North York hos­pi­tal plans ma­jor ex­pan­sion

Two new tow­ers at Les­lie-Shep­pard will add 100 hos­pi­tal beds to NYGH by Hay­den Kenez

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North York Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal (NYGH) is plan­ning to build two new tow­ers de­voted to both acute and out­pa­tient care that of­fi­cials say will help al­le­vi­ate sys­temic over­crowd­ing by adding an es­ti­mated 100 hos­pi­tal beds to its fa­cil­i­ties.

One of the new struc­tures will be lo­cated at 4001 Les­lie St. — the hos­pi­tal’s main premises — and will house acute care ser­vices, in­creas­ing ca­pac­ity for in­pa­tients, emer­gency de­part­ments, surgery and crit­i­cal care. The other tower will be lo­cated across the street, at 4000 Les­lie St., and will pro­vide a va­ri­ety of out­pa­tient ser­vices, in­clud­ing med­i­cal and sur­gi­cal clin­ics, rapid as­sess­ment clin­ics, men­tal health clin­ics, fam­ily medicine, se­niors’ wellness and day surgery. It will also house some re­lo­cated ad­min­is­tra­tive and sup­port func­tions from the hos­pi­tal’s cur­rent main site, cre­at­ing more op­por­tu­nity for in­creased in­pa­tient ca­pac­ity across the street.

The de­vel­op­ment is in its early plan­ning stages and will likely take five to 10 years to com­plete, ac­cord­ing to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from NYGH. De­tails con­cern­ing de­sign, square footage and height have yet to be de­cided.

Rudy Dah­dal, the hos­pi­tal’s vice-pres­i­dent of plan­ning, re­de­vel­op­ment & sup­port ser­vices, called the project long over­due. Dah­dal said there is a grow­ing in­flux of new res­i­dents in the area, and the hos­pi­tal, which cur­rently ac­com­mo­dates 400 beds, is of­ten op­er­at­ing at 100 per cent ca­pac­ity.

“The over­all sys­tem is al­ready strained as far as ca­pac­ity goes. This is much more con­cen­trated in North York be­cause of our com­mu­nity’s rapid growth,” said Dah­dal.

Dah­dal pointed to ma­jor condo de­vel­op­ments in the area along with a grow­ing de­mand for health care from se­niors as putting an un­prece­dented strain on the health-care sys­tem in gen­eral and the hos­pi­tal specif­i­cally.

“North York is a high-growth com­mu­nity,” he con­tin­ued. “The ag­ing pop­u­la­tion and grow­ing com­mu­nity com­pounds the prob­lems we’re fac­ing.”

The bulk of the fund­ing will come from the pro­vin­cial bud­get, which specif­i­cally iden­ti­fies North York Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal as an “up­com­ing cap­i­tal project.”

“This sig­nals gov­ern­ment ap­proval and a fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment to con­tinue build­ing our in­fras­truc­ture,” said Karen Kelly, a spokesper­son for NYGH. “Typ­i­cally, full fund­ing re­quire­ments in­volve the hos­pi­tal fundrais­ing a por­tion of the cap­i­tal,” she added.

“The over­all sys­tem is al­ready strained as far as ca­pac­ity goes.”

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