Genius Gallery

The following are some of the successful Genius Lab submissions implemented since the inception of the program.

Due to the large number of submissions only successful ideas are contacted. If you have questions pertaining to the Genius Lab email

Lisa Fisher (ICU)
Great Idea: Retirement Recognition

Lisa Fisher

Great Idea: Lisa Fisher (ICU) for suggesting that employees with 20+ years of service are recognized on their last day prior to retiring are visited by the CEO to be recognized for their contribution to the organization.

Submission Date: December 15, 2017

Brooke Meloche (Cancer Program)
Great Idea: Energy Savings

Genius Lab Brooke Meloche

Great Idea: Brooke suggested a series of reminders, tips and ideas for WRH staff to use energy more wisely! In addition to conserving energy, her idea is a cost-saving measure for both campuses. Thanks Brooke!

Submission Date: November 13, 2017

Karen Duval (Emergency)
Great Idea: Paperless Job Postings

Genius Lab Karen Duval

Great Idea: Karen suggested a more efficient/paperless process for the purpose of job postings and notification to staff. Human Resources reviewed the idea and implemented it.

Submission Date: February 20, 2013

Nancy Hannon (Social Worker)
Great Idea: Palliative Care Unit DVD

Genius Lab Nancy Hannon

Great Idea: Nancy suggested creating a DVD of the Palliative Care Unit at Malden Park/HDGH for patients and families who may have to be transferred or admitted. This was considered and completed by Transition to Betterness.

Submission Date: February 26, 2012

Rose Vanderham (Surgical Day Care)
Great Idea: Communication Improvement

Genius Lab Rose Vanderham

Great Idea: Rose Vandenham suggested making changes to the process of communication for visitors/family at the Ouellette Campus. This has limited the number of times the phone rings in the waiting room and made it more pleasant for family members.

Submission Date: December 8, 2015

Annette Lumley (Diagnostic Imaging)
Great Idea: Installing a camera/monitor in the MRI waiting room

Genius Lab Annette Lumley

Great Idea: Annette suggested in installing a camera/monitor in the MRI waiting room that allows better communication with patients during their test.

Submission Date: January 13, 2015

Dr. Hemant Ghate
Great Idea: Shadowing Fellow Employees Matching Program

Genius Lab Dr. Heman Ghate

Great Idea: Dr. Hemant Ghate suggested a “Shadowing Fellow Employees Matching Program”. WRH has a program for people from the community to shadowing staff called “Take a Walk in My Shoes”. This program allows employees to shadow other staff.

Submission Date: December 7, 2014

Elena Epchtein (Cancer Program)
Great Idea: Reusing Booking Software

Elena Epchtein

Great Idea: Elena worked in a variety of area including Diagnostic Imaging and Medicine.
She made suggestions for using existing software in other departments for booking appointments for patients. This has proved to be useful and efficient!

Submission Date: August 28, 2014

Eric Peterson (Environmental Services)
Great Idea: Programming Elevators

Eric Peterson

Great Idea: Eric suggested program transport elevators to return to 1st floor by default when there are no other calls. This saves valuable time.

Submission Date: August 21, 2014

Amanda McMillan (Ontario Breast Screening Program)
Great Idea: Valet Parking

Amanda McMillan

Great Idea: Valet Parking at the Met Campus.

Submission Date: March 13, 2013

Dayna Roberts (SOP) and Fatima Al-Roubaiai (LWD)
Great Idea: Quick reference stickers for emergency codes

Dayna Roberts

Great Idea: Congratulations to Dayna Roberts and Fatima Al-Roubaiai for suggesting re-introducing the practice of placing stickers on the backs of new employee badges as a quick reference to emergency codes at WRH.

Submission Date: July/August 2014

Claire Brooks (Ambulation Assistant)
Great Idea: More effective cleaning of Ouellette wheelchairs

Claire Brooks

Great Idea: Congratulations to Claire Brooks for suggesting that a better process be put in place to ensure wheelchairs are properly cleaned as soon as they are returned to the Goyeau lobby after being used.

Submission Date: June 2014

Sandra Carrick (4 West, Oncology)
Great Idea: Increasing organ and tissue donor registration

Sandy Carrick

Great Idea: Congratulations to Sandra Carrick for suggesting that organ and tissue donor registration could increase when patients are prompted about donation at the time of admitting.

Submission Date: April 2014

Giselle Hillman
Great Idea: Teleconferences Online

Giselle Hillman

Great Idea: Congratulations Giselle suggested making webinars and teleconferences available on the WRH website and/or on e-learning so that everyone could access in they are not able to attend.

Submission Date: December 2013

Gillian Martin
Great Idea: Inspirational quotes

Great Idea: Congratulations Gillian for suggesting the each Unit should have a small white board where staff could write an inspirational quote every day to motivate/inspire and reflect on throughout the day.

Submission Date: December 2013

Maria Ala (Ward Clerk 4 North)
Great Idea: Bereavement Cart

Maria Ala

Great Idea: Maria suggested creating a bereavement cart for families on 4north and 4west. The cart would have Keurig machines with coffee/tea selections. If successful, this could be duplicated on other units.

Submission Date: July 2013

Jen Schaus
Great Idea: Meeting Rooms Have Instructions for A/V Equipment

Jennifer Schaus

Great Idea: Congratulations to Jen Schaus for suggesting that meeting rooms have complete instructions on how to use the audio/visual equipment.

Submission Date: January 2012

Electronic Pay Stubs

Electronic Pay Stubs

Great Idea: Great Idea: A number of employees submitted the idea of eliminating paper and having WRH adopt electronic pay stubs.

Congratulations to Roy Costa, Sandra Bauer (Emerg), Kelly Azar, Shari Bruner and Gail Franklin for submitting the idea.

Submission Date: August 20, 2012

Lisa Fisher (ICU)
Great Idea: Employees with 20+ Years of Service are recognized


Great Idea: Lisa suggested that employees with 20+ years of service are recognized on their last day prior to retiring and are visited by the CEO to be recognized for their contribution to the organization.

Submission Date: May 3, 2011

Gary VanNest (Regional Children's Centre)
Great Idea: 'New Hire' Announcements

Gary VanNest

Great Idea: Gary suggested that 'new hire' announcements for staff be posted for all to see. This has been implemented by the Human Resources Department.

Submission Date: December 10, 2010

Connie Sivyer (Professional Practice Coordinator)
Great Idea: Patient Bill of Rights in different languages

Connie Sivyer

Great Idea: Connie suggested that the WRH Patient Bill of Rights should be available in different languages to reflect our patient population.

Submission Date: December 10, 2010

Sue Nantais (Withdrawal Management Services)
Great Idea: WRH Exchange

Sue Nantais

Great Idea: Sue Nantais (Withdrawal Management Services) suggested holding an event to exchange or swap office equipment, supplies and furniture between departments. The purpose is two-fold - it is a form of recycling and it can save the corporation money if supplies can be obtained from another department in lieu of ordering new. The first exchange will take place at the Met Campus on December 10th, 2009 and in January 2010 at the Western Campus.

Jason Irvine (HEC Clinical Nursing Analyst)
Great Idea: Did you Know?

Jason Irvine

Great Idea: Jason Irvine suggested that WRH highlight interesting facts and information about our staff.

Submission Date: March 6, 2009

Sue Nantais (Withdrawal Management Services)
Great Idea: Improved Cleaning of Equipment in the Brown Auditorium

Sue Nantais

Great Idea: Sue Nantais (Withdrawal Management Services) suggested improvements to our treatment of fitness equipment in the Brown Auditorium. Sue noted that this was not a regular done and needed to be addressed. Thanks, Sue again for a suggestion that supports the Healthy Lifestyle program.

Submission Date: February 20, 2009

Rose Grant-Rennie (Speech/Audiology and Recreation)
Great Idea: PC Clean-Up Day

Rose Grant-Rennie

Great Idea: Rose Grant-Rennie (Speech/Audiology and Recreation) suggested having a PC Clean Up day in conjunction with WRH No-Email day(s). Staff will be reminded from time to time to delete or archive emails in an effort to improve system efficiency.

Submission Date: December 18, 2008

Laurie Casagrande (Diagnostic Imaging)
Great Idea: Installation of Doorbell for pharmacy

Laurie Casagrande

Great Idea: In order to improve efficiency, Laurie Casagrande (Diagnostic Imaging) the installation of a doorbell in the pharmacy area. This will alert staff and contribute to safety for this area.

Submission Date: December 17, 2008

Karen Riddell (Quest for E-Care Manager)
Genius Idea: Walkarounds

Karen Riddell

Great Idea: Congratulations to Karen Riddell (Quest for E-Care Manager) who suggested that Executive Leadership do 'walkarounds' - meeting with frontline staff to discuss patient safety issues. WRH Walkarounds started in January 2009 with a visit to patient care floors!.

Submission Date: October 17, 2008

Cathy Sceli (Cardio-Pulmonary)
Great Idea: Development of WRH 'Word Art" T-shirt

Cathy Sceli

Great Idea: Congratulations to Cathy Sceli who recently suggested WRH develop a t-shirt based on word art. The word art was developed through the urging of Dr. Sion. The shirts will soon be made available for sale.

Submission Date: November 17, 2008