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.

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Art students set sights high with healing ceiling at Toronto hospital
Toronto Star, Andrea Gordon, August 13, 2017
This front-page story highlighted that that students at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts were asked to brighten the view for North York General Hospital patients in the emergency department. The 50 pieces of ceiling artwork, roughly two feet by two feet in size, range from classical to impressionistic in style and include scenes from a starry night sky to underwater seascapes. The notion of collaborating on a ceiling tile project with local students was hatched earlier this year by Andrea Ennis, nurse and clinical team manager of North York General’s emergency department. Ennis was determined to lift the spirits of the nearly 400 patients who come to the ER every day and to bring warmth to the stark hospital environment. After talking to a relative who taught art, she approached nearby Cardinal Carter, an arts-based school in the Toronto Catholic District School Board. A month later, Ennis presented her idea directly to students, who were moved by descriptions of patients she had seen. Read the complete article and see the artwork.

Supervisor to run BCHS
Brantford Expositor, Vincent Ball, July 26, 2017
A hospital supervisor will be appointed to operate the Brant Community Healthcare System following the release of a 66-page report critical of the health-care system's senior leadership and governance.  The health ministry's announcement follows a recommendation made by Dr. Tim Rutledge, who was appointed by the ministry to review all operations of the Brant health-care system in February. Rutledge, president and CEO of North York General Hospital, submitted his report, which includes 17 key recommendations, to the government on June 28. Read the complete article on the Brantford Expositor.

Bathurst and Finch clinic closing less than two months after opening
North York Mirror, Fannie Sunshine, July 25, 2017
Less than two months after opening, the Westminster-Branson Primary Care Clinic is closing.The walk-in clinic opened June 1 inside the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre near Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue, replacing the former Urgent Care Centre (UCC) which area residents had rallied at Queen's Park to keep open. The UCC managed urgent illness or injury that isn't life-threatening, such as broken bones and cuts. The Westminster-Branson Primary Care Clinic, which operated Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and was staffed by one physician, will close Friday, July 28 due to “low patient volumes,” North York General Hospital, which operates the site, said in a message on its website Monday, July 24. Read the complete story on

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.