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Please note: This is a list of news items featuring, or mentioning, North York General Hospital. In some cases, links to past clips or stories may be removed by the media outlet and are no longer available for viewing.

2019 news items

NYGH successfully integrates eCTAS with Cerner information system
Canadian Healthcare Technology April 2019
TORONTO – North York General Hospital has successfully integrated the provincial eCTAS system into the emergency department module of its Cerner information system. That means more ease of access when triage nurses are logged into the Cerner system and want to use the electronic Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale, as they won't have to switch from one system to another. Tead the complete article in the April 2019 issue of Canadian Healthcare Technology website.

Integrated health care teams will improve service delivery in Ontario
Toronto Star, Dr. Joshua Tepper, Mar. 4, 2019
Recently, Christine Elliott, the minister of health and long-term care, announced that Ontario will be creating integrated care models called Ontario health teams. In speaking with front line clinicians, health care leaders and even patients, I have heard confusion about these health teams in terms what they are and why they are needed. I am the CEO of North York General Hospital (NYGH), a large community academic hospital that has been actively pursuing an integrated health system in our North York central community that has many of the elements envisioned for these new Ontario health teams. While not without its challenges, this is an approach that is better for patients, front line providers and the system. Read the complete article on the Toronto Star website.

What you need to know about Ontario's new model for health care
CBC News, Mike Crawley, Mar. 1, 2019
It's being called Ontario's biggest health system reform in 50 years, since the advent of medicare. But what will it actually look like for patients? The government of Premier Doug Ford is merging 20agencies, which employ more than 10,000 people, into one big agency in what will be called Ontario Health. While much of the attention so far has been on its creation, the crucial part of the reform will be something called Ontario Health Teams. The teams will also be crucial to whether the restructuring succeeds or fails. Read the complete article on the CBC website. (North York General Hospital is mentioned as a hospital that has teamed up with home-care providers and a few other agencies to provide bundled care for hundred of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure.)

Dear Silo Buster: What Are We Learning from Practice-Based Research?
Silo Buster, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Feb 26, 2019
Prof. Michelle Greiver formally took the reins as Director of UTOPIAN in the fall of 2018. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at U of T and holds the Gordon F. Cheesbrough Chair in Family and Community Medicine Research at North York General Hospital. As a family doctor for over 30 years with a deep interest in quality improvement, Greiver knows the benefits of the network effect. And UTOPIAN has recently drawn support from an anonymous donor to strengthen its database infrastructure and develop new methods for data analytics. Here are some of the lessons Greiver and her colleagues are learning from the silo-busting work of UTOPIAN. Read the complete article on the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine website.

City eyes North York for affordable housing
Post City Toronto, George Redak, Feb. 19, 2019
Last December, councillors and city staff identified 11 publicly owned sites to include in the new Housing Now initiative, which will guide the development of mixed income communities across the GTA. One of those properties is an 8.5-acre piece of land located at 251 Esther Shiner Blvd. This parcel is currently occupied by City of Toronto Fire Services, Transportation Services and Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, but due to its proximity to transit and the nearby North York General Hospital (NYGH), it's viewed by many as an ideal area to develop a community with affordable units. Read the complete article on the Post City website.

North York General Hospital gets $2M in infrastructure funding
Toronto.com, Jan. 26, 2019
North York General Hospital will receive $2 million from the province this year to upgrade, repair or maintain its facilities.The money is part of Ontario's Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund and 128 hospitals across the province are receiving money through it this year. Overall, the province is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades this year through the fund. Read the complete article at Toronto.com.

Five resolutions to improve our health care system
Joshua Tepper, Opinion, Toronto Star, Wed., Jan. 23, 2019
We are just a few days into 2019 and the commitment to our New Year resolutions remains high: The gyms are full, the calorie counting apps are in regular use and “dry January” is the topic of blogs, tweets and lunchtime conversations. Often our resolutions are about improving our personal health. However, in many cases the ability to improve our personal health relies on a high performing health care system.
As a doctor and a health care administrator I know there is lots to be proud of in our health care system. However, I also know there is room for improvement. Here are five resolutions that should be adopted to improve the performance of our health care system. To be clear, none of these ideas are new and in some cases they are already happening in some part of our system on a small scale. However, just like our personal resolutions we need to commit to adopting these practices consistently and broadly in order to truly make a difference. Read the five resolutions on the Toronto Star website.

Dr. Joshua Tepper discusses health literacy

CBC Player Ottawa Morning, January 3, 2019 Family physician
Dr. Joshua Tepper, President and CEO of North York General discusses health literacy of the general population and its impact on positive outcomes. He explains health literacy is a broad term and generally refers to how people get information, can they understand that information, and how they use that information to better manage their health care. He suggests that people are more likely to participate in their own care , follow through on their care and take medications if they understand why a certain medication is required or the role of a specialist or family doctor in their health care. Listen to the full broadcast.

Baby born 29 seconds into 2019 at North York General Hospital
Toronto.com, Jan. 2, 2018
Zephaniah Margaret Lozano made her debut in the world 29 seconds into the new year. She was North York General Hospital's first baby born in 2019. Zephaniah weighed in at five pounds and five ounces on Jan. 1. Last year, North York General Hospital's first baby, which was also a girl, was born at 3:15 a.m. Each year, about 5,700 babies are born at North York General Hospital, which is located on Leslie Street, between Highway 401 and Sheppard Avenue East.

2018
 
Please note: This is a list of news items featuring, or mentioning, North York General Hospital. In some cases, links to past clips or stories may have been removed by the media outlet and are no longer available.

Dr. Joshua Tepper discusses his new role as President and CEO of North York General Hospital
CBC Radio, Metro Morning withMatt Galloway, November 8, 2018
Dr. Joshua Tepper, President and CEO of North York General Hospital, was featured this morning on CBC Radio's Metro Morning with Matt Galloway at 6:40 a.m. During his interview, he discussed his new role as President and CEO and highlighted how the hospital is evolving. Listen to the full interview here.

New study associates highly effective blood pressure medication with small risk of cancer
CBC News, Nicole Ireland, Oct. 30, 2018
A new study by Canadian researchers linking a widely used class of blood pressure medications to a slightly increased chance of lung cancer highlights the balance doctors must achieve in evaluating risks versus benefits —and then communicating them clearly to their patients so they can make the best decisions for their health. The study, published in the BMJ(formerly known at the British Medical Journal), focused on ACE inhibitors, which have been prescribed for decades to millions of patients to treat high blood pressure. ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors work by stopping the production of the angiotensin hormone, which can constrict blood vessels...
Illustrate risk in a meaningful way
Helping patients make sense of medical studies like this one, and putting risks and benefits into perspective, requires doctors to evaluate complex research statistics and distil them into useful information, said Dr. Kimberly Wintemute, a family physician at Toronto's North York General Hospital. Read the complete article on the CBC Newswebsite.

Prone breast biopsy table enables faster, more comfortable procedures
Canadian Healthcare Technology, October 1, 2018
TORONTO – North York General Hospital, known as a technological innovator, has become the first hospital in Ontario (and the second across Canada, after the McGill University Health Centre) to implement a prone breast biopsy table that makes use of 3D mammography for needle guidance.The new system provides better accuracy, shorter procedures and improved patient comfort in comparison with traditional breast biopsy systems, most of which are performed in the upright position. The Affirm Prone Biopsy System was installed at the Toronto-based academic community hospital this March. (Hologic is the manufacturer of the system, and it's sold and implemented in Canada by Christie Innomed.) “We're committed to innovative imaging with compassionate care,” said Mike Sharma, Director of Clinical Diagnostics at North York General. “That's exactly what we've done with the new Affirm Prone biopsy table.” Read the complete article in Canadian Healthcare Technology

Toronto hospitals can't force unvaccinated nurses to wear masks, ruling says
The Globe and Mail, Tu Thanh Ha, Sept. 10, 2018
Nine Toronto-area hospitals have to scrap their policies forcing unvaccinated nurses to wear surgical masks, a labour arbitrator has ruled in a binding decision that concluded the hospitals couldn't provide scientific evidence to back up the practice. The arguments that witnesses for the hospitals presented were “insufficient, inadequate, and completely unpersuasive,” arbitrator William Kaplan wrote in a 53-page decisionlast Thursday. The decision focused on a grievance filed by the Ontario Nurses' Association against St. Michael's Hospital. However it is also binding on eight other institutions with the same policy: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Mount Sinai Health System, St. Joseph's Health Centre, Michael Garron Hospital, Women's College Hospital, North York General Hospital, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Read the complete article in the Globe and Mail.

Seniors healthier when medical care is coordinated
Reuters, Linda Carroll, Aug. 27, 2018
Reuters Health) - As America's population ages, experts are exploring how best to keep older people with multiple chronic illnesses healthy. A new study suggests that coordination between physicians may be key. In a reanalysis of 25 earlier studies including 12,579 patients, researchers found that coordination of care for older adults with multiple medical conditions resulted in improved health. Patients in the study had combinations of disorders such as heart failure and obstructive lung disease, arthritis and depression, diabetes and depression, or diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Currently more than 62 percent of older Americans have multiple chronic conditions, the researchers noted in CMAJ. And many of those seniors receive care from a variety of specialists who don't communicate with one another. “To address the challenges faced by our rapidly aging population, we need to focus on a more patient-oriented and holistic strategy that targets management of patients with common disease combinations, such as diabetes and depression, rather than treating one disease at a time,” said study leader Monika Kastner, a health services researcher at the University of Toronto, Canada, and research chair at North York General Hospital. Care coordination, Kastner explained in an email, can be defined as efforts by health care professionals to facilitate and coordinate appropriate, timely and efficient delivery of health care services for a patient. Read the complete article on the Reuters website.

CMAJ podcast with Dr. Sharon Strauss and Prof Monika Kastner

CMAJ, August 27, 2018
This August 27, 2018, Canadian Medical Association Journal podcast features Dr. Sharon Straus and Prof. Monika Kastner, Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Implementation at North York General Hospital. They shared the results of their research on effectiveness of interventions for managing multiple high-burden chronic diseases affecting older adults. They discuss whether the single-disease approach to management is better than an integrated multi-disease approach to care. Listen to the podcast.

NYGH offers online access to diagnostic images
Canadian Healthcare Technology, Aug. 22, 2018
North York General Hospital (NYGH)has partnered with PocketHealth to provide patients with online access to their medical imaging exams, in their original diagnostic formats. In the past, sharing imaging records has been an arduous process for both patients and film library staff. Patients would have to pick up a CD from the hospital every time they wanted to review their new exams with a physician, and each CD request could take hours to days to process. Since PocketHealth's integration in February 2018, NYGH patients have been able to store their entire medical imaging history on the cloud platform, a convenient and secure cloud alternative that allows patients to view and share imaging records from any device, anywhere. There is a $5.00 transfer fee at the time of enrolment, and it includes permanent access to all previous imaging records at the hospital, as well as new exams patients undergo over the following two weeks. Once patients receive access, they can share their imaging in their original format (DICOM) electronically with any physician, or even burn their own CD or USB from home. Since its launch earlier this year, thousands of NYGH patients have registered, accessed, and shared their records through PocketHealth. Mike Sharma, director of clinical diagnostics at NYGH, says he couldn't be happier with how the partnership is going...: Read the complete article in Canadian Healthcare Technology.

She helped victims of the Toronto van attack. Now this CPR trainer is coming to U of T for resuscitation research
U of TNews, Geoffrey Vendeville, Aug. 22, 2018
Tiffany Jefkinshas known CPR since she was a teenage lifeguard. She practised it as a respiratory therapist at Toronto General Hospital for six years before working for a first-aid and CPR training business. She was so fascinated by resuscitation science, particularly the role that bystanders play in emergencies, that she applied to start a master's degree in health services research at the University of Toronto in the fall. Although she is experienced in CPR, she had never attempted to save a life outside of a hospital – until last spring. On April 23, she was a witness to the van attack near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue that left 10 dead, including a U of T student, and many more injured... Jefkins sought out counselling to deal with the trauma. “I felt like I was living in a dream for about a week,” she says, adding that she couldn't sleep and her thoughts often returned to the attack. The psychological aftermath of performing CPR happens to be a specialty of her supervisor at U of T, Katie Dainty. Dainty is an assistant professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation – where Jefkins is planning to do her master's–as well as a research chair in patient-centred outcomes at North York General Hospital. Read the complete article in the U of T News.

Hundreds of patients received less than full dose of chemo, Cancer Care Ontario finds
CBC News, Desmond Brown, Aug 17, 2018
Hundreds of cancer patients in dozens of Ontario hospitals may not have received the full amount of chemotherapy drug prescribed to them in the past year, a review commissioned by Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) has found. CCO found that more than the expected amounts of the drug remained in the IV tubing, resulting in a variation in intended dose delivery to 1,000 patients... A spokesperson at North York General Hospital says all of its affected patients have been notified and the issue resolved. "We have four active patients. They have all been notified and we have since rectified the problem," senior communications specialist Nadia Daniell-Colarossi told CBC Toronto. "When administering highly concentrated monotherapy drugs it has been identified that some of the dose may remain in the infusion tubing. Since this was identified, North York General Hospital has changed administration techniques to ensure that all of the intended dose is delivered," she wrote in an email to CBC Toronto Thursday evening. Read the
complete article on the CBC website.

Germ-blasting robot sets its sights on fighting C. difficile outbreaks
CBC News, Phillip Lee-Shanok, July 8, 2018
The Mississauga, Ont., company behind a robot that blasts away hospital germs using ultraviolet light says its Solaris Lytbot is the ideal weapon in the war against hospital-acquired infections such asC. difficile. "They wheel it into a room, set how long to run it for and hit go. Then they leave the room and away it goes," says Adam Steinhoff, chief operating officer and co-founder of Solaris Disinfection. The Lytbot cycles through a programmed pattern and fires pulsed UV light until it completes a 360-degree sweep of the room. The robot's beams have a devastating effect on germ cells and bacteria spores through what Steinhoff calls "cellular disruption." He describes it as a light energy hitting a cell, which in turn causes it to dry out and rupture... Dr. Kevin Katz, medical director of infection prevention and control at North York General Hospital, says some Canadian hospitals may feel reluctant to adopt the new technology. "UV light is able to kill bacteria andkill (C. difficile) spores — but you do need a higher amount of energy," says Katz. "While the science makes sense, the evidence that it reduces healthcare-acquired infections is evolving. It's not quite in the mainstream yet." Read the complete article on the CBC website.

Clostridium difficile infections have decreased 36 per cent in Canadian hospitals: study
Dr. Kevin Katz was featured in: The Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, CBCNews.ca, Ctvnews.ca, Global News,CityNews, National Post, Hamilton Spectator, Waterloo Region Record, CBC Radio Ottawa, CBC Radio Windsor, CBC Radio Kitchener-Waterloo, CBC Radio Charlottetown, CBC Radio Fredericton, CBC Radio Iqaluit, CBC Radio Yellowknife, CBC Radio Kelowna, CBC Radio Vancouver, CBC Radio Sudbury, CBC Radio Kamloops, CBC Radio Saskatoon, 680 News Toronto and more.

Carly Weeks, Globe and Mail, June 25, 2018
Rates of Clostridium difficile in Canadian hospitals dropped by about 36 per cent in recent years, according to a new study that suggests increased attention to infection-control measures such as handwashing and avoiding antibiotics is helping reduce the spread of hospital-acquired infections. The study, published on Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, examined trends at a large group of hospitals from 2009 to 2015 to determine if efforts to contain the pathogen were making headway.
The researchers found rates of C. difficile dropped significantly over the study period, a trend attributable to the increased vigilance at health-care institutions, said Kevin Katz, lead author . Read the complete articlein The Globe and Mail.

CBC News The National— Author Jamil Jivani on why young men turn to violence
CBC News The National, June 11, 2018
Author Jamil Jivani speaks to Rosemary Barton about why young men turn to violence, profiling his book Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity. Jamil Jivani was basking in hard-earned success until a cancer diagnosis came out of the blue, on Family Day weekend, he visited North York General Hospital's chemotherapy centre. Watch the video.

North York hospital plans major expansion
Post City, Hayden Kenez, May 30, 2018
North York General Hospital (NYGH) is planning to build two new towers devoted to both acute and outpatient care that officials say will help alleviate systemic overcrowding by adding an estimated 100 hospital beds to its facilities. One of the new structures will be located at 4001 Leslie St. — the hospital's main premises — and will house acute care services, increasing capacity for inpatients, emergency departments, surgery and critical care. The other tower will be located across the street, at 4000 Leslie St., and will provide a variety of outpatient services, including medical and surgical clinics, rapid assessment clinics, mental health clinics, family medicine, seniors' wellness and day surgery. It will also house some relocated administrative and support functions from the hospital's current main site, creating more opportunity for increased inpatient capacity across the street. Read the complete Post City article.

50th anniversary feature in the North York Mirror and Toronto.com
May 3, 2018, at Toronto.com
This feature includes a column by Murray J. Perelman, Chair of the Board of Governors, The next 50 years at North York General Hospital will bring change,an article North York General Hospital celebrates 50 years in the communityand an interactive timeline of significant moments in our history (following the article).

North York General Hospital 50th Anniversary
Snap'd North York,Ian Hanecak,May 1, 2018
In 1960, a group of local citizens established the North Metropolitan Hospital Association to explore building a hospital to serve the growing area of North York. By November 1962, land on the Leslie site was obtained and on March 15, 1968, Premier John Robarts officially dedicated North York General Hospital (NYGH). Fifty years later, NYGH is one of Canada's leading community academic hospitals and is affiliated with the University of Toronto, primarily serving north central Toronto and southern York Region. Last month we joined former and current staff, volunteers and special guests for a wonderful anniversary celebration in the main atrium of the hospital. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has been a part of the hospital's half century of impeccable service - here's to another 50! See the photos in Snap'd North York.

Hallway Healthcare
Toronto Life, Alison Motluk, April 16, 2018
In this article North York General Hospital is mentioned as one of the hospitals embracing a new model: partnering with separate facilities that specialize in various types of non-acute care: rehab, long-term care and complex continuing care.


U of T study looks at benefits of having community paramedics do home visits for chronically ill patients
U of T News, March 22, 2018
Can paramedics fill the gaps in primary care for chronically ill patients? A team of researchers led by University of Toronto's Katie Dainty decided to find out. The researchers evaluated a trial training program for community paramedics in York Region and Grey County, which had community paramedics visit the homes of chronically ill patients for physical assessments. The idea was for these patients to get help without visiting the emergency room. Dainty, who is an assistant professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and research chair in patient outcomes at North York General Hospital, then studied the effectiveness of this program, and found that the trial program not only met the psychosocial needs of the patients, but also improved their health outcomes. Read the complete article in U of T News.

Ontario government to boost hospital funding by $822M to ease overcrowding, wait times
Toronto Star, Rob Ferguson, March 22, 2018
Ontario's hospitals are getting a pre-election cash infusion of $822 million, a 4.6-per-cent boost for the next year to ease overcrowding and reduce wait times for patients. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the money Thursday at North York General, saying it will fill gaps in services but would not guarantee an end to what opposition parties call “hallway medicine.” “What I can promise is people will get faster care in hospitals across the province,” Wynne told reporters, noting North York hospital's share will be $10.8 million. Read the complete Toronto Star article.

Dr. Sanjho Srikandarajah discusses the overprescription of opiods on Metro Morning
CBC Metro Morning, March 15, 2018
CBC Metro Morning guest host David Common speaks with North York General Hospital Anesthesiologist Dr. Sanjho Srikandarajah whose research says opioids are being over prescribed. The segmented noted that if you've ever had surgery, you probably left the hospital with a prescription for painkillers. Did you take them? Did you need them? Listen to the interview.
In spring 2017 Dr. Srikandarajah was a recipient of the Exploration Fund — a granting competition at North York General designed to provide initial funding for staff and physicians to develop new ideas for the delivery of care.


2017

Urban Hero: David Hicks applies the personal touch to fundraising
North York Mirror, October 6, 2017
When it comes to fundraising, David Hicks understands it's the little things which convince a donor to consistently open the wallet for charity. Hicks and the staff of Canadian Tire #192 located at 1019 Sheppard Ave. E. are certainly experts when it comes to fundraising. To date, the team has raised thousands of dollars for North York General Hospital's ongoing campaign to replace 426 patient beds. For his and his team's efforts, Hicks and the Canadian Tire Store #192, have been nominated by the hospital and named Metroland Media Toronto's Urban Hero. Read the article on David Hicks on InsideToronto.com.

North York General Hospital ups its cybersecurity
North York Mirror, Sept. 20, 2017
North York General Hospital (NYGH) is ramping up its cybersecurity.
The Leslie Street and Highway 401 hospital has partnered with Thales e-Security and IDENTOS to allow its physicians, health care staff, and patients to securely exchange critical information via a number of encrypted electronic devices including patient-owned mobile phones, medical appliances, and, ultimately, IoT devices, which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity which allows these objects to collect and exchange data. “Before, we would rely on the user to encrypt the information and send along in a secure way,” said Sumon Acharjee, chief information officer at NYGH. “Now with this tool set, the information is already encrypted if you're on our network or off-line.”

Urban Hero: Surgeon Everton Gooden goes beyond patient care
North York Mirror, Sept. 20, 2017
Dr. Everton Gooden, an Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon at NorthYork General Hospital, is the winner ofMetroland's 2017 Urban Hero Winner — Health Category.
Everton Gooden's career had a humble beginning. As a student at York's George Harvey Collegiate, he was focused on sports, not academics. “I was struggling. I was getting D's and C's,” said Gooden, a winner of Metroland's Urban Hero Award for health. “I was barely keeping my head above water.” Read the article on Dr. Everton Gooden.

Art students set sights high with healing ceiling at Toronto hospital
Toronto Star, Andrea Gordon, August 13, 2017
This front-page story highlighted that that students at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts were asked to brighten the view for North York General Hospital patients in the emergency department. The 50 pieces of ceiling artwork, roughly two feet by two feet in size, range from classical to impressionistic in style and include scenes from a starry night sky to underwater seascapes. The notion of collaborating on a ceiling tile project with local students was hatched earlier this year by Andrea Ennis, nurse and clinical team manager of North York General's emergency department. Ennis was determined to lift the spirits of the nearly 400 patients who come to the ER every day and to bring warmth to the stark hospital environment. After talking to a relative who taught art, she approached nearby Cardinal Carter, an arts-based school in the Toronto Catholic District School Board. A month later, Ennis presented her idea directly to students, who were moved by descriptions of patients she had seen. Read the complete article and see the artwork.
 
Supervisor to run BCHS
Brantford Expositor, Vincent Ball, July 26, 2017
A hospital supervisor will be appointed to operate the Brant Community Healthcare System following the release of a 66-page report critical of the health-care system's senior leadership and governance. The health ministry's announcement follows a recommendation made by Dr. Tim Rutledge, who was appointed by the ministry to review all operations of the Brant health-care system in February. Rutledge, president and CEO of North York General Hospital, submitted his report, which includes 17 key recommendations, to the government on June 28. Read the complete article on the Brantford Expositor.

Bathurst and Finch clinic closing less than two months after opening
North York Mirror, Fannie Sunshine, July 25, 2017
Less than two months after opening, the Westminster-Branson Primary Care Clinic is closing.The walk-in clinic opened June 1 inside the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre near Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue, replacing the former Urgent Care Centre (UCC) which area residents had rallied at Queen's Park to keep open. The UCC managed urgent illness or injury that isn't life-threatening, such as broken bones and cuts. The Westminster-Branson Primary Care Clinic, which operated Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and was staffed by one physician, will close Friday, July 28 due to “low patient volumes,” North York General Hospital, which operates the site, said in a message on its website Monday, July 24. Read the complete story on InsideToronto.com.

Hospitals performing private cosmetic operations despite delays for necessary surgeries
National Post, Tom Blackwell, July 10, 2017
...The Post contacted a sample of 19 hospitals or health regions to ask about their experience with cosmetic surgery, all but three responding. Eleven said they allow from a few to scores of cosmetic procedures every year. North York General in Toronto, for instance, said that 168 aesthetic procedures were performed in 2016, out of 16,000 operations. The cosmetic work did not bump any medically necessary treatment, said spokeswoman Nadia Daniell-Colarossi. “NYGH was not funded to run the ORs for the times that the (non-medicare) procedures took place, which allows us to make those ORs available,” she said. In fact, Daniell-Colarossi said North York has among the best surgical wait-times in Ontario.

Blood glucose testing offers little value to some Type 2 diabetes patients: study
CBC News, June 13, 2017
Dr. Kimberley Wintemute, Family and Community Medicine Department at North York General Hospital, says there has been several studies showing that at-home glucose testing doesn't add value to a Type 2 patient's care. She believes patients have been conditioned to believe that more data is going to mean better results. But testing can also create anxiety for patients who may obsess about their numbers, and the test strips can be costly. Instead, she says those with Type 2 diabetes should focus on everyday activities known to improve overall health: things like exercising daily, managing portion sizes at meal times, and avoiding smoking and drinking. Read the complete story on the CBC website.

North York General Hospital receives 2017 Patient Safety Champion award recognizing its innovative approach to Never Events
Canadian Patient Safety Institute, News, June 13, 2017
North York General Hospital is the 2017 recipient of the Patient Safety Champion Awardfor organizations. Presented annually by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, HealthCareCAN, and Patients for Patient Safety Canada, the Patient Safety Champion Award recognizes volunteers and organizations that are taking a leadership role in ensuring that patients and families are at the centre of patient safety initiatives. The prominent Award was presented at the National Health Leadership Conference in Vancouver, on June 12, 2017. Read the complete article on the Patient Safety Institute website.

Branson closure major loss for community: advocacy group
North York Mirror, Rahul Gupta, June 8, 2017
A spokesperson for an advocacy group said the upcoming closure of the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre represents a major loss for the Bathurst-Finch community. Kenneth Schafer said he's unsure how North York General Hospital will be able to effectively treat patients following the shuttering of the Centre, located at 555 Finch Ave. W., by 2019. The hospital had announced earlier this year it will close down Branson, which it leased from Advent Corporation for 19 years, and transfer services to its main hospital campus and other locations within the area. “The (Westminster-Branson) community has come to rely on the services the centre offers all in one spot,” said Schafer, co-chair of the Branson Community Action Group (BCAG) which met with NYGH leadership this week to discuss the closure. “If services are spread out, they will be more difficult to access.” Read the complete article on InsideToronto.com.

Dr. Desmond Leung discusses palliative care
Metro Morning, CBC Radio, May 9, 2017
Dr. Desmond Leung, Palliative Care Physician with the Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care, discusses the benefits of early palliative care in a patient's life with Metro Morning Host Matt Galloway. Listen to the interview.

North York residents protest urgent care centre's closure
May 10, 2017, Inside Toronto and City News
Chanting "Hospitals Not Condos" and "We Need Urgent Care" more than 40 people gathered on the sidewalks in front of the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre tonight to protest the proposed closure of its Urgent Care Centre. Read the complete Inside Toronto article.
View the City News vdeo clip.

How Toronto's North York General made progress against overcrowding
Toronto Star, Michael Tutton, Canadian Press, May 5, 2017
Five times a day, senior managers at Toronto's North York General get alerts on the ever-rising tide of patients arriving at the hospital's emergency department. The updates are colour-coded — and too many “red status” alerts prompt immediate action, with managers huddling with nurses and doctors to find space on medical units. It's just one tactic used to make inroads against overcrowding in one of Canada's busiest emergency rooms. From a “bed traffic control room” to a special outpatient clinic that strives to keep patients out of hospital, chief executive Dr. Tim Rutledge, a veteran ER doctor himself, cautions there's no single way to drop wait times for the 107,000 patients arriving each year. “It's hundred and hundreds of small projects getting to the root causes,” he said during an interview. Read the complete article in the Toronto Star.

Toronto residents angered over Urgent Care Centre closing
Inside Toronto, Fannie Sunshine, April 27, 2017
Residents of the Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue area came out to a community meeting in droves, angrily opposing the closure of the area's urgent care centre and crying foul over what they claim is a lack of provincial representation on this issue. About 150 people attended the meeting at Northview Heights Secondary School Monday, April 24 organized by Branson Community Action Group (BCAG), an ad hoc group formed after North York General Hospital (NYGH) announced in March it's shutting down its Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, after opting out of a lease renewal with landlord Advent Health Care Corporation. Read the complete article.

Residents oppose closure of Branson urgent care centre in North York
CBC News, Muriel Draaisma, April 25, 2017
Residents in northern Toronto say they are upset about the impending closure of an urgent health care centre run by North York General Hospital that serves their area. The residents attended a town hallon the closure of the Urgent Care Centre at the hospital's Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, 555 Finch Ave W.. The closure is schedule for June 2017. The Branson centre is one of the hospital's three sites. The urgent care centre, one of many services provided at the Branson centrein the Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue West area, provides emergency care for non-life threatening, urgent illnesses or injuries. Read the complete article on the CBC website.

North York General Hospital is revolutionizing health care at home
InsideToronto, April 24, 2017
Among the shortest emergency wait times in Toronto, recognized by Cancer Care Ontario for the shortest surgical wait times for three years in a row (time from decision to treatment), and home to internationally recognized programs and expert physicians, North York General Hospital (NYGH) is revolutionizing health care in our city – right here in your own backyard. Read the complete article to see the physicians highlighted.

Urgent Care Centre closing
CTV News, April 24, 2017
On April 24, a local city councillor held a resident-led town hall to obtain and organize public input on Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, a site of North York General Hospital. CTV News interviewed President and CEO, Dr. Tim Rutledge with regards to the transition. See the CTV video clip.

Toronto marks third annual Community Hospitals Week
Special week spreads awareness of quality care, close to home
Inside Toronto, April 20, 2017
Next week (April 24-28) is the third annual Community Hospitals Week in Toronto, highlighting the important role community hospitals have in delivering world-class care close to home. Mayor John Tory offered his support in a statement for the week's designation, but Metroland Media Toronto also heard from the leaders of our community hospital foundations about their role in our health care... “Community hospitals are often top of mind for emergency care, but most people are surprised to discover that they also provide highly-specialized care,” said Terry Pursell, president and CEO of the North York General Foundation. “With internationally recognized programs and expert physicians and staff, North York General Hospital is revolutionizing health care in our city — right here in your own backyard.” Read the complete article.

Unnecessary care in Canada tops 1 million tests and treatments a year
1st national picture emerges of unnecessary scans in hospitals, heavy prescribing to kids for insomnia By Amina Zafar, CBC News,Posted: April 06, 2017 8:00 AM ET Last Updated: April 07, 2017 12:05 AM ET
Canadians undergo more than a million medical tests or treatments a year that don't help and may be harmful, a new report suggests. The report, Unnecessary Care in Canada, was released Thursday by Choosing Wisely Canada, a campaign to reduce unnecessary use of health care, and by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Read the article on the CBC website in which Dr. Donna McRitchie, Vice-President of Medical and Academic Affairs, is quoted.

Genetic anti-discrimination law protects patient privacy without sacrificing research
CBC,March 10, 2017
An unusual vote in the House of Commons that saw Liberal backbench MPs defy the prime minister and his cabinetby uniting with opposition parties to pass a bill outlawing genetic discrimination has come as a relief to Clare Gibbons. "I'm so happy and pleasantly surprised, because when you're looking at it, you're not sure which way it's going to go," said Gibbons, a genetic counsellor at Toronto's North York General Hospital. Bill S-201,the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, prohibits anyone from requiring a person to undergo or reveal the results of a genetic test as a condition of employment or before selling that person a good or service, such as life or disability insurance. The maximum punishment for breaking the law is a fine of$1,000,000 and/or imprisonment for five years. Read the complete article on the CBC website.

How volunteers are donating more than just time
Hospital News, April 1, 2017
From knitting newborn hats and making quilts to fundraising for the hospital's equipment and a state-of-the-art Medical Imaging unit. More than 800 volunteers at North York General Hospital (NYGH) are definitely doing it all to help raise necessary funds to support staff and physicians at the hospital in making a world of difference for the patients they serve. Read the complete Hospital News article.

Paper and electronic hybrid is the next evolution in quality boards
Hospital News by Jennifer Quaglietta and Talha Hussain, March 9, 2017
North York General Hospital (NYGH) has placed a strong emphasis on continuous quality improvement for well over a decade. This culture has made NYGH a leader in adopting health care information technology that has significantly improved patient safety and the quality of care we provide. One of the building blocks to successful quality improvement is measurement and reporting back. Several years ago paper-based Quality Boards were launched on every patient unit along with support services program to provide frontline staff (clinical team managers, unit coordinators, nurses, nurse educators and allied health staff) with recent hospital data related to patient safety and quality. Read the complete article on quality boards in Hospital News.

North York General Hospital closing Branson Ambulatory Care Centre
North York Mirror, Fannie Sunshine, March 7
North York General Hospital (NYGH) is shutting down its Branson Ambulatory Care Centre after opting out of a lease renewal. After leasing the Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue property from Advent Health Care Corporation for the last 19 years, NYGH's lease will expire in 2019. In a letter on NYGH's website Wednesday, March 1, hospital president and CEO Tim Rutledge noted the “transfer of services” to its Leslie Street and Hwy. 401 General site will begin June 1 with the closing of the Urgent Care Centre. Learn more about the closing of Branson Ambulatory Care Centre.

Ontario appoints investigator for the Brant Community Healthcare System
Feb. 21, 2017, MOHLTC news release, News.Ontario.ca
Ontario has appointed Dr. Tim Rutledge as an investigator for the Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS), to review the hospital's operations and ensure it is delivering the best possible care to patients and families in the region. Dr. Rutledge will work closely with the hospital, the community, key stakeholders and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to examine and review issues concerning the management and governance of BCHS. Read the news release on Dr. Tim Rutledge's appointment.

'They want to go home with a healthy baby': A Canadian obstetrician helps MSF deliver maternal care in Pakistan
MSF Canada, Feb. 10, 2017. This article was originally published in Hospital News.
The author, Dr. Karthika Devarajanis, is an obstetrician at North York General Hospital in Toronto.
I have always been interested in global health, but medical training takes up a lot of time in the beginning. I did some international work here and there, but eventually, I reached a point where my career was stable, and I wanted to try something new. Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MS) has an incredible reputation for delivering good medical care where it is needed the most and I felt that I finally had the experience, but also still had the energy, to work with them. A colleague covered my practice and I went to work as an MSF obstetrician gynecologist for 6 weeks, long enough to do something worthwhile, but short enough not to derail my practice at home.
 
North York General Hospital lands 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award
Healthcare IT News, Jessica Davis, February 1, 2017
HIMSS is recognizing North York General for its clinical decision support, computerized provider order entry and closed-loop medication administration initiatives that improved patient outcomes. In naming Ontario-based North York General Hospital a HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence recipient, HIMSS noted the award recognizes outstanding achievement in leveraging health IT to improve patient outcomes. “The challenge of implementing change of this scope and scale was immense, but possible, thanks to great teamwork and a constant focus on the quality and safety benefits we are celebrating today,” NYGH President and CEO, Tim Rutledge, MD, said in a statement. “Receiving the Davies Award is a reflection of the commitment to excellence of our people, the staff and physicians who made it happen.” Read the complete article on NYGH's HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award.

North York General Hospital's Holiday Toy Drive
SnapdNorth York, February 2017
While December can be a magical time, it can often be difficult for young patients and families staying at hospitals here in North York over the holidays. To lift their spirits, our local MPP for Don Valley East Michael Coteau, along with City of Toronto Fire Department Station 116 and North York General Hospital(NYGH) staff came together to make a special delivery of donated toys to the children staying at NYGH over the holidays. Read the complete article and see photos in the Feb. 2017 issue of snapd North York .

North York General puts patients at the heart of care with Supportive Cardiology Clinic
North York Mirror,January 30, 2017
By the time Agostinho Albuquerque was in his early 50s, he had significant blockage throughout his arteries and was not a candidate for bypass surgery. He survived three heart attacks and suffered from advanced congestive heart failure and arrhythmia. He lived much longer than his cardiologist – and his family – ever dreamed. But in July 2014, his condition worsened and his care was re-evaluated as palliative. Read the complete article at InsideToronto.com.

Choosing Wisely: how the UK intends to reduce harmful medical overuse
BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal)Published January 26, 2017
...Wendy Levinson, professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and chair of Choosing Wisely Canada, told The BMJ that the focus of its campaign was not to save costs but to avoid harm and reduce waste. She said that the campaign is working with the Canadian Institute for Health Information to get provincial and national measures to evaluate Choosing Wisely but this takes time. However, she said that some hospitals have seen impressive results. “For example, North York General, a hospital in Toronto, changed its order sets in the emergency department and reduced laboratory tests by 31%, with no impact on quality of care or patient outcomes.” Read the complete BMJ article.

Hospitals to accept visitors 24/7
CTV News, Air date January 17, 2017
North York General Hospital was featured on CTV News and Karyn Popovich, Vice President, Clinical Programs, Quality & Risk, CNE was interviewed. Karyn doesn't anticipate the need for additional staffing, just appropriate policies. “When the care teams come to do their rounds, it's helpful to help them understand some of the instructions or medical care and decisions that they need to make,” says Karyn. The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement says that 24/7 visiting hours make the transition from hospital to home easier which reduces readmission back into the hospital, they believe it is good for the patient, families and the healthcare system. Watch the video.


2016
 
North York General offers breast cancer surgery, reconstruction at once
North York Mirror, December 27, 2016
When a mammogram detected that Maria Medeiros, a 48-year-old mother of two, had aggressive stage-two breast cancer, she was sent to Dr. Fahima Osman at North York General Hospital's (NYGH) BMO Breast Diagnostic Centre. Read the complete article.

Health Heroes: Paediatric Surgeon Dr. Sharifa Himidan
Reader's Digest, Canada's Health Heroes. See PDF Health Heroes. Published in December 2016.
As a child growing up in Saudi Ara­bia, Dr. Sharifa Himidan dreamed of becoming a human-rights lawyer, but medicine eventually won out. It was, she felt, her best opportunity to make a difference for women, children, seniors and people living in areas plagued by instability. Once enrolled in med school, she found herself drawn to surgery. “At the time, women in my culture weren't encouraged to choose this field,” she says, “but it fit with my desire to bring about immediate change.” Read the complete article on the last page of the Health Heroes PDF.

6 tips for staying safe and healthy during cold Canadian winters
North York Mirror, InsideToronto.com. Dec. 12, 2016
NYGH's Dr. Katherine Ker, Lead Physician, Rudy and Rita Koehler Family Medicine Teaching Unit, suggests a few key winter safety tips, and discusses what you should know when the mercury dips.

Innovative biopsy procedure for prostate cancer
CTV News, November 25, 2016
NYGH has recently started using a different method of biopsies for prostate cancer to help prevent infections. The Gale and Graham Wright Prostate Centre at Branson Ambulatory Care Centre is the only place in Canada using this method. This method uses a transperineal approach instead of the traditional transrectal biopsy. Dr. Stanley Flax, Urologist discusses the lower rates of infection and how the procedure works.

Dr. Nancy Down discusses breast cancer care program on Metro Morning
CBC Toronto, Metro Morning, October 5, 2016 Dr. Nancy Down, Medical Director, Breast Integrated Care Collaborative and Division Head, General Surgery at North York General Hospital is interviewed by Matt Galloway, Host of CBC Radio's Metro Morning.

North York General Hospital races to raise $853,000 for new beds
North York Mirror, Fannie Sunshine, September 21, 2016
In an effort to raise more than $800,000 to replace all its beds, North York General Hospital Foundation (NYGHF) has launched the 'It's Not Just a Bed. It's a Race Car' campaign. Kicking off Tuesday, Sept. 20 with the help of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, the foundation, which has partnered with PFAFF Automotive Partners, is aiming to raise $853,000 over three years to replace all 426 beds, including cancer care, birthing, and psychiatric beds for the Leslie Street and Hwy. 401 hospital.

Enhancing care through online learning
Hospital News, Melissa Londono, September 2016
Online courses are quickly becoming the preferred way education is delivered to both university and college students as well as for staff in larger organizations. In a fast-paced health care environment, where there are multiple shifts and a variety of disciplines, online learning makes it easier to have personalized education and to stay up-to-date on the latest health care innovations.

Sonja Bata at 90
The Globe and Mail, Nolan Bryant, August 26, 2016
For almost 20 years Sonja Bata sat on the North York General Hospital Board.

North York General Hospital gets $1.9 million provincial 'HIRF' grant for facility upgrades
North York Mirror, August 10, 2016
North York General Hospital (NYGH) will receive more than $1.9 million from the provincial government to keep the site in a state of “good repair."

Why re-thinking more is better
Issue 2, 2016, Dialogue, July 11, 2016, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, (page 35), by Stuart Foxman
This article looks at how the Choosing Wisely Canada Campaign, helping doctors engage in conversations about unnecessary tests,is paying off. The story highlights the successes North York General Hospital has had with the Choosing Wisely Campaign and features quotes from Dr. Donna McRitchie, Vice President of Medical and Academic Affairs.

Nurses drive NYGH's ‘closed loop medication administration' success
July 7, 2016, Andy Shaw, Canadian Healthcare Technology

The North York General Hospital (NYGH) “closed loop medication administration” system, or CLMA for short, is helping NYGH rack up some impressive benefits, including:

• Preventing over 2,300 medication errors in the first year of implementation – in conjunction with other elements of NYGH's advanced EMR, including its computerized provider order entry (CPOE);

• Achieving a 95% barcode scanning compliance rate for the 110,000 doses the hospital scans on average per month;

• Raising adverse-drug event prevention accuracy rates, in physician medication reconciliation of admission and discharge records, from an average of 8% to over 80%;

• Improving turnaround time for STAT medication orders for serious and life-threatening cases by 83%.

Ensuring quality of living at end of life 'pretty intense,' son says
June 29, 2016, CBC News
There's no guidebook to navigate the highs and lows of looking after a family member in their final months at home, says a son who was tempted to write one. Pat Mackey was surrounded by her family at her home in Toronto when she died of cancer in 2014 that had metastasized to her brains and lungs. "You want to hang around but not at the expense of the quality of your life," she said in a North York General Hospital YouTube video. "My plan was that I would die in hospice. I would not impose the dying in my house because I felt that the house was a sanctuary for the family and that was something I was depriving [my husband] Mike and the kids of." Then things changed.

Last quilt raffle at North York General Hospital marks end of 30-year tradition
June 23, 2016, Fannie, Sunshine, North York Mirror
North York General Hospital's (NYGH) very last quilt raffle was held Wednesday, June 22, marking an end to the 30 year tradition. Four quilts - one queen, two twins, and one wall hanging - were raffled off inside the cafeteria of the Leslie Street and Hwy. 401 hospital, bringing a close to the raffle which had been kept going by a dedicated group of about 15 volunteers.

North York General Hospital's breast cancer program receives full accreditation from the NAPBC
June 8, 2016, North York Mirror
In a Canadian hospital first, North York General Hospital's (NYGH) breast cancer program has been fully accredited by the National the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centres (NAPBC).

North York General Wins BOMA BEST Silver Level Certification
Snapd North York, May 26, 2016
North York General Hospital became the first Ontario hospital building to be awarded a Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) BEST Silver Level Certification for their continued efforts in improving the property's overall energy efficiency and waste diversion programs.

Mobile billing app Agent+ launches for Ontario medical doctors
Cantech Letter, May 26, 2016
Toronto company Plexus Interactive has launched an app called Agent+ for Ontario doctors, a first-of-its-kind in Canada, that lets MDs use a mobile device to securely bill for services, a process which cumulatively throughout a doctor's day can amount to a major time sink, effectively reducing time spent with patients.

Heart of Fashion gala brings in $1.2 million to help fund North York General Hospital Interventional Radiology suite
May 18. 2016, North York Mirror
More than $1 million was raised from a fashion gala to support a second Interventional Radiology (IR) suite at North York General Hospital (NYGH). The Heart of Fashion gala held Saturday, May 14 on private property in the Bridle Path brought in $1.2 million for the Leslie Street and Hwy. 401 hospital. Read the complete article on Heart of Fashion 2016.

Toronto Star Nightingale Award draws 229 nominees
Toronto Star, Friday, May 6, 2016
The Toronto Star Nightingale Award is presented each year to an Ontario nurse nominated by her or his patients or peers. The recipient and honourable mentions are selected by representatives from Ontario's nursing associations and the Star.Read the complete story.
North York General Hospital nominated nurses:
Angela Campbell, RN
Tony Chang, RN
Edsel Mutia, RN
Jane Penciner, RN
Desiree Prillo, RPN
Emma Sharov, RN

ARTIC to help spread Choosing Wisely
Canadian Healthcare Technology, April 20, 2016
The Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program, co-led by Health Quality Ontario and the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, have announced the newest ARTIC project, Choosing Wisely: An Idea Worth Spreading. ARTIC is a proven model that accelerates the implementation and spread of research evidence into broader practice. This latest project will reduce unnecessary medical care by implementing hospital-relevant Choosing Wisely recommendations across the Joint Centres for Transformative Health Care Innovation – a group of Toronto-area hospitals... Joint Centres partner, North York General Hospital, was an early adopter of Choosing Wisely Canada's campaign and recommendations, and along with Toronto East Health Network, another partner, has already achieved positive results.

ARTIC Program Announces Newest Project: Choosing Wisely — An Idea Worth Spreading
April 7, 2016, MontrealGazette.com (story no longer available)

A cup of tea makes a world of difference
Hospital News, April 2016
It looks like an ordinary cup of tea being offered to someone sitting at the bedside. But this simple transaction has a far greater impact than simply quenching a thirst. This cup of tea is a result of the new approach to the role of service volunteers at North York General Hospital (NYGH). See the online version of Hospital News.

When it comes to tests, more is not always better
André Picard, The Globe and Mail, April 5, 2016
The number of laboratory tests ordered for ER patients is down 31 per cent since September, 2014.
The number of lab tests ordered in the pre-operative clinic has dropped 38 per cent since February, 2015.
The number of mobile chest X-rays done in the intensive care unit has fallen 12 per cent since January, 2015.

With eye-popping numbers like that, it's no wonder that North York General Hospital has become the poster child for Choosing Wisely Canada. The CWC campaign has a startlingly simple goal: To identify and promote care that is evidence-based, not duplicative, free of harm, and truly necessary.

Enhanced HVAC controls deliver big savings to North York hospital
Energy-manager.ca, March 10, 2016
Energy efficiency projects are nothing new to North York General Hospital (NYGH), which has provided care for patients and their families in north Toronto since 1968.

A healthful approach to care and culture
National Post, February 25, 2016
Excellence, respect, integrity, compassion. These are the watchwords to put patients first a North York General Hospital (NYGH)>.

After daughter's suicide, family works to fill gap in youth mental health services
CBC News, February 23, 2016
Each year, an average of 294 teenagers commit suicide in Canada. For Chris Coulter, that is more than a statistic. His daughter Madeline ended her life April 11, 2015. She was 14-years-old.

Operation job share: Surgeons split work to tackle 'unrelenting' problem of unemployment
National Post, February 9, 2016

How U of T doctors and students are helping Syrian refugees access health care
U of T News, February 5, 2016
When family doctor Perle Feldman heard she would be seeing a recently arrived Syrian refugee with cancer, she knew she would have to act fast.

North York General Hospital fundraiser encourages students to get creative with scrubs
North York Mirror, January 22, 2016
The Fabricland Scrubs Design Challenge, a part of North York General Hospital fundraiser The Heart of Fashion, will see participating students rethink traditional hospital scrubs, adding an element of haute couture to the utilitarian garments.

North York General Hospital home to first baby of 2016 in Toronto
North York Mirror, January 4, 2016
Toronto welcomed its first baby of 2016 just 39 seconds after midnight, Jan. 1. Baby Julian was born at North York General Hospital on Friday, weighing 3.9 kilograms.

Meet Toronto's first baby of 2016
Toronto Sun, January 1, 2016
Toronto's first baby of 2016 waited a mere 39 seconds past midnight to make his way into the world. But Dr. Nicholas Pairaudeau said the journey started long before that for baby Julian. “His parents were great, they were stormtroopers,” Pairaudeau said at North York General, holding Julian in his arms.

Year's first reported baby born in Markham moments after midnight
Toronto Star, Friday, January 1, 2016
...Thirty-six seconds after Avery was born, the first baby in Toronto was delivered at North York General Hospital, a boy named Julian. He arrived by way of a C-section, weighing eight pounds and 11 ounces. Despite the presence of reporters and photographers, Julian wiggled briefly and slept through his first media appearance Friday afternoon

It's a boy... and a boy... and a girl! GTA welcomes New Year's babies
CBC News, January 1, 2016
At just 39 seconds after midnight— and hours of labour— baby Julian came into the world at North York General, the first wee one born in Toronto in 2016.
But, as babies go, Julian is not so little. Dr. Nicholas Pairaudeau delivered the “very big, bouncy baby boy” by Caesarian section early New Year's Day— he came out a healthy eight pounds, 11 ounces.

First Toronto baby born at NYGH
The first Toronto baby in 2016 was born 36 seconds after midnight at North York General Hospital. Julian arrived by way of a C-section, weighing eight pounds and 11 ounces and was delivered by Dr. Nicholas Pairaudeau. This story was featured on CBC News, in the Toronto Star; Toronto Sun; CityTV; Global News; CTV Toronto; 680 News; CP24; Markham Economist and Sun.


2015

Dr. Fahima Osman named Bayview Person of the Year
Bayview Post, December 2015
In the December issues of Post City Magazines,12 Torontonians of the year have been awarded to individuals who gave back or enhanced the reputation of their neighbourhood. North York General Hospital's Dr. Fahima Osman has been named Bayview person of the year. A surgeon, Dr. Osman was nominated for her efforts to encourage the practice of oncoplastic surgery in Ontario.

North York General Hospital volunteers collect hand-knit gloves and mitts to give to social agencies
North York Mirror, November 25, 2015
Since 2008, Alex's Mitten Tree has helped keep the less fortunate warm over the cold winter months. Founded by the late Alex Hornibrook, who volunteered at the hospital, more than 6,000 knitted mits, hats, scarves and socks have been collected over the past six years by volunteers at North York General Hospital (NYGH) and are distributed to social service agencies including New Circles and The Scott Mission.

North York General awarded Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures
National Post, November 19, 2015
The National Post congratulated the winners of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, including North York General Hospital. The award is founded and presented by Waterstone Human Capital, a leading retained executive search firm specializing in recruiting for fit. Awards are presented to organizations with cultures that have helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.

The demand for poop
National Post, in print and online, by Catherine McIntyre, November 7, 2015
A growing number of people are rebranding poop as medicine. Abundant new research suggest that our microbiome — the collection of trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microscopic organisms that live in our guts — holds secrets to our physical and mental health. Early studies have suggested that with the right stool, we can cure anything from chronic fatigue to autism. At North York General in Toronto, Dr. Kevin Katz is experimenting a self-stool bank that would let patients at risk of developing C. diff — whether they're starting chemotherapy or antibiotics — freeze their own stool in case they get sick and need it later.

Implementation of Radio Frequency Identification for Medication Tray Management
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, Edith Rolko and Thomas Chan, October 23, 2015
This study by Edith Rolko and Thomas Chanof North York General Hospital highlights that NYGH is the first hospital in Canada to use Radio Frequency Identification as a medication management solution, significantly improving accuracy and efficiency within its pharmacy operations, and ultimately improving patient safety.

Maddie's Healing Garden to augment North York General Hospital's new child and adolescent mental health services site
North York Mirror, October 22, 2015 by Fannie Sunshine
Madeline Grace German Coulter was an outgoing, social, caring and loving 14-year-old who loved the outdoors and summer camp. But there was another side of the Grade 9 North Toronto Collegiate Institute student many didn't see - her struggle with depression, which ultimately claimed her young life April 11.In honour of Maddie her family has made a$1 million commitment to North York GeneralFoundation for the development of a therapeutic garden named Maddie's Healing Garden at the hospital-owned Phillips House, which is undergoing a $7-million transformation into a child and adolescent mental health services site.

North York General Hospital doctor gets Minister's Medal
Inside Toronto, North York Mirror, Oct. 22, 2015, by Fannie Sunshine

Ontario names winners of health quality medal
Canadian Healthcare Technology, Oct. 21, 2015

Seniors' Health Centre marks 30 years of growth in North York
North York Mirror and InsideToronto.com, October 21, 2015 by Fannie Sunshine
NYGH's Seniors' Health Centre is celebrating its 30th anniversary Friday, Oct. 23 at 2 Buchan Ct.

Should We Bank Our Own Stool?
The New York Times, October 9, 2015,
A version of this op-ed by Moises Velasquez-Manoffappears in print on October 11, 2015, on page SR10 of the New York edition with the headline:Should We Bank Our Own Stool?

Ontario's home-care providers want more say in reform discussions
NYGH President and CEO Dr. Tim Rutledge named to advisory body
September 17, 2015, The Globe and Mail,by Elizabeth Church

Glass Tiger's Alan Frew sharing story of his stroke
City News, August 25, 2015
On August 24, 2015, City News interviewed lead singer Alan Frew of Glass Tiger who had suffered a stroke last week. Frew noted that he came into North York General Hospital on Thursday when he suffered a stroke but is getting a lot better after having his right side paralyzed.View the clip.

Paediatric Short Stay improves access to care
Hospital News,August 11, 2015
This issue featured NYGH's Paediatric Short Stay Unit that provides young patients timely access to acute care for up to eight hours. Heather Su, Registered Nurse and Dr. Ronik Kanani, Chief of Paediatrics at NYGH are both quoted.

Seniors' Care at NYGH
July 7, 2015, Ontario Hospital Association,healthscape
This featured NYGH's six video series on aging and health.

More hospitals Choosing Wisely
CMAJ,(Canadian Medical Association Journal), June 3, 2015
Toronto Star, February 11, 2015
This article is endorsed by 63 specialists including Dr. Kevin Katz, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at North York General Hospital.

Bundles of joy are best gifts on Christmas
Toronto Star; December 26; Section News Page A1; Noor Javed
Bundles of joy are best gifts on Christmas; Parents and staff feel festive spirit taking over maternity ward at North York General Hospital on Dec. 25