Dr. Rick Penciner: Riding the wave of opportunity

Dr. Rick Penciner climbing Mont Ventoux in France, the legendary stage of the Tour de France.
Dr. Rick Penciner  knew North York General Hospital was the place where he wanted to practice when he graduated from medical school in 1991. 

Over the years, his hospital of choice hasn't changed, but Dr. Penciner's career has been anything but static.  He has been able to shape an exciting career that straddles his two passions: emergency medicine and education. 

Behind the Scenes: How a cast is applied
Come behind the scenes to see how a person with a fracture is assessed and the right cast chosen and applied.
In our latest video, find  out  from Emergency Physician Dr. Arun Sayal and Registered Orthopaedic Technologist  Laura Cardona how a person with a fracture is assessed and how the right cast is chosen and applied. 

What's the difference between acne and rosacea?

A number of lifestyle factors can trigger rosacea to flare up, including hot and cold weather, sun exposure, stress, and hot or spicy food and drinks.
Nearly everyone has gone through the frustration of acne. However, you may not be as familiar with rosacea, a chronic skin disorder. "From a distance rosacea and acne look very similar, so it can be difficult for an individual to tell the difference between the two," says Dermatologist  Dr. Mary McKenzie.
Need physiotherapy? Assessment and Wellness Centre offers comprehensive services

The Assessment and Wellness Centre at North York General Hospital provides comprehensive physiotherapy care to many clients after a slip and fall.
The Assessment and Wellness Centre at North York General Hospital offers physiotherapy care to help relieve pain and increase mobility and function.

Dr. Mitch Adelstein, Emergency Physician and Medical Director of the Assessment and Wellness Centre, says March is filled with potential slips and stumbles as temperatures rise and fall. Read his five tips for avoiding a bad slip or fall.

Improve your digestive health

Eat at least 25 grams of fiber a day to encourage regular bowel movements and prevent constipation.
Your digestive system is essential to helping your body break down food so it can adequately retrieve nutrients and vitamins, while also getting rid of waste.

Gastroenterologist Dr. Rupert Abdalian says digestive problems are often driven by diet and lifestyle-related factors.
Make your workspace ergonomically friendly

It is important to assess your work space to prevent musculoskeletal injuries.
Whether you work in an office or at home, sitting all day in front of a computer can cause many health issues. 

Chantel Brammer , an Occupational Therapist in the Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness Department, shares four important tips on how to make your workplace a safe and comfortable environment. 

Video: NYGH first acute care hospital in Canada to win prestigious IT award

Our February issue included an article on North York General Hospital's achievement in receiving the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for our eCare initiative and the February 1 celebration.  Watch a video of this award celebration. 
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