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Group Health docs will have new home in June

Monday, April 21, 2014   by: Staff



Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will be the first to practice at the new facility

The Group Health Centre is pleased to announce that 773 Great Northern Road – directly across from the Lukenda Drive entrance to the Sault Area Hospital – will soon become home to the Centre’s Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department.

Until the new facilities are ready in early June, the department will continue to practice at their current location (240 McNabb, 3rd floor).

The department includes Dr. P.N. Fam, Dr H. Gupta, Dr. M. Lingurar, Dr. P.A. Zehr, and Nurse Practitioner Julie Briglio.

Selecting Obstetrics and Gynaecology as the first to move to the Group Health Centre’s newest building was an easy choice: last year, alone, Sault Ste. Marie Obstetricians and Gynecologists delivered almost 1000 babies.

The new building’s convenient location will ensure that, when called to the Sault Area Hospital, these busy doctors will only have to travel 500 metres to get there.

“We are excited about this move,” said Dr. Zehr – one of Group Health Centre’s Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. “Close proximity to the hospital will enhance timely access to Labour and Delivery, as well as the emergency room for urgent calls. We hope that this will also be reflected in providing a shorter wait time and support continuing comprehensive care for our clinic patients.”

The Group Health Centre Trust Fund has launched a new campaign, raising funds to help offset the cost of preparing the new facilities and purchasing the required medical equipment.

Those interested in making a contribution should contact the Group Health Centre Trust Fund office at 705-759-5530.

The Group Health Centre serves over 71,000 Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District residents, and is the leader in providing quality outpatient service and care with high patient satisfaction.


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Tag33&1/3rd 4/21/2014 10:17:49 AM Report

Ya keep moving everything farther north!
macgyvr 4/21/2014 10:20:00 AM Report

Last I heard it was still called "Great Northern Rd". Out of town reporter?
ThinkAgain 4/21/2014 10:25:19 AM Report

That area is so congested its not funny but rather becoming dangerous.
Sam C 4/21/2014 10:27:41 AM Report

Media/News Releases are posted as received from whomever sent it. Someone at Group Health wrote it.
Sam C 4/21/2014 10:32:00 AM Report

That area is becoming congested, but... much of the problem is impatient motorists who run yellow or red lights, holding up traffic on the cross street.

The city is growing, and more businesses will be locating along this stretch of road. Get used to it.

At one time, Pine & McNabb was considered "the middle of nowhere," and Boundary Road was "out in the sticks."
whatstheproblemhere 4/21/2014 10:47:39 AM Report

Sounds like a good move to me. Will there be free parking there? If so, please move my doc there too.
justsomeguy 4/21/2014 10:49:23 AM Report

@Sam C - the problem is the uncontrolled & poorly planned sprawl. There are scores of empty or derelict buildings around town. They're used, barely maintained, or not well built, then the occupant moves out & into a new building. Things are so spread out here that a couple of simple errands can take 90 mins with all the driving & timed stoplights.
troubador 4/21/2014 11:16:47 AM Report

Free Parking,right...A thing of the past I'm afraid,Probably raise it to pay for the parking lot..
kamen 4/21/2014 11:18:07 AM Report

I hope none of my doctors end up moving...I already have to pay 40 bucks to get to the hospital and back by cab or spend like an hour and a half to get to the hospital on a bus....they should have more buses going to the hospital.....I enjoy having the group Health down the road from me. I need to see my eye doctor and they moved way out there too....
eadiecougs 4/21/2014 12:49:41 PM Report

and they wonder how they can fix up downtown.Sam this city is not getting bigger its just moving everything out of reach for seniors that all.
willoweep 4/21/2014 1:38:42 PM Report

I have never thought the location of the Hospital to be a good choice.

If its after buses have stopped running and you don't have $40 0r $50 for a cab,then what .

I have to attend the Hospital often and thankfully have transportation.

It just would have made more sense to build it in a more central area ,and instead of the miles of wasted hall space they could have went up a floor or two.

It's location does not serve the majority of the City well, nor does its layout.

There are a lot of good things to be said about the Hospital and Group Health
but it is getting harder for many to access these facilities .

Although for Obstetrics it does make good sense to be near the Hospital.

I like another poster I hope ,they don't send things like the walk in clinic out there .
Sam C 4/21/2014 2:05:41 PM Report

justsomeguy ... I agree, the sprawl has been poorly planned. The City will be playing catch-up for a decade or so, to get the road network up to capacity. Part of the problem, though, are the whiners who complain there are "too many traffic lights already."

The Home Depot lights are good, but what needs to happen is that access to GNR businesses should be from an access road only, not directly from on GNR, and only an access road come out to GNR at a traffic light.

I also agree about the abandoned buildings, and some are being renovated. We SHOULD do a better job maintaining and refusing older buildings, but there will continue to be new ones built as well.

Hats off the GHC, they have or are refurbishing buildings, rather then tearing down and building new.
justsomeguy 4/21/2014 2:37:04 PM Report

I'll be honest, there's just so much to complain about here and I'm tired of complaining. It can be pretty difficult to get involved as a change mechanism, and the change that happens is slow and...odd at times.

That being said, we're paying for terrible urban planning in previous years so we're burdened with lots of issues. This is one of the many quirks that Sault Ste. Marie is comprised of. We don't have to like it, but I think it's best to accept things as they currently are and each of us play an active & invested role as the collaborative change mechanism rather than just spewing empty "bitching".

I think we're beginning to see some change in the Soo culture, and I'd personally love to see more strategic planning, growth and continual improvement that makes sense to us.

City council has gone in record accusing us of expecting too much. I feel that was a foolish thing to say and they haven't seen nothin' yet. Let's make some noise come next elections.
steve53000 4/21/2014 5:43:25 PM Report

more cash grab fer the upper echelon big bucks to park yup they care about our health more $$$ spent on taxis more gas money when are they actually going to do something that the people can say they thought about seniors,etc look at the hospitals hall of doom have they actually watched some of the people trying to make their way down it or are we going to have to wait for someone to have health issues on it
It sure seems like there was something behind the scenes there
3rd times a charm 4/21/2014 5:44:19 PM Report

all I can say is it's going to be very difficult to reach the hospital, let alone the new Group Health centre when they rip up Great Northern Road AGAIN this summer...
Mr. Poster 4/21/2014 9:05:27 PM Report

It is pretty much ripped up already..beyond pot hole description.
CEO 4/23/2014 9:45:31 AM Report

I think it's a great move for the O.B.Gyn's it gets them closer to the hospital and closer to the patients that need them there A.S.A.P not too sure how many people who commented on this have given birth but it's nice to know that if an emergency arises your Dr. is 500M from the hospital rather than all the way on McNabb. I don't disagree that the location of the hospital is inconvenient but that's not what the article was about.
soogirl91 4/23/2014 4:33:21 PM Report

Obviously none of you are expecting children any time soon, however, I am. I make a birting plan with my OB-GYN only to have them not show up for the delivery. So what's the point? If they are closer it means more patients will have their doctor for the birth of their children and I'm all for it. Sorry to the people who choose or are unable to have vehicles and have to pay 40 dollars or spend an hour on the bus to get to the hospital, but that's the things you must deal with if you don't have a vehicle. Do you not know a single person with a vehicle? I'm sure a family member or friend would drive you if you only asked.
The doctors are happy with the move and I'm sure all the moms to be are as well, as I am.
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