The Hospital for Sick Children, also known as SickKids Hospital, is a major paediatric centre for the Greater Toronto Area, serving patients up to age 18.
Located on University Avenue in Downtown Toronto, SickKids is part of the city’s Discovery District. SickKids is a teaching hospital for the University of Toronto.
SickKids is one of ten free-standing children’s hospitals in Canada, the others being Montreal Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Hopital Ste. Justine in Montreal, Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John’s, Winnipeg Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg, Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario in London and IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
SickKids has built an integrated environment of patient care, research and learning. Nine centres within the hospital specialize in bone health, brain and behaviour, cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart, pain, image-guided care, genetic medicine, and transplantation. In 2009–2010, SickKids admitted 14,000 in-patients who stayed for an average of 7.1 days. The operating room treated 11,000 cases; there were 58,000 visits to the emergency department and 215,000 visits to the hospital’s ambulatory clinics. SickKids has about 370 beds and provides the highest level of complex and specialized paediatric family-centred care.
The SickKids Research Institute is the largest child health research institute in Canada. It employs almost 2,000 people, or a quarter of the SickKids workforce. The Research Institute is known for its groundbreaking research in stem cells, childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis and other diseases, and is home to the Database of Genomic Variations, known as the Toronto Database.