Frontiers of Care takes you inside real medical stories at Sinai Health. Host Garvia Bailey talks to patients, doctors and nurses about the amazing medical advances happening every day at one of Canada’s top hospital systems.
Frontiers of Care: Born At 27 Weeks
Sabrina Hawkes had a gut feeling that something was wrong with her pregnancy. Her first child had been big. This one was small and growing slowly. At a routine appointment only 27 weeks into her pregnancy, she learned any hope of survival for her baby meant he needed to be born that day at Mount Sinai Hospital. Sinai Health’s NICU became their second home.
Sabrina Hawkes lives with her husband and two boys in Angus, Ontario. Her youngest, Tristan, was born at just 27 weeks one day gestation at Mount Sinai Hospital in October of 2019.
Dr. Jennifer Young is a neonatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She currently chairs the Life With A Preterm Baby organization which focuses on community peer to peer groups to support NICU families post discharge.
Frontiers of Care: Young, Fit and Life After a Stroke
Since her early teens, strange feelings of dizziness and nausea would occasionally overcome Kim Taylor. Otherwise healthy and active, she thought it was nothing serious. A chance phone call to discuss a sports-related injury led her to a diagnosis, but that was just the beginning of her medical troubles. Just as she was getting ready to graduate university and start her professional career, she found herself unexpectedly receiving care at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare and relearning basics like how to walk and talk.
Kimberley Taylor is a 25-year old former varsity basketball athlete who recently graduated with an M.Sc from St. Francis Xavier University. She works for Natural Resources Canada.
Dr. Kim Coros is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. She works with Olympic, Paralympic and other high-performance athletes through the Canadian Sport Institute.
Frontiers of Care: Inside the Long-Term Care Crisis
When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Canada, staff at Mount Sinai Hospital were anticipating a rise of cases in acute care. Instead, the immediate crisis arose elsewhere: inside long-term care homes, affecting some of Canada’s most vulnerable residents. Hospitals were paired with long-term care homes to slow the tide of rising case counts. Two healthcare professionals from Mount Sinai Hospital walk us through their involvement in one long-term care home’s COVID-19 journey. Learn about the lessons, innovations, and emotions they experienced as they worked tirelessly to help workers and residents.
Dr. Nathan Stall is a geriatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also a research fellow at the University of Toronto, with an interest in older adults, people living with dementia and residents of long-term care homes.
Carla Loftus is a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital. She holds an adjunct clinical appointment at the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.
Frontiers of Care: Treating Disease In-Utero
When Alana Robertson became pregnant, she hadn’t heard of in-utero surgeries, or imagined she might one day need one. But when she learned her unborn baby was showing signs of spina bifida, she was open to anything that might help him. She learned that the surgeons at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital are global leaders in maternal fetal medicine, and found herself becoming one of the first people in Canada to undergo an in-utero surgery designed to treat spina bifida.
Alana Robertson is a mental health worker for CMHA. She lives in a small town east of Peterborough with her husband, son and dog. She is a founding board member of SBCAN, advocate and one of the first women in Canada to undergo fetal surgery.
Dr. Tim Van Mieghem is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital and associate professor at the University of Toronto.
Frontiers of Care: A Unique Cancer Treatment
André Parisien was enjoying retirement when he received a sudden diagnosis of cancer. It was spreading through his abdominal cavity. After surgery failed to get rid of it, he learned he still had a chance of survival through a special treatment called HIPEC. The challenge was this treatment involves pumping a hot chemotherapy drug through your body.
André Parisien is a retired phys Ed and English teacher, living in Wendover, Ontario. His students know him as “Mr. P.”
Dr. Andrea McCart is a surgical oncologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where she started the Peritoneal Malignancy Program in 2011. She is also an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and a clinician-scientist at the Sinai Health’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute.
Frontiers of Care: Mount Sinai Hospital - A Story of Firsts
In the 1920s, a determined group of Jewish women dreamed of opening a hospital to serve their community. They knocked on doors, collecting nickels and dimes, until – against all odds - they were able to purchase a small building on Yorkville Avenue that would become Mount Sinai Hospital. Over the years, staff and volunteers at Mount Sinai overcame discrimination, funding challenges and even forces of nature, to build a world-class hospital. Today, that spirit of perseverance lives on as the hospital prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Lesley Barsky is the author of From Generation to Generation: A History of Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital.
Maxine Granovsky Gluskin is the co-chair of Sinai Health Foundation's Board of Directors. She is the President of Maxine Gran Investments. She has served on many not-for-profit boards, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada and The Bentway.
The voices of Lillian Gollom and Dr. Minnie Cohen are used with permission from the Ontario Jewish Archives.