North York General Hospital closing Branson Ambulatory Care Centre

News Mar 07, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

North York General Hospital (NYGH) is shutting down its Branson Ambulatory Care Centre after opting out of a lease renewal.

After leasing the Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue property from Advent Health Care Corporation for the last 19 years, NYGH’s lease will expire in 2019.

In a letter on NYGH’s website Wednesday, March 1, hospital president and CEO Tim Rutledge noted the “transfer of services” to its Leslie Street and Hwy. 401 General site will begin June 1 with the closing of the Urgent Care Centre.

“There are several reasons for us to transition out of the Branson site,” the letter stated. “Buildings of this vintage require ongoing investment to upgrade infrastructure and meet new standards. North York General Hospital does not own the Branson facility. Rather, we lease the facility from the Advent Corporation, a lease that expires in 2019. Given that we do not own this building, and Advent has extensive redevelopment plans for the site, it would not be prudent for us to use public dollars to continue to invest in this building.”

NYGH leases the site for $1,573,454.40 annually. Advent is planning to redevelop the site into a seniors’ living and care community.

In his letter, Rutledge noted a recent telephone survey within the catchment area conducted by NYGH found the General site was the health care facility most visited among those surveyed, and the majority of patients who visited the specialized clinics such as the Gale and Graham Wright Prostate Centre and the cataract high volume centre at the Branson site do not reside in the catchment area.

“The Branson Ambulatory Care Centre is therefore not an optimal location for all of those we serve and so we are exploring other places to provide these services,” he wrote.

As of June 1, the Urgent Care Centre will be closed and staff will transition to the General site’s Charlotte and Lewis Steinberg Emergency. The Urgent Care Centre manages urgent illness or injury that isn’t life-threatening, such as broken bones and cuts.

The Branson Ambulatory Care Centre also houses the total joint assessment centre, Gale and Graham Wright Prostate Centre, cataract high volume centre, mental health services, an adolescent eating disorders program, a diabetes education centre, and medical imaging. The pharmacy will close in March.

In an interview with The Mirror, Rutledge said the programs and services will be transferred to the General site, and possibly satellite locations, over the next two years.

“We need to transition programs over time and the one that makes the most sense to do now is the Urgent Care Centre,” he said. “It’s really important to realize this is not an emergency department. The utilization over the last few years has steadily decreased.”

Visits to the Urgent Care Centre in 2010-11 were 32,549, and has only decreased since. Statistics provided by NYGH show numbers were 25,116 in 2011-12; 24,141 in 2012-13; 23,182 in 2013-14; 21,926 in 2014-15; and 21,858 in 2015-16.

Rutledge acknowledged the Branson facility has a “rich” history which the community has become attached to.

“This was a decision that was not taken lightly,” he said of the closure.

In a statement, York Centre Councillor James Pasternak, whose ward includes Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, said it’s “extremely disappointing” the decision was made to close the Urgent Care Centre in June.

“This facility is an incredibly valuable resource for the local community that enables residents to receive care for urgent illnesses and injuries that are not life threatening,” the statement read. “I am calling on the premier and minister of health and long-term care to reconsider this decision … it would be of great benefit to the community for the Urgent Care Centre to remain open until the end of the facility’s lease in 2019. We will work with any medical facility to activate this site and ensure its long-term sustainability.”

In a posting on its website, Advent Health Care Corporation noted it is currently seeking health care providers and partners to meet the needs of the community, while praising NYGH for continuing the “strong tradition of providing quality care on this campus that was started by North York Branson Hospital back in the 1950s.

“The local community and Advent Health Care appreciate the many programs and services NYGH has offered and continues to provide from our campus,” the post said. “During this transition period Advent Health Care and NYGH are working together to make space available in the building for other health care service providers to utilize for the delivery of community health initiatives and programs. Advent Health Care remains committed to the strong tradition of quality health care programs and services that have been provided to the community from our campus. We are actively seeking health care providers and partners to continue to meet the needs of our community.”


North York General Hospital closing Branson Ambulatory Care Centre

Urgent Care Centre shutting down in June

News Mar 07, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

North York General Hospital (NYGH) is shutting down its Branson Ambulatory Care Centre after opting out of a lease renewal.

After leasing the Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue property from Advent Health Care Corporation for the last 19 years, NYGH’s lease will expire in 2019.

In a letter on NYGH’s website Wednesday, March 1, hospital president and CEO Tim Rutledge noted the “transfer of services” to its Leslie Street and Hwy. 401 General site will begin June 1 with the closing of the Urgent Care Centre.

“There are several reasons for us to transition out of the Branson site,” the letter stated. “Buildings of this vintage require ongoing investment to upgrade infrastructure and meet new standards. North York General Hospital does not own the Branson facility. Rather, we lease the facility from the Advent Corporation, a lease that expires in 2019. Given that we do not own this building, and Advent has extensive redevelopment plans for the site, it would not be prudent for us to use public dollars to continue to invest in this building.”

NYGH leases the site for $1,573,454.40 annually. Advent is planning to redevelop the site into a seniors’ living and care community.

In his letter, Rutledge noted a recent telephone survey within the catchment area conducted by NYGH found the General site was the health care facility most visited among those surveyed, and the majority of patients who visited the specialized clinics such as the Gale and Graham Wright Prostate Centre and the cataract high volume centre at the Branson site do not reside in the catchment area.

“The Branson Ambulatory Care Centre is therefore not an optimal location for all of those we serve and so we are exploring other places to provide these services,” he wrote.

As of June 1, the Urgent Care Centre will be closed and staff will transition to the General site’s Charlotte and Lewis Steinberg Emergency. The Urgent Care Centre manages urgent illness or injury that isn’t life-threatening, such as broken bones and cuts.

The Branson Ambulatory Care Centre also houses the total joint assessment centre, Gale and Graham Wright Prostate Centre, cataract high volume centre, mental health services, an adolescent eating disorders program, a diabetes education centre, and medical imaging. The pharmacy will close in March.

In an interview with The Mirror, Rutledge said the programs and services will be transferred to the General site, and possibly satellite locations, over the next two years.

“We need to transition programs over time and the one that makes the most sense to do now is the Urgent Care Centre,” he said. “It’s really important to realize this is not an emergency department. The utilization over the last few years has steadily decreased.”

Visits to the Urgent Care Centre in 2010-11 were 32,549, and has only decreased since. Statistics provided by NYGH show numbers were 25,116 in 2011-12; 24,141 in 2012-13; 23,182 in 2013-14; 21,926 in 2014-15; and 21,858 in 2015-16.

Rutledge acknowledged the Branson facility has a “rich” history which the community has become attached to.

“This was a decision that was not taken lightly,” he said of the closure.

In a statement, York Centre Councillor James Pasternak, whose ward includes Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, said it’s “extremely disappointing” the decision was made to close the Urgent Care Centre in June.

“This facility is an incredibly valuable resource for the local community that enables residents to receive care for urgent illnesses and injuries that are not life threatening,” the statement read. “I am calling on the premier and minister of health and long-term care to reconsider this decision … it would be of great benefit to the community for the Urgent Care Centre to remain open until the end of the facility’s lease in 2019. We will work with any medical facility to activate this site and ensure its long-term sustainability.”

In a posting on its website, Advent Health Care Corporation noted it is currently seeking health care providers and partners to meet the needs of the community, while praising NYGH for continuing the “strong tradition of providing quality care on this campus that was started by North York Branson Hospital back in the 1950s.

“The local community and Advent Health Care appreciate the many programs and services NYGH has offered and continues to provide from our campus,” the post said. “During this transition period Advent Health Care and NYGH are working together to make space available in the building for other health care service providers to utilize for the delivery of community health initiatives and programs. Advent Health Care remains committed to the strong tradition of quality health care programs and services that have been provided to the community from our campus. We are actively seeking health care providers and partners to continue to meet the needs of our community.”


North York General Hospital closing Branson Ambulatory Care Centre

Urgent Care Centre shutting down in June

News Mar 07, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

North York General Hospital (NYGH) is shutting down its Branson Ambulatory Care Centre after opting out of a lease renewal.

After leasing the Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue property from Advent Health Care Corporation for the last 19 years, NYGH’s lease will expire in 2019.

In a letter on NYGH’s website Wednesday, March 1, hospital president and CEO Tim Rutledge noted the “transfer of services” to its Leslie Street and Hwy. 401 General site will begin June 1 with the closing of the Urgent Care Centre.

“There are several reasons for us to transition out of the Branson site,” the letter stated. “Buildings of this vintage require ongoing investment to upgrade infrastructure and meet new standards. North York General Hospital does not own the Branson facility. Rather, we lease the facility from the Advent Corporation, a lease that expires in 2019. Given that we do not own this building, and Advent has extensive redevelopment plans for the site, it would not be prudent for us to use public dollars to continue to invest in this building.”

NYGH leases the site for $1,573,454.40 annually. Advent is planning to redevelop the site into a seniors’ living and care community.

In his letter, Rutledge noted a recent telephone survey within the catchment area conducted by NYGH found the General site was the health care facility most visited among those surveyed, and the majority of patients who visited the specialized clinics such as the Gale and Graham Wright Prostate Centre and the cataract high volume centre at the Branson site do not reside in the catchment area.

“The Branson Ambulatory Care Centre is therefore not an optimal location for all of those we serve and so we are exploring other places to provide these services,” he wrote.

As of June 1, the Urgent Care Centre will be closed and staff will transition to the General site’s Charlotte and Lewis Steinberg Emergency. The Urgent Care Centre manages urgent illness or injury that isn’t life-threatening, such as broken bones and cuts.

The Branson Ambulatory Care Centre also houses the total joint assessment centre, Gale and Graham Wright Prostate Centre, cataract high volume centre, mental health services, an adolescent eating disorders program, a diabetes education centre, and medical imaging. The pharmacy will close in March.

In an interview with The Mirror, Rutledge said the programs and services will be transferred to the General site, and possibly satellite locations, over the next two years.

“We need to transition programs over time and the one that makes the most sense to do now is the Urgent Care Centre,” he said. “It’s really important to realize this is not an emergency department. The utilization over the last few years has steadily decreased.”

Visits to the Urgent Care Centre in 2010-11 were 32,549, and has only decreased since. Statistics provided by NYGH show numbers were 25,116 in 2011-12; 24,141 in 2012-13; 23,182 in 2013-14; 21,926 in 2014-15; and 21,858 in 2015-16.

Rutledge acknowledged the Branson facility has a “rich” history which the community has become attached to.

“This was a decision that was not taken lightly,” he said of the closure.

In a statement, York Centre Councillor James Pasternak, whose ward includes Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, said it’s “extremely disappointing” the decision was made to close the Urgent Care Centre in June.

“This facility is an incredibly valuable resource for the local community that enables residents to receive care for urgent illnesses and injuries that are not life threatening,” the statement read. “I am calling on the premier and minister of health and long-term care to reconsider this decision … it would be of great benefit to the community for the Urgent Care Centre to remain open until the end of the facility’s lease in 2019. We will work with any medical facility to activate this site and ensure its long-term sustainability.”

In a posting on its website, Advent Health Care Corporation noted it is currently seeking health care providers and partners to meet the needs of the community, while praising NYGH for continuing the “strong tradition of providing quality care on this campus that was started by North York Branson Hospital back in the 1950s.

“The local community and Advent Health Care appreciate the many programs and services NYGH has offered and continues to provide from our campus,” the post said. “During this transition period Advent Health Care and NYGH are working together to make space available in the building for other health care service providers to utilize for the delivery of community health initiatives and programs. Advent Health Care remains committed to the strong tradition of quality health care programs and services that have been provided to the community from our campus. We are actively seeking health care providers and partners to continue to meet the needs of our community.”