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SE Health marks 110 years

This Canadian social enterprise is no stranger to change. Marking its 110th year this September, Saint Elizabeth – now known as SE Health – has been a driving force of health innovation and care since 1908. What started out as four visiting nurses in downtown Toronto has evolved into a mobile team of 9,000 health professionals bringing a full range of services to people and families in homes and neighbourhoods across Canada.

"The playground today is very different but the core inspiration for our work as a not-for-profit charity remains the same: Empower people with the knowledge and tools to live their best lives – and work with partners to build a stronger and more inclusive society," says Shirlee Sharkey, who has led SE Health as its CEO since 1992.

As corporate brands transform to become more purpose-led, organizations like SE Health must continue to evolve their skills and offerings to fill gaps and create value. It is this type of agile thinking that fuelled the launch of SE Global, an advisory services arm that is helping international health systems improve the patient experience, grow a quality talent pool and optimize operations. Earlier this year, SE Health formalized a new partnership with Royale Home Health to support knowledge transfer, capacity development and best practices in the Middle East.

Closer to home, SE Health works with governments, hospitals, regional health authorities, the seniors' living sector, and individuals and family caregivers to help Canadians live and age with health, vitality and dignity. This includes partnering with health systems to design and deliver specialized transition and reactivation programs that bridge care from hospital to home. Other partnerships include working with digital health companies like Fonemed to open the door to new possibilities in care.

With an aging population, the demand for smart services and high quality care in the home will only continue to increase. That bodes well for the future of SE Health, which has grown 144% in the past decade alone and operates both a standalone research centre and network of health career colleges to meet the knowledge and education needs of a rapidly-changing industry.

In the future, the way we live and die will be nothing like what it has been for the past century or more. To prepare the organization for its next 110 years, SE Health has established SE Futures, a core team of disruptors and designers that is guiding stakeholders towards a future that is more predictive, proactive, decentralized, continuous, people-powered and values-based.

Reflecting on the success and evolution of SE Health, Ms. Sharkey highlights the role of its culture and people: "They say in life, you get what you give. At SE Health and Elizz, we're about spreading hope and happiness and that's something that never gets old."

To learn more about the ways SE Health is dedicated to a brighter future of health care at home, view our 2018 Impact Report.

About SE Health

SE Health is a not-for-profit social enterprise applying knowledge, vision and drive to forever impact how people live and age at home, today and into the future. With Canadian roots and 110 years of expertise, the organization brings quality excellence and innovation to home care, seniors' lifestyle, and family caregiving. Through its team of 9,000 Leaders of Impact, SE Health delivers 20,000 care exchanges daily, totaling 50 million in the last decade alone.
Visit us online at sehc.com.

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