As many of you may know, Dr. Mark Bayley serves as UHN-Toronto Rehab’s Program Medical Director and Physiatrist in Chief. He skillfully balances his leadership responsibilities and patient roster with a robust body of research into understanding how to speed up brain recoveries through exercise, virtual reality, telerehabilitation and function electrical stimulation. His work has redesigned the stroke and brain injury rehabilitation systems in Canada.
Now additionally serving as a physician in Toronto Rehab’s new COVID-19 Rehab Clinic, Dr. Bayley spent a few moments with us to reflect on the importance of rehabilitation and how he sees it evolving through the pandemic and beyond.
He explained that very few medical conditions actually fit the traditional medical model of “diagnose, treat and cure” and there is a growing burden of frailty and long-term complications resulting from injury, illness and the effects of aging. Better integration of rehabilitation medicine through prevention, preoperative conditioning, and continuing care will help achieve optimal function, mobility and quality of life.
When it comes to the role of rehabilitation in health management, Dr. Bayley says it’s “not the cherry on top, but part of the sundae.”
From Dr. Bayley, and all our clinicians, scientists and staff, thank you for helping us raise the profile of rehabilitation and make Toronto Rehab a place Where Incredible Happens.
Sun Life Making an Incredible Impact on Diabetes Care
Toronto Rehab is excited to announce Sun Life’s renewed support of diabetescollege.ca with their commitment of $600,000. This critical investment will enable Toronto Rehab to realize an enhanced vision for Sun Life Diabetes College, an online interactive program that combines exercise, education and healthy lifestyle behaviour changes to support the prevention and management of diabetes and prediabetes.
“We are grateful to continue our collaborative partnership with Sun Life,” says Dr. Paul Oh, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN. “Together we are improving and expanding Sun Life Diabetes College in response to our growing, worldwide need for effective, virtual diabetes education and care.”
“We believe that empowering individuals to take charge of their health can have a real impact. With the number of Canadians affected by diabetes growing every year, investing in programs focused on education and healthy habits can create positive and lasting change,” says Linda Dougherty, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and Global Marketing, Sun Life. “As a global leader supporting diabetes awareness, prevention, and care, we are proud to renew our commitment to Toronto Rehab. The important work they are doing is helping those with diabetes live healthier lives.”
Help Support Toronto Rehab with Online Purchases
Wellwise by Shoppers wants to help make incredible happen through your online purchases from March 18th to April 30th, 2021 of health and wellness-focused products for daily living, mobility and therapeutic needs. 10% of sales will be donated to Toronto Rehab Foundation by Wellwise when you use promo code UHN at wellwise.ca.
Disclaimer: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Foundation is a charitable beneficiary of the Program, and this in no way constitutes an endorsement of the products, express or implied.
Virtual Ride for Rehab Crosses Canada and Beyond
Last month, Toronto Rehab celebrated the inaugural Virtual Ride for Rehab Presented by BMO. Our goal was to fundraise $200,000 and complete a virtual distance of 8,030 km (the length of the Trans-Canada Highway) across Canada. We are delighted to share with you that we surpassed both goals, raising over $225,000 and crossing more than 10,000 km together in support of Toronto Rehab.
Congratulations and thank you to all the participants, teams, and incredible sponsors for helping us with this event!
Coming soon: Details about our fall Golf Classic presented by Scotiabank in support of Toronto Rehab-UHN’s Hull-Ellis Concussion and Research Clinic.