Awards and Recognition 2017

Congratulations to our research grant recipients
November 27, 2017
The Exploration Fund is a biannual fund designed to encourage research investigations and innovative projects across North York General Hospital. The fall 2017 recipients are:
Dr. Jennifer Mills — Motivation versus psychoeducation-infused day hospital treatment for eating disorders 
Dr. Nina Horvath  — Use of the Canadian Health Care Evaluation Project (CANHELP) tool to measure the impact on patients and families of delivering palliative care through an innovative model of care at North York General Hospital.

Dr. Phil Shin now Assistant Professor at University of Toronto
November 24, 2017
Dr. Phil Shin, Chief of Medicine and Medical Director of Critical Care at North York General Hospital, was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor effective November 1, 2017. The new position is a tribute to Dr. Shin's continued academic achievements in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

2017 Patricia Mackey Patient- and Family-Centred Care Educational Award Recipients
November 17, 2017
Shana Haberman, Project Coordinator with the Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care, and Mike Sharma, Director of Clinical Diagnostics, are the 2017 recipients of the Patricia Mackey Patient- and Family-Centred Care Educational Award.

Transfusion Medicine Lab awarded Long Standing Certificate
November 14, 2017
North York General Hospital's Transfusion Medicine Laboratory has been awarded the Long Standing Certificate by the Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network for its overall reduction in outdates* of red blood cell units across the province
. Read more on the Transfusion Medicine Laboratory's Long Standing Certificate.

North York General Hospital's Family Advisor wins prestigious Minister's Medal
October 24, 2017
Margo Twohig, a volunteer patient and family advisor at North York General Hospital (NYGH), has been awarded a 2017 Minister's Medal for her contributions as a patient, family and caregiver champion at the hospital. Read the news release.

Urban Hero: Surgeon Everton Gooden goes beyond patient care
Sept. 20, 2017
Dr. Everton Gooden, an Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon at North York General Hospital, is the winner of Metroland's 2017 Urban Hero Winner — Health Category. Read the article on Dr. Everton Gooden on the InsideToronto.com website.

NYGH receives 2017 Patient Safety Champion Award
June 20, 2017
On June 12 North York General Hospital received the Patient Safety Champion Award from a consortium of patient safety groups. This national award recognizes NYGH's commitment to patient safety and the efforts to address “never events” in health care. Learn more and link to an article on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute website.

Dr. Michael Quejada honoured by University of Toronto

May 2, 2017
Dr. Michael Quejada of North York General Hospital's Department of Family and Community Medicine is the recipient of the University of Toronto's New Teacher Award, Postgraduate Clinical Teaching, Department of Family and Community Medicine. The award recognizes Dr. Quejada's outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at the university and educating our future health care professionals.

Dr. Clare Hutchinson receives Helen P. Batty Award
April 12, 2017
Dr. Clare Hutchinson is the recipient of the 2017 Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development in the category of Innovation in Program Development and Design. The award, presented by the Centre for Faculty Development (a partnership between the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital), recognizes Dr. Hutchinson's great work in developing the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LInC) at North York General Hospital. Learn more.

NYGH receives funding for innovative breast cancer survivorship program
April 5, 2017
On April 3, North York General Hospital was selected as one of the new pilot projects of the Health Technologies Fund (HTF). The hospital will receive $500,000, from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), for a Portal for Breast Cancer Survivorship pilot project. The project developed with partners and led by Dr. Fahima Osman, a Breast Surgical Oncologist at NYGH, aims to create a link between patients, their oncologist and their family physician to guide treatments through the survivorship stage and recommendations in an efficient manner. Read the complete article the project led by Dr. Fahima Osman.

Dr. Everton Gooden recipient of Harry Jerome Trailblazer Award
April 4, 2017
Dr. Everton Gooden, Chief of Staff and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee, is the recipient of the 2017 Harry Jerome Trailblazer Award. The prestigious Harry Jerome Awards, administered by the Black Business and Professional Association, recognize and honour excellence in African-Canadian achievement. See an article and video on Dr. Gooden's award.

Dr. Tarek Abdelhalim recognized for excellence in clinical teaching
March 14, 2017
Dr. Tarek Abdelhalim of North York General Hospital's Department of Internal Medicine, has been chosen as one of the recipients of the 2017 PARO Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award for the University of Toronto. The award, presented by the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO), recognizes his many invaluable contributions to the education and training of new physicians as well as his commitment to excellence as a clinician.

Genetic Counsellor Clare Gibbons plays role in enacting genetic discrimination law
March 9, 2017
On March 8, the federal government passed a genetic discrimination bill – Bill S-201—that forbids insurance companies and employers from obtaining Canadians' test results for genetic diseases or conditions. North York General Hospital (NYGH) Genetic Counsellor Clare Gibbons was invited to Ottawa to offer her insight into the issue. Learn more about Clare's role in helping to pass the bill in an article from the April issue of The Pulse, NYGH's community newsletter.

Dr. Bonnie Madonik appointed National Addiction Medicine Advisor, Canadian Armed Forces
March 6, 2016
Dr. Bonnie Madonik, Medical Director of the Addiction Program at North York General Hospital, was appointed National Addiction Medicine Advisor to the Canadian Armed Forces effective December 2016. Learn more about Dr. Madonik's appointment.

Dr. Tim Rutledge appointed Investigator for the Brant Community Healthcare System
Feb. 21, 2017
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. Learn more about Dr. Rutledge's appointment.

University of Toronto honours NYGH physicians

Feb. 21, 2017
On February 13, 2017, Dr. David Eisen and Dr. Sid Feldman of North York General Hospital's Department of Family and Community Medicine were honoured by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine. Read more about this recognition.

NYGH first acute care hospital in Canada to win prestigious IT award
February 3, 2017
North York General Hospital (NYGH) is the first acute care hospital in Canada to be presented with the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. Only about 50 hospitals around the world are recipients of this award by the Health Information Management Systems Society, known as HIMSS. North York General was awarded this distinction for its eCare initiative, a multi-year, hospital-wide health care information technology (IT) transformation strategy. Read the complete article from NYGH's community newsletter, The Pulse.

A Canadian first: Innovative biopsy procedure for prostate cancer

February 3, 2017
The Gale and Graham Wright Prostate Centre at North York General Hospital's Branson Ambulatory Care Centre is the only place in Canada using a new biopsy procedure to test for prostate cancer that significantly reduces the chance of developing an infection. Read the complete article and link to a story on CTV News.