With a steady increase in patient volumes due to our booming diverse community, North York General Hospital currently has three major capital projects in progress, or in the pre-construction phase: the renovation of our Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency, the redevelopment of the 7th and 8th floors, and the remodel of the Phillips House.
It's no simple feat. Building and renovating hospital spaces is a complex and multifaceted process, according to Cliff Harvey, Vice President, Planning, Facilities and Support Services. "Growth must always be strategic," he says. "We must plan carefully so that North York General will be resilient to the ever-changing demands of the health care landscape."
Across Ontario, thousands of doctors' offices record and collect patient information electronically.
"Collating and studying electronic medical records presents one of the greatest opportunities facing health research," says Dr. Frank Sullivan, Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine at North York General Hospital.
Thinking about and sharing your wishes for future health and personal care is called advance care planning. Having an advance care plan helps your loved ones, and your physician and clinical team, understand what is important to you if you were ill and couldn't communicate.
To better understand the benefits of advance care planning, we talked to Archna Patel, Clinical Nurse Specialist with our Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care, Dr. Phil Shin, Chief of Medicine and Medical Director of Critical Care, and Maxwell Smith, Ethicist at North York General Hospital.