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St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto

Seventy years of paediatric care in Toronto’s west end

St. Joseph’s Health Centre has everything needed to care for the children in our community

Parents in Toronto’s west end know that when their child is sick or needs urgent care, help is just a short trip away. From emergency to walk-in and longer stay support, St. Joseph’s Health Centre has everything needed to care for the children in our community. And it’s that support that we’re celebrating this year as we recognize the 70th anniversary of our Paediatric program.

“St. Joseph’s is a one-stop shop for parents,” said Dr. Dilip Mehta, a paediatrician who’s been with the health centre for 35 years and helped establish parts of the program.

“Over the last seven decades we’ve seen our program expand in response to our community changing and everything we’ve done has been to make sure families get the care they need when they need it most – without having to travel far.”

In 1949, St. Joseph’s became the first hospital in the Greater Toronto Area outside of the Hospital for Sick Children to open a paediatric program. Our inpatient unit grew to where it is today with 17 beds in rooms large enough for family members to sleep over. Today, St. Joseph’s and SickKids work together, transferring patients to one another depending on the level of care needed and the location that makes the most sense for the family.

At St. Joseph’s, children have access to our paediatric consultation clinic, which started with endocrinology and nephrology specialized services and has expanded significantly, now providing outpatient services including care for asthma, dermatology, cardiology, speech and language, nutrition support and much more.

The busiest area in our paediatric program is the Just For Kids Clinic. Renovated just a few years ago, the clinic has a bright, beautiful waiting room for the thousands of visits we see every year. It’s where many in our community bring their children for non-emergent issues and to be referred for other specialized services. And for emergency situations, there’s a separate area in our Emergency Department for those 18 and younger.

Our paediatric program has also grown to support the youngest patients we see at the health centre – as young as 30 weeks old. Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a level 2C which means we can care for sicker and smaller babies than ever before, helping keep families close to home during what can be a very challenging time in their lives.

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