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Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
The Odette Cancer Centre is a part of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Care system Public Medicare (Canada) (OHIP)
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Toronto
Emergency department Level I trauma centre
Beds 1275 (including 500 veteran beds and 74 bassinets)
Speciality Trauma, Cancer, Cardiovascular and Neurosciences
Founded 1948
Website home page
Lists Hospitals in Canada

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. Sunnybrook recently 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 scheduled to become the nation's largest maternity hospital. Sunnybrook is home to the Edmund 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.[1]

Sunnybrook is regarded by many as Toronto's "wealthy" hospital. Due to its proximity to the Bridle Path, Lawrence Park, and other posh North Toronto neighbourhoods as well as the city's wealthy northern suburbs, it treats much of Toronto's elite and high income population.

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.



The origins of Sunnybrook go back to the 1880s. The Sunnybrook campus first opened in 1943 after the land, Sunnybrook Farm, was donated by Joseph and Alice M. Kilgour. 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 deamalgamated 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 (Sunnybrook Hospital) on Bayview Avenue in North York, and the satellite Holland Institute (orthopedic and arthritic care) on Wellesley St. E. SHSC became affiliated with the University of Toronto in 1966.


  • Home Aging & Veterans Care
  • Neurosciences
  • Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre
  • Perinatal & Gynaecology
  • Schulich Heart Centre
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology (Arrhythmia Services)
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Cardiology
  • Edmond Odette Cancer Centre
  • Trauma
  • General Health
  • The Ross Tilley Burn Centre

The hospital employs over 12,000 staff, physicians, volunteers, and medical students.



A helicopter pad (CNY8) is locate 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.

Holland Orthopaedic and Arthritic Centre

The Holland Centre consists of the Orthopaedic Program at Sunnybrook and is located at the two sites of Sunnybrook.

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.

In 1998, Ontario's Bill 51 amalgamated the hospital into Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre.

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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Coordinates: 43°43′22″N 79°22′29″W / 43.7227°N 79.374697°W / 43.7227; -79.374697


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