Message from the President and CEO
Welcome to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
As the largest paediatric academic health sciences centre in Canada, SickKids is so much more than a hospital. We are driven, every day, by a mission to improve the health of children by providing the best in family-centred care, creating groundbreaking scientific and clinical advancements and training the next generation of experts in child health. Since arriving at SickKids in January 2014, I have been consistently impressed with how effectively we work at the intersection of clinical care, research and education. This work is having an impact provincially, nationally and around the world.
In support of our vision, "Healthier Children. A Better World." we have built an exciting and bold strategic plan that will serve as renewed roadmap for our organization. It is through our strategic plan that we aim to lead in world-class quality, enable our people, innovate, maintain financial health, build sustainable infrastructure and enhance child health systems.
We are especially excited to be planning for the future of SickKids this coming year, through our current visioning and planning initiative, called Project Horizon. Project Horizon is broad in scope, as our starting point in building a concept of the ideal paediatric health care system of the future to create a vision for SickKids as a vital component of that system.
If SickKids is going to play the role we imagine in the health-care system of the future, we must consider the infrastructure, facilities, and systems we will need here in downtown Toronto as well as the infrastructure, programs, and people that we will need to extend our reach through direct provision of services or through partnership with other organizations.
Project Horizon is allowing us to create a vision that resonates with the needs of the health-care system and to use that vision to plan for the kinds of investments we will make, including in our facilities, so that we can have the most impact in providing safe, effective, and timely care that children need – where they need it.
With passionate and dedicated staff, coupled with unparalleled community support through SickKids Foundation, SickKids is building on the inspiration of the children we serve.
We encourage you to take the time to browse through our website to learn more about SickKids, and the world-class work that we do in the areas of paediatric care, research and learning. We look forward to sharing our progress with you and keeping you up to date in our newsletter SickKids Cares and through social media.
Thank you for your interest in SickKids.
Dr. Michael Apkon, President and CEO