A Change to Organizational Tilting Practices

February 9, 2022

After a comprehensive review, Women’s College Hospital has made the decision to eliminate the title of “chief” from our organization out of respect and allyship for the Indigenous community.

Effective immediately, all administrative roles with the title of “chief” will be replaced with the word “corporate”. For example, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will become Corporate Financial Officer. Physician leadership roles will also begin to evolve to Department Head.

Women’s College Hospital has a long-standing commitment to equity. As part of this, we consult with partners to consider organizational practices and ensure we are proactively taking action to create a culturally safe organization that is actively dismantling structural racism. The move to eliminate this title is but one step in a journey to address the structural racism that exists in our communities and also acknowledges and respects Indigenous identity, trauma and resilience.

Women’s College Hospital is committed to providing meaningful, culturally safe care, free of racism and discrimination and recognizes and values Indigenous worldview(s). This decision is right for our staff, physicians, learners, volunteers, patients and partners. We respect that every organization must determine their own journey and we would be honoured to share our learnings and experiences with others.

About Women’s College Hospital

For more than 100 years Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been developing revolutionary advances in healthcare. Today, WCH is a world leader in the health of women and Canada’s leading, academic ambulatory hospital. A champion of health equity, WCH advocates for the health of all women from diverse cultures and backgrounds and ensures their needs are reflected in the care they receive. It focuses on delivering innovative solutions that address Canada’s most pressing issues related to population health, patient experience and system costs. The WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) is developing new, scalable models of care that deliver improved outcomes for patients and sustainable solutions for the health system as a whole.

For more information about how WCH is transforming patient care and leading health system solutions, visit www.womenscollegehospital.ca