About Michael Garron Hospital

VISION

Create Health. Build Community. 

MISSION

Our community inspires us to deliver exemplary care, develop innovative partnerships and mentor the next generation of healthcare providers. Together we will make a difference and change the face of health in East Toronto and beyond.

VALUES

Compassion.  Integrity.  Courage.  Accountability.

Who are we?

Nestled in the heart of East Toronto, Michael Garron Hospital (MGH), a division of Toronto East Health Network, is a vibrant community teaching hospital serving one of Canada’s most diverse communities.

For nearly 90 years, we have delivered high-quality, patient-centred healthcare services to more than 400,000 people in 22 distinct neighbourhoods, from welcoming a new life to facing the end-of-life. The hospital has continually renewed its commitment to the East Toronto community by adapting its programs and services to meet the evolving needs of the diverse population it serves.

We are proud of our strong community, clinical, research and academic partnerships, including the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Centennial College, George Brown College, Michener Institute, Ryerson University and York University.

A trusted Ontario healthcare partner

MGH is committed to fostering an inclusive culture that embraces diversity in the delivery of all of our medical and support services. Our goal is to create a space where everyone feels safe, accepted and compassionately cared for.

Like many areas of the hospital, our diversity can also be seen in our Spiritual Care team of inter-faith chaplains. We have made efforts to ensure patients, families and community members of all faiths and expressions of spirituality feel welcomed and cared for.

MGH’s Emergency Department (ED) is one of the busiest in the City of Toronto, serving nearly 80,000 people per year, with one fifth of patients being children. We have partnered with SickKids for more than a decade to provide East Toronto children with the best and most current paediatric practices in emergency care closer to home.

As a Thoracic Surgery Level I Centre of Excellence in Ontario, MGH delivers the highest level of thoracic surgical care in the province in partnership with Sunnybrook, North York General Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie. MGH thoracic surgeons work with a highly specialized multi-disciplinary team to provide round-the-clock on-call treatment to patients and families.

The mental health of the East Toronto community is a top priority for the hospital. Our skilled interdisciplinary teams work in partnership with children, adolescents, teens and adults to support treatment goals through inpatient, outpatient, emergency and community outreach services. The Aboriginal Healing Program, led by Elder Little Brown Bear, supports community members with addictions and mental health by combining western and traditional methods of healing, including sacred medicines, sage, sweetgrass, tobacco and cedar for smudging ceremonies.

We deliver close to 3,000 babies per year in our Family Birthing Centre, a state-of-the-art, welcoming environment offering a safe and inclusive birthing experience for all families. MGH offers Level II Maternity and Neonatal Care and has proudly been named “Baby Friendly,” an official designation by the World Health Organization that acknowledges our commitment to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding/chestfeeding.

Thank you for working together with us to provide the best care possible to our community. Together, we will make a difference and change the face of health in East Toronto and beyond.

who is michael garron?

Michael Garron was born at Toronto East General Hospital in 1961 to Myron and Berna Garron. While the Garrons later moved away from East York, the hospital where their son was born remained in their hearts and minds.

As a child, Michael was diagnosed with a rare tissue cancer. The disease led to his tragic passing at the age of 13. Prior to his passing, Michael confided in his mother Berna that his greatest fear of dying young was that he would not be remembered. It is for that reason, in addition to a generous donation from Myron and Berna Garron, that we name our hospital in Michael’s memory.

Now, we can proudly say that Michael will never be forgotten.

Read more about our name change.

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