Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, abbreviated SHSC and known simply as Sunnybrook, is an academic health sciences centre located in Toronto, Ontario. It is the largest trauma centre in Canada and is one of two major trauma centres in Toronto; the other is St. Michael's Hospital. It offers comprehensive care and is a national leader in image-guided therapies. In 2008, Sunnybrook made history when it received an unprecedented $74.6 million dollar research award. It is one of the fastest growing hospitals in North America, and is the nation's largest maternity hospital with the new Women & Babies Program, which opened on September 12, 2010. Sunnybrook is home to the Edmond Odette Regional Cancer Centre and the Schulich Heart Centre, both national leaders in the respective areas of medicine. As of October 2008, Sunnybrook was named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., which was announced by the Toronto Star newspaper. The Kilgour Wing (K Wing) is a long-term care centre with the large majority of patients being war veterans. The hospital was a centre used to handle the wounded after World War II.

Alice M. Kilgour donated the Sunnybrook Farm to the City of Toronto in memory of her husband, Joseph Kilgour, for use as a public park in 1928. With the consent of the Kilgour heirs, the parkland was transferred to the Government of Canada to build a hospital for veterans. The Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital opened its doors in June 1948. The hospital merged with Women's College Hospital and the Orthopaedic and Arthritic Hospital in June 1998 under the provisions of Bill 51, but Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre was de-amalgamated in April 2006 to create Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the separate Women's College Hospital. Currently, Sunnybrook maintains two campuses, with its main campus (Bayview) on Bayview Avenue in North York, and the satellite Holland Centre ( orthopaedic and arthritic care) on Wellesley St. E. SHSC became affiliated with the University of Toronto in 1966.

Areas of focus

Veterans and Community
Located in the Kilgour Wing it is partnered with Veterans Affairs Canada and has about 500 veterans of WWII and the Korean War. For veterans they provide various types of services such as mental health, cognitive and palliative care which is also provided to the general population

Brain Sciences
They provide care for people with brain related problems including dementia, strokes and mood and anxiety disorders. It is also a research centre looking into areas such as neuropsychology and neurochemistry.

Holland Musculoskeletal Program
The program is mainly involved in musculoskeletal injury but are also involved in musculoskeletal education and research.

Women and Babies
The program provides gynaecology services and includes a neonatal intensive-care unit. They deliver about 4,000 babies a year, of which 25% are high risk births.

Schulich Heart Centre
The centre is named for Seymour Schulich a Canadian businessman and philanthropist from Montreal. The centre, as per the name, is a cardiac care clinic and is involved in research, surgery and intervention.

Odette Cancer Centre
The centre is involved in cancer research but also provides education and treatment.

Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care
The hospital provides critical care and provides a consultation service to the Ross Tilley Burn Centre. The emergency department is open 24 hours a day. The trauma centre provides emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic injuries.

A helicopter pad ( TC LID: CNY8) is located at the east end of the hospital grounds. Sunnybrook handles air ambulance flights with urgent trauma cases from the Greater Toronto Area where an ambulance run is not possible.

Private, for-profit cancer clinic
Sunnybrook Hospital was the site of Ontario's first private cancer clinic created since the inception of Medicare. The clinic operated after regular working hours at the hospital, and was owned by Dr. Tim McGowan. An investigation by the Auditor General of Ontario revealed that the cost per procedure was $500 greater than in the public sector and that the waiting times did not decrease in the public system as a result of the clinic's creation. The clinic operated from 2001 until 2003.

Holland Musculoskeletal Centre
The Holland Centre consists of the Orthopaedic Program located in downtown Toronto; the Holland Centre Campus is located on 43 Wellesley St. East. The Holland Orthopaedic and Arthritic Centre was initially founded as the Orthopaedic and Arthritic Hospital by Dr. James E. Bateman and Charles S. Wright II in 1955 based on a charter procured by Dr. C. Stewart Wright, an orthopaedic surgeon. It was founded as a specialty hospital for the treatment of patients with orthopaedic ailments. The building it was founded in was a sanitorium and since then it has undergone a series of renovations and additions. As part of the Ontario initiative to reduce hospital wait-times, the Holland Orthopaedic and Arthritic Centre was named as a centre of excellence in joint replacement.

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