York Central Hospital Board Approves Development of New Health Care Centre in Vaughan

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, March 7 /CNW/ - York Central Hospital's Board of
Trustees recently approved a proposal for York Central Hospital to move
forward in working with a local developer on the design and construction of a
new Health Care Centre located at the northeast corner of Rutherford Road and
Melville Avenue in Vaughan. This endorsement will help to create a second
health care facility under the York Central Hospital banner in the Vaughan
    "With approximately 10,000 new residents moving to Vaughan each year,
there is clearly a need to think creatively to bring urgent care services
closer to home in a timely and cost effective way," commented York Central
Hospital President and CEO Bruce Harber. "York Central Hospital and its
partners could have a new Urgent/Ambulatory Care Centre up and running in as
little as 18 months bringing urgently needed services at a more easily
accessible location for Vaughan residents."
    Discussion and planning of the concept for this new Centre began
approximately four years ago in June of 2003 to identify the necessary
services to meet the health care needs of residents in Vaughan. Since that
time the hospital has moved forward with Phase One of its major expansion and
renovation project. This past fall, York Central Hospital also completed a
major re-visioning of its future leading to renewed discussions on a new
Health Care Centre for Vaughan. Recognizing the value of the delivery of
health care services to the residents of Vaughan, Mayor Linda Jackson, a York
Central Hospital board member, has been very supportive of the Central LHIN
(Local Health Integration Network) and the proposed Health Care Centre.
    Currently the Hospital provides a wide variety of services through its
Jacob Keffer Site located at Rutherford Road and Jacob Keffer Parkway in
Vaughan including: a Health and Wellness Centre offering Diabetes Education
and Cardiac Rehabilitation, the Shaw Family Mental Health Clinic, Domestic
Abuse and Sexual Assault Care and Resource Centre, Childbirth Education, Sleep
Lab and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

    New Health Care Services Currently Being Explored

    As one of Canada's fastest growing urban communities, all stakeholders -
the Ministry, the Central LHIN and the community - agree that more services
are needed in Vaughan, now and in the future. York Central Hospital is
exploring a number of services that could be located at the proposed Health
Care Centre. Services would be offered by a combination of providers including
York Central Hospital, family physicians, other public and private health care
partners and retailers.

    A wide range of services are being explored such as:

    -   An Urgent Care Centre for patients with non-life threatening
    -   A 30-station Dialysis Unit
    -   Rehabilitation Services
    -   Diagnostic Services
    -   Specialty Clinics
    -   Chronic Disease Management for e.g. Stroke, Diabetes, Arthritis
    -   Day Surgery

    New Centre to Bring Immediate Relief to Vaughan and Richmond Hill

    Between 1996 and 2001, census figures showed a 37.3 percent population
increase in Vaughan and a 29.8 percent in Richmond Hill. The proposed Health
Care Centre could bring some immediate and much needed relief to the demands
on York Central Hospital's Emergency Department while also creating a more
conveniently accessible health care facility in Vaughan.
    The proposed Vaughan Health Care Centre clearly meets the government's
goals to provide timely and accessible care for all Ontarians. Over 30% of
Vaughan's 220,000 residents requiring emergency or inpatient services use York
Central Hospital. This is the highest proportion of Vaughan patients of the
four hospital sites currently serving Vaughan residents.

    Alignment with LHIN and LHIN IHSP (Integrated Health Services Plan)

    Both the Ministry and LHIN have expressed interest in building community
services to reduce the burden on expensive hospital-based services and to
optimize the use of health care resources. The services YCH is planning for
its new Vaughan Health Care Centre are consistent with the LHIN vision and are
aligned to LHIN priorities including chronic disease management, mental health
services, reduced wait times, emergency services and neurological conditions
such as stroke.
    "As part of our next steps in moving this project forward, we will be
seeking Ministry of Health and Long Term Care approval and funding to bring
new health care services to Vaughan as quickly as possible," added Harber.

    Bruce Harber, YCH President and CEO, is available for interviews today.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Melina Cormier, Public Affairs,
York Central Hospital, (905) 883-1212 ext. 7492, mcormier@yorkcentral.on.ca

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