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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 200 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.

DIRECTOR OF NURSING AND PATIENT CARE

Position Summary

  • The Director of Nursing and Patient Care is responsible to the Managing Director and the Chief Medical Officer for the management of patient care within the Hospital.
  • Provides strategic leadership and direction to nursing services supporting the patient experience while managing the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of overall operations of the Nursing Department (Operating Room, In-Patient Care Unit), Pharmacy and Lab.

Responsibilities

  • Planning, development, implementation, evaluation and maintenance of progressive and comprehensive programs, policies and procedures to ensure the highest standard of care for patients while ensuring all current applicable federal, provincial and regional standards, guidelines and regulations are met.
  • Promotion of effective relationships within the inter-professional team, while coordinating and supervising care delivery, providing clinical guidance and supporting development of staff in a resourceful and effective manner.
  • Provide performance management including the ongoing evaluation of performance and the development of skills and competencies required to achieve Shouldice Hospital’s vision and strategies.
  • Ensure performance reviews are completed with coaching and managing of staff with performance issues.
  • Provide opportunities and supports staff education and development of annual learning plans.
  • Adherence to contract management and ensuring the achievement of service standards and financial targets.
  • Manage appropriate scheduling/staffing/skill mix for delivery of nursing services and identify skills and/or knowledge gaps relative to those service delivery needs.
  • Manage Union relationship, including CA conformance, grievance management and negotiation participation.
  • Manage Pharmacy operations and oversee/report all aspects of quality metrics.
  • Facilitate and maintain team development and succession planning.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate RN required, holding a current professional license to practice in Ontario. Master’s Degree in Nursing or Healthcare Management preferred.
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of Canadian Hospital related leadership and management experience.
  • Knowledge of current Hospital specific nursing and medical practices, procedures and community standards.
  • Experience with paper chart transition to EMR.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Total commitment to providing world-class patient experiences.
  • Significant familiarity of employee and labour relations. ONA Contract experience an asset.
  • Knowledge of Pharmacy accreditation standards and quality/risk management/infection control practices.
  • Well-developed analytical, statistical, planning and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership, motivational and team building skills.
  • Active Committee participation (JOH&S, Patient Care, Chart, Union Negotiating).
  • Working knowledge of medical and nursing materials management.

Contact: Jennifer Drouin at 905-695-4972, or, Email your CV to jdrouin@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

OPERATING ROOM NURSES

Operating Room Nursing Position RN and RPN (Full or part-time position available. License to practice in Ontario required.)

There are no current positions available at this time.  

IN-PATIENT CARE NURSES

Floor Nursing Position RN and RPN (Full or part-time position available. License to practice in Ontario required.)

There are no current positions available at this time.  

ADMINISTRATION

We currently have no full or part-time positions available.

Employment opportunities do arise, and if you would like to send in your CV for future consideration, email your CV to employment@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.

DIETARY SERVICES

Evening Cook

Shouldice Hospital is seeking an Evening Cook.

This position is a critical part of the team and involves supervision of the evening dietary team and requires a leadership background. The candidate must be available evenings and alternate weekends and the occasional day shift.

Requirements:

-Must have food handler’s safety certificate.

-Five years previous kitchen experience.

-Full command of the English language.

-Good communication skills.

-Must be a team player.

Must be able to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment.

Please note this position requires some heavy lifting and standing for long periods of time.

All candidates that are qualified for this position will be contacted for an interview.

Please submit your resume to jdrouin@shouldice.com

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 & WALK-IN CLINIC ADDRESS

    7750 Bayview Avenue,
    Thornhill, Ontario,
    Canada L3T 4A3
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