Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency revitalized
Major renovation enhances patient experience
On August 31, 2016, the newly-redesigned Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency officially opened, marking the end of a major renovation of the Emergency Department.
The newly redesigned Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency officially opened August 31, marking the end of a major renovation. With over 100,000 visits annually, our hospital's Emergency Department provides care to hundreds of patients every day. Learn how this renovation will better meet the needs of patients and families. 
Back to school thanks to Paediatric Short Stay Unit 
 The Paediatric Short Stay Unit at North York General provides young patients timely access to care for up to eight hours.
With little over a week before school started, Jackson was diagnosed with pneumonia and was told he needed to be fever free for 48 hours to attend the first day of grade 5.  Determined not to miss school, Jackson was armed with antibiotics and plenty of rest, but was still not feeling any better after four days of treatment. 

A referral was made to the Paediatric Short Stay Unit for an assessment after Jackson's parents called to update their family doctor about his health. 

Bed Control: A hospital's nerve centre
Team considers the individual in every situation 
At North York General Hospital, managing our beds is handled by a dedicated team of specially trained, dedicated professionals, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
"Every day is a moving puzzle for our bed control specialists," says Debbie Conway-Chung, Manager, Patient Flow, Registration and Bed Control.  

Bed Control works with our patient flow team to assign and place patients, mainly from the Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency and operating rooms, to beds on inpatient units. 

Gout: Not just for royalty 
King Henry VIII of England was one of the many famous people with gout.
T raditionally known as the disease of kings because of its association with the overindulgence of rich foods such as meat, seafood and alcohol, gout has been around since ancient times. In fact, gout is more common than you might think.

Dr. Allyson Merbaum,  Postgraduate Program Director, Department of Family and Community Medicine, gives us some facts on gout.

What a difference a year makes

Medical student Kate Stead
We first met medical student  Kate Stead in our October 2015 issue. She was one of the first students at our hospital to participate in a pilot of the University of Toronto's Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship program.

Kate was able to study multiple disciplines simultaneously, rather than the traditional block clerkships where medical students practise one discipline at a time. 
How was Kate's experience here and has it changed her future goals? 

Preparing IV medications

Take a look at how our Pharmacy professionals prepare IV medications.
In our latest Behind the Scenes video, we get gowned up and take a look at how our Pharmacy professionals prepare IV medications.
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