NYGH top performing hospital for cancer surgery wait times in Ontario

TORONTO, September 12, 2014 — On July 28, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) presented North York General Hospital (NYGH) with a certificate for being the Top Performing Hospital in the province for 2013-2014 in Cancer Surgery Wait Times – Time from Decision to Treat to Treatment.

“We are very proud to have achieved the lowest wait times in the province for treating surgical oncology patients within all priority categories, with 100% of patients treated within target,” says Dr. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO. “This is a result of continuous innovative and collaborative efforts between programs and services. I want to thank our staff and physicians for their unfailing commitment to high-quality, safe and timely patient care.”

A number of measures have been implemented to decrease wait times for all cancer surgeries, resulting in North York General meeting or exceeding provincial and Central Local Health Integration Network targets for the past three years.

NYGH’s Surgical and Cancer Care programs worked together to create a seamless patient and family experience. Together with other departments and services, including: surgeon's offices, Medical Imaging, Laboratory Medicine, Genetics, Medicine and Elder Care, and Health Information Management, processes improvements were made to ensure the delivery of high-quality patient-centred care.

“North York General Hospital is providing timely and quality care to patients. I want to congratulate them on their achievement and recognize the hard work that has gone into consistently being a high performer in lowering wait times,” says Garth Matheson, Vice President, Planning and Regional Programs. The Cancer Care Ontario Wait Times strategy is ensuring that patients have access to the right care at the right time.”

CCO also recognized NYGH for successfully meeting the provincial 2013-14 target for Pathology Post-Surgical Report Turn-Around Time for Colorectal Cancer.

North York General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto, is one of Canada’s leading community academic hospitals. We offer our culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory and long-term care services across three sites. Through partnerships, collaboration and academic endeavours, we seek to set new standards for patient- and family-centred care. Working together with our patients and their families, we are making a world of difference.

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Elizabeth McCarthy, Senior Communications Specialist
Tel: 416-756-6725