Awards and Honours

Leaders in many areas of rehabilitative care because we are never satisfied with the status quo

We imagine better ways to deliver the best patient outcomes. While we’re leaders in many areas of rehabilitative care we’re never satisfied with the status quo.

That commitment to discovering new ways to do what we do better has garnered numerous awards and honours. We are grateful for this recognition, but ultimately judge our success by how successful we are at helping patients get their lives back.

2022 University of Toronto's Department of Occupational Therapy Recognition Award winners

West Park's Brittney Dumouchelle, Cassie Smith, and Imelda Falco have been awarded for their roles as preceptors to students who came to the Centre to fulfill their LEAP placements. Learn more.

West Park Begins Accreditation Process with Great Success

As you may be aware, the Centre’s Accreditation Survey took place June 6– 8, 2022 and focused exclusively on the Governance and Leadership standards – the remainder of standards will be evaluated in 2024 as Part 2 of the survey. 

Within the two standards, there is a focus on 10 priority processes. The accreditation process requires that we provide evidence that we are meeting the high expectations required to satisfy each standard. The Accreditation Surveyors reviewed evidence and conducted virtual meetings with patients, family members, community partners, staff, medical staff, and senior leaders to verify standards are being met.  

We are delighted to report that we have met all 227 criteria against which we have been assessed. On behalf of the Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team, we thank all of our partners for participating in our accreditation survey process. We deeply value our relationship with each of you as partners and look forward to continued collaboration as we come together to meet the unique needs of our community.

We look forward to the next phase (Part 2) of our accreditation survey in 2024 when we will receive our final accreditation standing.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

2022 University of Toronto's Department of Physical Therapy Recognition Award winners

West Park's Dr. Crystal MacKay, Pankaj Vaza, and Janet Campbell received these awards for their roles as Clinical Instructors/Centre Coordinators Clinical Education. Learn more.

2022 OAAC conference poster presentation 2nd place winner - Clara Phillips

West Park research was well-represented at the annual Ontario Association for Amputee Care conference, and Biomedical Technologist Clara Phillips won second place for a poster presentation on a study she coauthored regarding patient perceptions of 3D scanning and printing of prosthetic sockets. Learn more.

2022 Hospital News Nursing Hero 2nd Place Winner - Nic Molina

Registered Nurse Nic Molina has spent the last 12 years as a dedicated member of the clinical services team at West Park, providing high quality, patient-centred care, mentoring students, and going above and beyond by involving himself in committees, working groups, and pandemic response activities. Learn More.

2021 Stroke Distinction™ Designation 

In November, 2021 West Park renewed its Stroke Distinction™ designation, demonstrating the Neurological Rehabilitation service's quality of care and adherence to Accreditation Canada standards and protocols. Learn More.

2021 Thomas L. Petty Distinguished Pulmonary Scholar Award - Dr. Dina Brooks 

The Thomas L. Petty Distinguished Pulmonary Scholar Award is presented to an individual who has made significant advances in the field of cardiac rehabilitation through research and scholarly contributions, earning national prominence in their field through contributions in contemporary research and education. Learn More.

2021 Hospital News Nursing Hero 2nd Place Winner - Trish Mizzau 

In her time at West Park Healthcare Centre, Trish Mizzau has answered the call on numerous occasions, the latest being West Park's battle against COVID-19. Read how her nomination for the Hospital News' Nursing Hero award led to her Second Place award and what her nominees had to say about her. Learn More.

2021 CPSO Council Award - Dr. Mihaela Nicula 

On March 4, 2021, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) formally recognized Dr. Nicula for her dedication and leadership by presenting her with a CPSO Council Award. Learn More.

2020 Canadian Thoracic Society Honorary Lecture Award - Dr. Roger Goldstein 

Dr. Roger Goldstein, Specialist, Respiratory Medicine at West Park received the 2020 Canadian Thoracic Society Honorary Lecture Award and delivered the lecture “The Magic of Rehabilitation” Oct. 19, 2020 as part of the CTS Scientific Program at CHEST.

2020 Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers - Warren Law 

Warren Law, Past Chair of West Park Healthcare Centre’s Board of Directors and current Board Member received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for supporting local healthcare initiatives, patient advocacy and the reduction of health inequities in Ontario. Learn More.

Green Hospital of the Year 

In recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship in greening its internal health care practices, West Park has received the Green Health Care Award naming us 2018 Green Hospital of the Year (non-acute) by the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. Learn More.

2019 West Park Chief of Staff receives Humanism in Medicine Award 

In June, 2019, Dr. Nora Cullen, West Park's Chief of Staff earned the 2019 Humanism in Medicine Award from the University of Toronto for her work in Nepal. Learn More.

2019 RNAO Recognition Award for Leadership in Nursing Education 

In April, 2019, Angela LoPonte, a registered nurse and Care Coordinator with West Park's Functional Enhancement Service (FES), was selected by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) as a recipient of the 2019 RNAO Recognition Award for Leadership in Nursing Education (Staff Development). Learn More.

2018 Accreditation

In June, 2018 West Park was awarded “Accreditation with Exemplary Standing,” the highest rating possible from Accreditation Canada. In awarding accreditation with exemplary standing to West Park for 2018-2022, Accreditation Canada concluded West Park meets or exceeds national standards of excellence, including 100 per cent of the Required Organizational Practices.

2018 Greening Health Care 5% Club award 

For reducing energy consumption by least 5%, West Park became a member of the 5% Club.

2015 Green Hospital award

West Park earned a 2015 Green Hospital Scorecard Silver Seal for its energy conservation efforts.

Best Practice Spotlight Organization

Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSOs) are health-care and academic organizations selected by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) through a request for proposals process to implement and evaluate the RNAO's best practice guidelines. West Park has been designated a BPSO since 2006. 

It is a dynamic partnership that focuses on making a positive impact on patient care at West Park and other member organizations though evidence-based practice.

2012 Quality Healthcare Workplace Award – Platinum

The award, sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – HealthForceOntario and the Ontario Hospital Association, recognizes organizational efforts to improve the healthcare workplace in ways that contribute to the quality of work life for healthcare providers and the quality of care they deliver. In 2010, West Park received the Gold award.

2012 Green Health Care Award in Energy Efficiency

The Green Health Care Awards - presented by the Ontario Hospital Association and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care - recognize leadership and excellence in reducing healthcare’s environmental impact. The 2012 Green Health Care Award for Energy Efficiency recognizes a hospital that has demonstrated a reduction in their environmental impact as a result of energy conservation and demand management, energy efficient technology, or use of alternative energy. 

First Place - 2012 Hygeia Award for External Publications

Awarded by the Health Care Public Relations Association, the Hygeia was awarded to West Park for its annual publication Healthy Together for clear, concise, readable copy that exhibits high editorial standards; effective use of colour or graphics; and an overall creative presentation.

2011 Canada Culture of Philanthropy Award

For the second year in a row, West Park received this award, presented by the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy in recognition of the spirit of giving West Park staff, physicians and volunteers demonstrate in helping patients on the road to recovery.

2011 Greater Toronto's Top Employers

An annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the Greater Toronto employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.

2010 Quality Healthcare Workplace Award – Gold

The award, sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – HealthForceOntario and the Ontario Hospital Association, recognizes organizational efforts to improve the healthcare workplace in ways that contribute to the quality of work life for healthcare providers and the quality of care they deliver.

2010 Canada Culture of Philanthropy Award

Given by the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy in recognition of the spirit of giving West Park staff, physicians and volunteers demonstrate in helping patients on the road to recovery.

2008 Dr. William Sibbald Award for Excellence in Patient Safety

Awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care to recognize excellence and innovation in patient safety.

The Centre was recognized in the Globe & Mail on May 9, 2009, in the article “Where to get the best care in Greater Toronto” in the rehabilitation category.

The article was based on information from the website, www.myhospitalcare.ca, launched by the Ontario Hospital Association.

Green Health Care Award

Awarded by the Ontario Hospital Association and Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care for West Park's 15-year journey to improve energy efficiency.