Osler's surgical teams pushed the boundaries of surgical excellence in 2019-20, earning top marks for safe, quality care and enhancing access to a highly-specialized cardiac procedure.

Achieving great surgical outcomes: Osler’s Etobicoke General Hospital among top hospitals in North America

Etobicoke General's surgical program ranked in the top 10 per cent of 722 hospitals across North America for safety and quality by the American College of Surgeon's National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). "Patients expect safe, quality care when they come to our hospitals and our participation in NSQIP is helping to show them that they can receive that care close to home," said Dr. Rardi van Heest, Surgeon,  Interim Medical Director of Cancer Care and Osler’s 2018 ACS NSQIP Surgical Lead.

Hospitals are ranked based on data collected on eight clinical areas including, infection rates, heart attacks, renal failure, and urinary tract infections. "How well patients recover following surgery is the ultimate reward. Receiving this recognition is a great example of how teamwork is helping us all to achieve better outcomes for our patients," said Dr. van Heest.

Cardiac collaboration brings highly-specialized procedure to Brampton Civic Hospital

When Sandeep Sangha started having chest pain while he was running, he chalked it up to a lack of exercise over the winter months.

But the pain and shortness of breath persisted and he began to worry. He went to see his family doctor who referred him to a cardiologist. Then came a stress test, an angiogram – and a shocking discovery. One of the arteries supplying blood to Sandeep's heart was 100 per cent blocked.

Sangha underwent a Chronic Total Occlusion Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (CTO PCI) at Brampton Civic. CTOs are blockages that have typically been present for more than three months. Patients with this condition experience symptoms such as chest pain, pressure or tightness, shortness of breath, dizziness or palpitations and fatigue.

A highly-specialized procedure, CTO PCI is currently available for patients at Brampton Civic one day a month as part of a collaboration with St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. The CTO PCI team at Osler perform approximately 30 of these complex cases a year with a success rate of nearly 90 per cent. Osler has one of the largest PCI programs in the country, performing more than 2,000 coronary interventions a year, including CTO PCI.

As for Sandeep, he spent one night in the hospital and left feeling great. "I was so pleased that the doctors said I could just continue living my life just as I was before the blockage was found," he said.