Toronto General Hospital
|Toronto General Hospital|
|University Health Network|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Care system||Public Medicare (Canada) (OHIP)|
|Affiliated university||University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine|
|Patron||Sophie, Countess of Wessex|
|Speciality||Cardiology and Transplantation|
|Lists||Hospitals in Canada|
The Toronto General Hospital (TGH), is a part of the University Health Network, and a major teaching hospital in downtown Toronto, Ontario. It is located in the Discovery District, directly north of the Hospital for Sick Children, across Gerrard Street West, and east of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Mount Sinai Hospital, across University Avenue. They are steps from Queen's Park and the Queen's Park subway station. The University Health Network of which Toronto General Hospital is a part of, was ranked 1st in Canada in terms of research funding by Research Infosource Inc's "Canada's Top 40 Research Hospitals 2012". The hospital serves as a teaching hospital for the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.
The emergency department now treats 28,065 persons each year, while the hospital also houses the major transplantation service for Ontario, performing heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas and small intestine, amongst others, for patients referred from all over Canada. In doing this, the TGH teaches resident physicians, nurses, and technicians, and conducts research through the Toronto General Research Institute.
The hospital started as a small shed in the old town and was used as a military hospital during the War of 1812, after which it was founded as a permanent institution – York General Hospital – in 1829, at John and King Streets (now home to Bell Lightbox). In 1855 a new home for the hospital was built on the north side of Gerrard Street, east of Parliament, using a design by architect William Hay. In 1913, the hospital moved to its current location, since expanding and upgrading over the ensuing years. The 1913 structure, previously called the College Wing, was eventually sold by the hospital, to become the home of the MaRS Discovery District after a new wing for the TGH was completed and opened in 2002.
Toronto General Hospital has had many research achievements including:
- The development and first clinical use of insulin in the treatment of diabetes - 1922 
- First clinical use of the anticoagulant Heparin - 1935 
- First external heart pacemaker used in open heart resuscitation - 1950 
- World's first successful single lung transplant - 1983 
- World's first successful double lung transplant - 1986 
- Canada's first and largest HIV/AIDS clinic - the Immunodeficiency Clinic - 1994 
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Toronto General Hospital.|
- Hospital website
- Health Innovation
- MaRS Discovery District's "History of the MaRS Heritage Building" touches on the TGH's early history and design.