Why it’s important
Women’s College Hospital is unique because our approach to care is to build care models by focusing on the margins – that is, by creating solutions that consider the needs of those who are most likely to experience barriers to care first. A healthcare system that centres on the margins is a healthcare system that benefits everyone.
One of the reasons our donors give is because they share our commitment to health equity for women and other underserved groups. Women’s College Hospital is the only outpatient teaching hospital with this specific focus and the Women’s College Research Institute is one of the only hospital-based research institutes in the world dedicated to closing health gaps for women and other marginalized populations. You make this possible.
With your support, our teams are creating new programs to address the unique needs of women when it comes to their health, including the first and only women’s cardiac rehabilitation program and Canada’s largest women’s mental health program. Women’s College Hospital is also driving solutions to close health gaps for underserved and marginalized populations including Indigenous peoples, the 2SLGBTQ+ community, survivors of violence, and more.
Your support today helps Women’s College Hospital transform the health of women and vulnerable populations on a national scale to ensure everyone in Canada has equitable access to high-quality care that meets their unique needs.
Did You Know?
- In 2019, Women’s College Hospital launched Women’s Virtual, Canada’s first virtual hospital. Working with our health system partners, WCH has developed a series of virtual care programs focused on enhancing care, as well as supporting and working with providers in primary care and long-term care.
- Women’s College Hospital is home to Ontario’s first hospital-based sexual assault centre and is the provincial hub for the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres, supporting 37 sites across the province
- In 2018, Women’s College Hospital became the first public hospital in Canada to offer a transition-related surgery program
- 77% of Women’s College Hospital patients are women, and 33% of total patients are born outside of Canada.
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