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2016

North York General offers breast cancer surgery, reconstruction at once
North York Mirror, December 27, 2016
When a mammogram detected that Maria Medeiros, a 48-year-old mother of two, had aggressive stage-two breast cancer, she was sent to Dr. Fahima Osman at North York General Hospital’s (NYGH) BMO Breast Diagnostic Centre. Read the complete article.

Health Heroes: Paediatric Surgeon Dr. Sharifa Himidan
Reader’s Digest, Canada’s Health Heroes. See PDF Health Heroes. Published in December 2016.
As a child growing up in Saudi Ara­bia, Dr. Sharifa Himidan dreamed of becoming a human-rights lawyer, but medicine eventually won out. It was, she felt, her best opportunity to make a difference for women, children, seniors and people living in areas plagued by instability. Once enrolled in med school, she found herself drawn to surgery. “At the time, women in my culture weren't encouraged to choose this field,” she says, “but it fit with my desire to bring about immediate change.”  Read the complete article on the last page of the Health Heroes PDF.

6 tips for staying safe and healthy during cold Canadian winters
North York Mirror, InsideToronto.com. Dec. 12, 2016
NYGH's Dr. Katherine Ker, Lead Physician, Rudy and Rita Koehler Family Medicine Teaching Unit, suggests a few key winter safety tips, and discusses what you should know when the mercury dips.

Innovative biopsy procedure for prostate cancer
CTV News, November 25, 2016
NYGH has recently started using a different method of biopsies for prostate cancer to help prevent infections. The Gale and Graham Wright Prostate Centre at Branson Ambulatory Care Centre is the only place in Canada using this method. This method uses a transperineal approach instead of the traditional transrectal biopsy. Dr. Stanley Flax, Urologist discusses the lower rates of infection and how the procedure works.

Dr. Nancy Down discusses breast cancer care program on Metro Morning
CBC Toronto, Metro Morning, October 5, 2016 Dr. Nancy Down, Medical Director, Breast Integrated Care Collaborative and Division Head, General Surgery at North York General Hospital is interviewed by Matt Galloway, Host of CBC Radio's Metro Morning.

North York General Hospital races to raise $853,000 for new beds
North York Mirror, Fannie Sunshine, September 21, 2016
In an effort to raise more than $800,000 to replace all its beds, North York General Hospital Foundation (NYGHF) has launched the 'It's Not Just a Bed. It's a Race Car' campaign. Kicking off Tuesday, Sept. 20 with the help of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, the foundation, which has partnered with PFAFF Automotive Partners, is aiming to raise $853,000 over three years to replace all 426 beds, including cancer care, birthing, and psychiatric beds for the Leslie Street and Hwy. 401 hospital.

Enhancing care through online learning
Hospital News, Melissa Londono, September 2016
Online courses are quickly becoming the preferred way education is delivered to both university and college students as well as for staff in larger organizations. In a fast-paced health care environment, where there are multiple shifts and a variety of disciplines, online learning makes it easier to have personalized education and to stay up-to-date on the latest health care innovations.

Sonja Bata at 90
The Globe and Mail, Nolan Bryant, August 26, 2016
For almost 20 years Sonja Bata sat on the North York General Hospital Board.

North York General Hospital gets $1.9 million provincial 'HIRF' grant for facility upgrades
North York Mirror, August 10, 2016
North York General Hospital (NYGH) will receive more than $1.9 million from the provincial government to keep the site in a state of “good repair."

Why re-thinking more is better
Issue 2, 2016, Dialogue, July 11, 2016, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, (page 35), by Stuart Foxman
This article looks at how the Choosing Wisely Canada Campaign, helping doctors engage in conversations about unnecessary tests,is paying off. The story highlights the successes North York General Hospital has had with the Choosing Wisely Campaign and features quotes from Dr. Donna McRitchie, Vice President of Medical and Academic Affairs.

Nurses drive NYGH’s ‘closed loop medication administration’ success
July 7, 2016, Andy Shaw,  Canadian Healthcare Technology                               

The North York General Hospital (NYGH) “closed loop medication administration” system, or CLMA for short, is helping NYGH rack up some impressive benefits, including:

• Preventing over 2,300 medication errors in the first year of implementation – in conjunction with other elements of NYGH’s advanced EMR, including its computerized provider order entry (CPOE);

• Achieving a 95% barcode scanning compliance rate for the 110,000 doses the hospital scans on average per month;

• Raising adverse-drug event prevention accuracy rates, in physician medication reconciliation of admission and discharge records, from an average of 8% to over 80%;

• Improving turnaround time for STAT medication orders for serious and life-threatening cases by 83%.

Ensuring quality of living at end of life 'pretty intense,' son says
June 29, 2016, CBC News
There's no guidebook to navigate the highs and lows of looking after a family member in their final months at home, says a son who was tempted to write one. Pat Mackey was surrounded by her family at her home in Toronto when she died of cancer in 2014 that had metastasized to her brains and lungs. "You want to hang around but not at the expense of the quality of your life," she said in a North York General Hospital YouTube video. "My plan was that I would die in hospice. I would not impose the dying in my house because I felt that the house was a sanctuary for the family and that was something I was depriving [my husband] Mike and the kids of." Then things changed.

Last quilt raffle at North York General Hospital marks end of 30-year tradition
June 23, 2016, Fannie, Sunshine, North York Mirror
North York General Hospital's (NYGH) very last quilt raffle was held Wednesday, June 22, marking an end to the 30 year tradition. Four quilts - one queen, two twins, and one wall hanging - were raffled off inside the cafeteria of the Leslie Street and Hwy. 401 hospital, bringing a close to the raffle which had been kept going by a dedicated group of about 15 volunteers.

North York General Hospital's breast cancer program receives full accreditation from the NAPBC
June 8, 2016, North York Mirror, MyInforms.com                  
In a Canadian hospital first, North York General Hospital's (NYGH) breast cancer program has been fully accredited by the National the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centres (NAPBC).
North York General Wins BOMA BEST Silver Level Certification
Snapd North York, May 26, 2016
North York General Hospital became the first Ontario hospital building to be awarded a Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) BEST Silver Level Certification for their continued efforts in improving the property's overall energy efficiency and waste diversion programs.

Mobile billing app Agent+ launches for Ontario medical doctors
Cantech Letter, May 26, 2016
Toronto company Plexus Interactive has launched an app called Agent+ for Ontario doctors, a first-of-its-kind in Canada, that lets MDs use a mobile device to securely bill for services, a process which cumulatively throughout a doctor’s day can amount to a major time sink, effectively reducing time spent with patients.

Heart of Fashion gala brings in $1.2 million to help fund North York General Hospital Interventional Radiology suite
May 18. 2016, North York Mirror
More than $1 million was raised from a fashion gala to support a second Interventional Radiology (IR) suite at North York General Hospital (NYGH). The Heart of Fashion gala held Saturday, May 14 on private property in the Bridle Path brought in $1.2 million for the Leslie Street and Hwy. 401 hospital. Read the complete article on Heart of Fashion 2016.   

Toronto Star Nightingale Award draws 229 nominees
Toronto Star, Friday, May 6, 2016
The Toronto Star Nightingale Award is presented each year to an Ontario nurse nominated by her or his patients or peers. The recipient and honourable mentions are selected by representatives from Ontario's nursing associations and the Star.  Read the complete story.
North York General Hospital nominated nurses:
Angela Campbell, RN
Tony Chang, RN
Edsel Mutia, RN
Jane Penciner, RN
Desiree Prillo, RPN
Emma Sharov, RN

ARTIC to help spread Choosing Wisely
Canadian Healthcare Technology, April 20, 2016
The Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program, co-led by Health Quality Ontario and the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, have announced the newest ARTIC project, Choosing Wisely: An Idea Worth Spreading. ARTIC is a proven model that accelerates the implementation and spread of research evidence into broader practice. This latest project will reduce unnecessary medical care by implementing hospital-relevant Choosing Wisely recommendations across the Joint Centres for Transformative Health Care Innovation – a group of Toronto-area hospitals... Joint Centres partner, North York General Hospital, was an early adopter of Choosing Wisely Canada's campaign and recommendations, and along with Toronto East Health Network, another partner, has already achieved positive results.

ARTIC Program Announces Newest Project: Choosing Wisely — An Idea Worth Spreading
April 7, 2016, MontrealGazette.com (story no longer available)

A cup of tea makes a world of difference
Hospital News, April 2016
It looks like an ordinary cup of tea being offered to someone sitting at the bedside. But this simple transaction has a far greater impact than simply quenching a thirst. This cup of tea is a result of the new approach to the role of service volunteers at North York General Hospital (NYGH). See the online version of Hospital News.

When it comes to tests, more is not always better
André Picard, The Globe and Mail, April 5, 2016
The number of laboratory tests ordered for ER patients is down 31 per cent since September, 2014.
The number of lab tests ordered in the pre-operative clinic has dropped 38 per cent since February, 2015.
The number of mobile chest X-rays done in the intensive care unit has fallen 12 per cent since January, 2015.

With eye-popping numbers like that, it’s no wonder that North York General Hospital has become the poster child for Choosing Wisely Canada. The CWC campaign has a startlingly simple goal: To identify and promote care that is evidence-based, not duplicative, free of harm, and truly necessary.

Enhanced HVAC controls deliver big savings to North York hospital
Energy-manager.ca, March 10, 2016
Energy efficiency projects are nothing new to North York General Hospital (NYGH), which has provided care for patients and their families in north Toronto since 1968.

A healthful approach to care and culture
National Post, February 25, 2016
Excellence, respect, integrity, compassion. These are the watchwords to put patients first a North York General Hospital (NYGH)>.

After daughter's suicide, family works to fill gap in youth mental health services

CBC News, February 23, 2016
Each year, an average of 294 teenagers commit suicide in Canada. For Chris Coulter, that is more than a statistic. His daughter Madeline ended her life April 11, 2015. She was 14-years-old.

Operation job share: Surgeons split work to tackle 'unrelenting' problem of unemployment
National Post, February 9, 2016

How U of T doctors and students are helping Syrian refugees access health care
U of T News, February 5, 2016
When family doctor Perle Feldman heard she would be seeing a recently arrived Syrian refugee with cancer, she knew she would have to act fast.

North York General Hospital fundraiser encourages students to get creative with scrubs
North York Mirror, January 22, 2016
The Fabricland Scrubs Design Challenge, a part of North York General Hospital fundraiser The Heart of Fashion, will see participating students rethink traditional hospital scrubs, adding an element of haute couture to the utilitarian garments.

North York General Hospital home to first baby of 2016 in Toronto
North York Mirror, January 4, 2016
Toronto welcomed its first baby of 2016 just 39 seconds after midnight, Jan. 1. Baby Julian was born at North York General Hospital on Friday, weighing 3.9 kilograms.

Meet Toronto's first baby of 2016
Toronto Sun, January 1, 2016
Toronto's first baby of 2016 waited a mere 39 seconds past midnight to make his way into the world. But Dr. Nicholas Pairaudeau said the journey started long before that for baby Julian. “His parents were great, they were stormtroopers,” Pairaudeau said at North York General, holding Julian in his arms.

Year's first reported baby born in Markham moments after midnight
Toronto Star, Friday, January 1, 2016
...Thirty-six seconds after Avery was born, the first baby in Toronto was delivered at North York General Hospital, a boy named Julian. He arrived by way of a C-section, weighing eight pounds and 11 ounces. Despite the presence of reporters and photographers, Julian wiggled briefly and slept through his first media appearance Friday afternoon

It's a boy... and a boy... and a girl! GTA welcomes New Year's babies
CBC News, January 1, 2016
At just 39 seconds after midnight — and hours of labour — baby Julian came into the world at North York General, the first wee one born in Toronto in 2016.
But, as babies go, Julian is not so little. Dr. Nicholas Pairaudeau delivered the “very big, bouncy baby boy” by Caesarian section early New Year's Day — he came out a healthy eight pounds, 11 ounces.

First Toronto baby born at NYGH
The first Toronto baby in 2016 was born 36 seconds after midnight at North York General Hospital. Julian arrived by way of a C-section, weighing eight pounds and 11 ounces and was delivered by Dr. Nicholas Pairaudeau. This story was featured on CBC News, in the Toronto Star; Toronto Sun; CityTV; Global News; CTV Toronto; 680 News; CP24; Markham Economist and Sun.