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Building on Excellence

As Canada’s largest research hospital, UHN’s purpose is to transform lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

This purpose is reflected by the many “firsts” that have taken place at our hospitals and research institutes. Notable discoveries and interventions throughout our 200-year history include:

  • Discovery of blood-forming stem cells
  • Single and double lung transplants
  • Deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant depression
  • Clinical use of insulin for diabetes
  • Custom heart valve (Toronto SPV)
  • First use of radiation to cure Hodgkin disease
  • Canada’s first hand and forearm transplant
  • Use of total body cooling in heart surgery

We are now building on our role as a health system leader while establishing the foundational supports for our future strategic plan. Working with staff, we are setting the direction and priorities for the road ahead.

Journey of Renewal

To ensure we uphold our primary value—which is the needs of patients come first—we have embarked on a journey of renewal.

UHN is a national asset. We have an obligation to Canadians to find cures and solutions. But meeting the evolving needs of healthcare requires a foundation built for long-term sustainability.

In our pursuit of this, we identified five Foundational Elements for 2017/18 to guide this stage of our journey:

  • Caring Safely
  • IT Transformation
  • Operational Excellence
  • Patient Experience
  • People and Culture

These elements will guide our day-to-day work and steer our future strategic plan—ensuring our attention is on both today and tomorrow.