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Milestones

Throughout our history, Women's College Hospital has embarked on numerous research programs relating specifically to women's health. The hospital has claimed numerous "firsts" of which it can be proud, and has pioneered several programs.

1947 Pap Test - Collaborated in the development of the Pap test for detecting early symptoms of cancer, particularly of the cervix
1948 Cancer Detection Clinic opens - The first of its kind in Ontario - pioneered the practice of screening healthy women for early signs of cancer - renamed Health Watch in 1994
1963 Mammography - The first hospital in Ontario to use mammography as a diagnostic tool to detect breast cancer
1971 Tri-Hospital Diabetes Education Centre (TRIDEC) opens - The first comprehensive teaching program for people with diabetes in Canada
1971 Perinatal Intensive Care Unit opens - The first in Canada
1973 Bay Centre for Birth Control opens - The first hospital-supported "walk-in" centre
1976 Psoriasis Education and Research Centre opens - The first centre in Canada to place emphasis on self-care treatment
1977 Henrietta Banting Breast Centre opens - A treatment, education and research centre for breast disease
1981 Perinatal Intensive Care Unit was declared the Regional High-Risk Pregnancy Unit - The first of its kind in Canada
1984 Sexual Assault Care Centre opens - The first regional centre in Ontario
1987 Urgent Care Centre opens - The first of its kind in Ontario
1987 Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women opens - The first hospital-based therapy program in Canada
1988 Regional Women's Health Centre opens
1988 Test-tube quintuplets delivered - The first in Canada
1991 Ricky Kanee Schachter Dermatology Centre opens - Marks a new era in WCH's leading dermatological research, education and patient care
1991 U of T Jessie Gray Colorectal Clinic opens - The first of its kind in Toronto
1994 Osteoporosis Clinic opens - The first multidisciplinary clinic of its kind in Canada
1996 Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiative established - The first in Canada
1995 WCH designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Women's Health - The first in this hemisphere
2000 Consumer health website www.womenshealthmatters.ca launches
2001 Response Centre and the 23-Hour Day Unit open
2001 Women's Pelvic Health Centre launches
2002 Labyrinth opens - Canada's first and only hospital-based labyrinth
2003 SARS Assessment Clinic opens (Women's College ACC) - The first in Canada
2005 The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announces plans to make Women's College Hospital a self-governed institution once more
2006 Women's Health Matters Forum & Expo celebrates it's 10th year
2006 Women's College Hospital begins operating independently under the Public Hospitals Act
2006 Women’s College Hospital becomes the first independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital in Ontario and the only hospital in Ontario with a primary focus on women’s health
2008 First hospital in Canada to perform breast implant reconstruction in a single stage using a regenerative tissue substitute
2009 Centre for Ambulatory Care Education (CACE) and the Complex Care Clinic are launched
2010 The After Cancer Treatment Transitional Care Clinic (ACTT) opens
2010 The Virtual Ward program launches at Women’s College Hospital, in co-operation with St. Michael’s Hospital and the Toronto Central CCAC – the first of its kind in North America
2011 Women’s College Hospital celebrates its 100th anniversary
2013 Women’s College Hospital moves from its original building at 76 Grenville Street to phase 1 of its new state-of-the-art facility
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