History

2013
University Centre Redevelopment Project Complete
Hillcrest Centre's Musculoskeletal (MSK) program staff and patients permanently move to Toronto Rehab's University Centre location at 550 University Avenue.
2013
Clifford Nordal Chair in Sleep Apnea and Rehabilitation Research
Dr. Douglas Bradley named the inaugural incumbent to this chair founded by Toronto Rehab Foundation donors.
2011
Joined the University Health Network
On July 1, 2011, Toronto Rehab officially became part of University Health Network (UHN), joining the Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto General Hospital.
2011
iDAPT
iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research unveiled on November 16, 2011. The Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory (CEAL) features the world’s first hydraulic motion simulator that can mimic everyday environmental challenges faced by older people and those with disabling injury or illness.
2010
Named Stroke Rehab Program of Distinction
Accreditation Canada named our program a Stroke Rehab Program of Distinction in 2010. We were one of the first in the country to receive this award, which recognizes outstanding commitment to excellence and leadership.
2010
Welcomed first patients to new University Centre wing
In February, 2010, Toronto Rehab welcomed the first patients to our new patient care and research wing at University Centre. The next phase of patient and staff migration began in the winter of 2012.
2008
New Hand Hygiene Technology Created
Toronto Rehab researchers developed new hand hygiene technology to help professional caregivers reduce hospital-acquired infection rates and provide safer care for patients.
2008
Renovation at Bickle Centre Started
An extensive renovation of the E.W. Bickle Centre for Complex Continuing Care started as part of an ambitious, multi-million dollar redevelopment plan. It will enhance patient safety and significantly improve the quality of life for patients.
2008
Construction Starts at University Centre
The keystone of an ambitious, multi-million dollar redevelopment plan, Toronto Rehab’s University Centre's expansion and enhancements are designed to facilitate better patient outcomes and to create iDAPT, the world's mos advanced rehabilitation research facility.
2008
Heart Health For Life
Hearth Health For Life presented by Scotiabank officially launches Toronto Rehab’s cardiac alumni program.
2007
Major Renovations Completed at Lyndhurst Centre
Toronto Rehab completed major renovations at Lyndhurst Centre, as part of an ambitious multi-million dollar redevelopment plan.
2007
First FICCDAT Conference Hosted
Toronto Rehab co-hosted with March of Dimes Canada the Festival of International Conferences on Care giving, Disability, Aging and Technology. This conference was the first of its kind and attracted more than 1,100 people from more than 60 countries.
2007
Everything Humanly Possible: The Campaign for Toronto Rehab Launched
The Toronto Rehab Foundation launched the public phase of a $60-million capital campaign, Everything Humanly Possible: The Campaign for Toronto Rehab.
2007
iDAPT Announced
Toronto Rehab announced its $36 million research initiative - iDAPT (Intelligent Design for Adaptive Participation and Technology), which will bring together hundreds of scientists, research students, clinicians, social scientists, engineers and industrial designers from across Canada and beyond and state-of-the-art technology in a collaborative venture.
2007
First $5M Personal Donation Received
The Toronto Rehab Foundation received the largest personal donation to date. In recognition of the $5M gift, the Queen Elizabeth Centre was renamed The E.W. Bickle Centre for Complex Continuing Care.
2006
FHRAT Program Introduced
The Musculoskeletal Rehab Program developed a successful and cost-effective model of care for hip fracture patients who have cognitive impairments, called Fractured Hip Rapid Assessment and Treatment (FHRAT). Toronto Rehab trained hundreds of health care practitioners to roll out the new model in 34 hospitals across the GTA.
2006
New Palliative Care Unit Opened
The Complex Continuing Care Program opened a palliative care unit to provide treatment to relieve symptoms of far-advanced, life-threatening illnesses and help people live as comfortably as possible.
2005
Scholarship for Research Students with Disabilities Launched
Toronto Rehab launched an innovative Scholarship in Rehabilitation-related Research for Students with Disabilities to involve people with disabilities in rehabilitation research by supporting and mentoring them to become scientists. TD Bank Group generously provided funding.
2005
New FES Technique Pioneered
Toronto Rehab researchers pioneered a new application for Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to teach damaged muscles to move again in people paralyzed by stroke and spinal cord injury, restoring unprecedented levels of balance, walking and grasping.
2004
Cardiac Diabetes Service Launched
The Cardiac Rehab and Secondary Prevention Program launched the specialized Diabetes, Exercise and Healthy Lifestyle Service to help adults living with diabetes to improve their quality of life.
2004
Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre Grand Opening
Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman officially opened Toronto Rehab's newest facility, Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre.
2004
IPE Student Placement Program Introduced
Toronto Rehab is the first Toronto-area hospital to develop an interprofessional education (IPE) student placement program.
2003
Link Between Sleep Apnea and Heart Function Discovered
Toronto Rehab researchers were the first to show that treating sleep apnea in people with congestive heart failure improves their heart function.
2002
Hemodialysis Service Launched
Toronto Rehab opened Canada's first dialysis unit for seniors in a rehabilitation setting. Dialysis treatments started at University Centre for Geriatric Rehab and Complex Continuing Care patients in collaboration with the University Health Network.
2001
New Specialty Spinal Cord Clinics Added
The Spinal Cord Rehab Program completed the addition of new specialty outpatient clinics, including a skin and wound clinic, a bone densitometry lab, and a gynaecology clinic, to complement the existing seating, urology and assistive technology clinics.
2001
Multiple Trauma and Oncology Rehab Services Launched
The Musculoskeletal Rehab Program launched a Multiple Trauma Rehab Service for people who experience multiple injuries, often as a result of traumatic circumstances. It also launched the city's only Oncology Rehabilitation Service, which specializes in rehabilitation services for people who have cancer of the musculoskeletal system.
2000
Unprecedented Research Investment Received
Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Elizabeth Witmer announced an unprecedented $15M grant over five years to fund rehabilitation research at Toronto Rehab. The Toronto Rehab Foundation augmented this with a further commitment of $1M annually.
2000
First Research Chairs Created
Toronto Rehab's first five research chairs were created and two were fully funded: the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Chair at the University of Toronto and the Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury Research at Toronto Rehab.
1999
Foundations Merged
The Rehabilitation Institute of Toronto Foundation and the Lyndhurst Hospital Foundation merged to create the Toronto Rehab Foundation.
1998
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Created
Toronto Rehab was created by the amalgamation of the Rehabilitation Institute of Toronto, the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre and Lyndhurst Hospital.
1997
Rehabilitation Institute of Toronto Established
The Rehabilitation Institute of Toronto was created by the merger of The Queen Elizabeth and Hillcrest Hospitals.
1945
Lyndhurst Hospital Opened
Lyndhurst Hospital was created to provide rehabilitation services for Second World War veterans who had suffered spinal cord injuries. It was the first rehab hospital of its kind in North America and soon became internationally renowned.
1922
Toronto Rehabilitation Centre Founded
The Toronto Rehabilitation Centre was founded to meet the rehabilitation needs of Canadians wounded in the First World War. It was the first free-standing rehab facility in North America and later became home to the first outpatient cardiac program in Ontario.
1886
Hillcrest Hospital Began Operations
Hillcrest Hospital began providing long-term care and gradually added services such as occupational therapy. In the 1970s, it developed new rehabilitation programs for stroke survivors, amputees and cardiac patients.
1874
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Opened
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital opened as the first institution in Canada devoted to compassionate and professional care of persons suffering from incurable disease. It began offering physiotherapy and occupational therapy in the 1930s and created a dedicated rehabilitation program in the 1970s.