Terry Pursell

Message from the President

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal – well-deserved after a winter that seemed to go on forever. As the trees around us burst with vibrant blossoms my mind turns to the remarkable renewal also taking place inside our hospital walls.

Our first floor is a hub of activity, as construction crews work to complete important renovations that will update and refresh a number of our outpatient clinics, patient registration/check-in and public areas for our patients, families and staff. These changes will help us better serve the health care needs of our community and facilitate the relocation of several outpatient clinics from our Branson Ambulatory Care Centre to our main site.

On the eighth floor, the refreshed Anne Tanenbaum Chemotherapy Clinic and the newly named BMO Oncology Assessment and Support Services have re-opened. Now brighter and more comfortable, these care environments in the Baruch/Weisz Cancer Centre offer patients more privacy and integrate calming design elements to promote healing. Thanks to a donation by ArtWorks For Cancer, the space now features beautiful pieces of art that will bring hope and healing.

And it’s not just inside our hospital. Just down the road at 10 Buchan Ct., the transformation of Phillips House and Maddie’s Healing Garden is nearly complete. Set to open to patients soon, the hospital-owned heritage estate has been converted into a leading-edge outpatient mental health care centre and gardens for children and youth, unlike any other in Canada. Its home-like atmosphere will help lessen the stigma so often associated with accessing mental health care.

Together, these transformations will mean an improved care experience for patients and their families – a reflection of the thoughtful leadership and generosity in our own back yard. Behind each brick, bolt and coat of paint lies the kindness and compassion of our amazing donors. Thank you for everything you do for our hospital and our community. Your support makes a world of difference.

With gratitude,

Terry Pursell

Terry Pursell
President & CEO
North York General Foundation