ACCESS + INNOVATION REPORT 2013

A Message from the CEO & Chair

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Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has earned its distinguished reputation through its pioneering spirit of innovation, its commitment to the highest quality of patient care and the hard work of its dedicated physicians, staff and volunteers.

WCH’s legacy is grounded in the work of remarkable women who had a single mission in mind: to be at the forefront of groundbreaking innovations in the health of women. And it is this legacy that has earned the hospital a distinctive place in Canadian healthcare and has led it to symbolize women’s determination and devotion to equity and community.

Today, we are building on that admirable heritage by sustaining our foundational commitment to advocating for the health of women, by our ongoing dedication to innovation in healthcare for all, and through our focus on ensuring marginalized and hard-to-reach populations have access to the care they need.

We are improving care at transition points in the healthcare system – points where patients are most vulnerable to falling through cracks. And we are creating new treatment strategies in response to the needs of the most complex patients.

To guide our continuing achievements, we have developed a strategic plan that is enabling us to revolutionize healthcare: to deliver unique programs for patients with chronic conditions, to improve the health of women from all backgrounds, and to develop much-needed health system solutions.

The move to our exceptional new building in May of this year has strengthened our capacity to pursue this plan and renewed our resolve to achieve our goals. It’s a whole new kind of hospital: one designed around innovative models of care, where treatment, surgery, research and education are fully integrated. It’s a hospital designed to keep people out of hospital.

From this new, state-of-the-art home, we are developing new programs that deliver ambulatory care solutions here at the hospital and beyond our walls. We are improving care at transition points in the healthcare system – points where patients are most vulnerable to falling through cracks. And we are creating new treatment strategies in response to the needs of the most complex patients.

In the past year, our many accomplishments have been grounded in our continuing focus on building partnerships with other healthcare providers and government organizations. These partnerships are at the core of everything we do and are central to our success in delivering health system solutions and attracting new funding to improve access and innovation across the board.

As a teaching hospital, we are training the next generation of healthcare professionals to work in integrated, ambulatory settings – the kind of settings that are most relevant to their future practice. Meanwhile, our scientists and researchers at Women’s College Research Institute are undertaking vital research on the unique health needs of women. They are implementing new approaches that reduce inpatient hospitalization and foster prevention and disease management. In short, we’re tackling the most pressing issues facing our health system today.

This is Women’s College Hospital’s leading-edge approach to emerging challenges.

TFOHC      

 

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