Southlake Regional Health Centre

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Southlake Regional Health Centre
Southlake Regional Health Centre, view from the northeast
Location 596 Davis Drive, Newmarket., Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 44°03′38″N 79°27′11″W / 44.06056°N 79.45306°W / 44.06056; -79.45306Coordinates: 44°03′38″N 79°27′11″W / 44.06056°N 79.45306°W / 44.06056; -79.45306
Care system Public Medicare (Canada) (OHIP)
Hospital type General
Emergency department Yes
Beds 400
Founded 1922
Lists Hospitals in Canada

Southlake Regional Health Centre (formerly York County Hospital) is a hospital located in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.

Through various expansions in its history it has grown into a university-affiliated teaching and research facility, specifically offering advanced cardiac, cancer and thoracic care.


Southlake Regional Health Centre is a full-service hospital with a regional, clinically advanced focus.

Southlake offers almost 400 patient beds and accommodates more than 90,000 visits to the Emergency Department, 22,000 in-patient admissions, and 600,000 out-patient visits each year. As a regionally designated site, Southlake is responsible for developing and providing advanced levels of care to the more than one million people.

Advanced, specialty services include:

  • Arthritis care
  • Cancer care
  • Cardiac care
  • Cataract surgery
  • Child and adolescent eating disorders
  • Mental health services for children
  • Paediatrics and perinatal care
  • Thoracic surgery

Southlake employs a team of more than 3000, including over 540 physicians. In addition, there are 900 volunteers.


A private hospital[further explanation needed] was founded in 1922 and on August 22, the province granted a Charter of Incorporation for the York County Hospital Corporation.[citation needed] York County Hospital became a public hospital in 1924.[citation needed] In 1927 the new hospital building was completed by architects Craig and Madill. In 1946, the Margaret Johnson Davis Wing opened with 55 beds. In 1956, the South Wing opened and a six storey tower opened in 1964. Capacity was increased to 420 beds with the opening of the East Wing in 1976. On September 12, 1998, the name of the hospital was changed from York County Hospital to the present name. In 1999, a project to further expand the hospital was begun

In October 2015, Southlake Regional Health Centre was once again named one of Greater Toronto's Top 100 Employers by a company named Mediacorp Canada Inc., and published by the Toronto Star.[1]

The hospital is connected to the Southlake Regional Cancer Centre to its west, and to a Medical Arts building by an arch bridge to its north occupied principally by University of Toronto's Family Medicine Teaching Unit and other health services. The Stronach Regional Cancer Centre is partnered with Princess Margaret Hospital.


Since 2001, over $250 million in upgrades have been made to Southlake. Currently, the Health Centre:

  • Features an internationally renowned[citation needed] cardiac centre.
  • Has a nationally renowned reputation[citation needed] for delivering excellence in arthritis care, child and adolescent eating disorders, and shoulder surgery.
  • Performs more thoracic surgeries for lung and esophageal cancer than the ten other hospitals in the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) combined. One of only a few hospitals in Canada to offer minimally invasive thoracic surgery.
  • Has fully digital diagnostic imaging facilities, including CT, MRI, mammography and ultrasound, thereby providing staff and physicians with a faster, safer, more streamlined imaging service.[citation needed]
  • Features the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre; a world-class[citation needed] cancer centre that includes diagnostics, surgery, chemotherapy, support services, clinical trials, and radiation therapy services.
  • Features a modern Regional Level 2 Pediatric and Perinatal Care Centre. The facility provides the highest level of care for moderate and high-risk pregnant mothers, at risk newborns, and children with unique health needs.[citation needed]
  • Joined an elite number of Canadian hospitals to offer laparoscopic prostatectomy, the removal of the entire prostate gland and surrounding tissue through minimally invasive surgery.
  • Features a $30 million Medical Arts Building (located across the street from the hospital) which is connected to the main hospital by an elevated pedestrian walkway, creating an iconic symbol of the hospital.[citation needed]
  • Is home to "The Eye Institute at Southlake", with modern, newly constructed surgical suites[citation needed], state-of-the-art equipment[citation needed], spacious assessment and treatment rooms[citation needed], all among a patient friendly environment.[citation needed] The facility has the capacity to perform between 7,000 and 9,000 surgical cases per year.[citation needed]

Teaching and Research[edit]

Through its relationships with the University of Toronto, York University, McMaster University, as well as Princess Margaret Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre has become an acclaimed research and teaching facility. Currently, the hospital is averaging more than 6,000 medical training days per year, which is approximately triple its numbers in 2008.

Through the Health Centre's Research Institute, Southlake is focusing its energy on a growing number of clinical drug and device trials, and on key research activities in biomedical and population health research. Many staff members and physicians contribute their clinical expertise in a number of regional, provincial, national and international research studies.