March 2014

Dr. Frank Sullivan named first Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family Medicine 

Dr. Frank Sullivan
On February 20, North York General Hospital announced the appointment of Dr. Frank Sullivan as the first Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine. The Chair is the first of its kind in Canada and will play an important role in community hospital-based research.


Dr. Sullivan will lead research initiatives at NYGH, the North York Family Health Team, and at University of Toronto Practice Based Research Network (UTOPIAN) sites across the region.




Making a World of Difference with Tim Rutledge


Dr. Tim Rutledge, NYGH President & CEO

Dr. Tim Rutledge, North York General President & CEO, is featured in the final video of our 
Making a World of Difference series. Reflecting on NYGH's strengths, Dr. Rutledge says we can make some real contributions in patient- and family-centred care. 


He is proud of the hospital's long legacy of providing excellent education and believes we can become the model for a community academic hospital involved in both real world education and research. 

Watch the video of Tim Rutledge. 



Pat Mackey on living with a terminal cancer diagnosis: 

a patient's perspective

Pat Mackey  
Pat (Patricia) Mackey was an inaugural member of North York General Hospital's Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Following her cancer reoccurrence in the winter of 2013 and while receiving care at the Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care at NYGH, she generously shared her time, candid thoughts and observations, on video, of what it is like to live with a terminal cancer diagnosis.


Learn more about Pat and see the video. 



Go ahead, make our day . . . Become a Patient and Family Advisor


Patient and Family Advisors at North York General


Patient and Family Advisors share their unique thoughts and perspectives to ensure the voices of patients and families are heard, considered and included in North York General's programs and plans for the future. Councils and committees across the hospital include Patient and Family Advisors in their decision-making processes.


Find out how you can become a Patient and Family Advisor.


Is it candy? Why it's important to keep your medication in a safe place   

Many medications look a lot like candy.  Did you know many medications look a lot like candy? While most adults are able to distinguish between the two, children may have difficulty telling them apart. 

Norman Tang, a Pharmacist at North York General, shows how easy it can be to confuse certain candies with medications and offer s tips on keeping them safe from children.