NYGH in the News

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

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.

Paper and electronic hybrid is the next evolution in quality boards
Hospital News. 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.

Ontario appoints investigator for the Brant Community Healthcare System
Feb. 21, 2017, MOHLTC news release,                   
ntario 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. Read the complete article.

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.