Transforming our spaces
Three projects will improve our care environments 

The Phillips House Redevelopment Project allows North York General Hospital to fully live out its core value of putting patients first in everything we do.
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."

Will "big data" transform health research?
Studying electronic medical records presents one of the greatest opportunities facing health research.
Dr. Frank Sullivan, Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine at North York General Hospital, giving the James Mackenzie Lecture at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London, November 20, 2015.
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. 

Therapy dog Brodie on the job
Go behind the scenes as Brodie visits patients 
Brodie is child certified, meaning he is trained to be around children of all ages.
Meet Brodie, one of North York General Hospital's therapy dogs. Brodie visits patients around the hospital, spreading joy and smiles wherever he goes.

Therapy dogs like Brodie have been known to be a beneficial support to patients by easing anxiety, lowering blood pressure and even reducing pain and depression.

 
Profile: Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Gladys Chan
North York General Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Gladys Chan
Dr. Gladys Chan is a surgeon with the Total Joint Assessment Centre and does volunteer work with the Northern Medical Clinics Program.

Her varied practice includes hip and knee replacements, foot and ankle procedures, and trauma surgeries. What she enjoys most about her work is helping patients improve their quality of life.

 
Advance care planning: Advice from 3 experts 
Share your thoughts and wishes for end-of-life care with the people you love.
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.
 
Be med smart and med safe
The more you know about the medications you are taking, the better you will be at managing your health.
North York General Hospital Pharmacist Norman Tang answers our questions about the importance of managing your medications and what you can do to stay safe. 

Our pharmacies offer one-on-one pharmacist to patient medication assessment and education sessions to address any questions about drug therapy and disease management. 
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