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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.

1883

Woman's Medical College opens

1911

Women's College Hospital and Dispensary opens: a seven-bed hospital where medically trained women could practice medicine.

1947

WCH collaborates in the development of the simplified Pap test for detecting early symptoms of cancer, particularly of the cervix.

1948

The first Cancer Detection Clinic for women in Ontario opens.

1963

WCH becomes the first hospital in Ontario to use mammography as a diagnostic tool to detect breast cancer.

1973

The Bay Centre for Birth Control, the first hospital-supported walk-in clinic, opens.

1981

Perinatal Intensive Care Unit is declared the Regional High-Risk Pregnancy Unit - the first of its kind in Canada.

1984

WCH opens the first regional Sexual Assault Care Centre in Ontario.

1987

The Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women, the first hospital-based outpatient therapy program in Canada, is established.

1988

WCH delivered the first test-tube quintuplets in Canada.

1991

The first colorectal cancer clinic in Toronto launched (U of T Jessie Gray Colorectal Clinic).

1995

WCH was designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Women's Health, the first in the hemisphere.

1996

WCH opens of the Environmental Health Clinic, the only one of its kind in Ontario.

1996

Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiative is established – Canada's first cardiac prevention and rehabilitation program designed exclusively for women.

2006

WCH becomes Ontario's only academic ambulatory hospital with a primary focus on women's health as it begins operating independently under the Public Hospitals Act.

2008

Canada's first breast implant reconstruction in a single stage is completed.

2013

WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) launches.

2013

Opening of Women's Xchange, women's health research knowledge translation and exchange centre based at WCH.

2015

Hospital redevelopment is completed, and phase 2 of the new state of the art facility opens to the public.

2016

WCH launches myHealthRecord, online patient medical record. 

2018

The Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers at Women College Hospital launches.

2018

WCH offers transition-related surgeries – the first public hospital-based surgical program in Canada focused on providing safe and timely access to transition-related surgical care.

 

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