Shouldice Hernia Centre
|Shouldice Hernia Centre|
|Location||7750 Bayview Avenue
Thornhill Square Shopping Centre, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
|Care system||Publicly funded, privately administered; Ontario Health Insurance Plan|
|Standards||Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Private Hospitals Act|
|Lists||Hospitals in Canada|
Shouldice was founded in 1945 by Dr. Earle Shouldice. While private hospitals are not allowed under Ontario's Private Hospitals Act, Shouldice is one of seven private hospitals in the province grandfathered under the Act. The hospital was family run from its inception.
Shouldice works solely on hernia repair. 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.
Everything in the hospital is designed toward hernia repair. Shouldice's rooms do not have telephones or televisions, which it says is to encourage patients to walk around while recovering. The hospital is laid out like a "country club." According to the hospital, it has the lowest rate of complications and recurrences of hernias in the world. The success of its method has been cited to the fact that Shouldice surgeons solely do hernia operations.
Harvard Business School business case
The facility was the subject of a 1983 business case by the Harvard Business School. Written by James Heskett, the report is the school's fourth-best-selling business case, selling over 259,000 copies. The case study focuses on Shouldice's unique three day hernia repair process. The popularity of the business case is responsible for the hospital's process becoming known outside of Canada.
- A season one episode of Monk featured the Shouldice grounds in exterior shots.
- Shouldice was used as the White House in the movie: Murder at 1600.
- A scene from Dawn of the Dead (2004 film) was supposed to be filmed on the grounds in August 2003, but was cancelled because of poor weather conditions and the Northeast Blackout of 2003.
- "Hernia hospital teaches Harvard about service". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
- Hauch, Valerie (September 23, 2012). "Shouldice hernia centre likely to move in four years". The Toronto Star. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
- Worthington, Peter (2007-01-17). "A blueprint for our health-care system". Canoe. Sun Media. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
- Gawande, Atul (1998-03-30). "No Mistake". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2016-01-25.