As parents, one of the most important jobs we do is advocate for our children — which is especially true when they’re having a health crisis.
When I started at NYGH as a nurse 50 years ago, I never imagined that it would become such a treasured part of my life.
Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, caterer, author and media personality not to mention, a mother of four and grandmother of three! As a registered nutritional consultant armed with an MBA, Rose has taken her passion for healthy living and developed it into a multi-faceted enterprise making her one of Canada’s leading authorities on the art of eating and living well. Rose is a frequent speaker on national TV and radio, including Breakfast Television and 680News, and has been a prolific columnist for print and online, with features in Metro News, The Star, The Huffington Post and more.
It has been a while since I have been in touch, but I wanted to wait for the right time and provide an update on our 2021 so far. Every time I put fingers to keys, something significant happened related to lockdowns, variants, deaths, vaccines or infection rate, and I just couldn’t bring myself to write. This week, we were buoyed by the increase in vaccine availability but still face the reality of the variant spread and the growing, real threat of a third wave.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we are shining a spotlight on some of the inspiring women of North York General Hospital (NYGH). These women are blazing trails and charting new courses for generations of women to come while transforming healthcare that will benefit thousands of patients in our community and beyond. We’re proud to count them among our hospital family and grateful for all they do to champion exceptional care. Learn more about them below. #NorthYorkGeneralStrong.
One has to admit, waking up to freshly fallen snow is magical. And perhaps even more so if you don’t have to contend with a commute, which is the reality for many of us. I am grateful that I have something different to look at in my garden (below) from my kitchen “desk”, as the Foundation staff have returned to remote working to reduce the community footprint in the Hospital.
Winter has come early with several snowfalls in the city these last few weeks. I am also just getting use to the shorter amount of daylight, which is a sign that the holiday season will soon be here, albeit a different sort of holiday for all of us.
I am so pleased to share with you a good news story. Today, the new Steinberg Family Paediatric Centre, gracing the 4thfloor of our hospital at the corner of Leslie and Sheppard, opened to patients, families and staff. The finishing touches were put on the Centre over the weekend and patients were transported this morning from the 3rd floor, up to the amazing new purpose-built space.
In my childhood family home, where my siblings and their families normally gather for weekends such as the one approaching, things won’t be the usual. During Thanksgiving, years ago, someone in my family (p.s. it was me) started the tradition of going around the table and asking each of us to share what they were thankful for.
Like many of you who have loved ones in other cities, provinces or countries, I am consumed with news of COVID-19 second waves not only in Canada but in the UK, where my daughter, her husband and my granddaughter reside.
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