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: 

Clostridium difficile infections have decreased 36 per cent in Canadian hospitals: study
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 and medical director of infection prevention and control at Toronto's North York General Hospital. Read the complete article in 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 community and an interactive timeline of significant moments in our history (following the article).

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.