Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

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Mount Sinai Hospital
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Geography
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Organization
Care system Public Medicare (Canada) (OHIP)
Hospital type General
Affiliated university University of Toronto
Services
Emergency department Yes
Beds 442
History
Founded 1923, 1973 present site
Links
Website www.mtsinai.on.ca
Lists Hospitals in Canada

Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH) is a hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Although it is physically linked by bridges and tunnels to three University Health Network hospitals (Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre), Mount Sinai is an independently operated facility. It is one of many hospitals on Hospital Row, a section of University Avenue where several major hospitals are located. In its most recent annual charity information return to the Canada Revenue Agency in 2005, the hospital reported having assets of roughly $520 million CAD.

Mount Sinai Hospital has existed in Toronto since 1923 under various names; it has occupied its present site on University Avenue since 1973. In the fiscal year ending March 2013, Mount Sinai Hospital cared for 128,714 inpatients days, delivered almost 7000 babies and performed almost 20,000 surgeries. Toronto and area residents made more than half a million ambulatory clinic visits to Mount Sinai. In that same year, the hospital’s Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Department saw 56,080 visits and that number expected to increase to 80,000/year over the next few years.[1]

More than 600 staff work at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai's research facility. The Institute was established in 1985 as the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute. On June 24, 2013 it became the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. Many of its researchers hold faculty appointments at the University of Toronto.

In October 2010, Mount Sinai Hospital was named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., which was announced by the Toronto Star newspaper.[2]

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In August 1913, four immigrant women from Toronto's Jewish community started knocking on neighbourhood doors to raise money for a hospital as many in Toronto's Jewish community were recent immigrants who didn't speak English and were afraid of large institutions or being mistreated by them.

After nine years of fundraising, a location at 100 Yorkville Avenue was purchased and, in 1923, Toronto Hebrew Maternity and Convalescent Hospital was opened.[3] In 1924, the name was changed to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Mount Sinai Hospital was founded as an institution to provide culturally appropriate services to the Jewish community as well as poor immigrant and non-English speaking communities, in addition to interning positions and hospital privileges for Jewish doctors.[4] These Jewish doctors were denied such opportunities elsewhere due to discrimination.[4] Today, Mount Sinai has one of the most vibrant volunteer programs in Canada. There are over 1,000 active volunteers in over 80 programs. It is affiliated with many Universities, including University of Toronto.

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Coordinates: 43°39′27″N 79°23′25″W / 43.65737°N 79.390286°W / 43.65737; -79.390286