President’s Award for Living Our Core Values - How We Serve Our Patients
Shirley Woodfield is a PSW in Clinical Neurosciences, and has worked at LHSC for 31 years in a number of roles.
Colleagues, in their nomination of Shirley, praised her compassion for the patients she serves, and her dedication to ensuring that each and everyone receives the very best care possible. Whether she is finding ways to communicate with non-verbal patients, collaborating with colleagues on ways to assist someone’s progress or even just brushing a patient’s hair so that their family is able to see them the way they prefer to be seen, Shirley demonstrates the core values of LHSC – respect, trust and collaboration – each and every day.
“In patient care, I believe there is the ‘gold standard’ and then there is the ‘Shirley standard’. I believe Shirley’s philosophy in regards to respect is to give more than you ever plan to receive,” writes one of her nominators.
A common theme among those who know Shirley is her unending patience and respect for those she serves, traits which make her a valued member of her team, and a treasured friend and often ‘honorary family member’ of her patients and their families.
The following words from Shirley’s nominator provide the best explanation of why Shirley is this year’s recipient of the Core Values – How We Serve Our Patients award: “Shirley’s patients and coworkers light up when she comes on shift. She is such a positive, caring presence that everyone she comes in contact with is left feeling respected, cared for, and genuinely loved. Knowledgeable, amazingly kind and gentle, Shirley can make the toughest days – for patients and staff – so much brighter.”
- *Shirley Woodfield
- Belinda Keating-McLeod
- Kathryn Taylor