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2017

'They want to go home with a healthy baby': A Canadian obstetrician helps MSF deliver maternal care in Pakistan
MSF Canada, Friday Feb. 10, 2017. This article was originally published in Hospital News.
The author, Dr. Karthika Devarajanis, is an obstetrician at North York General Hospital in Toronto.

I have always been interested in global health, but medical training takes up a lot of time in the beginning. I did some international work here and there, but eventually, I reached a point where my career was stable, and I wanted to try something new. Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MS) has an incredible reputation for delivering good medical care where it is needed the most and I felt that I finally had the experience, but also still had the energy, to work with them. A colleague covered my practice and I went to work as an MSF obstetrician gynecologist for 6 weeks, long enough to do something worthwhile, but short enough not to derail my practice at home. Read the complete article.

North York General Hospital's Holiday Toy Drive
Snapd North York, February 2017
While December can be a magical time, it can often be difficult for young patients and families staying at hospitals here in North York over the holidays. To lift their spirits, our local MPP for Don Valley East Michael Coteau, along with City of Toronto Fire Department Station 116 and North York General Hospital(NYGH) staff came together to make a special delivery of donated toys to the children staying at NYGH over the holidays. Read the complete article and see photos in the Feb. 2017 issue of snapd North York .

North York General puts patients at the heart of care with Supportive Cardiology Clinic
North York Mirror, January 30, 2017
By the time Agostinho Albuquerque was in his early 50s, he had significant blockage throughout his arteries and was not a candidate for bypass surgery. He survived three heart attacks and suffered from advanced congestive heart failure and arrhythmia. He lived much longer than his cardiologist – and his family – ever dreamed. But in July 2014, his condition worsened and his care was re-evaluated as palliative. Read the complete article at InsideToronto.com.

Hospitals to accept visitors 24/7
CTV News, Air date January 17, 2017
North York General Hospital was featured on CTV News and Karyn Popovich, Vice President, Clinical Programs, Quality & Risk, CNE was interviewed. Karyn doesn't anticipate the need for additional staffing, just appropriate policies. “When the care teams come to do their rounds, it's helpful to help them understand some of the instructions or medical care and decisions that they need to make,” says Karyn. The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement says that 24/7 visiting hours make the transition from hospital to home easier which reduces readmission back into the hospital, they believe it is good for the patient, families and the healthcare system. Watch the video.