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.

View all 2017 news.

Most recent news items: 

Hospitals performing private cosmetic operations despite delays for necessary surgeries
National Post, Tom Blackwell, July 10, 2017
...The Post contacted a sample of 19 hospitals or health regions to ask about their experience with cosmetic surgery, all but three responding. Eleven said they allow from a few to scores of cosmetic procedures every year. North York General in Toronto, for instance, said that 168 aesthetic procedures were performed in 2016, out of 16,000 operations. The cosmetic work did not bump any medically necessary treatment, said spokeswoman Nadia Daniell-Colarossi.“NYGH was not funded to run the ORs for the times that the (non-medicare) procedures took place, which allows us to make those ORs available,” she said. In fact, Daniell-Colarossi said North York has among the best surgical wait-times in Ontario. Read the complete article.

Blood glucose testing offers little value to some Type 2 diabetes patients: study
CBC News, June 13, 2017
Dr. Kimberley Wintemute,
Family and Community Medicine Department at North York General Hospital, says there has been several studies showing that at-home glucose testing doesn't add value to a Type 2 patient's care. She believes patients have been conditioned to believe that more data is going to mean better results. But testing can also create anxiety for patients who may obsess about their numbers, and the test strips can be costly. Instead, she says those with Type 2 diabetes should focus on everyday activities known to improve overall health: things like exercising daily, managing portion sizes at meal times, and avoiding smoking and drinking. Read the complete story on the CBC website.

North York General Hospital receives 2017 Patient Safety Champion award recognizing its innovative approach to Never Events
Canadian Patient Safety Institute, News, June 13, 2017

North York General Hospital is the 2017 recipient of the Patient Safety Champion Awardfor organizations. Presented annually by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, HealthCareCAN, and Patients for Patient Safety Canada, the Patient Safety Champion Award recognizes volunteers and organizations that are taking a leadership role in ensuring that patients and families are at the centre of patient safety initiatives. The prominent Award was presented at the National Health Leadership Conference in Vancouver, on June 12, 2017. Read the complete article on the Patient Safety Institute website.

Branson closure major loss for community: advocacy group
North York Mirror, Rahul Gupta, June 8, 2017
A spokesperson for an advocacy group said the upcoming closure of the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre represents a major loss for the Bathurst-Finch community. Kenneth Schafer said he's unsure how North York General Hospital will be able to effectively treat patients following the shuttering of the Centre, located at 555 Finch Ave. W., by 2019. The hospital had announced earlier this year it will close down Branson, which it leased from Advent Corporation for 19 years, and transfer services to its main hospital campus and other locations within the area. “The (Westminster-Branson) community has come to rely on the services the centre offers all in one spot,” said Schafer, co-chair of the Branson Community Action Group (BCAG) which met with NYGH leadership this week to discuss the closure. “If services are spread out, they will be more difficult to access.” Read the complete article on

Dr. Desmond Leung discusses palliative care
Metro Morning, CBC Radio, May 9, 2017

Dr. Desmond Leung, Palliative Care Physician with the Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care, discusses the benefits of early palliative care in a patient's life with Metro Morning Host Matt Galloway. Listen to the interview.