A NEW SICKKIDS WILL RISE
A Vision for the Future
Newly appointed SickKids President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ronald Cohn, provides his vision for the future of children’s health care. This is not just a once-in-a-lifetime transformation of our campus, but a true paradigm shift in the way we deliver care at SickKids and in the broader health-care system.
Read our full leaders' letter from our CEOs and Board Chairs.
A Year of Progress
SickKids Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Ted Garrard, looks back at our most ambitious year to date. Reaching new fundraising milestones and seeing the first steps in the construction of the new hospital, Ted speaks to the vision, momentum and the rise of a new SickKids.
Read our full leaders' letter from our CEOs and Board Chairs.
We asked. You answered.
Our community rallied for a new SickKids. Learn how different crews united by shared interests came together through a bold, new campaign to make this past year of fundraising our most successful to date.
SickKids continues to offer breakthroughs in health care for our patients,
thanks to innovations in clinical care, research, and education.
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Neurosurgeons from SickKids and Toronto Western Hospital
(TWH) performed the first deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat drug-resistant
paediatric epilepsy in Canada. Andi Dreher, 9, is among the first in the world
to undergo this treatment. She was having 100 to 150 small seizures per day when
a team led by Dr. George Ibrahim, Staff Surgeon in the Department of
Neurosurgery at SickKids, implanted electrodes deep within Andi’s brain in an
attempt to relieve her symptoms. Since the surgery, Andi has been seizure-free
for up to nine days at a time and her clinical team and family continue to watch
Read more about Andi’s remarkable story.
A team of SickKids surgeons led by Dr. Armando Lorenzo,
Staff Physician in the Department of Urology, performed a minimally invasive and
life-changing procedure for Linda Fedele, 18. Linda experienced a sudden onset
of extreme back pain in May 2017. Several doctors couldn’t determine the cause
but as soon as Lorenzo saw Linda, he immediately suspected something serious
could be happening. Tests revealed she had a rare kidney condition called
nutcracker syndrome. In a novel procedure pioneered by her surgical team, they
changed the blood circulation in her vein from a one-way to a two-way flow. The
procedure was successful and Linda now lives a healthy, normal life.
Read more about Linda’s life-changing procedure.
Over the past few years, SickKids has emerged as a leader in clinical trials for a novel immunotherapy designed for treatment-resistant paediatric blood cancers called CAR T-cell therapy. Led by Drs. Donna Wall and Joerg Krueger, Staff Physicians in the Department of Haematology/Oncology, SickKids has participated in several multi-site clinical trials to lend its research expertise to international studies of the therapy that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to target cancer. Canadian children like Jordan McInerney, 5, have been able to get access to this potentially life-changing treatment through SickKids participation in clinical research. Jordan had been battling leukemia since she was four months old and had faced two relapses. Today, she is healthy, active and loves being back at school.
SickKids launched Connected Care, designed to support paediatric home and community care by building system capacity, and improving transitions from hospital to home for families of children with medical complexity and technology dependence. Connected Care partners with home-care nurses and their employing agencies to promote clinical practice standardization through simulation-based education and training. The program provides 24/7 access to ‘Connected Care Live!,’ a virtual solution for promoting uptake of specialized paediatric practice resources and access to real-time SickKids nurse-led consultative services. Other priorities of the program include providing education for families of children with medical complexity.
Learn more about the Connected Care program .
By The Numbers
Staff, Students, Trainees and Volunteers: 13,256
|2,690||Management and support|
|360**||Project Investigators and Team Investigators|
|655||Research staff (primarily grant funded)|
|206||Research Operations staff|
|158||Core Facilities research staff|
** Staff who spend less than 50% of time on research activities are also counted within hospital Operations and Clinical Care numbers.
|546||Research graduate students|
|272||Research summer students|
|1,331||Medical Affairs residents and fellows|
|553||All other clinical and corporate students|
|272||Women's Auxiliary Volunteers (WAV)|
|289||Average number of beds occupied daily|
|6.49||Average length of stay (in days)|
|239,169*||Total clinic visits|
|317,178||Total ambulatory visits|
|6,869||Inpatient and same-day admit cases|
|12,167||Total OR cases|
Our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), which outlines our quality and safety priorities, represents our commitment to ensuring the care and services we provide are accessible, effective, safe, patient-centred, and promote an integrated health system. In accordance with the Excellent Care for All Act, we post our QIP publicly and submit it to the provincial government so they can improve care across the health system. Data reported is based on calendar year (January to December 2018). To see the 2018-19 progress report, visit www.sickkids.ca/qip.
|Effective: Percentage appropriate antibiotic prophylaxis after surgery (%)|
|Efficient: Average Length of Stay (LOS) for Lowest 99% of Inpatients (Days)|
|Patient-Centred: Inpatient Guardian Communication Dimension (Guardian) % most positive responses|
|Safe: Potentially Preventable Hospital Acquired Conditions Rate/1000 Patient Days (Rate)|
|Safe: Overall Number of Workplace Violence Incidents (Actual number of incidents) (manditory)|
No target required.
|Timely: Percentage of ED patients waiting longer than 2 hours before provider initial assessment (PIA) (%)|
Hospital financial highlights for the year ended March 31, 2019
SickKids is committed to operational efficiency, transparency and accountability. We support evidence-based decisions to enhance our financial health, conduct business under the principle of fiscal prudence and act with integrity and good judgment when allocating resources.
The Hospital continues to maintain its financial health. In 2018/19, the Hospital had an operating surplus of $2.2 million. At March 31, 2019, the Hospital had total assets of $1.9 billion. Excess of revenues over expenses contribute positively to the Hospital’s net assets, which are then reserved for specific purposes or reinvested into operations and capital investments aligned with the Hospital’s strategic priorities.
Financial highlights for the year ended March 31, 2019
SickKids Foundation is committed to the highest standards of accountability and transparency. We were among the first nationally accredited charities under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program.
|Gross fundraising program, net lottery and net parking revenue||$161.9 million|
|Total grants and charitable activity||$123.4 million|
|Fundraising and administrative expenses||$50.8 million|
Investment Asset Growth Summary Since 1995 (IN MILLIONS)
|Opening Market Value, March 31, 1995||148|
|Net Contribution (Withdrawal)||(102)|
|Investment returns, Realized gains, and Unrealized appreciation||1,135|
|Ending Market Value, March 31, 2019||1,181|
We would like to recognize the following individuals whose cumulative contributions have reached or exceeded $25,000, and those corporations, foundations, associations and community events that have generously contributed $50,000 or more, between April 1, 1993 and March 31, 2019. We are profoundly grateful for your support. We also wish to thank those donors who have chosen to remain anonymous.