September 2014

NYGH top performing hospital for cancer surgery wait times

North York General Hospital surgeons

On July 28, Cancer Care Ontario presented North York General Hospital with a certificate for being the Top Performing Hospital in the province for 2013-2014 in Cancer Surgery Wait Times - Time from Decision to Treat to Treatment.


"We are very proud to have achieved the lowest wait times in the province for treating surgical oncology patients within all priority categories, with 100% treated within target," says Dr. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO. "This is a result of continuous innovative and collaborative efforts between programs and services. I want to thank our staff and physicians for their unfailing commitment to high-quality, safe and timely patient care."  


                                                           Learn more on how we are decreasing wait times. 

3 things every runner should know to stay safe
Dr. Richard Bowry, Chief of Anesthesia, is an avid runner.

Organized runs are a growing activity in Toronto that promote staying active and making healthy choices.
Dr. Richard Bowry, Chief of Anesthesia at North York General Hospital, is an avid runner who has participated in a variety of events including the Boston Marathon, Coast2Coast across Panama, and the TransRockies.


This fall he will be running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in support of North York General. 

As a physician and a running enthusiast,  

Code Blue: What you should know

A Code Blue is a signal there is a patient in severe medical distress.  

"Attention, Attention, Attention, Code Blue, 4 West..."

The announcement plays three times on the hospital's speaker system. To a North York General Hospital visitor, this sounds serious but what's actually happening is a mystery. To our hospital team, it's a signal  that there is a patient in severe medical distress and they must act quickly. Every second counts. 

Cathie Badeau, Director of the Maternal Newborn Program, and Chair of our Code Blue and Code Pink Committee, explains what happens during these calls to action. 


5 tips to decrease your child's back-to-school anxiety
Help your child reduce their anxiety as the new school year begins.

The start of school can be an exciting time for many kids as they shop for school supplies and clothes, get together with friends and talk about their summer. However, for others it can be very stressful and nerve-racking.


Adam Green, Clinical Coordinator for the Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Health Services program at North York General Hospital's Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, gives parents five tips on how they can help reduce the anxiety of their child or teen as the new school year begins.

 Read the tips. 


Pat Mackey's video on living with a terminal illness reaches thousands

Pat Mackey shared her palliative care experience on video.

Shortly before her passing in late February 2014, Pat (Patricia) Mackey was able to celebrate the screening of her video Pat Mackey: Living with a terminal cancer diagnosis with her family and friends. In the six months since Pat's video launched, it has had more than 3,500 views.


For nine months, Pat discussed her illness, her worries and the things that made her happy. Pat's wish was that by sharing her experience, patients and families will know that "palliative care is about finding energy and joy in your day, not focusing on the illness."


Learn more and watch Pat's video.


North York General Hospital takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge
NYGH President & CEO Dr. Tim Rutledge took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

North York General Hospital rose to Southlake Regional Health Centre's challenge and took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on August 28.  Led by President and CEO Dr. Tim Rutledge, the challenge also included the participation of leadership team members. 

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