The Canadian Institute for Health Information, or CIHI, is a non-profit organization
that collects and analyzes data on hospitals based in Canada. Data that it uses
includes patient mortality, number of people readmitted, number of unexpected
complications and list of problems that resulted from care provided for by the
Based on these, CBC-TV’s fifth estate recently came out with the most outstanding
health facilities in the country. Here are the top 10 best hospitals in Canada. The list
is in no particular order and includes four large-community hospitals, one medium
size, three small-sized community health centres and two teaching hospitals. All 10
received an A+ rating.
10. Saskatoon City Hospital, Saskatchewan
Saskatoon City Hospital is a public hospital in Saskatoon, the largest city in the
province of Saskatchewan. It is considered as a teaching hospital and is one of only
two of the kind to be listed in the top 10, with the other being St. Joseph’s Health
Care. The facility boasts of 137 beds available for patients. This community hospital
is funded by the government and was established in 1909. At that time, it was only
the second municipal hospital in the entire country. It then moved to its present
location in 1993. The Saskatoon Health Region is running it.
9. St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, Ontario
St. Joseph’s Health is a teaching and research hospital affiliated with Western
University. It offers only 70 beds but it has distinguished itself with its long legacy
of service to the people of Southwestern Ontario that dates back to more than 140
years. It has a renowned research arm called the Lawson Health Research Institute
that helps develop new and practicable knowledge that can be applied directly to the
care of the hospital’s patients. It is considered as one of the best academic health
care organizations in the country. The hospital serves more than 400,000 patients
every year through its 4,500-strong staff and physicians.
8. Covenant Health Banff Mineral Springs Hospital, Banff, Alberta
Covenant Health Banff Mineral Springs Hospital is a small medical hospital located
in the mountain town of Banff in the province of Alberta. It only has 22 beds, plus one
labor and delivery suite, but boasts of a high standard of health care. The Alberta
Health Services run the hospital in collaboration with Covenant Health. It traces its
roots to the latter part of the 19th century when Dr. R.G. Brett, a former Lt. Governor
of the province, started to deliver health services from a boxcar. Sulphur hot spring
water was found in the area and was used to cure some diseases. The Sisters of St.
Martha then purchased the hospital in 1930 for $58,000.
7. Lamont Health Care Centre, Lamont, Alberta
Lamont Health Care Centre is a small hospital in Lamont, located to the northeast
of the provincial capital of Edmonton. It is affiliated with the United Church of Christ.
It aims to treat each patient with respect, compassion and dignity. Though it serves
anyone who comes through its doors, it is particularly committed to the care of the
people of Lamont County that has a population of around 10,000, as well as the
municipalities in the county and other immediate neighboring places.
6. High River General Hospital, High River, Alberta
The High River General Hospital is a small hospital located in High River in the
province of Alberta. The hospital has 27 beds ready to serve the small community
situated just south of Calgary. Aside from acute care and long-term care beds, it also
provides surgical services, obstetrical services and low risk clinic, X-ray and mental
health facilities. It also has an emergency service available 24 hours per day.
5. Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, Ontario
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is a medium-sized community hospital
located in eastern Ontario. It is the only hospital from a medium-sized community to
land in the top 10. It boasts of 82 acute care beds. It actually has a couple of sites,
one in Perth and the other in Smiths Falls. It was incorporated in 1995 after the
amalgamation of the Smiths Falls Community Hospital and the Great War Memorial
Hospital of Perth. It boasts of a long history in giving out top quality health services to
the tri-county region of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, whose combined population is
4. Chaleur Regional Hospital, Bathurst, New Brunswick
Chaleur Regional Hospital is a large community hospital based in Bathurst. It is the
only health care facility from the province of New Brunswick to make it to the list. It
is one of the hospitals under the Acadie Bathurst Health Authority, or ABHA. It offers
215 beds and provides a wide range of secondary regional and specialized services.
It also counts more than 70 physicians among its staff members.
3. Grace Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Grace Hospital is a large community hospital located at the western side of
Winnipeg. It has 245 beds available. It traces its roots all the way back to 1890 when
the Salvation Army built a rescue home for women and children. It was incorporated
14 years later as The Salvation Army Grace General Hospital. In 2008, ownership
transferred from the Salvation Army to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
2. Sturgeon Community Hospital Foundation, St. Albert, Alberta
Sturgeon Community Hospital Foundation is a large community hospital in St. Albert,
located just north of the capital of Edmonton. It has 143 beds to serve and provide
quality health care to the people of St. Albert, North Edmonton and Sturgeon County.
1. Victoria General Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Victoria General Hospital is a large general community hospital located in Winnipeg
in the province of Manitoba. It was established in 1911 in Osborne Village. In 1971,
the hospital transferred to the southern part of Winnipeg just beside the University
of Manitoba. The hospital offers 231 beds and has more than 1,200 people under
its employ. It is known for its leadership and innovation in giving out health care
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