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(l-r) Jezel Wilson, Clinical Extern Coordinator, and Shâdé Chatrath, Registered Midwife

Q & A with Osler’s Black History Month Committee

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 02:37 PM

February is Black History Month – an opportunity to highlight the voices, expertise and stories of Black colleagues and community members.

We spoke with Jezel Wilson, Clinical Extern Coordinator, and Shâdé Chatrath, Registered Midwife, to learn more about Osler's Black History Month Committee, its initiatives and future goals, and the importance of representation in health care.

Tell me about the Black History Month Committee.

Jezel: The Black History Month Committee was formed to celebrate Black...

Dr. Dominic Raco, Osler' Corporate Chief of Cardiology

Dr. Raco’s guide to eating your way to a healthy heart

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2023 02:57 PM

When it comes to the heart, taking preventative measures in your everyday life can make all the difference. This can take the form of small decisions and minor changes to your lifestyle, like getting moderate exercise and adequate sleep, managing stress, and of course, eating healthy.

We spoke with Osler Cardiologist, Dr. Dominic Raco, for his top recommendations for eating our way to a healthy heart.

First thing’s first, adapt your diet in a sustainable way

If you are going to make changes, it’s...

(l-r): Valerie Alexander, a Recreation Therapist at Osler, and Matias Arko, Psychology student at Toronto Metropolitan University

Qigong and mental health: How movement can impact mood

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 03:16 PM

Qigong is a type of mindfulness exercise developed thousands of years ago as a part of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves using exercises to optimize energy within the body, mind and spirit, with the goal of improving and maintaining health and well-being.

A few years ago, Valerie Alexander, a Recreation Therapist at Osler, was inspired to incorporate Qigong into her recreation therapy programming in Brampton Civic’s inpatient mental health program. She saw firsthand the incredible impact...

Dr. Marc Allard, Osler's physician lead for inpatient cardiac care

Dr. Allard’s five tips to a healthy heart

Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2023 12:42 PM

Dr. Marc Allard, MD, FRCPC, is William Osler Health System’s (Osler) physician lead for inpatient cardiac care. Dr. Allard completed his cardiology training at the University of Toronto and he has been a member of the Osler team since 2007.

The risk of developing heart disease can be significantly lowered by carefully managing risk factors and changing lifestyle choices. Follow these tips to a strong and healthy heart:

Choose a healthy diet

Eating a well-balanced diet that includes lots of fruits...

Osler recognized for excellence in cancer and palliative care as one of three ESMO centres in Canada

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2023 11:00 AM

William Osler Health System (Osler) is pleased to announce that it was re-accredited as a European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care for the 2023-2025 time period. Osler was initially accredited by ESMO in 2019 and is the only Canadian community hospital and one of only three centres in Canada with this designation, along with Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Program.

Introduced in 2003, the ESMO Designated...