Bringing a family together
Wissam meets her grandparents thanks to team's efforts   
Thanks to the efforts of the Paediatric Complex Care Clinic team at North York General Hospital, Wissam Hassoun met her grandparents for the first time this summer.
Wissam Hassoun met her grandparents for the first time this summer when she made the journey to Lebanon with her parents. This wasn't an ordinary family trip because Wissam, 3, has a very rare mitochondrial disease that affects every organ in her body and needs 24-hour care. The disease has no cure. 

North York General Hospital's Paediatric Complex Care Clinic team, led by Dr. Ronik Kanani, Chief of Paediatrics, went above and beyond to make this overseas family reunion happen.

Ho-ho-hold the drama
While the holiday season is a great time to celebrate with family and friends, it can also be a time for strained conversations and old arguments revisited.

While the holiday season is a great time to celebrate with family and friends, it can also be a time for strained conversations and old arguments revisited. North York General Hospital Psychiatrist Dr. Lara Propst gives us five tips on how to maintain harmony during the holidays.  
 
 New cardiac monitors in NICU 
Our Roving Reporter is on the scene 
In October 2015, North York General Hospital installed state-of-the-art cardiac monitors in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

In October, North York General Hospital installed state-of-the-art cardiac monitors in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). These new monitors have the latest safety features and even a mobile option that allows parents to soothe their baby by walking around the unit.

In this new Roving Reporter video, watch NICU graduate Malcolm, his mother Elizabeth and NICU nurse Dawn demonstrate the new monitors. 

The role of spiritual healing in a health care setting
More than 100 volunteers regularly visit NYGH to offer religious and spiritual support to patients and residents.
While religion and science are often at odds, the hospital is one place they can come together to provide physical, mental and spiritual support when patients need it most.

North York General Hospital has more than 100 volunteers who regularly visit NYGH to offer religious and spiritual support to our patients and residents. Their common vision is to provide comfort.  
 
On the Labour and Delivery unit, volunteers donate special knitted hats for babies born on Christmas and during Hanukkah.
With the help of President and CEO Tim Rutledge, students Riyan Kassam and Jack Carlson donate gifts to the NYGH Toy Drive in 2014.
Celebrating the holidays while in hospital
While most of us look forward to enjoying the holidays at home, some will be spending their holidays at North York General Hospital. There are many different ways our hospital makes the holidays brighter for those who can't be at home.
 
Health care options over the holidays
No one wants to get sick or injured over the holidays, but if you do, it's important to remember you have many health care options.
No one wants to get sick or injured over the holidays, but if you do, it's important to remember you have many health care options. A visit to the emergency department is not always the most appropriate place for treatment.

 
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