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Women’s College Hospital welcomes Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe as medical director of primary care outreach

September 22, 2014

Women’s College Hospital (WCH) is pleased to welcome Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe as medical director of primary care outreach, based in the department of family and community medicine. An accomplished educator and physician, Dr. Wijayasinghe is the medical director of the Immigrant Womens' Health Centre and a regular health columnist for the Globe and Mail.

“I am very excited to start at Women’s College Hospital in this innovative new role. The commitment that WCH has made to provide care to women who struggle to access basic healthcare services, through the creation of this role, was very inspiring and motivated me to join the team,” said Dr. Wijayasinghe. WCH is well positioned to play a central role in Toronto to bridge the gaps in care that individuals face in accessing healthcare services with our innovative programs and skilled staff. “

In her role, Dr. Wijayasinghe will be responsible for working alongside Jennifer Dockery as the clinical director of primary care and health equity in the planning and delivery of primary care outreach programs at WCH. In the coming months, Dr. Wijayasinghe will be working to promote and build partnerships and linkages with the community by developing outreach programs geared toward marginalized populations. Planning has already begun to develop an onsite program at YWCA and a Muslim women’s strategy in partnership with the LHIN.

“Individuals living with mental health issues and in poverty have a higher incidence of illness and lower life expectancies than the general population and are often left on the fringes of the healthcare system,” said Dr. Wijayasignhe. “We have a responsibility to bridge the gaps in care that these individuals experience and I firmly believe that we can do so together at WCH.”

This new role will strengthen WCH’s commitment to improving access to care for marginalized populations in general and immigrant women, and demonstrate the hospital’s ongoing work in advancing the health of women. Through Dr. Wijayasinghe’s work and expertise, WCH will continue to build on its mandate to develop innovative models of care that serve those who need it most.

 

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