The St. Michael's Story

Facts about St. Michael's

St. Michael's Hospital from the intersection of Queen St. and Victoria St., Dec. 2014.

By the Numbers

  • 463 acute adult inpatient beds

  • 6,174 staff

  • 1,713 nurses

  • 2,752 babies born April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015

  • 779 physicians (active/courtesy)

  • 531 volunteers

  • 75,003 emergency visits annually

  • 29,802 surgeries (inpatient and surgical day/night care)

  • 483,952 ambulatory visits

  • 292,706 diagnostic, therapeutic and other visits

  • 25,691 inpatient visits (average length of stay 6.2 days)

  • 205 investigators (scientists and associate scientists)

  • over 2 million square feet of property

  • 3,925 students trained in 2014/15

  • Approximately $68 million in research funding 2013-2014

St. Michael’s Firsts

1920: St. Michael's becomes formally affiliated with the University of Toronto.

1936: St. Michael's becomes the first hospital in the country approved to train dietitians.

1958: St. Michael's becomes one of the first hospitals in Ontario to perform open heart surgery.

1968: Dr. John Wilson leads to a cardiac team of 30 specialists to perform the first truly successful heart transplant in Canada . Recipient Charles Perrin Johnston lived six years, the longest time for any heart transplant recipient in the world at that time.

1976: St. Michael's performs the first muscle transplant in North America.

2000: Surgeons at St. Michael's perform Ontario 's first live-donor kidney retrieval using minimally-invasive surgery.

2001: St. Michael's becomes the first hospital in Canada to perform an endoscopy procedure using a camera capsule.

2003: St. Michael's cardiologist Dr. Michael Kutryk, implants the first antibody coated coronary stent at the University Hospital Rotterdam in Holland.

2008: Dr. Guylaine Lefebvre performs the first myomectomy in Canada - the surgical removal of a uterine tumour - without damage to the uterus using a surgical robot.