Humber River Hospital

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Humber River Hospital
Location1235 Wilson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Care systemPublic Medicare (Canada)
TypeAcute Care
Affiliated universityUniversity of Toronto
Queen's University
Emergency departmentYes
ListsHospitals in Canada

Humber River Hospital is a major acute care hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located in the northwest part of Toronto, near Highway 401 and Keele Street. It is a large community hospital offering emergency and intensive care services, maternal and child services along with other services such as cardiology, orthopaedic surgery and cancer care.[1] In the 2019-2020 fiscal year there were nearly 30,000 inpatient stays with an average length of stay of 7.0 days, and 135,000 emergency department visits.[2]


Humber River Hospital is the merged facility of three previous hospitals: Humber Memorial Hospital on Church Street in the former town of Weston, the York-Finch Hospital and the Northwestern General Hospital.[3] The three hospitals were part of the Humber River Regional Hospital health network.

Construction on the CA$1.6 billion facility began in October 2011 on the site of a former Ministry of Transportation of Ontario parking lot on Keele Street north of the 401 highway. The Plenary Health Care Partnerships consortium was the builder of the hospital. The new hospital was designed by HDR Architects, engineered by WSP and built by PCL.[4] The new hospital opened in 2015.[5]

Ambulatory and Urgent Care services remained open at the York-Finch site, and the Humber Memorial site re-opened in 2016 to provide dialysis, out-patient physiotherapy and the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) wound and skin clinic on a temporary basis.[6] The Finch and Church sites are known as the "Reactivation Centres (RCC)". Both RCCs contain Reactivation Care Units for multiple hospitals in the GTA. Both RCCs are also currently home to COVID-19 assessment centres. The Keele Street site was sold to the Daniels Corporation developer, which plans to build a new neighbourhood on the site.[7]

In 2017, the hospital opened its "Command Centre" that was built in collaboration with GE Healthcare. It includes a Wall of Analytics[when defined as?] to improve efficiency throughout the hospital and improve wait times and other issues.[8] The CEO is Barbara Collins.

Programs and services[edit]

The hospital is affiliated with the University of Toronto and Queen's University. Its programs and services include:[9]

  • cancer care
  • emergency department
  • intensive care unit
  • laboratory services
  • maternity
  • medical imaging
  • mental health and addictions program
  • nephrology program - at Wilson Avenue and Church Street sites
  • surgical program


  1. ^ "All Doctors, Clinics & Services". Humber River Hospital. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "CIHI". Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "Construction starts on Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto". Daily Commercial News. December 14, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "Humber River Hospital". Urban Toronto.
  5. ^ Landau, Jack (June 13, 2013). "$1.75-Billion Mega-Hospital Coming Together at Keele and 401 - Urban Toronto".
  6. ^ Kurek, Dominik (March 21, 2016). "Humber River Hospital temporarily re-opens Church Street site for some medical services".
  7. ^ Rainford, Lisa (February 12, 2016). "New community on the former Humber River Regional Hospital-Keele site is too dense, residents say at public meeting". York Guardian – via
  8. ^ Humber River Hospital (November 30, 2017). "Humber River Hospital Breaking New Ground with the Opening of Canada's First Hospital Command Centre". (Press release).
  9. ^ "Programs & Services Overview". Humber River Hospital. Retrieved July 11, 2018.