The Women’s College Ambulatory Care Centre’s focus and commitment to women’s health creates a unique opportunity to enhance the lives of women and their families. Combining clinical, educational and research expertise, the dedicated health team (doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, to name just a few) offer a wide range of responsive health services.
Increasing accessibility is one of the pillars of the primary care strategy at Women’s College. Recently the Ontario government announced that it will provide greater access to better healthcare with the creation of four Family Health Teams in Toronto, one of which will include the Family Practice Health Centre at the Women’s College Ambulatory Care Centre.
Family Health Teams include doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and other health-care professionals working together to provide integrated access to healthcare and 24/7 coverage for its patients. One of the most important features of Family Health Teams is the focus on education and prevention. A multidisciplinary approach makes it possible for health-care providers to spend valuable time educating patients to help develop and keep healthy lifestyles.
Ambulatory care, by its very nature, is innovative and same day. Specialty programs such as the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative and the Osteoporosis Program, much like Family Practice, also benefit from multidisciplinary health-care teams. Surgical services, including plastic surgery, general surgery, orthopaedics, urology, gynaecology and uro-gynaecology, often allow patients to return home that same day.
In addition to clinical services, research at the Women’s College Ambulatory Care Centre has a strong focus on women’s health and patient-centered ambulatory care. The goal is to ensure continual learning, new advances in the understanding of disease and its prevention, improvements in the quality of care for those that cannot be cured and development of innovative treatments to improve and extend life.
The Centre for Research in Women’s Health (CRWH) is an important part of the organization’s commitment to research. A partnership of Sunnybrook & Women’s and the University of Toronto, the CRWH brings researchers together to explore many dimensions including biological, cultural and societal factors of women’s health. In partnership with community, health advocates, policy makers and health professionals, its research ensures a direct link to the improvement of women’s health-care.
In addition to clinical and research excellence, a commitment to education defines the Women’s College Ambulatory Care Centre. The centre’s affiliation with the University of Toronto and other schools guarantees many opportunities for student learning through direct involvement in the patient care process and ambulatory women’s health services. The Women’s College Ambulatory Care Centre Fellowship program is one of the most active within the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine. Many of Canada’s best health-care professionals train at the centre.