Third Annual Georgian Bay Healthcare Wellness Research and Innovation Day

The third annual Georgian Bay Healthcare Wellness Research and Innovation Day was held on Wednesday June 20th at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH).

The Georgian Bay Healthcare Wellness Research and Innovation Day is a collaboration between the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, the Town of Collingwood, the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP), and Georgian College.

The day provides an opportunity to bring speakers together to deliver lectures on the topics of geriatrics, quality improvement, and patient-centred care in the South Georgian Bay area.

Over 50 research and innovation posters were exhibited from local health and wellness professionals describing innovative partnerships, quality improvement projects, new community and organizational programs.

Leaders from Research Day’s partner organizations delivered opening remarks to begin the day.

Dr. Michael Lisi - General & Marine Hospital Collingwood
Dr. Michael Lisi, Chief of Staff – Collingwood General & Marine Hospital

Dr. Michael Lisi, Chief of Staff at Collingwood’s General and Marine Hospital and Chair of the Research Day Committee, welcomed the crowd of more than 185 attendees, over maximum capacity for the event space. An overflow room was provided for attendees to watch the live stream of the sessions.

There were 54+ live streamers, which included viewers from Australia, Germany, and Ghana. Dr. Lisi noted the diversity of organizations and professionals present in the crowd, and introduced the breakout session; “Finding the Missing Middle: Affordable Living Spaces for Seniors” being facilitated by the Innovation Team at Saint Elizabeth.

Dr. Peter Wells, Executive Director of the Rural Ontario Medical Program, Dr. Anne Josiukas, psychiatrist at Community Mental Health, CGMH and Dr. Mira Ray, Director of Centre of Applied Research and Innovation at Georgian College shared opening remarks to welcome the day’s attendees and invited everyone to take full advantage of the opportunities offered.


Dr. Anthony Sanfilippo, a Professor and the Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Medicine Program at Queen’s University


It Was A Homecoming For Dr. Anthony (Tony) Sanfilippo

Among the dynamic speakers and attendees was Dr. Anthony Sanfilippo, a Professor and the Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Medicine Program at Queen’s University. Dr. Sanfilippo noted that “the whole experience was a little surreal.

“Having grown up in Collingwood and worked in the various jobs in and out of the local hospital, I found myself reviewing posters and meeting local physicians in the same rooms and corridors in which I’d made deliveries and portered patients many years ago”.

Dr. Sanfilippo’s full thoughts on the day can be found on the Queen’s University Undergraduate School of Medicine Blog. It was a privilege to be able to showcase South Georgian Bay’s research and innovations to such a prominent individual.

Next year’s Research and Innovation Day will take place Wednesday, June 19, 2019 with a key topic stream of Cancer.



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