Healthcare trailblazer, Dr. Dhun Noria, Chief of Laboratory Medicine at Scarborough Health Network (SHN), was recently honoured for her formative and ground-breaking contributions to the Shared Hospital Lab (SHL).
Founded in 1996, Shared Hospital Lab is a partnership between SHN, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Michael Garron and North York General Hospital to provide high-quality microbiology lab services. Dr. Noria’s critical role in establishing SHL and ongoing contribution to the organization’s success was celebrated at Sunnybrook’s Bayview Campus as a group of her family, close peers and esteem colleagues joined in for the event.
At the dedication ceremony, a plaque was unveiled in the gardens, The Dr. Dhun Noria SHL Staff Wellness Courtyard. The plaque reads, “Named in recognition of Dr. Noria, MD, FRCPC, O. Ont., a previous Chair of the Board of SHL, her personal story of inspiration and her commitment to patient care and the Ontario health system is unsurpassed. She envisioned, championed, and was the driving force behind the creation of SHL.”
“Shared Hospital Lab has been an important part of my professional life for 26 years,” Dr. Noria explained during her remarks, attributing the success of SHL to incredible and selfless team of visionaries and healthcare workers. “I am truly proud and honoured to work with our forward-thinking team. These people are not just frontline workers, to me they are warriors and they are soldiers in this epic Covid-19 battle”, she continued.
Shared Lab presented Dr. Noria with a special commemorative portrait, which will be hung in the Board Room, “in recognition of the tremendous contributions Dr. Noria has brought to healthcare across the province.”
SHL has played an instrumental role in the fight against COVD-19 by conducting and processing PCR COVID-19 tests for SHN patients and three million across Ontario. SHL has also provided Covid –19 testing for Public Health Ontario Laboratory and 20 other health care facilities across Ontario.
In addition to her contributions to SHL and advancing healthcare for Scarborough, Dr. Noria has been a steadfast supporter of SHN Foundation. As one of the founding physicians of the Birchmount Hospital, Dr. Noria’s philanthropy and leadership has helped position SHN as a leader in healthcare. Throughout her 30+ years of support, Dr. Noria and her husband Farokh Noria have donated over $1 million cumulatively to SHN Foundation. SHN is tremendously grateful to Dr. Noria for her ongoing support, and we are proud to recognize her as one of SHN Foundation’s original donors.
About Dr. Dhun Noria
Dr. Noria has built a career on an unwavering commitment to excellence in health care, and her work has had a significant impact on Ontario’s health care system.
Dr. Noria was a founding board member of Birchmount Hospital, and member of the core planning team that brought together Birchmount and General in 1999. Appointed by Premier and Lt. Governor in Council as Chair of Metro Toronto District Health Council with a mandate to Restructure 44 Hospitals in Metro Toronto. Dr. Noria was also a founding member of the Shared Hospital Laboratory.
Dr. Noria’s enthusiasm has been recognized nationally and internationally. She has earned many awards for her commitment to the health care field in Canada, including Order of Ontario Award – the province’s highest honour; Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Medal; a star in the Scarborough Walk of Fame; Presidential Medal from the Ontario Medical Association; and Professional and Business Woman of the Year through the Canada-India Business Council.