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Celebrating 100 Years

St. Joseph’s has kept its Promise to the West end for a long time.

We’ve been here since 1921, when our health centre had just 25 beds. Today, that same Promise provides compassionate and expert care to our growing community of 500,000. We renew that Promise every day, every night, and with every single act of care.

 It is our pleasure to announce our Promise 100 campaign.

Building a New Emergency Department

To commemorate a century of care, we are raising funds to provide St. Joe’s with a new Emergency Department.

 From threading the tiniest suture to combatting the pandemic of a century, we’re proud to maintain one of Toronto’s busiest Emergency Departments. Now we’re readying ourselves for its redesign.

 Our new Emergency Department will be the first to be built post-COVID-19, and the first to integrate all the learnings we’ve captured from the past challenging year.

Today, it remains at the heart of Toronto’s west-end community. There are now more than 500,000 people living in this catchment area and St. Joe’s is one of Canada’s largest community teaching hospitals with almost 450 beds and over 400,000 visits annually.  


Visits Annually

We’ve seen that emergency care has been at the centre of the pandemic. People living in the west-end of the city visit the Emergency Department at St. Joe’s more than 100,000 times each year, making it a vital community resource and one of the busiest emergency departments in the GTA. And while we offer excellent care, we do so in a space built for almost half the number of people who need us.

Maria Dyck, President and CEO St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation Tweet
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As much as eighty per cent of people’s healthcare needs are supported by their community hospital.

From being born, giving birth, minor accidents to major sickness and end of life. 

The Promise 100 campaign will focus on ensuring the hospital and its dedicated health care teams can continue to care for our community as well as fight the pandemic.


Funds raised will expand the emergency department and update dedicated spaces for physicians and staff to have quiet time away from clinical areas, recognizing the emotional stress and burnout the pandemic is causing. 

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The campaign will support St. Joe’s community and health care providers through the following activities: 

  • Building the first post COVID Emergency Department in the country and equipping it with critical equipment and technology.
  • Updating dedicated spaces for our physicians and staff to thank them for 100 years of care.

It has been a challenging year, but we look to 2021 with hope and gratitude. Our teams have worked tirelessly to care for this community. It’s inspiring to see donors and neighbours come together to help. Now we ask our neighbours to join us again in honouring 100 years of care by supporting emergency care and those on the frontlines.

Dr. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO of Unity Health Toronto Tweet

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