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NYGH leads province in meeting surgery wait time targets

Lisa Queen, InsideToronto.com
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

If you need surgery, you may want to try getting yourself booked into North York General Hospital for your operation.

The hospital is the first in Ontario to meet, and in some cases, exceed wait time targets set not only by the provincial government but even more aggressive goals set by the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), which oversees health-care planning from North York north to Lake Simcoe.

"We're very pleased. It is consistent with our desire to provide the best quality care and experience for our patients," president Dr. Tim Rutledge said in a phone interview Tuesday, June 7 from Newfoundland, where he was attending a conference.

"We're not going to stop here. We're going to continue focusing on improving our processes."

While North York General has been meeting provincial targets for some time, it managed to meet or exceed LHIN targets in all categories of surgery being measured.

For example, the province says 90 per cent of cancer patients requiring surgery should have their operation within 84 days. The LHIN sets its target at 47 days.

As of March, the latest data available, 90 per cent of cancer patients at North York General are getting surgery within 40 days.

When it comes to cataract surgery, the province wants 90 per cent of patients to have their operation within 182 days, while the LHIN's target is 102 days.

As of March, North York General performed cataract surgery on 90 per cent of its patients within 90 days.