Team Recognized for Innovative Initiatives
North York General Hospital's Pharmacy team received two national achievement awards in November 2010: the Commitment to Care & Service Award presented by Pharmacy Practice and Drugstore Canada, and the Douglas J. Stewart Award presented by the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacy.
We were recognized in the "Hospital Pharmacy Initiative" category of the Commitment to Care & Service Award.
This award recognizes the development of an innovative and practical hospital-based program initiated at the entrant’s hospital and which uses pharmacists’ expertise, and/or collaborative efforts to improve patient care, overall health delivery and/or hospital procedures. The category is open to hospital pharmacists only.
This award was won by the entire pharmacist team, led by Doris Nessim, Voula Georgiopoulos, Feng Chang, Teresa Bishara, Sharon Eng and Joyce Choy, for developing the "Anticoagulation Improvement Management Service’"(AIMS) to ensure safe use of warfarin (an anticoagulant) at the hospital.
Thanks to the pharmacists’ involvement, INR time spent within therapeutic range increased from 42% at baseline to 54% in the pilot, and documented bleeding events fell from 4 per month to 0.75 per month!
In simple terms, the INR (international normalized ratio), is a coagulation test, used to determine the clotting tendency of blood. If the INR is increased, it means it is taking longer than usual for blood to clot.
Under NYGH's initiative, before patients receive warfarin, their INR is tested daily. Based on the results, the warfarin dose may be adjusted to ensure the correct level of INR within the target level to avoid such negative outcomes as a stroke or bleeding.
The acronynm AIMS symbolizes the Pharmacy Department's continuing "aim" to make a difference in the provision of excellent patient care at NYGH.
This award recognizes excellence in the implementation of a new hospital program by a member of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.
The 2010 winner is Greta Mah who worked closely with Dr. Joyce Lee to implement the Geriatric Clinic for Parkinson's at the Seniors' Health Centre.
This specialized clinic provides comprehensive assessment and medication management to elderly patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and related complications. Patients and families are also empowered by this pharmacist-physician team to manage this complex chronic condition, through education, telephone consultation and linkage to community services.
All elderly patients with Parkinson's disease or Parkinsonism discharged from the hospital were followed at the clinic since 2008, and none were re-admitted within the last 2 years. The clinic continues to achieve its goal by helping these frail patients to age at home and to prevent unnecessary hospital admission. This initiative was also chosen for exhibition in the recent Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo.
Dr. Val Rachlis Receives 2010 Jan Kasperski Leadership Award
Dr. Val Rachlis is the recipient of the 2010 Jan Kasperski Leadership Award from the Ontario College of Family Physicians.
The award is offered to an individual who best exemplifies exceptional leadership in the pursuit of excellence in Family Medicine in Ontario. It recognizes an outstanding leader who reflects the qualities "to model the way, inspire shared vision, challenge the process and enable others to act."
Since 1984, Dr. Rachlis has served in numerous leadership positions at North York General Hospital , including Director of Primary and Integrated Health Care Initiatives. A recognized leader in primary care, he has worked with physicians since 1995 to improve the delivery and coordination of family care in our community.
January 6, 2011
Thanks to our implementation of eCare, our hospital has achieved HIMSS 5, a ranking by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) a U.S. advocacy group to indicate our level of adopting electronic health records. North York General Hospital is the only hospital in Ontario to achieve Stage 5 and less than one per cent of hospitals in the US have hit 5.
Reaching HIMSS level 5 of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) adoption is a tremendous milestone in a healthcare organization’s journey to automate care processes and to prevent medication errors
HIMSS level 5 is an achievement that places North York General Hospital in an elite group of less than one per cent of all health-care organizations in Canada.
December 1, 2010
National Award Recognizes Dr. Jeremy Theal's Leadership and Innovation in Information Technology
Dr. Jeremy Theal, Director of Medical Informatics and a Gastroenterologist at North York General Hospital, was awarded the Community-Based Physician Leader/Innovator Award at the 6th Annual Canadian Health Informatics Awards Gala on November 18.
The gala event celebrates outstanding achievements and excellence in the Canadian Health Informatics industry, and recognizes and honours the contributions of individuals and companies in the efficient use of information technology to improve the health of all Canadians.
The Community-Based Physician Leader/Innovator Award award, presented by the Canadian Medical Association and Practice Solutions Ltd., recognizes a practicing, community-based medical doctor who has shown outstanding leadership or innovation in the use of health information technology in medical practice.
November 30, 2010
Dr. David Kaplan Appointed to Two Lead Roles for Central LHIN
Dr. David M. Kaplan, Deputy Chief, Family & Community Medicine Program, has been appointed to two leadership roles for the Central LHIN.
Primary Care Diabetes Lead, Central LHIN
As a part of the Ontario Diabetes Strategy, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) is creating a Regional Coordination Centre (RCC) in each of the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). The RCCs are responsible for the coordination of and improvements in outcomes for diabetic prevention, education and care within the province including both general and priority populations.
Dr. Kaplan will lead regional program development from a primary care perspective. He will act a resource, leader, and advocate for primary care providers in the region. Finally, he will help address diabetes service delivery issues within the Central LHIN region, such as quality management and unattached patient management.
Chair, Central LHIN Primary Care Action Group
The Central LHIN launched the Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) 2010-2013 that outlined the LHIN’s key priorities for the next three years: 1. Emergency Room /Alternate Levels of Care; 2. Chronic Disease Management and Prevention; 3. Mental Health and Addictions; and 4. Health Equity.
The Central LHIN identified primary care as a critical enabler to support an integrated health care system. To continue to move the strategy forward, Central LHIN established an interdisciplinary Primary Care Action Group to define a comprehensive primary care system vision for the Central LHIN and help improve access to primary health care for our residents. Dr. Kaplan's leadership will help define the role of community-based primary care in these four key LHIN priorities.
November 5, 2010
Tammy Muskat Receives Heart of Social Work
Tammy Muskat, Professional Practice Leader for Social Work, has been selected as the recipient of the Heart of Social Work award given by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This world-wide organization has as its
members universities throughout the world that have social work faculties. The University of Toronto is one of its members.
The North American task force established a special award, the Heart of Social Work award, to recognize and acknowledge excellence in its partners in social work field education — the agency based field instructor. The recipients honoured are outstanding in their contributions to field education and to the social work profession.
Tammy was nominated by the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work where she is an Adjunct Lecturer. She was selected as a recipient based on her:
1) Skill in field instruction and teaching
2) Service to the university, to the school, to the program
3) Creativity and innovation in field instruction
Award decisions are made by a committee of the Directors of Field Education representing diverse regions and programs levels throughout the U.S. and Canada. Awards werr presented at the 2010 CSWE annual program meeting October 14-17 in Portland, Oregon.
October 6, 2010
Dr. Risa Bordman, a family physician affiliated with North York General Hospital, is a recipient of the Ontario College of Family Physicians 2010 Awards of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
The Awards of Excellence recognize CFPC members who in the past 12-24 months have made an outstanding contribution in a specific area pertaining to one or more of the following areas: patient care; community service; hospital or health care institutions; College activities (national or chapter); teaching, research or other elements of the academic discipline of family medicine.
Dr. Bordman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto. She is also the former Postgraduate Program Director in our Family & Community Medicine Program.
October 5, 2010
Dr. Marla Shapiro Recieves Top Honours from North York Central Hospital
Dr. Marla Shapiro has been awarded the 2010 Peter R. Newman Humanitarian Award.
Created in 1996 by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at North York General Hospital, the award is presented annually to a person at North York General Hospital in recognition of an exemplary commitment to the welfare of individuals or the community at home or abroad.
“This award was established in recognition of the incredible contributions Dr. Peter Newman has made to North York General Hospital and the community we care for,” says Dr. David White,
Chief, Family & Community Medicine and Program Medical Director, North York General Hospital. “We are honoured to present this award to Dr. Shapiro for her exceptional work providing health education and care to communities across the GTA and well beyond.”
August 9, 2010
Dr. Nicholas Pairaudeau has received the Award of Excellence for the Ontario Region from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC). The award was presented June 5 during the society’s 66th Annual Clinical Meeting in Montréal.
Dr. Pairaudeau, an Obstetrician & Gynecologist at North York General Hospital since 1976, was recognized for his contributions to continuing medical education. He has taught courses in China and hosted physicians and administrators from China at our hospital.
June 30, 2010
Dr. Steven Kahane, Co-Recipient of Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development
Dr. Steven Kahane, a family physician affiliated with our Family and Community Medicine Program, is a co-recipient of the Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development 2010.
This award established by the Centre for Faculty Development recognizes excellence in faculty development programming and teaching in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
Dr. Kahane is one of the planners of The Basics Program which won in the category of Innovation in Program Development and Design.
The Basics Program is a three-day event for new faculty members offered by the Family and Community Medicine Department, University of Toronto. It is designed to equip them with practical tools, knowledge and skills around teaching and learning; orient them within the Department; strengthen collegial networks and develop future leaders in the area of faculty development.
The winners will be honoured at the annual University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Educational Achievement Event on May 13, 2010
March 1, 2010
Dr. Marla Shaprio Recipient of May Cohen Award
Dr. Marla Shapiro,a family physician affiliated with NYGH's Family and Community Medicine Program, is the recipient of the 2010 May Cohen Award presented by the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC).
Named in honour of Dr. May Cohen, a former FMWC National President, this annual award is presented to the federation member who best personifies the legacy of May Cohen and her unique ability to transfer the FMWC vision into living action in support of women physicians and women's health.
The May Cohen Award will be presented to Dr. Shapiro during the Awards Luncheon at the Annual General Meeting this September in Toronto.
March 1, 2010