Improving health and patient outcomes Patient Care

Health care is the maintenance or improvement of health through the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease suffered by people of any age. In the past, health care systems tended to focus on the provider, but in recent decades the approach to all management of the person is termed “patient-centered care”, in which the individual, rather than the provider, is the focus whatever the health care setting.

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  1. 1900

    The Grenfell Mission started humbly on the deck of a docked missionary hospital ship, where Wilfred Grenfell offered medical treatments, as well as friendship and spiritual guidance

  2. 1908

    With the financial support of Lady Li, Leonora King established a medical school for women

  3. 1910

  4. 1920

  5. 1930

  6. 1936

    The first edition of the Dr. Meakin’s renowned textbook, The Practice of Medicine, was published

  7. 1940

  8. 1950

  9. 1960

  10. 1967

    Dr. Breault successfully patented the “Palm N’ Turn” container

  11. 1970

  12. 1980

  13. 1980's

    Along with his colleagues, Dr. Ian McWhinney began exploring the impact of patient-centred care

  14. 1984

    Dr. Calvin Stiller established and led the Multi-Organ Transplant Service at University Hospital

  15. 1986

    Dr. Goldboom served as the chair of the Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Examination

  16. 1989

    May Cohen developed the "Gender as a Determinant of Health" presentation, which became an annual event

  17. 1990

  18. Early 1990's

    Dr. Jean Gray began working with the Canadian Pharmacists Association to develop a comprehensive handbook for practicing primary care physicians designed to support therapeutic decision-making

  19. 1992

    Published by Churchill-Livingstone, Dr. Goldbloom’s second book, Pediatric Clinical Skills, was met with extreme popularity by medical undergraduates and postgraduates. The book is now in its 4th…

  20. 1995

    Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov’s article on desire for death in the terminally ill was published

  21. 2000

  22. 2000

    Demonstrating her leadership on an international scale, Dr. O’Connor co-led the Oxford Forum on Shared Decision Making

  23. 2001

    Dr. Chochinov co-founded the Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH) and served as its chair for the next 16 years

  24. 2001

    Harvey Max Chochinov co-founded the Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH) and served as its chair for the next 16 years

  25. 2001

    Under the direction of Dr. Berger, the DFCM at St. Michael’s hospital established Canada’s first academic infirmary for people suffering homelessness

  26. 2002

    May Cohen authored “The Training Manual For Gender Mainstreaming in Health” for the Medical Women’s International Association

  27. 2010

  28. 2011

    Harvey Max Chochinov published, Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days with Oxford University Press

  29. 2015

    In July of 2015, the Federal Government appointed Harvey Max Chochinov to chair the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada

  30. 2020

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.