Dr. F. M. Hill’s Story

Celebrating a trailblazer whose patient-centred approach to care continues to define WCH today.

When internationally renowned headache expert Dr. Christine Lay took to the stage as keynote speaker at the 2012 F.M. Hill Lecture, she proved why the event’s namesake will never be forgotten.
“Dr. Hill is not here today but we continue to apply her words of wisdom to our model of care. Be a good listener: the patient’s headache history is crucial. Be compassionate: disability is high. Focus on patient-centred and interdisciplinary care: use educational efforts to effect change.”
A teacher, clinician, researcher and visionary who practiced at Women’s College Hospital for 27 years, Dr. F. Marguerite Hill passed away in 2012 at the age of 93. She is credited with blazing new frontiers for women in medicine and establishing the culture of interdisciplinary, patient-centered care that continues to define Women’s College Hospital today.
Her legacy will endure in other ways, too. Dr. Hill left a $6 million gift in her will to help Women’s College Hospital change the future of health care. The largest such gift ever received by Women’s College Hospital Foundation, A portion of the $6 million will endow the F.M. Hill Chair in Health System Solutions.
“The F.M. Hill Chair in Health System Solutions will allow a star researcher to engage in cutting-edge work addressing our health care system’s most pressing challenges.”

Women’s College Hospital is increasingly seen as a “solutions laboratory” for some of the toughest issues in health care: how to keep people well and out of hospital; how to deliver the highest quality and most cost-effective health care possible in the community; and how to support people with complex chronic conditions as they transition through different parts of the system.

The FM Hill Chair is a key component of our commitment as an organization to contributing to solutions that can be scaled up across the entire health care system.” says Dr. Danielle Martin, Vice President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women’s College Hospital.

The F.M. Hill Chair in Health System Solutions is the second Women’s College Research Institute chair to bear Hill’s name. Physician-in-chief Dr. Gillian Hawker is the F.M. Hill Chair in Academic Women’s Medicine. 

“I am very honoured to carry out her aspirations of good patient care and positive relationships between patients, doctors and other health professionals.” says Dr. Hawker.

 “We are so pleased to be a part of this celebration of Dr. Hill’s life, her generosity and her legacy,” says Sue Carruthers, Women’s College Hospital Foundation’s president and CEO. “She will never be forgotten.”

Donate today to advance world-leading research and clinical care at Women’s College Hospital. For more information on making a bequest in your will please contact Wendy Dias, Senior Development Officer, Leadership and Planned Gifts at 416-323-6323 ext. 2261 or wendy.dias@wchospital.ca.