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To understand the challenges facing hospitals across the country – and how we might fix them - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre teamed up with The Globe and Mail last fall for a rare partnership.
Starting in September, journalists were given access to everything from emergency rooms to surgical suites to specialized units – as well as both patients and experts who could speak to how they operate.
One of them was photojournalist Kevin Van Paassen, who made more than 50 trips to the hospital over four months and took more than 1,000 photographs.
He witnessed a knee surgery, recorded the sorrow and triumph of babies and their families in the neonatal ICU and the vitality and fragility of aging patients in the veterans' wing.
"Access was wonderful and the hospital staff was key to this," he says. "But it was the co-operation of the patients that was truly remarkable."
What follows is a selection of Kevin's favourite images, and an unfiltered look at Canadian health care.
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