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On the left, the late Dr. Ron Heslegrave, Osler’s former Corporate Chief of Research. On the right, a laboratory technician using a microscope

State-of-the-art medical research close to home

Posted on Thursday, August 06, 2020 12:00 AM

Many people associate medical research with academic hospitals. But what many don’t realize is that state-of-the-art research is happening right here at Osler.

“We are one of very few community hospitals that also conducts research, including clinical trials to test new medications and therapies,” says Patti Rempel, Osler’s Interim Director of Research. “To date we’ve conducted over 100 trials in a variety of areas, including research in cancer, nephrology, paediatric, cardiac, and intensive care,...

Temporary Emergency Department tent in the parking lot at Brampton Civic Hospital

Osler set to take down temporary triage tents at hospital sites

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2020 12:00 AM

Tents have remained unused throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

Beginning today, temporary triage tents that were erected outside of Brampton Civic Hospital and Etobicoke General Hospital during the height of the pandemic, will be taken down.

The addition of the tents to the hospital sites was a short-term solution for the spring/summer to ensure the hospitals were well-prepared to care for an increasing number of patients, and provided added capacity for Osler’s Emergency Departments (ED) through the...

Osler’s Infectious Disease Specialists, Dr. Mahin Baqi and Dr. Sergio Borgia

Four months later: What we know (and don’t know) about COVID-19

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 12:00 AM

It's been four months since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Four months since the world, and life as we knew it, was turned on its head.

The global spread of coronavirus has changed everything – the way we work, care for each other, socialize, even the way we speak. Phrases like 'flatten the curve', 'physical distancing', 'contact tracing', and 'social bubble', once used only among Infectious Disease specialists like us, are now part of everyday language.


Staff working the Etobicoke drive-thru assessment centre

Osler surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 tests completed across its sites

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020 12:00 AM

Hospital has performed more COVID-19 tests than any other hospital in Ontario

William Osler Health System (Osler) is recognizing a significant milestone this week, marking the completion of 100,000 COVID-19 tests across its sites on Sunday, July 26.

Osler was one of the first hospitals in the province to open a COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the beginning of the pandemic, and it has since completed more tests than any other hospital in Ontario. The 100,000 figure represents tests completed at Osler’s...

Dr. Naveed Mohammad, President and CEO, William Osler Health System

Five reflections on my first 90 days as CEO

Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:00 AM

I recently completed my first 90 days as President and CEO of William Osler Health System. Transitioning into a new role always has its challenges, and doing so during a pandemic has certainly been a journey unlike any other I’ve experienced.

While the past three months have left little time to reflect, this milestone is an opportunity to consider all that has happened, what I’ve learned so far, and what lies ahead.

Here are five observations from my first 90 days:

1. The view is different from here.