Guinness World Record
Over 300 spin-cycling participants Rocketed us to a Guinness World Record for the most money raised in a static cycling event at Rocket Ride 4 Rehab on October 14th
The most advanced driving simulator in Canada and unique in the world, Toronto Rehab’s DriverLab research program is unveiled that will study drivers to help reduce the emotional, physical, and financial costs of vehicle collisions, by reducing their occurrence
Founded on the ACCELERATION pan-Canadian clinical research study that addressed health behaviours known to contribute to 70% of all chronic diseases, an e-health solution is announced in partnership with Medavie that will provide the necessary health information and support for at-risk Canadians to take control of their health
The Walter and Maria Schroeder Brain Institute
Unprecedented $20-million gift from the Schroeder family will allow Toronto Rehab to build a collaborative group of multi-disciplinary experts in engineering and the clinical neurosciences, to develop new therapies for brain-related disorders, such as Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) and Parkinson's
To keep Canadians safer in winter, a team of Toronto Rehab researchers working in our WinterLab unveil evidence-based ratings on footwear that may reduce the risk of slips and falls on ice
Diabetes College
$1-million commitment launches the Sun Life Financial Diabetes College; an online, interactive resource for people who have been identified as having diabetes or prediabetes
Toronto Rehab Chair in Cardiac Rehabilitation
Dr. David Alter named to new chair established through proceeds of Toronto Rehab Foundation’s On Track to Cardiac Recovery annual fundraising walk
Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic
Inaugural Rocket Ride 4 Rehab supports ground-breaking new Clinic that is designed to directly connect new research discoveries to patient care in order to greatly benefit individuals who live with neurological impairment after a stroke
Hull-Ellis Concussion & Research Clinic
New Clinic opens that was established through proceeds from the TWIINS event on October 1, 2014 in honour of Ron Ellis and Dennis Hull
$100-million Campaign Launched
Toronto Rehab announces its ranking as the top rehabilitation research centre in the world at the public launch of the Where Incredible Happens fundraising campaign on October 26th
Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life (AGE-WELL) launched from Toronto Rehab as its host institution as part of the federal government’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program
Cardiac College
World-first education program launched that assembles best practices and a patient-centred curriculum so that patients and healthcare providers can access trusted and research verified information on cardiovascular disease
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heart Health For Life
Hearth Health For Life presented by Scotiabank officially launches Toronto Rehab’s cardiac alumni program.
Major Renovations Completed at Lyndhurst Centre
Toronto Rehab completed major renovations at Lyndhurst Centre, as part of an ambitious multi-million dollar redevelopment plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre Grand Opening
Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman officially opened Toronto Rehab's newest facility, Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre.
IPE Student Placement Program Introduced
Toronto Rehab is the first Toronto-area hospital to develop an interprofessional education (IPE) student placement program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foundations Merged
The Rehabilitation Institute of Toronto Foundation and the Lyndhurst Hospital Foundation merged to create the Toronto Rehab Foundation.
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Created
Toronto Rehab was created by the amalgamation of the Rehabilitation Institute of Toronto, the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre and Lyndhurst Hospital.
Rehabilitation Institute of Toronto Established
The Rehabilitation Institute of Toronto was created by the merger of The Queen Elizabeth and Hillcrest Hospitals.
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.
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.
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.
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.