North York General Hospital (NYGH) in the former city of North York in Toronto, Ontario offers acute care, ambulatory and long-term services at three sites: General site, Branson Ambulatory Care Centre and Seniors' Health Centre. Known as North York General, it is one of the leading community academic hospitals in Canada, affiliated with the University of Toronto. It is one of the three constituent hospitals of the Peters-Boyd Academy of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. The hospital has one of the largest Family and Community Medicine programs in Canada and efficient emergency departments in the country. North York General Hospital at Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue was opened in 1968. The four founding partners were: Friends of North York General (later to become the North York General Hospital Foundation); the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE), a Canadian womens charitable organization; the Missionary Health Institute; and Volunteer Services. In 1960, a group of local citizens established the North Metropolitan Hospital Association to explore building a hospital to serve the growing area of North York. Under the leadership of Colonel Clifford Sifton, plans were made and funds raised for a 70-bed community hospital on the corner of Leslie and Sheppard. By November 1962, land on the Leslie site was obtained. Some 3,000 volunteers collected $3.2 million of the $8.6 million cost of the new hospital. On March 15, 1968, Premier John Robarts officially dedicated North York General Hospital. The hospital underwent a major expansion that opened in 2003. Today, North York General encompasses three sites: the General site, Branson Ambulatory Care Centre and Seniors' Health Centre. The General site is located at Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue in north central Toronto. It offers a full range of services including inpatient acute care services and a 24-hour full service emergency.