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COVID-19 patient Tony Passarelli with his wife Linda

Osler COVID-19 patient home after 40 days in hospital

Posted on Tuesday, June 09, 2020 12:00 AM

Tony Passarelli's family never lost hope – even when things seemed hopeless.

The 52-year-old Bolton man spent 40 days in hospital fighting for his life after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Today, he is at home recovering with the love and support of his family. “The only thing that got us through it was hope,” said his wife, Linda. “No matter how hopeless the day, at the end of it I would always tell the kids we've got to stay positive.”

Tony's journey started in mid-March with a trip to his family...

(l-r) Dr. Amit Ayra, Palliative Care Physician and Dr. Naheed Dosani, Palliative Care Physician

Osler physicians deliver award-winning palliative care

Posted on Monday, June 08, 2020 12:00 AM

You’ll find Osler’s Dr. Naheed Dosani wherever the need is; working both on the frontlines and behind the scenes providing supportive palliative care that helps patients with life-limiting and life-threatening illness live their fullest, most meaningful lives. This approach, coupled with his unbridled passion for helping the most vulnerable in our society has garnered many accolades for the palliative care physician.

Last week, Dr. Naheed Dosani received the prestigious 2020 Humanitarian Award from...

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Workplace burnout and fatigue: Causes, symptoms and coping strategies

Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2020 12:00 AM

With COVID-19 has come a major shift in our day-to-day lives. Whether working from home or on the frontlines, workplace burnout and fatigue can affect anyone. It’s important that we can recognize burnout and fatigue and how they can occur, so we can do our best to prevent and mitigate the potential implications they can have on our health and wellbeing.

We recently spoke with Dr. Jagdeesh Dhaliwal, Psychiatrist about workplace burnout and fatigue.


Burnout is an occupational syndrome caused...

Dr. Rajat Kumar, a hospitalist at Osler’s Brampton Civic Hospital, sits at his desk

Health system partners collaborate to support long-term care

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2020 12:00 AM

With the onset of COVID-19, among the hardest hit and most vulnerable population in our communities has been the elderly. So it was without hesitation that a group of health system partners recently mobilized to transfer 17 COVID-19 positive long-term care residents to hospital - all within a record 24 hours.

“This was humanity at its best - the ultimate definition of partnership in action,” says Terri-Lynn Hansen, Director, Access and Flow, William Osler Health System, whose teams were among those...

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Doctors’ Day 2020: Going beyond in a pandemic

Posted on Friday, May 01, 2020 12:00 AM

Each May 1, Ontario celebrates Doctors’ Day to recognize the contributions of physicians across our province. At William Osler Health System (Osler), we could not be prouder of the more than 1,000 doctors who choose to practice at our hospitals and provide invaluable care in our community.

For many, Doctors' Day resonates a little more this year. As COVID-19 creates unprecedented challenges, the pandemic is requiring new ways of working together – and at Osler, many of our highly-skilled doctors...