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Michael Garron Hospital

Michael Garron Hospital
Toronto East Health Network
Location825 Coxwell Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4C 3E7
Coordinates43°41′23″N 79°19′33″W / 43.6898°N 79.3257°W / 43.6898; -79.3257
Care systemMedicare
TypeCommunity teaching hospital
Affiliated universityUniversity of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Emergency departmentYes (acute, subacute and ambulatory)
Former name(s)Toronto East General Hospital

Michael Garron Hospital (MGH), formerly Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH), is a community teaching hospital located at 825 Coxwell Avenue in East York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Former logo

In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the Michael Garron Hospital had nearly 20,000 acute inpatient stays and more than 80,000 emergency visits, 265,000 outpatient visits and delivered 2,900 babies. MGH has 388 total beds, nearly 2,600 employees and 470 physicians and midwives on staff. Total operating budget in 2019-2020 was CA$283,000,000.[1] It provides an extensive range of ambulatory (outpatient), inpatient and community-based programs and services.

Accreditation Canada awarded the hospital "Full Accreditation with no recommendations" immediately following its June 2009 survey. Those results placed MGH in the top five percent of hospitals.

As a community teaching hospital, MGH is affiliated with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, the University of Toronto Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and other educational institutions.

MGH is a designated Paediatric Centre for south-east Toronto for maternal, newborn and paediatric care and a partner hospital in the Child Health Network of the Greater Toronto area. MGH's Emergency Paediatric area has been formally affiliated with the Hospital for Sick Children since 2004. The child-centric ER opened its doors in 2010 to provide a quiet area, separate from the rest of the ER, with private, glass doored treatment rooms with toys and TVs. The staff in this area are all specially trained in paediatrics. This is the only ER of its kind in Toronto (other than Sick Kids). Funding for this new facility has been, and continues to be, provided - in part - by the public.

Approximately 3,500 babies are delivered annually at the hospital's Maternal Newborn and Child Health Centre, which provides Level II Maternity and Neonatal Care and is a regional paediatric centre of the Child Health Network of Toronto.[2]


Toronto East General Hospital, 1928

Michael Garron Hospital began operations in 1929 as Toronto East General Hospital when it opened as a 110-bed general hospital. A new wing was built approximately every decade.

Phase I of a 50-year redevelopment project was implemented in April 2007 when the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care approved an investment of CA$6.7 million. This included expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department as well as the Haemotology & Oncology Clinic. The new Oncology Clinic on K2 opened in September 2008 and the ER in 2010.

On December 2, 2015, the hospital main campus was renamed Toronto East Health Network (Michael Garron Hospital) after a $50 million donation from Myron and Berna Garron.[3]


The hospital's chief of staff is Dr Sheila Laredo, and its president and CEO is Melanie Kohn.[4]


Two nurses at Michael Garron Hospital (then known as Toronto East General Hospital) in the 1950s
  • Ambulatory and Community Services
  • Complex Continuing Care and Short-Term Rehabilitation
  • Emergency
  • Maternal/Newborn/Child
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Pharmacy
  • Surgery
  • Diagnostic Imaging
    • Computed Tomography
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Ultrasound
    • Radiography
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Mammography
  • Laboratory Medicine[5]

Sweat lodge

In August 2019, the hospital opened an Indigenous sweat lodge.[6]


A major redevelopment began in the summer of 2018 and is estimated to be completed by 2023.[7] The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in 2021 and will see a new building on the south-west portion of the campus. It will be called The Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre, after receiving a $5 million gift from Ken and Marilyn's son, Peter.[8] The Thomson family was named the richest family in Canada by Canadian Business in 2018.[9] The new 8-storey facility will be fully wheelchair-accessible, and include ambulatory care clinics, in-patient beds and family space, as well as four levels of underground parking.[10] The total cost of the project is CA$500 million, and funding sources include the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, fundraising organized by the hospital and donors.[11]

See also


  1. ^ Michael Garron Hospital, 2019-2020 Annual Report. Available at [1]
  2. ^ "Maternal Newborn and Child Health". Toronto East General Hospital. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  3. ^ Sachgau, Oliver (December 2, 2015). "GTA Toronto East General to become Michael Garron Hospital, with a $50M boost". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  4. ^ "Our Team: Board of Directors". Toronto East General Hospital. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
  5. ^ Toronto East General Hospital. "TEGH Fast Fact Sheet". Retrieved September 23, 2007.
  6. ^ Lavoie, Joanna (August 16, 2019). "East York's Michael Garron Hospital Opens Indigenous Sweat Lodge". Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  7. ^ "Redevelopment: Project Timeline | Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto East Health Network (MGH/TEHN)". Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Milley, Danielle (February 22, 2012). "Thomson family donates $5 million to Toronto East General Hospital". Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  9. ^ "Canada's Richest People: The Thomson Family". Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "Redevelopment | Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto East Health Network (MGH/TEHN)". Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  11. ^ "Redevelopment: Frequently Asked Questions | Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto East Health Network (MGH/TEHN)". Retrieved January 19, 2020.
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