SHOULDICE. HERNIA REPAIR FOR A LIFETIME. GUARANTEED.

Our 99% lifetime success rate for repairing primary inguinal hernias sets the gold standard.

DISCOVER THE SHOULDICE DIFFERENCE

Shouldice is the only hospital in the world exclusively designed and equipped to deliver ”The Shouldice Experience.“ From our estate-like setting to our dedicated staff and attentive patient care, everything at Shouldice has been carefully planned for your comfort and convenience.  People travel to Shouldice from every corner of the globe because they know they can trust us with their hernia repair. We offer a complete and holistic recovery program that promotes healing and encourages a rapid return to normal activities.

Dr. Edward Earle Shouldice and the original Shouldice Clinic
OUR HISTORY

Shouldice Hospital was established in 1945 by Dr. Edward Earle Shouldice (1890-1965), inventor of the Shouldice Repair.

Dr. Shouldice developed his innovative technique during World War II, to help young men who were unable to enlist in the military because of their hernias. His unique repair method improved surgical results and reduced recovery time, quickly restoring the young recruits to physical fitness for military training. As news of Dr. Shouldice’s success spread, there was a growing demand for hernia surgery. But doctors and hospital space were scarce after the war and wait times for surgery were long. Dr. Shouldice responded to the problem by founding his own hospital.

Shouldice Hospital opened with a single operating room and a waiting list of 300 eager patients. Working with only a nurse, secretary and cook for support, Dr. Shouldice repaired two hernias a day. Requests for his remarkable surgery grew and the hospital soon expanded, adding more staff and more buildings. In 1953, Dr. Shouldice purchased a beautiful country estate in Thornhill, Ontario, just minutes from downtown Toronto, which eventually became the Shouldice Hospital's new home.

Today, two generations later, Shouldice Hospital has grown far beyond its early beginnings to become the world’s leading centre of excellence for hernia repair.  With the support and guidance of the founder’s son, Dr. Byrnes Shouldice and daughter, Mrs. W.H. Urquhart and their respective families, Shouldice has developed into a modern, 89-bed facility with five specialized operating suites, an expert team of hernia surgeons and nurses, and a dedicated staff of over 150 people.

 

two women walking the grounds at Shouldice Hernia Hospital
OUR FACILITY

Shouldice specializes in external abdominal wall hernias, having successfully repaired over 380,000 hernias. That experience results in a level of experience and expertise unequalled throughout the world.

Over 70 years of clinical evidence clearly demonstrates that the Shouldice surgical procedure is exceptionally safe and the repair is secure and reliable. Our rate of infection, complications and recurrence is less than 0.5% for primary inguinal hernia repairs. This is the lowest recorded rate in the world.

If you think you have a hernia, we always recommend you come to our walk-in clinic for an examination, if at all possible. Our surgeons have years of specialized training and experience and are available during clinic hours to provide an expert diagnosis. Our walk-in clinic is available at no direct cost to our patients. If you live more than 1 hour (100 km/60 miles) away from Shouldice, you may submit a medical questionnaire for our surgeons to review.

We will get back to you within 2-3 days if surgery is recommended or if further medical follow-up is required.

Shouldice Surgeons
OUR STAFF

OUR STAFF

Our Doctors
Shouldice Hospital has the most experienced team of hernia surgeons in the world. All our surgeons have undergone speciality training in our tension-free, natural tissue hernia repair technique and perform on average over 700 hernia repairs per year...more than a typical general surgeon does in a lifetime. At Shouldice, our current team has collectively performed over 100,000 abdominal wall hernia surgeries.

All staff surgeons, regardless of their prior experience, are required to complete an extensive introductory training period, during which time they learn our specialized repair technique that requires the use of mesh in less than 2% of all cases. First, they must assist a Shouldice surgical team for at least 50 operations before they are permitted to perform the Shouldice Repair. As this gold-standard technique can take even an experienced surgeon several months to master, each of our surgeons must further complete up to 100 supervised operations under the watchful eye of a senior staff surgeon before being approved as the leader of a surgical team. This commitment to surgical excellence through comprehensive training is just one of the many ways that Shouldice delivers the safest, and most reliable, hernia repair in the world. Some surgeons may say that they can perform the Shouldice Repair, but no one in the world can replicate our success in repairing abdominal wall hernias.

Our surgeons’ collective credentials include licensing and accreditation from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) and the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

Our Nurses
Good nursing care helps to speed recovery and reduce complications. All of our nurses are trained in the specific care routines designed at Shouldice to meet the needs of hernia patients. Warm, caring and knowledgeable, Shouldice nurses bring compassion and confident guidance to the Shouldice experience.

Our Support Staff
Excellent medical and nursing care are important to a healthy recovery, however, it takes much more than that to create a positive, patient-centred healing environment. Shouldice employs a dedicated support team, and each staff member plays a vital role in the well-being of our patients. From the minute you walk through the door, our receptionists take care of your needs and help you feel comfortable and welcome. Every meal is prepared on-site by our kitchen staff and served with a cheerful smile.

An experienced staff of housekeepers and maintenance professionals keep the stately hospital buildings and manicured grounds in magnificent condition. And the diligent people in our accounting, records and administration departments efficiently manage the many details of admission, patient care, patient insurance forms, discharge and continuing follow-up care.

CAREERS AT SHOULDICE

Shouldice Hospital is a great place to work. We are committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented people and are focussed on creating a workplace where people enjoy the challenge of their career, create and engage in best practices, and are treated with respect.

Our current career opportunities are outlined below.

CONSULTING INTERNIST

 INTERNIST

Consulting Internist - part-time position, available immediately.   RCPSC certification in Internal Medicine and Independent License to practice in Ontario required.

If you're passionate about patient care, come join our world class medical team. We offer:

  • Flexible remuneration – either fee-for-service or salaried position
  • Regular weekday, by appointment schedule
  • No administration – all reception, patient coordination and OHIP billing performed by the Hospital
  • Collegial group practice environment

Contact: John Hughes at 905-695-4913, or email your CV to jhughes@shouldice.com

ANESTHESIOLOGIST

Anesthesiologist (Full or part-time position available. License to practice in Ontario required.)

If you're passionate about patient care, come join our world class medical team. We offer:

  • Regular weekday operating room schedule with no weekends or on-calls
  • Collegial professional environment
  • 100% OHIP billing schedule over multiple operating theaters, utilizing both GA and Conscious Sedation

Contact : John Hughes at 905-695-4913, or email your CV to jhughes@shouldice.com

SURGEONS

Surgical Position (Full time or part time positions. License to practice in Ontario required.)

If you're passionate about patient care and have superior surgical skills come join our world class medical team. We offer:

  • Competitive compensation and health benefits
  • Paid CMPA fees, professional dues and vacation
  • Regular weekday OR and clinic schedule with limited on-calls
  • Fully provided support services - no overhead costs, OHIP billing hassles or general hospital politics
  • Collegial group practice environment
  • Internal GP referral and Internist services available

Contact : John Hughes at 905-695-4913, or email your CV to jhughes@shouldice.com

GP CHANGE IN SCOPE OF PRACTICE SURGEON

Transition to Surgical Position (Full time position available. License to practice in Ontario required.)

If you're passionate about patient care and want to develop superior surgical skills come join our world class medical team. We offer:

  • Fully developed CPSO training program with in-house supervision
  • Competitive compensation and health benefits during transition
  • Paid CMPA fees, professional dues and vacation
  • Regular weekday OR and clinic schedule with limited on-calls
  • Fully provided support services - no overhead costs, OHIP billing hassles or general hospital politics
  • Collegial group practice environment

Contact : John Hughes at 905-695-4913, or email your CV to jhughes@shouldice.com

SURGICAL ASSISTANTS

Surgical Assistant Position (Full or part-time position available. License to practice in Ontario required.)

If you're passionate about patient care and have  superior surgical skills come join our world class medical team. We offer:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Regular weekday OR with no on-calls
  • Fully provided support services - no overhead costs, OHIP billing hassles or general hospital politics
  • Collegial group practice environment
  • Combine with walk-in clinic surgical consultations for a flexible workload if desired and qualified

Contact : John Hughes at 905-695-4913, or email your CV to jhughes@shouldice.com

NURSING

Position: Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), Operating Room

Location: Shouldice Hospital, Thornhill, ON

Job Status: Part-time

Department: Operating Room Suites

Shift: Days, weekdays and weekends

Hours: 8 hr and/or 10 hr shifts

Reports To: O.R. Manager

Position Summary

Reporting to the manager, the Registered Practical Nurse provides holistic, quality and safe care to patients within the scope of practice identified by the College of Nurses of Ontario, evidence-based nursing practices, RNAO Best Practice Guidelines, and the policies and procedures set by Shouldice Hospital. As a member of and in collaboration with the inter-professional surgical team, the Registered Practical Nurse contributes to creating a world-class patient experience with every interaction throughout the patient journey based on professionalism, excellence in patient care, and Shouldice Hospital’s commitment to remain the world leader in Hernia surgery. 

Qualifications and expectations

  • Diploma in Practical Nursing from a recognized Canadian institution.
  • Canadian Perioperative certification is required.
  • Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification required.
  • Member of Registered Practical Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RPNAO) will be an asset.
  • Knowledge of pre-op and post-op assessment, patient teaching, and documentation skills.
  • Sound knowledge of CNO Practice Standards and Three Factor Framework.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills with an ability to work effectively with others.
  • Demonstrated strong decision making, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to effectively resolve conflict in a productive and respectful manner.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and professional development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality care and safety with an ability to exercise sound professional judgment and use best practice guidelines and evidence-based practice.
  • Knowledge of Regulated Health Professions Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, WHMIS, and the Standards of Practice of the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Experience and knowledge of Infection Prevention and Control measures in hospitals.
  • Practices in accordance with the CNO’s Confidentiality and Privacy-Personal Health Information Practice Standard and adheres to the policies and procedures of Shouldice Hospital.
  • Demonstrates behaviors consistent with Shouldice Hospital’s unwavering commitment to excellence in patient care and health care experience.
  • Demonstrates values consistent with Shouldice Code of Conduct and is committed to fostering a healthy and positive work environment in accordance with Health & Safety policies and legislation.
  • Please email your resume and cover letter of employment to jobs@shouldice.com. Please note that we do not confirm receipt of CV's or guarantee that all CV's received will be considered for future job openings.

Position: Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)

Location: Shouldice Hospital, Thornhill, ON

Job Status: Part-time

Department: Inpatient Surgery Unit

Shift: Days, Evenings, Nights, and Weekends

Hours: 7.5 Hour Shifts

Reports To: Inpatient Unit Manager

Deadline: March 31st, 2021

* This position is represented by ONA

Position Summary

Reporting to the manager, the Registered Practical Nurse provides holistic, quality and safe care to patients within the scope of practice identified by the College of Nurses of Ontario, evidence-based nursing practices, RNAO Best Practice Guidelines, and the policies and procedures set by Shouldice Hospital. As a member of and in collaboration with the inter-professional surgical team, the Registered Practical Nurse contributes to creating a world-class patient experience with every interaction throughout the patient journey based on professionalism, excellence in patient care, and Shouldice Hospital’s commitment to remain the world leader in Hernia surgery. 

Requirements

  • Graduate of an RPN Diploma program from a recognized institution.
  • Current Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification.
  • 1-2 years nursing experience in acute care settings.
  • Knowledge of Pre-op and post-op assessment, patient teaching, and documentation skills.
  • Experience with phlebotomy, IV insertion and IV medication management.
  • Sound knowledge of CNO Practice Standards and the Three Factor Frame Work.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills with an ability to work effectively with others.
  • Demonstrated strong decision making, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Proven prioritization skills with an ability to manage workload effectively.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively resolve conflict in a productive and respectful manner.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and professional development.
  • Knowledge of Regulated Health Professions Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, WHMIS, and the Standards of Practice of the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Experience and knowledge of Infection Prevention and Control measures in hospitals.
  • Practices in accordance with the CNO’s Confidentiality and Privacy-Personal Health Information Practice Standard and adheres to the policies and procedures of Shouldice Hospital.
  • Demonstrates behaviors consistent with Shouldice Hospital’s unwavering commitment to excellence in patient care and health care experience.
  • Demonstrates values consistent with Shouldice Code of Conduct and is committed to fostering a healthy and positive work environment in accordance with Health & Safety policies and legislation.

 

Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@shouldice.com. Please note that we do not confirm receipt of CV's or guarantee that all CV's received will be considered for future job openings.  Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

PSW

Position: PSW

Job Type: Part - Time

Shift: Days, Evenings, Nights, and Weekends

Hours: 6 or 8-hr Shifts,

Reports To: Director of Nursing

Position Summary

Reporting to the Nurse Manager, you will be responsible for various patient care functions, assisting with patient transfers, and other tasks as directed by the nursing team. You will be responsible for documenting patient care events, observing and reporting changes in patient conditions to appropriate team members, and practicing infection control and safety measures in accordance with hospital policies. The successful candidate will assist patient with activities of daily living (i.e. Assist patient with meal set up, collecting and replacing soiled linen, removing and emptying bedpans/urinals, maintaining patient supplies, maintaining a safe and clean environment for patients) and other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • High School Diploma
  • Personal Support Worker (PSW) Certificate from an educational facility approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities or the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) and recognized by the Shouldice Hospital.
  • Proof of 600 hour program which includes clinical and practicum
    Current BCLS
  • Demonstrated excellent English reading, writing, speaking, comprehension and clinical skills
  • Demonstrated excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to function both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team member in a fast paced demanding environment.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to foster caring and trusting relationships with patients and families in an effort to support patient and family centered care
  • Demonstrates a commitment to customer service when dealing with patients, family, and colleagues
  • Demonstrates values consistent with the Shouldice Hospital Code of Conduct and is committed to fostering a healthy and positive work environment in accordance with Health & Safety policy and legislation. A commitment to staff safety, patient safety, and environmental safety
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of electronic Documentation systems

Please email your resume to jobs@shouldice.com

ADMINISTRATION

Position: Administration / Clerk

Location: Shouldice Hospital, Thornhill, ON

Job Type: Temporary Full-Time

Department: Inpatient Surgical

Contract Duration:15 months

Hours:Days, Evenings, Weekends, Holidays

Position Summary

Reporting to Head of Nursing,  the Unit Clerk, as a member of and  in collaboration with the inter-professional surgical team, contributes to creating a world-class patient experience with every interaction throughout the patient journey based on professionalism, excellence in patient care, and Shouldice Hospital’s commitment to remain the world leader in Hernia surgery.

In this role, the clerical supporting the patient care units is responsible for staff scheduling, preparation and updating of patients’ charts, ensuring relevant information is available, and liaising with other departments to provide support for patients and staff. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and coordinating office and clerical procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

Requirements:

  • Canadian Post Secondary education
  • Medical Administration certificate / diploma or equivalent or have minimum of 1 year current relevant clerical experience in a hospital setting
  • Typing skills, with a minimum of 40 wpm and 90% accuracy (testing will be administered)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office ( Testing will be administered on Excel, Word, publisher)
  • Demonstrates accurate filing skills (Will be required to complete and pass the skills assessment)
  • Medical terminology (testing will be administered)
  • Experience with Order entry and electronic documentation
  • Demonstrates excellent customer service.
  • Knowledge of Payroll and scheduling with proficiency with electronic time sheets
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates excellent organizational, prioritization and time-management skills
  • Excellent telephone skills, able efficiently and professionally manage multiple telephone lines
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and ability to take appropriate actions in resolving issues and improving the work environment.
  • Demonstrates values consistent with Shouldice Hospital Code of Conduct and is committed to fostering a healthy and positive work environment in accordance with Health & Safety policy and legislation.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and commitment to Shouldice Hospital comprehensive safety programs and practices including staff safety, patient safety, and environmental safety and participates in regular educational sessions.

Shouldice Hospital is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a culture of inclusiveness and diversity. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@shouldice.com. . Please note that we do not confirm receipt of CV's or guarantee that all CV's received will be considered for future job openings.

GROUNDS KEEPER

Position:  Grounds Keeper

Shouldice Hospital in Thornhill, the leader in hernia repairs, is looking for a weekday ground's keeper to assist our grounds' crew in maintaining the picturesque landscape and gardens, along with regular maintenance tasks.

Interested individuals who possess the skills listed blow are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must be available during the Spring and Summer season. The hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm, or as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide garbage removal service throughout the site by emptying receptacles.
  • Assist staff with ground and lawn maintenance and brush removal.
  • Plant and weed flower gardens.
  • Operate light equipment such as hand-powered tools, grass trimmers, riding mower, etc.
  • Assist with a variety of general maintenance and housekeeping tasks, as required, for example, painting.
  • Other duties as directed by supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to deal with the general public.
  • Team player who can also work independently.
  • Ability to take direction and seek clarification if required.
  • Self-Starter.
  • Previous experience in lawn and/or general maintenance an asset.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Benefits:

  • Discounted or free food
  • On-site parking

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

Experience:

  • Groundskeeping: 1 year (Preferred)

Work remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 precaution(s):

  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Temperature screenings
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@shouldice.com. .

Please note that we do not confirm receipt of resumes or guarantee that all resumes received will be considered for future job openings.

MISSION, VISION AND VALUES

Our Mission
To deliver the world’s best surgical outcomes and patient experience in hernia treatment.

Our Vision
To continue to be the patient’s “provider of choice” in hernia treatment and be a global leader in hernia education and research.

Our Core Values
With an unwavering focus on our patients and commitment to our staff, the following values form the foundation of Shouldice Hospital’s operating culture.

Quality/Excellence
We will exceed the expectations of our patients by delivering the best surgical outcome and highest quality patient experience.

Integrity
We will adhere to the highest moral principles and standards of professionalism and ethics through our commitment to deal with patients and their families at all times with respect, honesty, confidentiality, transparency and trust.

Compassion
We will deliver world-class care to our patients by providing a supportive, sensitive and empathetic environment at all times.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Shouldice Hospital is committed to supporting our health-care system by being accountable and transparent to its stakeholders. The following information is available in accordance with the applicable provisions of the "Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010 ("Act").

Expense Reporting
We are required to post on our website the expenses of the President and members of the executive leadership team that report directly to the President.

Expenses for the following designated individuals are updated and posted twice a year, 60 days after the end of each reporting period.

Dr. E.B. Shouldice, Board Chair and President

John Hughes, Managing Director

Attestation
We are required to post on our website attestation to our compliance with consultant reporting requirements, the prohibition of engaging lobbyist services using public funds, and Directives issued under the Act relating to expense claims.

Our annual attestation can be viewed here.

  • SHOULDICE HOSPITAL ADDRESS

    7750 Bayview Avenue,
    Thornhill, Ontario,
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