SHN News

New Stroke Centre of Excellence coming to Birchmount hospital

An integrated Stroke Centre of Excellence will provide the Scarborough community an improved hospital experience with seamless stroke care, closer to home

For the first time, the Scarborough community will have access to seamless stroke care service, closer to home with the introduction of the new Stroke Centre of Excellence at Birchmount Hospital.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Canada,

RAAM Clinic paves the path to recovery

An old Chinese proverb says that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Tom D. remembers the day he took his first step towards recovery.

“It was February 4, 2019. I woke up and I decided that I needed to get help for my opioid addiction,” he said.

With the support of his sister,

Group photo of Dr. Sproule, Chief of Plastic Surgery and plastic surgeons Dr. Wu and Dr. Strazar.

Enhanced Plastic Surgery Services Coming to Scarborough Health Network’s Birchmount Hospital

Two new world-class surgeons will provide complex reconstruction, wound care, and emergency surgery at a newly opened clinic within Scarborough Health Network.

At Scarborough Health Network (SHN), transforming your health experience isn’t just a vision – it’s something we strive for every day.

SHN is pleased to welcome two new subspecialist plastic surgeons to our team and announce an exciting and – yes – transformational expansion of plastic surgery services across our network,

Group photo of Scarborough Ontario Health Team

Scarborough Ontario Health Team in development

Last month, Scarborough Health Network (SHN) announced that it had joined in partnership with more than 40 Scarborough health service providers to create an Ontario Health Team (OHT) for Scarborough. In May 2019, groups interested in becoming OHTs submitted self-assessment applications to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, to demonstrate readiness to become a formal OHT.

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SHN Diabetes Program recognized by Diabetes Canada

Congratulations to Scarborough Health Network’s (SHN) Diabetes Program for being recognized by Diabetes Canada for meeting the Standards for Diabetes Education in Canada!

For our patients, receiving expert diabetes care and education is vital for patients to successfully manage their diabetes to prevent and treat short and long term complications. With this accreditation, our patients and families can continue to be confident that the level of care they are receiving meets a standard of excellence.

Spiritual Care graduates group photo

Congratulations to our Spiritual Care graduates!

Each year, the Spiritual Care department receives three to 12 students from the School of Theology at the University of Toronto. These students are assigned to nursing units and conduct general visits and referrals from staff. They assist people in coping with their hospitalization, provide a supportive presence and facilitate a holistic approach to health care.

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Examining effect of parental health literacy and language in paediatric visits

Congratulations to Dr. Karishma Ramjee, a second year family medicine resident, on being awarded the Cass Family Grants for Catalyzing Access and Change, which inspires researchers to effect institutional change to benefit vulnerable and disadvantaged health care consumers.

Available through the University of Toronto, the $5,000 grant is being matched by SHN’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Annette Harris with some of the therapeutic pets in her toolbox.

Helping patients with dementia realize their potential

What do puzzles, therapeutic pets, and card games have in common?

Scarborough Health Network’s (SHN) Annette Harris, for one!

As a Behavioural Support Ontario (BSO) Acute Care Registered Nurse, these are just some of the tools and activities Annette counts on to address responsive behaviours in patients with dementia or neurocognitive conditions.

BSO care providers have supported patients in community settings since 2010,

Accessing health care from anywhere

As Scarborough Health Network (SHN) continues to invest in the specific health needs of our community, patients and families can now access their health care appointments from wherever is most convenient through VirtualVisits, thanks to an expanded partnership with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).

SHN’s Cardio-Oncology clinic kicked off this service expansion on June 21, with Dr.

Testing out virtual reality game "Bubble Bloom" (an under-the-sea experience where users can blow bubbles at passing fish and look for other sea creatures swimming around them).

A game-changer for paediatric patients

Photograph by Sam Santos for George Pimentel Photography / Courtesy of Shaftesbury

Dr. Chang presented on research that is testing the impact of an original virtual reality game on reducing anxiety in children who are undergoing day surgery for the first time, at a press conference in June. This work is in association with Shaftesbury,