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Acute and Chronic Medicine

Unit Profiles in the Gerald P. Turner Department of Nursing

General Medicine 17 North, 17 South and 12 South

There are three General Medical Units that include:

  • 17 South (28 beds)
  • 17 North (28 beds + 4 Step-down beds)
  • 12 South (28 beds)

These units embrace Patient and Family-Centered  Care, an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health-care providers, patients, and families. Families and their involvement in care and decision-making is defined by the patient. The ultimate goal is to lead to the best outcomes and enhance the quality and safety of health care.   

Approximately 90-95% of patients in these units are admitted from the Emergency Department and approximately 5 to 10% are transferred from ICU. Patients ages range from 18 to 95 years. The General Medical Units see a variety of diagnoses including:

  • COPD and pneumonia
  • congested heart failure
  • cellulites diabetes
  • stroke
  • bowel obstruction, gastrointestinal bleeding
  • failure to cope
  • renal/liver diseases
  • oncology patients

9 South

The inpatient psychiatry unit treats patients with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses including schizophrenia and other delusional/psychotic disorders, bipolar affective disorder, depression, and anxiety. The unit has a subspecialty in psychological trauma and treats post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative identity disorder.

It serves the adult (18 and over) mental health population. The unit has 15 beds: 13 regular ward beds and 2 acute care unit beds. The treatment program includes both individual and group therapy with a strong emphasis on psychodynamics. Pharmacological interventions as well as ECT are also provided. 

he inpatient psychiatry unit functions with a very strong interprofessional team which includes staff RNs, OT, pharmacist, psychiatrists, SWs, NUA, CNS, along with students from the various disciplines. There is a strong primary nursing model that has a significant role within the team structure.


Emergency Department

Mount Sinai Emergency Department is committed to providing family centered emergency care to the community.  The Emergency Department is a 27 stretcher unit that sees approximately 100-150 patients per day. (approx. 43, 000 patients annually). The average patient age range is 19-44 years. The Emergency Department is a fast paced environment that assesses and treats patients with varying levels of acuity with a variety of illnesses and injuries. The care delivery system is based upon a modified Primary Nursing model. Medical directives have been developed to promote and support autonomous nursing practice within the emergency specialty.

16 North and Cardiac Care Unit

Cardiology patients are treated in 16 North and the Cardiac Care Unit.  There is the capacity to treat 15 cardiology patients and 6 CCU patients. The cardiovascular population includes heartfailure, pre and post coronary angioplasty pacemaker temporary and permanent, BIVs, ICD, pre and post partum care of mothers with heart disease, and elective angiograms.

Intensive Care Unit

The Medical/Surgical ICU consists of 16 beds and is located on the 18th floor. The ICU manages the critical care needs of patients from Mount Sinai Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital.

The unit is one of the provincial leaders in openness and admissions of critically ill patients from hospitals throughout Ontario. 40% of the patient population is medical, 30% are surgical and 30% are from various Ontario hospitals. The average patient age is 56 years old. The unit actively participates in research with the goal of improving patient care. Patient and Family-Centred Care and patient safety are a focus of the unit.