Upcoming events

The Humber River Hospital is for sale. Laura Albanese will be hosting a meeting with representatives for the hospital on Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at 2175 Keele Street.

Public Meeting hosted by Mike Sullivan on Rail Safety and the Transport of Dangerous Goods in York South-Weston. 7 pm on Thursday, April 24, at the Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave.

The Annual Spring Dinner in support of Frontlines is on Saturday, April 26, at the Weston Golf and Country Club, 50 St. Phillips Road, starting at 6pm. For tickets or to make a donation call Diana Stapleton at 416-242-5886 or email [email protected] Tickets are $75.

An MRI Machine For HRRH Church Street Site

Humber River Regional Hospital‘s Church Street site will be getting a new MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine later this year. The machine will operate for 40 hours a week and presumably will operate for longer hours if the need increases. The existing machine operates 24/7 and performs 7900 scans annually at the Finch site while the new machine will perform about 3100 and save Weston residents from travelling to the Finch site. It is assumed that the machine will move to the new 1.6 million square foot site at Keele and the 401 in 2015.

This being a provincial election year, no doubt there will be similar announcements coming from other provincial ministries. The press release for this announcement helpfully contains boilerplate quotes from prominent area Liberal MPPs, the Minister of Health and health care executives.

Humber River Hospital Death Rate Improving

The Canadian Institute for Health Information measures hospital mortality rates in Canada and according to their latest statistics, Humber River Regional Hospital has steadily improved–to the point where this year, it has a lower than average death rate. The institute uses a benchmark of 100 to rate hospital mortality rates, and this year HRHH scored 96, having scored 106 and 117 in 2009 and 2008  respectively. This statistic is the average of all three locations of the hospital.

Having recently been a patient at the Church Street site I can attest that although the building is overcrowded and out of date, the personnel seem caring and competent. In fact our local version of HRRH is a community gem which provides employment and a valuable service to Weston residents.

Unfortunately, the Church St site will soon be closed. HRRH is amalgamating its three campuses into one facility at Keele and Wilson, at Downsview Park. Construction will probably start in late 2011. Little information is available about what will happen to the Church St site.