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Healthcare Change Makers

Jul 9, 2020

Welcome to From the Frontlines, a special Healthcare Change Makers mini-series. Healthcare providers and support staff have been on the frontlines, fighting for Canadians since the start of this pandemic. In this series we’re handing the microphone over to some of those amazing individuals.


Today, Philip De Souza, HIROC’s Director of Communications and Marketing, chats with Leslie Motz, Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Lakeridge Health. In this dual role Leslie’s work impacts a number of areas at the organization, including patient care. She also works to ensure teams are well positioned for success, instilling the importance of self-awareness and self-care in her staff.


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, change has been coming fast and furious. Leslie has been inspired by her team who have managed this change in a very calm, thoughtful way – always putting patients and their colleagues first.


Key Takeaways:

[1:23] Learning about Lakeridge Health

[1:50] Leslie’s work in her dual role as VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive

[2:47] Strategies at Lakeridge Health that contribute to a culture of safety

[3:55] Throughout the pandemic, Lakeridge’s foundations of safety have been tested and true

[5:03] Leslie and her team have adapted to the management of clinical nursing and long-term care – a true moment of resiliency

[7:00] What Leslie has learned about partnering with other organizations

[8:28] Leslie encourages her team to be self-aware and provide self-care when needed

[9:30] Clapping Lakeridge’s first COVID-19 patient out of the organization

[10:04] Self-reflection on leadership and family during the Canadian Armed Forces ceremony at Orchard Villa

Mentioned in this Episode:

Lakeridge Health

Orchard Villa

Canadian Armed Forces

Durham Region


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