Meet Matina Haralampous
Name: Matina Haralampous
Title & Department: Administrative coordinator for clinical directors
On the WCH team for: 8 years
1. What does your typical work day look like?
I can’t say that any of my work days here at WCH could be described as typical. The work that I do on a daily basis is defined by the challenges and priorities of the clinical directors in the portfolios that they oversee.
There are times when I am onsite in clinical areas supporting the teams with initiatives they are championing and sometimes I have days filled with back to back meetings. I also represent the equity portfolio on a number of external committees, for example the uninsured network which supports access to care for patients without health insurance.
2. What excites you the most about working at WCH?
The work that I do to support the hospital’s strategic direction around health equity and working to create access for all excites me the most. As a child of immigrant parents, I’m well aware of the challenges of settling into a new country and culture while trying to maintain good health. The work to provide space and opportunity for the most marginalized in our communities makes me excited to come to work every day. I'm very proud to be part of the WCH team.
3. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience?
In my work supporting the clinical directors, I’ve been very fortunate to have had a number of opportunities to participate in events that support a positive patient experience. Most recently coordinating for the Indigenous gynecology and breast screening day ensured that indigenous women would have a culturally safe experience with necessary screening at Women’s College Hospital.
4. Tell us one (or three) thing(s) that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
I think my colleagues would be surprised to learn that I was a member of a professional dance troupe that travelled and performed all across Canada.