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2017

Genetic anti-discrimination law protects patient privacy without sacrificing research
CBC, March 10, 2017
An unusual vote in the House of Commons that saw Liberal backbench MPs defy the prime minister and his cabinetby uniting with opposition parties to pass a bill outlawing genetic discrimination has come as a relief to Clare Gibbons. "I'm so happy and pleasantly surprised, because when you're looking at it, you're not sure which way it's going to go," said Gibbons, a genetic counsellor at Toronto's North York General Hospital. Bill S-201,the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, prohibits anyone from requiring a person to undergo or reveal the results of a genetic test as a condition of employment or before selling that person a good or service, such as life or disability insurance. The maximum punishment for breaking the law is a fine of$1,000,000 and/or imprisonment for five years. Read the complete article on the CBC website.

Paper and electronic hybrid is the next evolution in quality boards
Hospital News by Jennifer Quaglietta and Talha Hussain, March 9, 2017
North York General Hospital (NYGH) has placed a strong emphasis on continuous quality improvement for well over a decade. This culture has made NYGH a leader in adopting health care information technology that has significantly improved patient safety and the quality of care we provide. One of the building blocks to successful quality improvement is measurement and reporting back. Several years ago paper-based Quality Boards were launched on every patient unit along with support services program to provide frontline staff (clinical team managers, unit coordinators, nurses, nurse educators and allied health staff) with recent hospital data related to patient safety and quality. Read the complete article on quality boards in Hospital News.

North York General Hospital closing Branson Ambulatory Care Centre
North York Mirror, Fannie Sunshine, March 7
North York General Hospital (NYGH) is shutting down its Branson Ambulatory Care Centre after opting out of a lease renewal.
After leasing the Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue property from Advent Health Care Corporation for the last 19 years, NYGH's lease will expire in 2019.
In a letter on NYGH's website Wednesday, March 1, hospital president and CEO Tim Rutledge noted the “transfer of services” to its Leslie Street and Hwy. 401 General site will begin June 1 with the closing of the Urgent Care Centre. Learn more about the closing of Branson Ambulatory Care Centre.

Ontario appoints investigator for the Brant Community Healthcare System
Feb. 21, 2017,
MOHLTC news release, News.Ontario.ca                                      
Ontario has appointed Dr. Tim Rutledge as an investigator for the Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS), to review the hospital's operations and ensure it is delivering the best possible care to patients and families in the region. Dr. Rutledge will work closely with the hospital, the community, key stakeholders and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to examine and review issues concerning the management and governance of BCHS. Read the news release on Dr. Tim Rutledge's appointment.

'They want to go home with a healthy baby': A Canadian obstetrician helps MSF deliver maternal care in Pakistan
MSF Canada, 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 lands 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award
Healthcare IT News, Jessica Davis, February 1, 2017
HIMSS is recognizing North York General for its clinical decision support, computerized provider order entry and closed-loop medication administration initiatives that improved patient outcomes. In naming Ontario-based North York General Hospital a HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence recipient, HIMSS noted the award recognizes outstanding achievement in leveraging health IT to improve patient outcomes. “The challenge of implementing change of this scope and scale was immense, but possible, thanks to great teamwork and a constant focus on the quality and safety benefits we are celebrating today,” NYGH President and CEO, Tim Rutledge, MD, said in a statement. “Receiving the Davies Award is a reflection of the commitment to excellence of our people, the staff and physicians who made it happen.” Read the complete article on NYGH's HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award.

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.

Choosing Wisely: how the UK intends to reduce harmful medical overuse
BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) Published January 26, 2017
...Wendy Levinson, professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and chair of Choosing Wisely Canada, told The BMJ that the focus of its campaign was not to save costs but to avoid harm and reduce waste. She said that the campaign is working with the Canadian Institute for Health Information to get provincial and national measures to evaluate Choosing Wisely but this takes time. However, she said that some hospitals have seen impressive results. “For example, North York General, a hospital in Toronto, changed its order sets in the emergency department and reduced laboratory tests by 31%, with no impact on quality of care or patient outcomes.” Read the complete BMJ article.

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.