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St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto

Innovations and Milestones

Throughout our history, St. Joe’s Toronto has been at the forefront of community medicine.  Since our founding in 1921, we have been home to a number of “firsts and only’s” which have helped establish ours as one of the largest and busiest community hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area.

Today, guided by a vision to advance the health of our community by being Canada’s best community teaching health centre, we are poised to continue in that tradition and look forward to working with our community and our partners to make our community one of the healthiest in Canada.

Notable achievements and milestones:

  • The first modern Paediatric Department in Toronto in a Catholic hospital
  • Home to the first Intensive Care Unit in Toronto
  • Founders of the first Research Foundation in Toronto
  • Originators of the first Respiratory Ambulatory Care Program in Toronto
  • Founders of the first Birthing Coach Program in Toronto
  • The first hospital in Ontario to grant in-hospital delivery services to midwives
  • The first hospital in Canada to implement routine Troponin blood tests for myocardial infarction
  • The first hospital in North America to have an image-guided system for sinus surgery
  • The first hospital in North America to use the Holium laser treatment for urological disorders
  • One of the first community teaching hospitals to open two MRI surgical suites
  • Home to the second Operating Room Pharmacy Satellite in Canada
  • One of the pioneers in the development of digital fluoroscopy
  • A leader in Electronic Data Interchange; the first hospital to use a non-proprietary EDI system for purchase orders and purchase order acknowledgement
  • A Ventilator Clinic designated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • A reference centre for tumor marker measurements for the City of Toronto
  • Acknowledged for our international leadership in otolaryngology, functional and endoscopic sinus surgery and otopathology
  • Home to the largest combined medical and surgical chest unit in the Toronto area, which was accredited in 1993 by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a teaching unit for thoracic surgery residents
  • Recognized by Health Canada and the Child Health Network for best practices in our Toronto Centre for Substance Use in Pregnancy
  • One of the first hospitals in Toronto to offer family physicians remote access
  • One of the first hospitals in Toronto to integrate PACS filmless technology, providing a faster and more efficient way of storing and sharing images such as x-rays
  • A leader in offering laparoscopic abdominal and thoracic surgery
  • Home to the second-largest fracture clinic in Ontario
  • A referral centre for west-end Toronto in visual fields, orthoptic examinations and fluoroscein angiographic studies
  • A Regional Paediatric Centre for southwest Toronto
  • Designated as a Regional Dialysis Program by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • The first full-time ethics service established in Canada, in partnership with Providence Healthcare and St. Michael’s Hospital.
  • Home to one of the largest birthing centres in Ontario, delivering nearly 3,300 babies a year
  • Home to one of the busiest emergency departments in the province, with nearly 97,000 annual visits
  • Earned Accreditation with Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada in December 2015
  • Opened a New Medical Teaching Clinic to advance our teaching and learning mandate
  • On August 1 2017, St. Joseph’s, Providence and St. Michael’s Hospital officially become an integrated health network. United, the three organizations are now better positioned to serve our patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care, spanning primary care, secondary community care, tertiary and quaternary care services to post-acute through rehabilitation, palliative care and long-term care, while investing in world-class research and education.
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