North York General Hospital

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North York General Hospital (NYGH)
North York General Hospital logo.jpg
Location 4001 Leslie Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M2K 1E1
Care system Public Medicare (Canada) (OHIP)
Hospital type Community academic hospital
Affiliated university University of Toronto
Emergency department Yes (acute, subacute and ambulatory care)
Beds 426 acute care beds and 192 long-term care beds
Founded 1968

North York General Hospital (NYGH) in the former city of North York in Toronto, Ontario offers acute care, ambulatory and long-term services at three sites: General site, Branson Ambulatory Care Centre and Seniors' Health Centre. Known as North York General, it is one of the leading community academic hospitals in Canada, affiliated with the University of Toronto.[1] It is one of the three constituent hospitals of the Peters-Boyd Academy of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. The hospital has one of the largest Family and Community Medicine programs in Canada and efficient emergency departments in the country.


North York General Hospital at Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue

North York General Hospital at Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue was opened in 1968. The four founding partners were: Friends of North York General (later to become the North York General Hospital Foundation); the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE), a Canadian women's charitable organization; the Missionary Health Institute; and Volunteer Services. In 1960, a group of local citizens established the North Metropolitan Hospital Association to explore building a hospital to serve the growing area of North York. Under the leadership of Colonel Clifford Sifton, plans were made and funds raised for a 70-bed community hospital on the corner of Leslie and Sheppard. By November 1962, land on the Leslie site was obtained. Some 3,000 volunteers collected $3.2 million of the $8.6 million cost of the new hospital. On March 15, 1968, Premier John Robarts officially dedicated North York General Hospital. The hospital underwent a major expansion that opened in 2003. Today, North York General encompasses three sites: the General site, Branson Ambulatory Care Centre and Seniors' Health Centre.

General Site[edit]

The General site is located at Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue in north central Toronto. It offers a full range of services including inpatient acute care services and a 24-hour full service emergency.

Clinical Programs & Departments[edit]

Cancer Care[edit]

The program is one of the largest in the Greater Toronto Area and provides treatment for many types of cancers, including breast, colon, prostate, gynecological and urinary. Services include the following facilities: The BMO Financial Group Breast Diagnostic Centre, part of the Karen, Heather & Lynn Steinberg Breast Services; Anne Tanenbaum Chemotherapy Centre; Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care; Gale & Graham Wright Prostate Centre (Branson site); and the Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic (Genetics Program).

Child and Teen (Paediatrics)[edit]

The hospital cares for over 2,000 children every year and offers a wide range of medical and mental health services for newborns to 18 years. Clinics and services for children and teens include: Adolescent Eating Disorders Program; Antenatal Consultation Clinic; Child and Teen Inpatient Unit; Diabetes Education Program; Infant Hearing Screening Program; Mental Health Program; Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Paediatric Complex Care Clinic; Paediatric Consultation Clinic; Paediatric Subspecialty Clinics; Paediatric Short Stay Clinic; and Paediatric Surgery.

Emergency and Urgent Care[edit]

The hospital offers two levels of service: The Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency at the General site is a full-service emergency. The "walk-in" Urgent Care Centre at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre is designed to manage urgent illnesses or injuries that are not life-threatening.


The Genetics Program is one of Ontario's largest, full service regional genetics centres. It offers assessment diagnosis and counselling for patients as well as laboratory testing. North York General was the first hospital in North America to incorporate Integrated Prenatal Screening (IPS) into routine care of pregnant women. Services are offered for: Prenatal, General Clinical Genetics, Cancer Genetics and Huntington Disease.

Family & Community Medicine[edit]

North York General has one of the largest complements of family physicians in a Canadian hospital, with 211 active physicians in 2014-15. They provide care from their private practices in north central Toronto and southern York Region.

The North York Family Health Team helps give the community better access to basic primary health care services. The team is composed of physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, mental health workers and other allied health professionals, depending on the needs of patients and their families.

Laboratory Medicine[edit]

The department provides 1.6 million tests annually at its full service laboratory at the General site and point of care model testing laboratory within the Urgent Care Centre at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre. It serves patients from all clinics within the hospital.

Maternal Newborn Care[edit]

The Maternal Newborn Program provides care throughout a woman's pregnancy from prenatal screening through labour and birth, to the postpartum experience. The hospital’s obstetrical centre is one of the largest single site centres in Ontario and each year celebrates the birth of approximately 5,800 babies.

Medical Imaging[edit]

The hospital offers a wide variety of medical imaging and cardio-respiratory services at its General and Branson sites. Medical Imaging Services at the General site include: general radiology; fluoroscopy; ultrasound; interventional radiology; nuclear medicine; nuclear cardiology; computed tomography (CT); magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); mammography in the BMO Financial Group Breast Diagnostic Centre part of the Karen, Heather, and Lynn Steinberg Breast Services; and the Ontario Breast Screening Program. Cardio-Respiratory and Neurology Services include: nuclear cardiology; holter monitoring; ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM); graded exercise stress test; echocardiography; and pulmonary function test.

Medicine & Elder Care[edit]

The Medicine & Elder Care Program covers a wide range of services with a special focus on the care of the elderly. Inpatient units provide care in:

  • Neurology and Stroke
  • Cardiology
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Respiratory and Gastrointestinal
  • Progressive care for transition to an alternate level of care facility
  • Critical Care Unit
  • Acute Care of the Elderly.

Clinics support the key areas of inpatient work: Heart Function Clinic/Pacemaker Clinic; Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic; Supportive Cardiology Clinic; Diabetes Education Centre; Stroke Prevention Clinic; Medical Surgical Clinic; and Specialized Geriatric clinics.

Mental Health[edit]

The hospital is recognized for offering a wide range of mental health services for individuals of all ages. Services at the General site include: Inpatient Care – Adult, Geriatric, Child & Adolescent; Partial Hospitalization Program; Outpatient Services; Geriatric Psychiatry Program (GPP); Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Inpatient and Day Hospital; Women's Clinic; Consultation Liaison Service to Medical/Surgical/Oncology/Paediatric. Mental health services are also offered at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre.

Pharmacy Services[edit]

The department meets the medication needs of patients admitted to the hospital and also operates two outpatient pharmacies (drug stores) at the General site and Branson Ambulatory Care Centre. Patient medication assessments and education sessions are also offered.


The comprehensive range of surgical services offered includes: cancer surgery, orthopaedic, paediatric, cataract, glaucoma and ocular oncology surgery, as well as expertise in otolaryngology, head and neck (ear, nose and throat), urology, plastic surgery, oral, maxillofacial, general, vascular and thoracic surgery.

  • One of the largest cancer care programs in the GTA.
  • The largest centre for orthopaedic joint assessment and surgery volumes in the Central LHIN.
  • A regional centre for cataract surgery.
  • A major centre for paediatric surgery.

Branson Ambulatory Care Centre[edit]

Branson Ambulatory Care Centre

The Branson Ambulatory Care Centre is located at Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue West (formerly North York Branson). It opened in 1957 as the Seventh-day Adventist Hospital. It is named for Mr. William Henry Branson, an Adventist missionary and President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In 1997 it became part of North York General Hospital(as NYGH-Branson Division) after the final report by the Health Services Retructuring Commission.

The Branson Ambulatory Care Centre offers a number of outpatient services that include:

Urgent Care Centre[edit]

The UCC is designed specifically to manage any urgent illness or injury that is not life-threatening (broken bones, cuts,) quickly and efficiently.

Total Joint Assessment Centre (TJAC)[edit]

TJAC is an innovative hospital partnership between orthopaedic surgeons at Markham Stouffville Hospital and North York General to reduce the time patients wait for hip and knee replacement.

Gale and Graham Wright Prostate Centre[edit]

The first prostate centre in Ontario to offer timely diagnosis, information, expertise and resources in a community hospital setting.

Cataract High Volume Centre[edit]

This regional centre for cataract surgery has one of the highest annual volumes of surgeries in Ontario.

Diabetes Education Centre[edit]

The centre offers group programs and individual counselling for people with diabetes and their families at all ages and life stages.

Medical Imaging[edit]

A wide variety of medical imaging services are located at the Branson site: General Radiology; Fluoroscopy; Ultrasound; Nuclear Medicine; Nuclear Cardiology; Computed Tomography; Mammography: The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP)is a provincial program providing high quality early detection breast cancer screening to women; and Bone Mineral Densitometry.

Mental Health[edit]

A number of services are located at Branson including: Addiction Program – Adult & Transitional Age Youth; Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT); Child and Adolescent Outpatient Mental Health; Partial Hospitalization Program; Adult Outpatient Mental Health; Outpatient Groups; Mental Health and Justice Treatment and Support Services; Primary Care Reversed Shared Care Services; and the Participants’ Council – Peer Support.

Laboratory Medicine[edit]

A Point of Care model testing laboratory offered within the Urgent Care Centre provides 1.6 million tests annually.

Seniors' Health Centre[edit]

The Seniors' Health Centre opened in 1985 and is located at 2 Buchan Court (Leslie and Sheppard). It houses both a long-term care home with 192 beds and Specialized Geriatric Services. These services are aimed at seniors with medical or mental health problems that threaten their independence or the ability to live at home. Along with the Day Hospital, the Seniors' Health Centre offers many Elder Care Clinics.

Some of the clinics include: Osteoporosis & Fracture Prevention Clinic; Memory Clinic; Parkinson’s Education and Exercise Program; Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSM); and Geriatric Medicine and Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics.

See also[edit]


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1. History and Founding Partners
2. Locations
3. Emergency & Urgent Care
4. Gale & Graham Wright Prostate Centre
5. Total Joint Assessment Centre (TJAC)
6. Cataract High Volume Centre
7. Diabetes Education Centre
8. Cancer Care Program
9. Child and Teen Program
10. Genetics Program
11. Family & Community Medicine Program
12. Diagnostic Imaging
13. Laboratory Medicine
14. Maternal Newborn Program
15. Medicine & Elder Care Program
16. Mental Health Program
17. Surgery Program

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°46′10″N 79°21′46″W / 43.76944°N 79.36278°W / 43.76944; -79.36278