Last week it was announced that I have decided to retire after a wonderful 40-plus year career at North York General Hospital (NYGH). It has been a privilege and an honour of a lifetime to work alongside such outstanding and dedicated colleagues and partners over the years. NYGH’s people are truly second to none!
I will continue to lead NYGH for a while and support the transition to a new President and CEO, likely by mid-fall 2023. It is an exciting and important time for our organization and I am very much looking forward to working with our team and partners to continue to advance our Strategic Plan, Thinking Beyond.
This year is off to a great start. While the challenges of the pandemic are still with us, there is a palpable excitement about the future. NYGH recently celebrated a number of accomplishments and introduced new services for our diverse, growing communities. Here are just a few:
In this Pulse edition, you will learn about our new cutting-edge MRI equipment at the Gulshan & Pyarali G. Nanji Family Foundation Centre for Medical Imaging and new gamma camera that will benefit many patients referred to NYGH.
In December, our Seniors’ Health Centre (SHC) achieved Three-Year Accreditation in the area of Person-Centred Long-Term Care Community by the international Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This recognizes SHC’s commitment to improving the quality of life of residents. At the same time, we are working hard on plans to build a ground-breaking 384-bed long-term care home, one of Ontario’s largest, steps from our hospital.
NYGH was, once again, named Ontario’s top hospital for the province’s ED Pay-For-Results (P4R) program (out of 74 hospitals). Our ranking considers ED wait times and patient volumes and is a testament to our outstanding Emergency Services team and organization-wide focus on reducing wait times.
There will be other important leadership changes ahead as NYGH prepares for the future. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kevin Wasko as NYGH’s new Chief of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Wasko will join us on May 1 from Trillium Health Partners. He previously held executive roles with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Dr. Maral Nadjafi is our new Chief of Medicine and Program Medical Director. A passionate champion of seniors’ care, Dr. Nadjafi has served as Interim Chief since November 2021 and has been instrumental in NYGH’s COVID-19 response.
Also in May, we are thrilled that Seanna Millar will join us as the new President and CEO of the North York General Foundation. An accomplished leader in philanthropy, Seanna comes to us from SickKids Foundation, where she serves as Senior Vice President.
There are great things on the horizon at North York General! Please stay current through the Pulse, visiting nygh.on.ca, and following our social media channels.
Stay safe and be well,
President & CEO