A Partnership for Collaborative Health Care

George Brown College partners with St. Michael’s Hospital to prepare graduates for collaborative health care.

Toronto, ON November 2, 2006 George Brown College (GBC) is launching an innovative partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital to prepare students for future collaborative practice. Starting in January 2007, GBC Health Sciences students in nursing, dental hygiene and fitness and wellness will work together with second year St. Michael’s medical students in the College’s expanded Interprofessional Learning Clinic.

At the clinic, located at 175 Kendal Avenue on GBC’s Casa Loma campus, George Brown students offer services to the public ranging from teeth cleaning and hearing tests to health promotion and fitness assessments. St. Michael’s students will focus on Community Health projects by assessing the community’s health needs or barriers to health, by evaluating an existing program or developing a new intervention based on sound evidence.

“The collaboration with St. Mike’s is a key part of our leading interprofessional approach,” said Lorie Shekter-Wolfson, Dean of Community Services and Health Sciences, George Brown College. “Students from George Brown health sciences and St. Mike’s will experience how health care practitioners’ roles are connected and how a collaborative approach leads to improved patient care.”

The clinic, housing a 57-chair oral health service, is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. Services are offered by George Brown students under the direct supervision of expert health sciences faculty, all of whom are registered professionals. Services available to the general public include:
Oral Health dental history, assessment of teeth and gums, dental x-rays and teeth cleaning, complete or partial dentures, repairs and relining, fillings, veneers, and bonding
Hearing Tests hearing aid evaluation and recommendation, consultation for assistive listening devices and hearing preservation
Fitness Assessment Community Health Promotion nutrition and fitness programs, health promotion and disease prevention strategies, wellness workshops

A complete list of fees is available at http://www.georgebrown.ca/clinic/ and financial aid is available.

GBC has been opening its doors to students in Toronto for 39 years and to patients since 1979 when a dental clinic was established on campus. The dental facility served as a model for other clinics run on the campus today including child care centres and the Interprofessional Learning Clinic.

George Brown College’s (GBC) Centre for Health Sciences is a key contributor to improving the quality of health care delivery in Ontario. A leading health care educator, GBC prepares health sciences graduates to support collaborative practice and patient-centred care with interprofessional-focused, team-based education.

For more information please contact:
Jessica Rutledge
for George Brown College
416-504-8464, ext. 248 or

David Davenport
Media Relations
St. Michael’s Hospital
416-864-6094 or davenportd@smh.toronto.on.ca