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Awards and Recognition

North York General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto, is one of Canada's leading community academic hospitals. Our staff and physicians are regularly recognized for their excellence in teaching and their contribution to health care.

See our complete 2016 archive.

Latest awards and recognition:

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.


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.


Accreditation success for Seniors' Health Centre
November 30, 2016
Seniors' Health Centre (SHC) received the Three-Year Accreditation for Person-Centred Long-Term Care Community in November 2016, the highest designation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International. Learn more about the Seniors' Health Centre's achievement.


Dr. David White appointment President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada
November 23, 2016
Dr. David White has been appointed President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in November 2016. The CFPC is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. Read more and watch an interview.


DEC and CCDC honoured by Canadian Diabetes Association
November 2, 2016
North York General Hospital's Diabetes Education Centre (DEC) and Complex Care Diabetes Centre (CCDC) have been honoured by the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). They have met the criteria for formal recognition into the CDA's Standards Recognition Program (SRP). Read the complete article on this recognition given to the DEC and CCDC.

NYGH's Supportive Cardiology poster wins 1st place at NPAO Conference
October 19, 2016
This September, members of the Supportive Cardiology team at North York General Hospital presented a poster on “Inter-specialty Collaboration Influencing Culture Change: Early Introduction of Palliative Care Heart Failure” at the Nurse Practitioners' Association of Ontario's (NPAO) 2016 Conference and came in first place for poster presentations. The team included: Karen Lock, Nurse Practitioner; Collene Traille-Brown, Nurse Practitioner; Karen Yu, Nurse Practitioner; and Wendy Cheung, Clinical Team Manager. Read the complete article on the Supportive Cardiology poster.

Dr. Steven Kahane appointed new Primary Care Physician Lead Advisor for Central LHIN

October 19, 2016
The Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has appointed Dr. Steven Kahane as the new Primary Care Physician Lead Advisor, effective October 17, 2016. Dr. Kahane is a lead physician at the Leslie Medical Family Health Organization, an active member of the physician team at North York General Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Read the complete article on Dr. Steven Kahane's appointment.


Research study presented at World Parkinson Congress
October 4, 2016
At the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in September, Dr. Joyce Lee, Care of the Elderly Physician, and Greta Mah, Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, presented their research on the impact of telephone intervention service at a community-based geriatrics clinic for Parkinson's. Their poster was recognized as the leading poster. Read the complete article on the research poster by Dr. Joyce Lee and Greta Mah. Read an article in the November 2016 issue of NYGH's community newsletter, The Pulse

Dr. Melissa Singer honoured by University of Toronto
September 28, 2016
Dr. Melissa Singer of North York General Hospital’s Department of Family and Community Medicine is the recipient of the University of Toronto’s Teaching Excellence in Clerkship — New Teacher Award, Department of Family and Community Medicine Undergraduate Education Program. The award recognizes Dr. Singer’s outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at the university and educating our future health care professionals.