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MGH formalizes partnership arrangement with Sunnybrook

Posted by on May 1, 2017

East York’s Michael Garron Hospital recently announced it had formalized its relationship with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on April 13 by signing a joint Strategic Alliance Agreement. The arrangement formalizes a working relationship that goes back some time and that most recently saw cardiology patients from MGH treated at Sunnybrook during a four-month renovation and upgrade of the MGH heart catheter laboratory, for example, as reported in Issue #027 in March. “By formalizing our strategic partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre we can easily share and implement best practices, build capacity and ensure that we maintain the high-quality of care that defines our hospital,” MGH President & CEO Sarah Downey said in a...

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EY seniors support worker wins Canada-wide company award

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

A seniors’ support care worker with an East York company that helps seniors to continue living at home has won recognition as top Canadian employee of the firm. Verna Edwards, who provides a variety of in-home services for seniors through the local East York-based franchise Home Instead Senior Care, was chosen as “CAREgiver of the Year” for Canada last month, the company recently announced. The nine-year veteran of the local firm, located on Woodbine Ave., now becomes one of seven regional finalists for the “Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year” award, the network’s top caregiving honour, which will be presented at its annual international convention in Omaha, Nebraska from April 26-28, a company press release adds. The company’s owner, Colin Macdonald, said he was proud to see Edwards recognized for her “compassionate service and commitment to older adults,” to...

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Better info for cardiologists and less radiation for patients at newly reopened MGH ‘cath lab’

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017

With the reopening of the “cardiac catheter lab” at Michael Garron Hospital on Feb. 23 heart patients in East York and area will be able to get better service at less risk.

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Health Notes: Finding fast food balance & balancing magnesium

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017

\ By Dr. George I. Traitses \ Make no bones about it: Eating out generally equates with poorer eating habits compared to eating at home, despite “advances” in the past few years in terms of healthier menu options. Case in point: a recent study that suggests people who eat at fast-food or sit-down (full-service) restaurants consume approximately 200 additional calories each day they do so. The study, published in Public Health Nutrition, asked more than 12,000 adults ages 20-64 about their eating habits on two separate days as part of the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.  People who ate fast food consumed 194 extra calories a day compared to people who did not eat out; while people who ate at full-service restaurants consumed an additional 205 calories daily. Eating out also led to higher intakes of saturated...

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Couple travelled nearly 25 km on New Year’s Eve just so they could have baby at East York’s MGH

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017

Although they live close to Thornhill, when North York residents Eli Gililov and Dalya Binyamin were expecting their first baby they knew that when the big day arrived their child would be born at Michael Garron Hospital. The reason the couple chose to travel nearly 25 kilometers …

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$40K raised for MGH by Shoppers’ “Women’s Health” campaign

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016

Shoppers Drug Mart’s “Growing Women’s Health” is a national campaign geared towards supporting women’s health causes. In East Toronto during October’s 4-week campaign, eleven stores in the area raised over $40,000 for the Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), and several special guests dropped by one of the stores to add their support towards the cause.   Left to Right in photo: cancer patient Lisa Martin, four time World Series Champion Ron Taylor, former Toronto Maple Leaf Mike Zigomanis, Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist/owner Jay Tailor, Justin Van Dette from Michael Garron Hospital, Canadian boxing legend Spider Jones and Beaches-East York MPP Arthur...

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