Sunnybrook cares for the most critically ill patients in the province – those with heart disease, cancer and stroke. We care for those suffering from the most serious traumatic injuries, for mothers with high-risk pregnancies and the sickest babies.
That’s not enough, though. We want to go further.
In fact, we are inventing the future of health care. That’s a lofty claim. It means we are pushing the envelope of what’s possible. We want to continue being the best at turning our ideas into treatments that save lives at Sunnybrook and around the world.
That goal is our passion. It’s a part of everything we do. Why? Because our patients count on us. They need us to create a future full of treatments that don’t even exist yet. They count on us to save lives that can’t be saved anywhere else.
Patients like Nicole. While swimming in Mexico, she was viciously attacked by a shark. After six days in a Cancun hospital, she was flown to Sunnybrook for care – care that she couldn’t have received anywhere else. As you’ll read in this issue, Sunnybrook helped rebuild her life. “Every day is more of a gift,” Nicole says.
You’ll also read about Becky, who’s been coming to Sunnybrook for close to 25 years. Our experts have been fitting her with artificial noses ever since surgeons removed most of her nose and part of her right cheek to help win her cancer fight. Becky says Sunnybrook changed her life.
You’ll read about Pat, who had gynecological surgery after being diagnosed with cancer. Like many women in her situation, she had one question: ‘Will I be able to have sex again?’ That question was answered in Sunnybrook’s Sexual Health and Rehabilitation clinic. The clinic is a safe place where women like Pat can talk about issues that impact their lives.
These patients – and so many others – have stories to tell. They are stories of survival, strength and hope. I hope they inspire you, just as they inspired us. The truth is, they are just some of the thousands of stories that inspire us at Sunnybrook to dig deeper, to work harder and push further toward reaching our goal.
We are inventing the future of health care. Today.
Dr. Barry McLellan
President and CEO
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre