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Please note: This is a list of news items featuring or mentioning, North York General. In some cases, links to past clips or stories may be removed by the media outlet and are no longer available for viewing.

2015 news items

Dr. Fahima Osman named Bayview Person of the Year
Bayview Post, December 2015
In the December issues of Post City Magazines,12 Torontonians of the year have been awarded to individuals who gave back or enhanced the reputation of their neighbourhood. North York General Hospital's Dr. Fahima Osman has been named Bayview person of the year. A surgeon, Dr. Osman was nominated for her efforts to encourage the practice of oncoplastic surgery in Ontario.

North York General Hospital volunteers collect hand-knit gloves and mitts to give to social agencies
North York Mirror, November 25, 2015
Since 2008, Alex's Mitten Tree has helped keep the less fortunate warm over the cold winter months. Founded by the late Alex Hornibrook, who volunteered at the hospital, more than 6,000 knitted mits, hats, scarves and socks have been collected over the past six years by volunteers at North York General Hospital (NYGH) and are distributed to social service agencies including New Circles and The Scott Mission.

North York General awarded Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures
National Post, November 19, 2015
The National Post congratulated the winners of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, including North York General Hospital. The award is founded and presented by Waterstone Human Capital, a leading retained executive search firm specializing in recruiting for fit. Awards are presented to organizations with cultures that have helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.

The demand for poop
National Post, in print and online, by Catherine McIntyre, November 7, 2015
A growing number of people are rebranding poop as medicine. Abundant new research suggest that our microbiome — the collection of trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microscopic organisms that live in our guts — holds secrets to our physical and mental health. Early studies have suggested that with the right stool, we can cure anything from chronic fatigue to autism. At North York General in Toronto, Dr. Kevin Katz is experimenting a self-stool bank that would let patients at risk of developing C. diff — whether they're starting chemotherapy or antibiotics — freeze their own stool in case they get sick and need it later.

Implementation of Radio Frequency Identification for Medication Tray Management
Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, Edith Rolko and Thomas Chan, October 23, 2015
This study by Edith Rolko and Thomas Chanof North York General Hospital highlights that NYGH is the first hospital in Canada to use Radio Frequency Identification as a medication management solution, significantly improving accuracy and efficiency within its pharmacy operations, and ultimately improving patient safety.

Maddie's Healing Garden to augment North York General Hospital's new child and adolescent mental health services site
North York Mirror, October 22, 2015 by Fannie Sunshine
Madeline Grace German Coulter was an outgoing, social, caring and loving 14-year-old who loved the outdoors and summer camp. But there was another side of the Grade 9 North Toronto Collegiate Institute student many didn't see - her struggle with depression, which ultimately claimed her young life April 11.In honour of Maddie her family has made a$1 million commitment to North York GeneralFoundation for the development of a therapeutic garden named Maddie's Healing Garden at the hospital-owned Phillips House, which is undergoing a $7-million transformation into a child and adolescent mental health services site.

North York General Hospital doctor gets Minister's Medal
Inside Toronto, North York Mirror, Oct. 22, 2015, by Fannie Sunshine

Ontario names winners of health quality medal
Canadian Healthcare Technology, Oct. 21, 2015

Seniors' Health Centre marks 30 years of growth in North York
North York Mirror and InsideToronto.com, October 21, 2015 by Fannie Sunshine
NYGH's Seniors' Health Centre is celebrating its 30th anniversary Friday, Oct. 23 at 2 Buchan Ct.

Should We Bank Our Own Stool?
The New York Times, October 9, 2015,
A version of this op-ed by Moises Velasquez-Manoffappears in print on October 11, 2015, on page SR10 of the New York edition with the headline: Should We Bank Our Own Stool?

Ontario's home-care providers want more say in reform discussions
NYGH President and CEO Dr. Tim Rutledge named to advisory body
September 17, 2015, The Globe and Mail, by Elizabeth Church

Glass Tiger's Alan Frew sharing story of his stroke
City News, August 25, 2015
On August 24, 2015, City News interviewed lead singer Alan Frew of Glass Tiger who had suffered a stroke last week. Frew noted that he came into North York General Hospital on Thursday when he suffered a stroke but is getting a lot better after having his right side paralyzed. View the clip.

Paediatric Short Stay improves access to care
Hospital News, August 11, 2015
This issue featured NYGH's Paediatric Short Stay Unit that provides young patients timely access to acute care for up to eight hours. Heather Su, Registered Nurse and Dr. Ronik Kanani, Chief of Paediatrics at NYGH are both quoted.

Seniors' Care at NYGH
July 7, 2015, Ontario Hospital Association, healthscape
This featured NYGH's six video series on aging and health.

More hospitals Choosing Wisely
CMAJ, (Canadian Medical Association Journal), June 3, 2015
Toronto Star, February 11, 2015
This article is endorsed by 63 specialists including Dr. Kevin Katz, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at North York General Hospital.

Bundles of joy are best gifts on Christmas
Toronto Star; December 26; Section News Page A1; Noor Javed
Bundles of joy are best gifts on Christmas; Parents and staff feel festive spirit taking over maternity ward at North York General Hospital on Dec. 25