriers and provide considerable compassion and support for families during a time of crisis.

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DR. REENA LOVINSKY

RECIPIENT OF THE HEALTH HERO AWARD

Dr. Reena Lovinsky and Dr. Abdel Belhaj led the Scarborough Health Network’s (SHN) Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) response during the COVID-19 pandemic. They provided SHN with invaluable expert advice, giving staff confidence and easing anxieties. Their leadership at various crossroads during the pandemic has saved lives, inside and outside the hospital.

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DR. ABDEL BELHAJ

RECIPIENT OF THE HEALTH HERO AWARD

Dr. Abdel Belhaj and Dr. Reena Lovinsky led the Scarborough Health Network’s (SHN) Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) response during the COVID-19 pandemic. They provided SHN with invaluable expert advice, giving staff confidence and easing anxieties. Their leadership at various crossroads during the pandemic has saved lives, inside and outside the hospital.

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DRU ANN SKEATES

RECIPIENT OF THE HEALTH HERO AWARD

Dru Ann Skeates led from the frontlines with her staff as the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) supported partners in the community. Dru worked with the outreach teams into long-term care at the onset of the pandemic and was the manager of the COVID swabbing clinic at Centenary Hospital. Dru is Scarborough proud and continues to find ways to ensure our community is never missed.

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KATRINA STUDENY

RECIPIENT OF THE HEALTH HERO AWARD

Katrina Studeny is an outstanding nurse who goes above and beyond for patients, colleagues, and health professional students. During the pandemic, Katrina’s tremendous wealth of knowledge and willingness to lend a helping hand were critical. Katrina filled numerous staffing shortages including volunteering to be redeployed to the long-term care sector during the peak of the first outbreak in the sector. Katrina is shaping the future of nursing by preparing preceptor students for the workforce and always advocating for her patients.

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DR. LISA SALAMON

RECIPIENT OF THE HEALTH HERO AWARD

While Dr. Lisa Salamon works on the frontlines as an Emergency Physician at the Scarborough Health Network (SHN), she has also been essential in implementing important initiatives to manage and mitigate COVID-19 in the community. Dr. Salamon was a driving force in the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) initiative to secure and distribute 500,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Ontario doctors during a time of PPE shortage. Dr. Salamon has brought greater awareness of Scarborough’s COVID-19 stories and community needs to the public’s attention. She has contributed to mass vaccination efforts for the Scarborough community including helping to mobilize community vaccine clinics, the vaccination of long-term care residents, and advocating for increased vaccine supply for Scarborough.