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Sumac Creek Health Centre: a cut above

Toronto, October 29, 2015

By Jordyn Gibson

Dr. Jory Simpson
By offering a new minor surgery clinic at the Sumac Creek Health Centre, Dr. Jory Simpson will provide surgical care to patients and surgical education to family practice residents (Photo by Katie Cooper)

The Sumac Creek Health Centre opened in July and has already expanded its services for the community of Regent Park. A minor surgical procedures clinic, led by Dr. Jory Simpson, will bring a number of routine surgeries out of the hospital and into the community.

Patients in need of minor surgeries—such as a biopsy to test for skin cancer or the removal of cysts or lipomas, a benign tumour of fatty tissue—often require a referral to a surgeon. These patients will either spend some time on a waiting list or will visit the Emergency Department for treatment if their situation worsens.

“Offering minor surgical services in Regent Park caters to the needs of the neighborhood and may reduce some of the strain on the ED,” said Dr. Simpson. “Sumac Creek Health Centre even has part of the St. Michael’s Laboratory Medicine Program and Medical Imaging Department on site so test results and imaging scans are only a few feet down the hall.”

“I’ll be able to treat the lumps and bumps but I’ll also be able to provide education and training to the family health team,” says Dr. Simpson. “Surgical management is a recognized gap in residents’ family practice education.”

Clinical staff at Sumac Creek is given an opportunity to learn more about pre- and post-operative procedures, wound care and pain management. Dr. Simpson will work with a nurse trained in minor surgery, who will be able to identify signs and symptoms of infections and assist during procedures.

   Dr. Charlie Guiang, residency program director and a staff physician, manages the training of St. Michael’s family practice residents. These residents are required to complete a general surgery rotation during their training and can potentially pair with Dr. Simpson on his days at Sumac Creek Health Centre to receive additional surgical education. Dr. Guiang said such opportunities will ensure family practice residents learn more about surgical competencies.

“Having this clinic embedded within Sumac Creek means the clinic staff have an in-house surgeon and surgical nurse to bounce ideas off,” said Dr. Simpson. “It’s a very collaborative way to practise.”

Dr. Simpson began running the clinic Sept. 28 but the surgical clinic had been incorporated in the planning and design stages of the Sumac Creek Health Centre.

Room #13 at Sumac Creek Health Centre looks similar to the other 29 exam rooms in the clinic, but is outfitted with special surgical equipment such as a cautery machine to help close wounds and a special bed that ensures comfort and perfect positioning of the patient during procedures.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.