September 2015

Family Medicine researchers share knowledge with Norway  
Primary care in Norway is managed by almost 430 different municipalities.

In many ways, Norway's health care system is similar to Canada's. However, the country's primary care is managed by almost 430 different municipalities. 

In hopes of one day creating a Norwegian primary care research network, Dr. Guri Rørtveit, Physician and Professor at the University of Bergen in Norway, approached international experts who had already made headway in their respective countries. In Canada, this included Dr. Frank Sullivan, North York General Hospital's Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine. 

Doctor's philanthropy inspired by experience fleeing Vietnam 
Dr. Dieu Huu (David) Pham, Radiologist at North York General Hospital

Radiologist Dr. Dieu Huu (David) Pham received North York General Hospital's 2015 Peter R. Newman Humanitarian Award in June for his work in building schools and creating scholarships for students in rural Vietnam. 

Dr. Pham left Vietnam in 1978 as a boat person.  His passion for helping others began as a result of the kindness he received on his way to Canada and the support he was given in re-establishing his medical practice.   


Is your bag too heavy? Six tips to carry safe
Purses, totes, satchels, school bags . . . Whatever you and your family are carrying, it likely is too heavy and has the potential to cause injuries to your upper body.

Purses, totes, satchels, school bags . . . Whatever you and your family are carrying, it's likely too heavy and has the potential to cause injuries to your upper body.
North York General Hospital Occupational Therapist  My-Linh Nguyen gives us six great tips on how to avoid injuries. 

Read the six tips now.

Seeing through the eyes of our patients
Watch the video to find out the four pillars of patient- and family-centred care.

When North York General Hospital began the Patient- and Family-Centred journey in 2012, it partnered with over 35 family advisors to better understand the needs, values and perspectives of patients and their families.  

In this video, we hear from our advisors on what patient- and family-centred care really means to patients and their loved ones, as well as its four pillars: respect and dignity, information sharing, participation and collaboration.  

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The gift of organ donations

North York General Hospital works closely with Trillium Gift of Life Network and with families for organ retrievals and donations.

After her mother suffered a brain aneurysm, Raymonde and her family made the decision to donate her organs.

Read about Raymonde's experience. 

Behind the scenes: What happens to a blood sample? 
Find out what happens to a blood sample.

Medical Laboratory Technician Esther Allen goes behind the scenes to show us what happens after a blood sample is taken in North York General Hospital's Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency. 

Awards and recognition  

For the second year in a row, Cancer Care Ontario has presented  North York General Hospital
with a certificate for being the Top Performing Hospital in the province for 2014-2015 in Cancer Surgery Wait Times - Time from Decision to Treat to Treatment, and for exceeding the province's annual improvement target. Read more on this achievement. 

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