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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.

Most recent news items: 

Dr. Joshua Tepper discusses his new role as President and CEO of North York General Hospital
CBC Radio, Metro Morning with Matt 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...
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. Red the complete article on the CBC News website.

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 decision last 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.