Video: Redevelopment of 7th and 8th floors
Unit will help reduce wait times
Come behind the scenes and get a sneak peek of the redevelopment of the 7th and 8th floors.
Come behind the scenes and get a sneak peek at the redevelopment of the 7th and 8th floors. We visit the future home of the Steinberg Family Acute Care Unit.

This two-floor unit will help to reduce wait times by accommodating patients who come through the Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency as well as provide a dedicated neurology and stroke unit. 

Profile: Surgical Oncologist Dr. Usmaan Hameed
Dr. Usmaan Hameed is a new surgical oncologist at North York General Hospital, specializing in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.
Dr. Usmaan Hameed is a new Surgical Oncologist at North York General Hospital specializing in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.  Pursuing his interest in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) developed during residency and fellowship programs at NYGH, Dr. Hameed studied at the Research Institute against Digestive Cancer, the world leader in MIS training in Strasbourg, France. 

He is one of only a handful of North American surgeons trained in a surgical technique that reduces the risk a patient will require a permanent colostomy. 

Physician recognized for water rescue 
5 tips to be water smart and safe 
To honour his life-saving efforts, Dr. Thomas Ungar, Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director, Mental Health Program at NYGH, received a citation from the Ontario Provincial Police in 2015.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional deaths for children.
The day began with a spur-of-the-moment decision to visit Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County. Dr. Thomas Ungar, Chief of Psychiatry at North York General Hospital, and his wife Jodi Ungar thought a quick dip in the lake and then lunch at a local winery would make a perfect Sunday.

After 15 minutes of walking along the dunes, Dr. Ungar and his wife heard screams coming from the water. He saw splashing and a crowd of onlookers watching two rescuers attempting to pull two women from the water.
Employee engagement's link to patient care  

According to several studies there is a correlation between employee engagement and patient care, patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Did you know that when it comes to a hospital, employee engagement has a direct effect on patient care? 

In the most recent round of staff engagement surveys, North York General Hospital is the top performer of all participating Ontario Hospital Association hospitals for Employee Engagement, Health and Safety, and Patient Care themes. 
Normal aging or early-stage dementia?
4 things you should know
With an early diagnosis of dementia, interventions, education, symptom management and care planning can make a difference in how patients and families cope with a brain disease.
It's common for people 65 and older to have some form of memory loss. How do you know if memory loss is a normal part of aging or early signs of a brain disease like Alzheimer's or dementia?

Dr. Joyce Lee, Care of the Elderly Physician at North York General Hospital, discusses early signs of brain disease, when to talk to your family doctor, and what to discuss.

Year in Review 2015-2016 

The North York General Hospital Year in Review showcases many of our organizational highlights, awards and media mentions.
During 2015-2016 the hospital continued to raise the bar in providing high quality and safe patient- and family-centred care. This review of the past year showcases many of our achievements, awards and media mentions. 
A reminder

In accordance with the Smoke Free Ontario Act smoking or holding lighted tobacco on the outdoor grounds of a hospital is strictly prohibited. As of July 1, 2016, this also applies to e-cigarettes and vaping. Thank you for not smoking on our property and helping us to maintain a healthy environment for those who receive care, visit and work at North York General Hospital.
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