Toronto boasts over 20 hospitals listed in its city.
The downtown core houses 9 main hospitals to be included in the 20 facilities affiliated with the University of Toronto medical program. There are 34 such facilities in total in the Greater Toronto area.
Located in downtown Toronto are the following:
- Mount Sinai
- Sick Kids Hospital
- Toronto Western
- St Josephs
- Toronto General
- Women’s College
- Princess Margaret
- St Michael’s
- Toronto Grace Hospital
Close by to the west in Etobicoke :
- Etobicoke General Hospital
- Trillium Health Care Centre
- West Park Health Care Centre
Just north of downtown in North York
- North York General
- Sunnybrook Healthcare Centre
- Humber River East Regional Hospital
- North York Branson
A little east in East York
- Toronto East York General
And Scarborough is home to:
- Scarborough Grace
- Rouge Valley Centenary
Toronto Western, Toronto General and Princess Margaret Hospitals are all part of the famed University Health Network affiliated with the University of Toronto Medical program.
With $150 million invested each year this network trains over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate medical students. Each hospital has a diverse area of specialization from the other.
Toronto Western specializes in Arthritis and Immune Disorder research. There are approximately 256 beds in this facility. The staff at Toronto Western processes over 46,000 emergency room patients annually and is also a hospital known for it Neurosurgery clinics.
Toronto General specializes in Cardiac care along with organ transplants. Among the organs that have successfully been transplanted are the heart, lung, liver, kidney pancreas and small intestine. The first ever-double lung transplant was performed at Toronto General in 1986. This facility processes over 28,065 emergency room patients annually.
Princess Margaret Hospital is the third in the University Health Network, and is home to the Oncology specialists. Featuring 220 beds and 17 radiation treatment machines, the Princess Margaret hospital is dedicated to bone marrow transplantation, surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation treatments, psychosocial oncology, and medical imaging.
Outside of the University Health Network are other hospitals, many of which are located in the downtown core in otherwise what is know as Hospital row located on University Avenue, just south of Queen’s Park.
Mount Sinai is an independent hospital on hospital row. With 472 beds, the team at Mount Sinai conducted 19,000 operations, delivered over 7,000 babies, and saw over 250,000 patients in 2007.
With assets of $520 million from the 2005 Revenue Canada statistics, this hospital is very highly regarded as one of the top research centers in Toronto. Many of the research staff from Mount Sinai are faculty appointed from the University of Toronto.
St Michael’s Hospital at Queen and Yonge features the only helicopter landing pad located at a Toronto hospital. It is a teaching hospital with services in cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery and endoscopy. This 550-bed facility serves the inner city of Toronto. With specialties in platelet research as well as immunology, the Li Ka Shing knowledge institute is well utilized.
St Josephs Hospital is located west of the central core at the Queensway West and still considered downtown Toronto. With 376 beds this Catholic Community teaching hospital delivered over 3,300 babies and saw close to 86,000 emergency patients in 2008.
As we move back along hospital row on University Ave, we find our way to Toronto Sick Kids Hospital. This publicly funded 265 bed facility is famous for the University of Toronto research student Dr Frederick Banting discovering insulin while interning at Sick Kids hospital.
This facility is also affiliated with the University of Toronto teaching program. As this facility is publicly funded, there are many fundraising activities that donate to the running of the hospital like the Herbie fund, or the Sick Kids Foundation, that raised over 72 million dollars for the hospital in 2006.
Finally the last of the core downtown hospitals brings us to the Women’s College Hospital. This independent ambulatory care hospital on Grenville Street was the first to admit female students as recent as October 1983.
For more information on the GTA hospitals, please read the related articles GTA hospitals and Healthcare in Toronto.