Shouldice Hernia Centre

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Shouldice Hernia Centre
Location 7750 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°49′14″N 79°24′12″W / 43.82056°N 79.40333°W / 43.82056; -79.40333Coordinates: 43°49′14″N 79°24′12″W / 43.82056°N 79.40333°W / 43.82056; -79.40333
Care system Publicly funded, privately administered; Ontario Health Insurance Plan
Hospital type Specialist
Standards Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Private Hospitals Act
Emergency department No
Beds 89
Speciality Hernia repair
Founded 1945
Lists Hospitals in Canada

Shouldice Hernia Centre is a private hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.[1]


Shouldice was founded in 1945 by Dr. Earle Shouldice.[1][2] While private hospitals are not allowed under Ontario's Private Hospitals Act,[2] Shouldice is one of seven private hospitals in the province grandfathered under the Act.[2] The hospital has been continuously family run from its inception.


Shouldice works solely on hernia repair.[1] It uses a natural tissue, tension free, technique developed during World War II by Dr. Shouldice. Ten full-time surgeons perform over 7500 hemiorrhapies each year.[citation needed]

Everything in the hospital is designed toward hernia repair.[1] Shouldice's rooms do not have telephones or televisions, which it says is to encourage patients to walk around while recovering.[1] The hospital is laid out like a "country club."[3] According to the hospital, it has the lowest rate of complications and recurrences of hernias in the world.[2] The success of its method has been cited to the fact that Shouldice surgeons solely do hernia operations.[4]

Harvard Business School business case[edit]

The facility was the subject of a 1983 business case by the Harvard Business School.[1] Written by James Heskett, the report is the school's fourth-best-selling business case, selling over 259,000 copies.[1] The case study focuses on Shouldice's unique three-day hernia repair process.[1] The popularity of the business case is responsible for the hospital's process becoming known outside of Canada.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hernia hospital teaches Harvard about service". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d Hauch, Valerie (September 23, 2012). "Shouldice hernia centre likely to move in four years". The Toronto Star. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Worthington, Peter (2007-01-17). "A blueprint for our health-care system". Canoe. Sun Media. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  4. ^ Gawande, Atul (1998-03-30). "No Mistake". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 

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